Swansea City 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1: Spurs prove stoppable after all

Swansea came into the game having conceded a mere three goals in nine home games this season. It was easy to see why. They are well organised, tight at the back and if I can put it in the most patronising way possible, they pass the ball round like a proper top flight team. If they had another goalscorer in the squad they could easily be in the top half.

Spurs found it difficult and were second best most of the game. Swansea had a couple very good long-range efforts in the opening minutes, but it was Spurs that stole the lead on the stroke of half-time. Benoit Assou-Ekotto turned Jazz Richards inside out a couple of times and squared for Rafael van der Vaart. He received the ball from a deflection and his overhead kick was deflected in, but scruffy as it was he is the genius that makes things happen.

Swansea’s second-half pressure was constant. They created numerous chances (the ball sailing narrowly wide time after time, Luka Modric had to clear off the line as well). An equaliser was inevitable. In the 84th minute Younes Kaboul, William Gallas and Brad Friedel all went for the same ball and Scott Sinclair had to an empty net in front of him.

Results elsewhere – Manchester United and Chelsea losing at home to Blackburn Rovers and Aston Villa respectively – are only relevant in the context of a 38-game season. We have three home games in a row (West Brom, Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers) all of which we ought to win, followed by, what is on paper, the hardest game of the season, a trip to Manchester City.

Things are going so well there isn’t a great need for change, but Emmanuel Adebayor really ought to make staying onside his new year’s resolution. He is a brilliant footballer, but the amount of times he is flagged is ridiculous and shameful. I wasn’t aware of a reputation for it before he came to Spurs but at the moment he’s up there with Darren Bent and Fillipo Inzaghi, who was famously born offside.

 

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