Spurs beat Swansea City 3-1 at The Liberty Stadium with a reinvigorated Emmanuel Adebayor scoring twice.
In the first half, chances were at a premium as both teams struggled to find any rhythm. Swansea had the brightest start to the game, with Jonjo Selvey bringing a good shot from Hugo Lloris and hitting the bar with two long-range shots. Swansea also had a claim for a penalty turned down when Michael Dawson pushed Wilfried Bony at a corner.
It was Spurs who scored first, though, when Christian Eriksen put in a fierce, curling cross to the back post that Emmanuel Adebayor could not fail to convert.
Spurs doubled their lead eight minutes after half-time when Chico Flores failed to clear a Kyle Walker cross, instead putting it in his own goal. On 71 minutes, Adebayor scored Spurs’ third with a calm finish past Gerhard Tremmel after Danny Rose found him unmarked with his pass from the left wing.
Swansea pulled a goal back with a Bony volley with a quarter of an hour remaining, but could do nothing more to change the result.
13’ - SHELVEY SHOT - In space, Shelvey’s long-range shot it saved by Lloris.
25’ - PENALTY CLAIM - Dawson clearly pushes Bony in the area as he goes for a corner, but the referee gives nothing.
35’ - ADEBAYOR GOAL - Lennon lays the ball off to Eriksen whose cross is headed in at the back post by Adebayor.
36’ - CHADLI SHOT - Chadli has space on the right of the box after a quick Spurs move, but his shot is beaten away, and he’s ruled offside.
39’ - SPURS CHANCE - Adebayor gets to a dropping ball that Swansea failed to clear, but his shot is straight at Tremmel.
53’ - FLORES OWN GOAL - Eriksen finds Walker on the overlap, and Flores turns in his low cross.
70’ - DEMBELE MISS - Free on goal, just the ‘keeper to beat, but he sends the ball shamefully wide when he had Adebayor to his left.
71’ - ADEBAYOR’S SECOND - Danny Rose speeds down the left and squares the ball for Spurs’ in-form striker to score again.
78’ - SWANSEA SCORE - Bony uses impressive technique to score his traditional goal.
Swansea City have won just two of their last 16 Premier League home matches.
Spurs have won their last five away games.
The Liberty Stadium has seen more second half goals than any other Premier League stadium this season (27)
Emmanuel Adebayor has five goals in his last six games.
Should Spurs invest in the transfer window? Arguably most of their problems this season came with the challenge of integrating so many new players after just one transfer window. Tim Sherwood finally has Spurs playing with understanding, so more new players could disrupt that.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Emmanuel Adebayor (Spurs): Reborn under Tim Sherwood, it appears that Andre Villas-Boas’ talent for alienating players extended to the Togolese striker. His form has given Spurs the chance to drop the struggling Roberto Soldado.
Swansea City: Tremmel 6, Rangel 6, Chico 5, Williams 5, Davies 5, Amat 5, Britton 6, Shelvey 6, Pozuelo 5, Routledge 6, Bony 6. Subs: Lamah 6.
Spurs: Lloris 6, Walker 6, Chiriches 6, Dawson 6, Rose 6, Eriksen 6, Bentaleb 6, Dembele 6, Chadli 6, Lennon 6, Adebayor 7. Subs: Naughton 6, Sigurdsson 6.
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