Adebayor grabs double in 3-1 win over Swansea
Emmanuel Adebayor grabbed two late goals as Tottenham beat
Swansea 3-1 on Sunday to move level on points with north London
rival Arsenal in the battle for the third Champions League spot in
the Premier League.
The Togo striker planted home headers in the 73rd and 87th
minutes to take his tally for the campaign to 13 and end Spurs’
five-match winless run in the league that was jeopardizing their
hopes of a top-four finish.
With seven matches remaining, Tottenham is behind Arsenal only
on a goal difference and five points clear of Chelsea and
”You can’t afford to slip up,” Spurs manager Harry Redknapp
said. ”It’s going right to the wire. We’ve got to keep winning and
picking up points.”
Netherlands playmaker Rafael van der Vaart had given the hosts
the lead at White Hart Lane in the 19th minute, only for Iceland
midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson to equalize just before the hour mark
for mid-table Swansea with his fifth goal in the last four away
Spurs were driven to victory by pacy winger Gareth Bale, who
Swansea found impossible to keep in check in the second half,
although it needed the cutting edge of Adebayor to see them home to
a first league victory in seven weeks.
”When we were able to hit them, we hit them hard and scored the
goals we needed to,” Bale said. ”We hit a little blip, but we
feel like we’re back now and hopefully heading onto a good run-in
towards the end of season.”
Bale played a key role in Van der Vaart’s opener, speeding down
the left wing and sending in a low cross that was only half
cleared. Van der Vaart, running in at pace, side-footed home
powerfully from 20 yards (meters) to give Tottenham a lead it
Sigurdsson has given Swansea an added goal threat from midfield
since signing on loan from German team Hoffenheim, and he was left
stunned when his superb left-footed effort from 30 yards was tipped
onto the post by Spurs goalkeeper Brad Friedel.
Sigurdsson had to wait only nine minutes to get his revenge,
running onto a layoff by Wayne Routledge to shoot down into the
ground with the ball bouncing into the corner past Friedel’s
outstretched right hand.
Bale suddenly came into his own, popping up all over the field
and allowing his teammates plenty of space to capitalize.
The Wales winger drew two good saves from Swansea goalkeeper
Michel Vorm, who was given little chance by Adebayor’s header from
Van der Vaart’s inswinging corner with 17 minutes left.
The striker, on loan from Manchester City, made the three points
safe by glancing a header in off the far post after substitute
Aaron Lennon stood up a fine cross from the right.