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.

Don’t miss any live and exclusive football coverage this festive

season. Click


target='_blank' class='instorylink'>here to visit Sky

Sports’ Festive Calendar


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