Vertonghen goal lifts Spurs

Tottenham have leapfrogged Everton into fourth place in the
Premier League table following a 1-0 win over Swansea City.

Spurs were frustrated for large periods of the match at White
Hart Lane before Belgian defender Jan Vertonghen clinched the
points in the 75th minute.

Swansea began the match on the front foot, although Hugo Lloris
was untroubled in Spurs’ goal and it was the home side who
threatened first through in-form Jermain Defoe.

The England international latched onto Emmanuel Adebayor’s
through-ball only for Gerhard Tremmel to make the save from his
right-footed shot while Michu made the block to deny the striker
after he had initially conceded possession.

Adebayor’s close-range effort was then blocked by Chico from
Kyle Walker’s cross, Defoe’s turn and shot drifted wide of
Tremmel’s goal while Walker’s long-range special was straight at
the Swansea keeper.

The Swans did offer a threat of their own when Jonathan de
Guzman lashed a shot just over Lloris’ goal while Michu was close
to catching out the French keeper from distance after Mousa Dembele
lost possession.

Swansea came within a whisker of getting their noses in front
minutes into the second half, but Nathan Dyer could not hit the
target after Wayne Routledge did well to better Gallas and play in
a teasing cross.

Adebayor then saw a long-range effort parried for a corner by
Tremmel while Defoe’s left-footed strike in the 66th minute was
always curling away from the far post.

Tottenham suffered an injury blow when Adebayor hobbled from the
field of play, although it was unclear whether the former
Manchester City and Arsenal man had suffered an ankle knock or
hamstring strain.

The breakthrough finally came in the 75th minute when the
unmarked Vertonghen guided home Walker’s free-kick past Tremmel
into the far corner of the net.

Tremmel made a fine save in the closing stages to deny Defoe a
second for Tottenham, although the missed chance did not cost Andre
Villas-Boas’ side as they secured all three points after seeing out
five minutes of injury time.

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Tottenham Hotspur Team Statistics Swansea City
1 Goals 0
0 1st Half Goals 0
8 Shots on Target 0
9 Shots off Target 3
12 Blocked Shots 0
9 Corners 3
13 Fouls 8
1 Offsides 5
3 Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 0
88.9 Passing Success 81.9
19 Tackles 19
89.5 Tackles Success 68.4
49.9 Possession 50.1
61.3 Territorial Advantage 38.7
476 Total Passes 481
21 Total Crosses 13
127 Lost Balls 150
59 Recoveries 51
52.8 1st Half Poss. 47.2
46.2 2nd Half Poss. 53.8