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Match Report: Swansea City 1-1 Tottenham Hostpur (Spurs Fan's Perspective)

Sunday 1st January 2012
Spurs' trip to Swansea ended in disappointment as a late Scott Sinclair goal denied them a third win in four games. In a weekend of poor results for the top four teams, a Spurs draw in Wales actually drew them closer to the summit of the Premier League.

Had Spurs won this game, there may have been praise for displaying the quality necessary to win without playing well. As it is, Swansea seized a deserved point and kept their fine home record intact. They have been beaten only once at the Liberty Stadium and this performance demonstrated why. It was a breathless opening, as both sides played pressed and worked hard when out of possession. It resulted in a shocking number of passes being intercepted (Spurs made 40) and a stunning zero completed dribbles for both sides. With the talented players on display, that statistic may demonstrate the fatigue of the busy festive calendar. After the lung busting opening, both sides slowed down and Spurs began to find a foothold. By the end of the first half, it was all Tottenham. A fortunate goal for van der Vaart, albeit an impressive finish, sent the away side in ahead.

In the second half, Spurs were wasteful. Against Norwich on Tuesday, they pushed for a second goal and assumed total control. Against Swansea, they spurned good chances and invited their opposition back into the game. Harry Redknapp described the Swansea equaliser as “a catalogue of errors” as an unmarked Sinclair had a tap in after Friedel and Assou-Ekotto failed to deal with a cross from Rangel. Both sides could have won the game in a tense final period.

Spurs were poor on Saturday. They created only six scoring chances, had only ten shots and many of their big name players did not perform. It was particularly striking to see Gareth Bale, the destroyer of Norwich, completely ineffectual. He has often been unable to perform at that level in consecutive games. It may be a reflection of the physical demands of his playing style. The disappointment of failing to pick up maximum points will be tempered by defeats for Man City, United and Chelsea though. At the halfway point of the season, Spurs are third. With a game in hand, they could be just three points behind the leaders. However, Tottenham now have a target painted on their back. They have demonstrated their class and shown that they are a genuine threat. They won't be taken lightly in the second half of the season.

 
Samuel Rooke

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