Tottenham enjoyed yet another Premier League win today as they defeated Welsh visitors Swansea City 1-0 at White Hart Lane thanks to a Roberto Soldado penalty. The general consensus after was that of relief that the whistle had gone, excitement in another successful win and an idea of ‘let’s keep the ball rolling,’ into next week.
The team entertained Etienne Capoue for his first Premier League start under AVB as well as youngster Andros Townsend staking a place in the starting XI after a truly powerful performance in midweek.
The game began with plenty of attacking football from Andre Villas-Boas’ men. Nacer Chadli and Danny Rose saw plenty of the ball with the left flank being commonly used and Etienne Capoue seemed to control every aspect of the midfield adding a sense of calm to the side and challenging anyone daring to face him.
Paulinho and Capoue threatened the goal at times too and despite weak shots at times, were not worried about pressing and leaving Dembele (whom should have been in an attacking role) in the sweeper role on occasion. Paulinho began to show glimpses of his Brazilian nature including a rather saucy nutmeg on a Swansea midfielder but his shot afterwards slipped wide despite having metres of space.
Paulinho had the chance to take the lead when Ashley Williams headed against his own bar and the rebound (which landed at the feet of Paulinho) was caught well from Vorm despite the pace on it. Mousa Dembele also had a shot at goal when he found himself at the end of a Kyle Walker cut-back and could only curl his effort into the palms of the Dutch keeper.
The first half ended with Tottenham fans revelling as despite multiple efforts, they still didn’t lead at the interval. The second half proved more fruitful than ever.
With thirteen minutes of pressuring the Swansea box, Spurs were finally rewarded. Andros Townsend broke into the area and was tumbled down by former Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey who had little to complain about when the referee pointed to the spot. And of course, everyone in the stadium knew whom was going to take it after the Spaniard Roberto Soldado’s two prior successful Tottenham penalties. He stepped up and fired into to the right side of the goal (opposed to the usual left side) and celebrated emphatically as he gave Tottenham the lead.
The game then seemed to teeter out despite chances from both sides. Swansea posed little threat to Hugo Lloris however Pablo Hernandez’s curling effort forced a save from the Frenchman whom achieved his second clean sheet of the season. Swansea did bring on record breaking signing Wilfred Bony however the only distinctive input visible from him was a defensive header from a corner.
Paulinho did have the chance late on to put the game to bed when he broke through the backline to have his first shot saved by Vorm and the rebound fizzing wide. Paulinho was unfortunate not to score today. The full time whistle went much to the delight of the home fans and Spurs celebrated their second victory of the season. Soldado had the only booking for the Lilywhites whereas Swansea managed a shocking 4 including their star striker Michu.
Lloris – 9/10, another top performance and clean sheet from the Frenchman.
Walker – 7/10, Kyle is coming along attacking wise but leaves himself exposed too often
Vertonghen – 8/10, despite not being fully-fit, Jan put in another top performance at the back.
Dawson – 8/10, The captain continues to challenge strongly and keep the net clear
Rose – 7/10, like Kyle; Danny pushed well but found himself caught out at the back
Capoue – 9/10, Etienne controlled the game and was defensively sound. He is going far.
Dembele – 7/10, Mousa was meant to push forward but rarely attacked.
Paulinho – 9/10, The Brazilian really impressed me and was very skilful
Chadli – 8/10, Nacer put in a top effort and unlike previous weeks, took on his markers.
Townsend – 8/10, Andros enjoyed a deserved start and didn’t disappoint fans
Soldado – 9/10, What can I say, he’s a goalscorer.
MOTM: Etienne Capoue – this man is going places, he controlled the pace of the game, he tackled strongly and is giving Sandro a run for his money.
Match Comment: Another deserved win that takes up to third in the league.
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