Match Review – Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 Swansea City

Spurs bounced back from the disappointing defeat at Wembley to record a positive 3-2 home performance over Swansea City, goals from Nacer Chadli, Ryan Mason and Andros Townsend.

Tottenham began the game very strongly. Bright opening spells from Nacer Chadli and Ryan Mason presented encouraging signs, with Spurs making intelligent passes into key areas.

The home side were rewarded for their energetic start with a goal. Nacer Chadli put Spurs ahead after six minutes, after he volleyed home a fantastic cross from Danny Rose. The Belgian leapt like a salmon to meet the falling ball, and gave Spurs a deserved lead with his eighth goal of the campaign. B_R8847WkAANrLc

But the talking point of the first half was the upsetting collapse of Swansea forward Bafétimbi Gomis. Immediately after Tottenham had taken the lead, the striker fell to the ground, with no contact from another player. With a history of fainting during games whilst at Lyon, medical staff were quick to attend to the Frenchman.

Almost three years to the day since Fabrice Muamba’s tragic cardiac arrest on the pitch at White Hart Lane, fans inside the ground feared the worst. However Gomis regained consciousness and was stretchered off to a round of encouraging applause. Commentators later confirmed he had been taken to a local hospital for further assessment.

The next big talking point was the Swansea equaliser. Despite providing very little going forward, Ki Sung-yueng found the back of the net just after the 20 minute mark. Former Spur Gylfi Sigurdsson struck the post from his dangerous free-kick, with Ki making the most of poor defending from Vertonghen to slot the ball between the legs of Hugo Lloris.

B_SLpO_W4AEaDs9The visitors found themselves back in the game, through yet another Tottenham personal error. Spurs have now kept three clean sheets in their last 20 Premier League games. Spurs appeared to go missing during much of the first half, with the time taken for the game to restart after the tragic Gomis incident stunting their progress. The sides entered the break level.

The second half began in terrific fashion for Spurs. Ryan Mason scored his first ever Premier League goal for the club, to give his side the lead once more. Christian Eriksen looked back to his best, as his contribution for the goal included some excellent movement.

The excellent second half continued for Spurs as they found their third of the night. Andros Townsend ran the length of the pitch to net a splendid solo goal, giving the home side a 3-1 advantage.

Despite controlling for most of the second spell, a familiar face clawed one back for Swansea at the death. Gylfi Sigurdsson tucked home the Welsh side’s second of the night, giving them hope in the final moments.

Spurs however held on to secure a deserved comeback victory following the disappointing defeat to Chelsea at the weekend.


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