SATURDAY 3rd DECEMBER, 2016
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 5(2) SWANSEA CITY 0(0)
Kane 39(pen), 49
Eriksen, 70, 90
Referee:- Jonathan Moss
Assistants:- M. McDonough & E. Smart
Fourth official:- A. Woolmer
Spurs (4-2-3-1):- Lloris (Capt.); Walker, Dier, Vertonghen, Rose; Wanyama, Dembele (sub Winks, 83); Eriksen, Alli, Son (sub Sissoko, 71); Kane (sub Onomah, 87)
Subs not used:- Vorm; Wimmer, Carter-Vickers; Nkoudou
Swansea (4-2-3-1):- Fabianski; Naughton, van der Hoorn, Amat, Taylor; Fulton (sub Llorente, 46), Fer; Barrow (sub Routledge, 71), Cork (Capt.), Montero (sub Bastion, 63); Sigurdsson
Subs not used:- Nordfeldt; Mawson, Rangel; Britton
Booked:- Fulton (foul on Alli), Fabianksi (dissent), Amat (foul on Alli), Fer (foul on Dembele)
Dying Swans given a Christian Kaning!
Swansea are at the very bottom of the Premier League table, and deservedly struggling to survive at his elite level. Clearly they have missed their former captain, and Welsh International stalwart Ashley Williams who was attracted to Everton in the summer. American coach Bob Bradley chose to play former Spurs midfielder, and Swansea playmaker-in-chief as the main striker. The "Swans" are lacking goal power as well as defensive strength and cohesion. They face a season-long struggle for survival.
It is no surprise therefore that fifth placed Spurs won, and won well. Every team-member played a full part in a most comprehensive victory, even if it did begin with a controversial penalty awarded by referee Jon Moss, possibly after audio consultation with his assistant, when Dele Alli ran across another ex-Spur - Kyle Naughton.
Harry Kane, as usual, confidently potted the spot-kick past Fabianski, and Spurs ran out convincing winners with Kane getting a second goal, and Christian Eriksen scoring his second and third Premier League goals this season in open play. Those goals were punctuated by a superbly taken goal by Son Heung-min just before half-time.
Swansea barely managed a shot on goal, and even that solitary effort was off target. It really was one-way traffic for most of the game.
The one change to the Spurs starting line-up was the return of Danny Rose at left back, following his suspension for last week's defeat at Stamford Bridge. There was no Toby Alderweireld, and I rather hope that Mauricio Pochettino is now saving him for Old Trafford next Sunday, rather than Wembley on Wednesday.
The game was preceded by a sombre silence to remember the victims of the tragic plane crash in Colombia this week involving the Brazilian team Chapecoense.
Swansea kicked off, and played towards the Paxton Road stand, but Spurs had a couple of early threats, firstly after a Dembele ball for Son, then after Alli had tried to put Harry Kane through. Kyle Walker needed quite lengthy treatment early on, but made a full recovery, and made a full impact upon the game.
Swansea's right winger Modou Barrow made a couple of promising runs but he was well policed.
After 10 minutes, Dele Alli fed the ball to Son on the left. Son crossed and Harry Kane, with his back to goal, wanted to turn and shoot, but the Swansea defence cleared the ball. Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen battled for the ball in the middle of the park. The ball ran in Spurs' favour from Son to Alli, whose half-strength shot was comfortable for Fabianski.
Good play by Spurs led to an Eriksen free kick, following which Eriksen himself crossed sharply from the right. Kane challenged Fabianksi, intending to head home, but the ex-Arsenal man dived forward and punched clear. Soon after that, Kane had another chance, but he had been flagged offside. Next up came a good cross by Kyle Walker and a decent header by Kane which brought another save by the keeper, who pushed the effort over the bar for a corner.
Following this corner, Danny Rose got into the box and went down, but got no penalty. Soon after that, Mousa Dembele was punished in midfield for what seemed a less likely offence.
Jay Fulton got the first yellow card of the game for preventing Son from breaking into the Swansea half. Walker exchanged passes with Eriksen and flew down the right wing, before hitting a cross/shot which Fabianski had to push over for another Spurs corner.
Good approach play by Dembele, Rose, and Alli led to a chance for Victor Wanyama, whose shot was cosy for Fabianski. Son hit a shot over the bar after a touch by Kane. The ball ran in Son's favour soon after this (as it did so often for Spurs today). Son got the ball to Walker, who had a shot blocked, with Eriksen flagged offside when thinking about the follow-up.
Eriksen had one of his better games today. Apart from his two goals, he tracked back and battled for the ball in midfield to the benefit of the team, on top of all his attacking and creative efforts. Alli won a free kick towards the right side of the box. Eriksen took the kick which was saved cleanly by Fabianski.
After 38 minutes, Alli went down in the box, on the other side, as he ran across Naughton's feet. Mr. Moss took his time, and seemed to be approaching Alli, I thought with the intention to show him a card, but he pointed to the spot. Harry Kane made his trademark run-up, and planted the kick firmly to the right of Fabianski. The Swansea keeper then got a yellow card as he seemed to kick the ball at the referee in his anger at the decision. Mr. Moss had his back to goal, but his assistant alerted him to the offence.
Son gave a pass to Alli, who advanced into the box, but when he shot the ball rebounded off him for a goal kick. As we entered first half added time, Son scored a quite stunning right footed hooked shot from the back post as Spurs worked the ball from right to left, with Eriksen getting the final assist.
The Swansea coach sacrificed midfielder Fulton for striker Llorente, who had scored two late goals last week in Swansea's 5-4 win over Crystal Palace. The fact is that no Swansea player was making any headway against the excellent Jan Vertonghen and Eric Dier. Dier sent Kane away down the inside right lane, but the end result was a goal kick, as Kane's first effort was blocked back to his feet and he couldn't help it going out of play.
It wasn't long though before Spurs went three up with Kane the scorer. Harry had taken on Eriksen's ball feeding it to Alli, who passed to Son on the right. Once again, the ball ran in Spurs' favour and ran away from a challenge on Son to the feet of Kane, who made no mistake with his right foot for his sixth goal in five games.
The game was truly over as a competition with forty minutes to play. Dembele put Eriksen through on the right, but his shot went wide of the far post.
Swansea tried to get a bit of football together, but Spurs were always in control. Eriksen hit a free kick just wide after Alli had been fouled and Amat had been booked. Danny Rose battled away down the left side, and Wanyama sent Son away. His cross was cleared from the 6 yard area for a Spurs throw.
Dele Alli flicked the ball over his head and forward to Kane, who was in an offside position. Kane might have to stood aside and let Alli take on the chance, but he couldn't help himself and took on the shot himself, only to be flagged offside. Harry had yet another chance, now seeking his hat-trick, but Fabianski smothered the shot to concede a corner.
3-0 became 4-0 in the 70th minute, as Son nearly lost the ball but it ran to Alli, who hit a shot which hit was saved by Fabianski. The keeper couldn't do anything as the ball bounced up in favour of a headed finish by Eriksen towards the right of the box.
Sissoko came on for Son, to a mixed reception, but he had a positive impact upon the game. He combined well with Walker, whose right footed shot was saved and nearly converted by Eriksen, before Fabianski saved yet again.
Having watched Wanyama miss one opportunity offered by Eriksen, Kane did get a shot in target after another Sissoko ball, but the goalkeeper saved again. Yet another Eriksen pass gave Harry yet another chance, but Fabianski saved.
At the other end, Hugo Lloris actually had to make a save of sorts, although it was more a case of collecting a Sigurdsson free kick. Danny Rose had an effort to over the goal, and two minutes into added time, it was 5-0 when Sissoko pulled Vertonghen's long ball back for Eriksen to fire home a low shot.
As things stand, Spurs are secure in fifth place, three points behind Man City (who lost at home to leaders Chelsea today) with Man Utd playing tomorrow, currently seven points behind. Next week's game at Old Trafford could be a humdinger!
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