Tottenham v Swansea Match Report.
Spurs survived a late rally from Swansea for their first win in 5 games and to keep their Champions League hopes alive with a nail biting 3-2 victory over Swansea.
Tottenham had dominated possession throughout the match and looked back to their best after taking the lead in the second half, but a late goal from former Spurs player Gylfi Siggurdson gave Swansea hope before Hugo Lloris brilliantly denied Swansea a point by pushing a headed effort wide of the post with the last play of the game.
Much of the action was overshadowed by distressing scenes following Chadli’s 6th minute opener. After Chadli guided the ball past Fabianski from Rose’s pin-point cross, jubilation around the stadium was replaced with stunned silence as Swansea’s Bafetimbi Gomis collapsed to the turf as he walked back to restart play. Gomis needed several minutes treatment on the field before being taken off, but the French international was conscious as he left the pitch and it was soon apparent that he was fine.
This brought back troubling memories of when Fabrice Muamba collapsed at White Hart Lane in 2012, with many players and fans again unable to watch as Gomis was treated. It was soon revealed that Gomis has a history of fainting and he later tweeted to reassure fans of his wellbeing.
Play continued with a subdued atmosphere at White Hart Lane, and Swansea soon equalised after Sigurdsson rattled the post from a free-kick and Ki managed to poke the ball through Lloris’s legs after Spurs failed to clear the danger.
Frustration mounted as Spurs dominated possession but struggled to break down Swansea’s well organised, compact defence, with Tottenham settling for long range efforts which Gary Monk’s men dealt with comfortably. Pochettino’s half time talk clearly worked, as Spurs came out with a new energy in the second half and were soon rewarded with another goal. Christian Eriksen dribbled into the box and laid the ball off to Ryan Mason, who thumped the ball into the back of the net for the 23 year old Englishman’s first PL goal.
Confidence was high at WHL following this, with Swansea struggling to get hold of the ball and Tottenham beginning to unlock their defence largely through the intelligent play of Eriksen.
Andros Townsend added a third after referee Michael Oliver smartly played advantage, leaving Townsend to burst down the left flank before cutting inside and curling the ball into the top corner for what was a sensational solo effort goal.
Spurs should have added to their tally with Walker and substitute Soldado going close, but Swansea were given a lifeline when Sigurdsson volleyed in from close range in the 88th minute. They desperately searched for an equaliser with 3 minutes added, with Lloris proving why he is one of the best in the world by miraculously saving a header from Federico Fernandez right at the death of the match.
There was relief around White Hart Lane as Spurs put a difficult stretch of games behind them and kept pace with the teams above, all of whom also won. Spurs can look to close the gap and leapfrog Southampton if they win their game in hand against QPR on Saturday. Swansea will be frustrated after coming so close to earning a point, but they will be boosted by the desire they showed late on as well as the return and impressive showing by Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Prior to the match, a minute’s applause was held to honour Spurs legend David Mackay who sadly passed away on Tuesday at the age of 80.
Written by Jonny Hughes @J_Hughes08