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Tottenham v Swansea – August 25th 2013

Tottenham v Swansea – August 25th 2013

Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado scores a penalty against Swansea

Roberto Soldado’s fourth goal in three games helped Tottenham to a deserved league win over Swansea.

The home side went close when visiting defender Ashley Williams headed against his own post and, from the rebound, blocked a Paulinho shot on the line. But Spurs took the lead when Soldado coolly slotted in a penalty after Jonjo Shelvey’s foul on Andros Townsend.

Swansea belatedly rallied and the closest they came was when a Chico Flores volley was tipped over.
Spurs forward Gareth Bale was conspicuous by his absence from White Hart Lane with the announcement of his transfer to Real Madrid apparently imminent.

However, Soldado is helping ease the disappointment over Bale’s impending departure as Tottenham maintained their 100% start to the season against a Swansea side who have now lost both of their league games. Both sides were convincing victors in the Europa League on Thursday – Spurs beating Dinamo Tbilisi 5-0 and Swansea easing to a 5-1 win over Petrolul Ploiesti.

After the home side shook the sluggishness from the trip to Georgia out of their legs, they were the dominant force, with their four summer signings – Soldado, Paulinho, Nacer Chadli and Etienne Capoue – starting. The visitors had an early Wayne Routledge shot parried by keeper Hugo Lloris but they spent most of the first half keeping Tottenham at bay.

Williams headed a Kyle Walker cross against his own post and then blocked Paulinho’s effort before keeper Michel Vorm gathered the ball.
Soldado in form. Spain international Roberto Soldado, a £26m summer signing from Valencia, has scored 17 goals in his last 15 games for club and country.

A pass inside left-back Ben Davies from Spurs central defender Michael Dawson released right-back Walker and he pulled the ball back from the byeline for Mousa Dembele, whose first-time shot was tipped over by the busy Vorm. Paulinho was putting in a classy performance in the Tottenham midfield but he could not round off his display with a goal. The Brazil international sent a bouncing volley high after another chance came his way from Chadli’s cross.

The home side’s pressure should have yielded a penalty on the stroke of half-time. Shelvey fouled Townsend on the right side of the Swansea area and, despite referee Neil Swarbrick giving a free-kick, replays show the offence took place in the box. The disappointment over that decision did not linger long as another foul involving the same players did result in a penalty, which Soldado dispatched with ease by sending Vorm the wrong way.

Swansea improved after the introduction of £12m record signing Wilfried Bony up front, with Pablo Hernandez curling a low shot narrowly wide.
A far-post Flores volley brought a smart save out of France international Lloris before Spurs regained control of the game and quelled Swansea’s threat.

Paulinho had another chance to get on the scoresheet late on when he was sent clear but his first effort was blocked by Vorm before shooting high from the rebound. However, Spurs secured victory to continue a record which has seen them lose just two Premier League matches since 9 December 2012.

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup: “The free-kick [when Jonjo Shlevey fouled Andros Townsend] was given outside and maybe it should have been a penalty, but the penalty in the second half wasn’t a penalty.

“Tottenham are a very good team but they didn’t create many chances on goal and they score from that very light penalty.
“They had a couple of chances at the end of the first half but they were created by ourselves, and apart from that they had nothing.”

LINEUP, BOOKINGS (5) & SUBSTITUTIONS (5)
Tottenham Hotspur
25 Lloris
02 Walker
03 Rose
05 Vertonghen
20 Dawson
08 Paulinho
15 Capoue
17 Townsend (Sandro – 88′ )
19 Dembele (Sigurdsson – 64′ )
21 Chadli
09 Soldado Booked (Defoe – 81′ )
Substitutes
24 Friedel
04 Kaboul
16 Naughton
22 Sigurdsson
28 Carroll
30 Sandro
18 Defoe
Swansea City
01 Vorm Booked
04 Chico
06 Williams Booked
22 Rangel
33 Davies Booked
08 Shelvey (Bony – 69′ )
11 Pablo
15 Routledge (Pozuelo – 59′ )
20 De Guzman
21 Canas
09 Michu Booked
Substitutes
25 Tremmel
02 Amat
07 Britton
14 Lamah
24 Pozuelo
29 Richards
10 Bony
Ref: Swarbrick
Att: 36,005

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