Swansea vs. Tottenham Hotspur: Score, Grades and Post-Match Reaction

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Swansea vs. Tottenham Hotspur: Score, Grades and Post-Match Reaction
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Emmanuel Adebayor scored twice as Tottenham recorded their fifth successive league win away from home for the first time in 54 years with a 3-1 triumph at Swansea City.

After absorbing an early period of pressure from the home side, Adebayor headed home the opener from a Christian Eriksen cross in the 35th minute.

An unfortunate Chico Flores added Spurs' second with a 53rd-minute own goal before Adebayor grabbed his second of the day 19 minutes before the end.

Wilfried Bony hit a 78th-minute consolation for Swansea, but Michael Laudrup's team are now without a league win since Dec. 4 and could be facing trouble ahead.

Tottenham, though, moved into fifth place in the Premier League table on the back of the victory.

Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood made one surprise change to his team with Roberto Soldado omitted in favour of Nacer Chadli, meaning just one man up front.

Laudrup also made one alteration to his team as Flores replaced the injured Jose Canas.

The home side did not lack confidence despite their recent poor run of form, and some crisp play afforded Jonjo Shelvey an early chance on goal which he sent wide.

Swansea dominated the opening 15 minutes, and Shelvey forced a good save from Hugo Lloris in the 15th minute.

In the 20th minute, Bony flashed a shot across goal after making space for himself at the edge of the area. Bony then produced a fabulous 25-yard drive after collecting a Shelvey through ball and struck the crossbar.

The Swansea striker appeared to be pushed inside the area by Michael Dawson and appealed for a penalty, but the match official waved play on.

Bony had a half-chance in the 31st minute as he connected with an Angel Rangel cross into the area, but the forward was always stretching for the ball and headed wide.

Wayne Routledge almost took advantage of a Bony through ball, but the Tottenham defence was alert to the danger.

However, the home side paid the price for not taking their opportunities when Adebayor opened the scoring.

Great interplay between Eriksen and Aaron Lennon on the right allowed the former Ajax man space to send over a right-footed cross to the edge of the six-yard box, where the striker headed home his fifth goal in eight matches.

Three minutes later, Adebayor could have added a second, but Swansea goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel pushed away his fierce strike.

Eriksen produced a superb turn to outfox Ashley Williams from Lennon's pass, but the midfielder could not give enough power in his subsequent shot.

Swansea suffered a blow in the 51st minute when an apparent hamstring injury forced Shelvey out of the game, with Roland Lamah replacing him.

Tottenham went two goals up three minutes later after some patient build-up play. Dawson found Kyle Walker on the right side of the area for a cross into the six-yard area, which Flores turned past his own goalkeeper.

Bony reminded Spurs that his team were not finished yet, though, when his first-time strike on the hour mark stung the hands of Lloris.

Flores almost atoned for his own goal when he connected with a Lamah corner, but he could only send the ball over the bar.

The referee cautioned Bony in the 68th minute for a challenge on Vlad Chiriches, for which the Spurs defender needed treatment.

Moments later, Spurs should have added a third. Moussa Dembele broke clear of the Swansea defence, but instead of finding an unmarked Adebayor, the midfielder curled a shot beyond the post.

Dembele's option clearly annoyed the striker, but Adebayor added Tottenham's third in the 71st minute anyway.

Eriksen rolled the ball into the path of Danny Rose on the left wing, and the defender slid a cross perfectly for the forward.

Adebayor had plenty of time to set himself up and calmly passed the ball beyond Tremmel and into the corner of the net.

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Bony would not be denied, however, and he pulled a goal back for Swansea in the 78th minute when his mis-hit effort found its way beyond Lloris after some great work by Ben Davies.

But it was not enough to halt Tottenham, who had already comfortably ensured the points would head back to White Hart Lane.

 

Player Ratings

Emmanuel Adebayor: A+

The Tottenham striker is relishing his new-found lease on life under Sherwood, and his fifth and sixth goals in eight matches were further justification for his place in the team.

In short, the striker was simply unplayable at times, and Swansea had no answer to him.

 

Christian Eriksen: A

Arguably the best signing Spurs made in their summer splurge, he produced an inch-perfect ball for Adebayor's opening goal.

He was constantly looking for the right ball, and his pass to Danny Rose to begin the move for Tottenham's third goal was sublime.

 

Jonjo Shelvey: B+

He was integral to everything Swansea did well in the opening stages of the game but found his influence waning as Tottenham got a foothold on the match.

Unfortunately, a hamstring ailment forced Shelvey out of the game in the 50th minute.

 

What's Next

Swansea travel to Birmingham City for their FA Cup fourth-round tie against the Championship club, while Spurs will have a 10-day break from action before playing host to Manchester City in the Premier League on Jan. 29.

 

Post-Match Reaction

Tottenham head coach Sherwood credited Adebayor for his performance in an interview with Sky Sports:

It's obviously great for the football club and it's great for Ade himself.

He's flying at the moment and he's enjoying his football.

He's playing with a smile on his face and he's finding the back of the net.

Swansea midfielder Leon Britton believes the club must unite in a bid to stave off the threat of relegation, as he told the club's official website, SwanseaCity.net:

We can't get away from the fact we are three points off the bottom three.

We know we are in a relegation battle, so we need to scrap and fight for points until the end of the season.

It's an effort from everyone at the football club. Players, staff and supporters; we need to stick together in what is a difficult time.

It's the toughest time we have had in the Premier League. In the past few seasons, we have been pretty comfortable, but this is a different experience.

But it's one we have to be up for.

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