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Tottenham Hotspur vs. Swansea City

Not only do Swansea play great football, but they are also in great form at the moment.

Last weeks 4-3 home defeat against Norwich was the Welsh sides first defeat in nine games (5 wins and 3 draws) and in those games they played Liverpool twice (H & A), Chelsea (H), Newcastle (A), WBA (H) and Arsenal (A), so it has hardly like the fixtures were overly kind to them. The fact that Swansea sit only 3 points behind Spurs and have a better goal difference, is a real indication of their increasing quality and the fact that Michael Laudrup has almost seamlessly stepped in for Brendan Rodgers, is a true testament to the great way the club is run over the last few years.

Laudrup has not only kept things together, but they are actually five points better off that at the same stage last season and in Michu, they have added a real attacking threat and cutting edge to a team that was last season heralded for its superb football, but occasionally lacked a finisher to make good their chances and possession. Perhaps last weekend at home to Norwich was a bad day at the office, because I felt they were poor defensively and I felt that the loss of Michel Vorm was visible and his replacement, Gerhard Tremmel looked uncertain and not in control of his defence on several occasions.

Spurs have the boost of potentially having Scott Parker, BAE, Michael Dawson and even Gareth Bale back from injury, though all are currently either lacking games or not 100% at the time of writing. Whether AVB would risk too many changes, by adding returning players is unlikely for me. I could see a situation where if Bale is deemed 100% or near, he plays, but of the others, I'm not so sure that we will see anything better than a place on the bench and we will once again see a side much the same as at Everton last weekend. This is a rare game where it is Spurs who have had the weeks rest and our opponents have had the extra game. How this benefits Spurs or perhaps works against Swansea, is anyones guess, but I feel that in the case of a few Tottenham players a free mid-week has to be a positive, especially going to a hectic Christmas period. Another weeks rest between this game and Stoke, might allow AVB to give the returning players more time to be fully ready, which makes sense to me.

Though I love the idea of bringing BAE and Bale back into the side and allowing Jan Vertonghen to move inside to partner Steven Caulker, who will of course be playing against the side he did so well for last season. I feel we will again see Walker, Gallas, Caulker and Vertonghen in front of Hugo Lloris, though I would happily see Dawson in place of Gallas, if he is fully recovered from his hamstring injury. Should Bale not make it, I feel that Clint Dempsey will start on the left, with Lennon, Sandro and Dembele making up the midfield. Of course there might be a temptation to start with Gylfi Sigurdsson in place of Emmanuel Adebayor, but that would hint at sentimentality, and surely we can't have that in a Premiership manager… There is of course still a question mark over how well Adebayor is playing as an individual and also with the rest of the team, particularly Jermain Defoe. Is there a logic to start with Clint and Gylfi and leave Emmanuel on the bench? I will leave that for you to decide...




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Writer: OxfordSpur Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday December 14 2012

Time: 5:52PM

Your Comments

Im surprised that over 80% of us think Spurs will win this. though I share that thought, I feel it is also a very losable game and one that we could easily slip up in if we are not 100% on our game
oxfordspur
with you there Ox... they are a good side on there day...
Yidmarks
looking forward to see if AVB plays the team that started so well at Le Scum...
Yidmarks
if Bale is fit to start....
Yidmarks
I`m going 4-0

But Gallas has to be a part timer now .Adebayor has to start earning the stupid money he is on ,if only he cared as much about football as he does money ,could have a fine player ,but like Harry ,all me me me .
We have so many team players who are playing for the shirt & making us proud ,the much (deserved )criticised Dempsey is stepping up to the plate ,brilliant .Just goes to show it`s as much about heart & attitude ,as it is overall talent .When players actually care about the club ,the fans & eachother they play better .
Lennon needs a kick up the arse ,walks around far too much IMO .
Lloris ,Bale ,Vertonghen & Dembele a cut above the rest .
Defoe having his best ever season but consistency is the key to all great footballers ,like a great movie ,need a good start ,middle & end
big cockeral
OX - most of them don't vote what they "think", they vote what they "hope". Makes the poll a waste of time really
Hot_Spur
Glad my pop up was blocked, just doing the Megan Fox workout with Erin Stutland from the link above, think iv'e sprained my wrist!!!
spu 4 life
I applaud Gallas for his efforts of late, but vert's to move in if bae fit and ready. Sandro to mark the s*** outta michu, and Defoe to score a brace with siggs a goal also. 3-0 at the lane. News on bale?
van der haart lane
I'm hoping the weeks rest will give a few of the players that extra fuel they needed for the whole 90 minutes. Quietly confident going into this game and if we can take an early Chance and nick an goal/keep Michu quiet 'all will be well in the garden' ;-)
mountainyid
Am I the only one that enjoys there not being any "easy" games anymore? Every week there's just as much chance to win as there is to watch Spurs invent yet another crazy way to lose a match and I wouldnt have it any other way. Always going for the win so 2-1 will do. SPU 4 Life? Mate you REALLY need to get a love life! An excercise video? Thats just sad :-{
Underspur
COME ON YOU SPURS & WIN WIN WIN !!!
Madaboutspurs
Yea underspur considering he has access to the world wide web if he's on here - you can see a busty 68 year old man sucking a donkey in a tutu if you want and its only a click away! Swansea are looking like a team that will cause us problems, they won't sit back they will try to pass the ball round and through us and will attack rapidly. I don't think Gallas has the legs to cope with them for a full match. Maybe get lennon to mark Dyer or better yet sign Dyer to give Lennon that kick up the behind!
Slurms McKenzie
Siggy better start ahead of the useless Dempsey!
01tottenham
I am deeply saddened by the killing of all the 5 to 10 year olds in the primary school in the US. What goes on in some peoples' head I have no idea :-((
Madaboutspurs
Underspur, I only enjoy the no more easy games scenario when we are referring to the other top teams, not for us. I would like plenty of easy games, thanks.
Madaboutspurs
Exactly -- young innocent people get murdered & you have multi millionaire footballers complaining when their feelings are hurt .

Isn`t it about time we put things in perspective ?
big cockeral
Spare a thought for all the family and especially parents of the kids (and adults) that were gunned down. Not happy :-((
Madaboutspurs
don't get me started on gun laws! how many times will this keep happening before they do something about it! always the innocent who suffer. 28 dead and 20 of those were young children. A very sad day indeed.
mountainyid
We'll win this game.At least I hope so!! 3-1 to spurs!!
SilwalYid
Lets see what the NRA says this time, hey? And No Madabout I'll take it the way it is thanks. Used to follow St George and winning all the time got bloody boring and for me its always the journey, not the destination.

Slurms..... a donkey in a Tutu???? Therapy, NOW! :-}

Underspur
01tottenham Dempsey has been our best player in the last 3-4 matches???
Mix26
AVB will go with the team from Everton game... then sub, on Bale, Ade, Siggy, Parker. I really do hope that Andre will not try to close out the game after 70 mins, if we are ahead. Swansea will go at us fast and attack and score, so we have to keep the attacking threat to the final whistle... This is where we have lost too many points, we were lucky at Man Utd. The everton game showed the mistakes we make in trying to defend a lead...
Block D Spurs
Off topic... my ITK said yesterday, Daniel Levy will buy a Portguese player in January... he (itk) has not been wrong yet as right since saying harry be sacked, and all happenings since....
Block D Spurs
think the losing side against Everton are getting undue criticism... 9 of the outfield played midweek in EL and despite the 3-1 score, it wasnt an easy game till the last 15mins. Everton were fresh and had trained for a week to play us. the last 3-4mins of the game were abit of a fluke (name me the last time previous that we lost a game from a winning position after 89mins 55secs).... I even liked the subs AVB made last week as ironically, we looked better last 10mins of the game with fresher legs and easier possession.... I expect a winagainst Swansea
Viyyash-Ramosh
I'm going to the game tomorrow with my dad, didn't go last season so I cannot wait for today, it's been too long! Hoping for a great game of football and a really good atmosphere. Oh and here's a good omen for us lot, Spurs have never lost when I've been to see them ;)
rahn DMC
AVB cant afford to go down to the swans like Scum did, especially after that capitulation against the Toffees, he has to play Vert with Caulker and get BAE back, I want to see what a back four of Walker Vert Caulker and BAE play like cos apart from Kabs that is pretty well our strongest back 4.....I refuse to accept Gallas as a start ever again in the PL.......he should be giving donkey rides on Blackpool beach....the only thing Gallas could have a burn up with nowadays is a milk float ..if he plays we'll lose...it'll be 1-0 up and then we'll sit back and let them come on to us...1-0 up with 10 minutes to go and out come the prayer beads once again! We have to shut down all the space or they will move us around the pitch all day long and Gallas is rubbish at closing down a moving target or covering for a player out of position...I hope Parker gets 20 minutes I still want to see him along side Sandro and give the big bugger the chance to break the game up higher up the pitch...the really big question is ; if BAE starts what hair do is going to have.?..when its platted he has a good game, when it looks like an explosion in pillow factory its anyone's guess!
OyVeh Maria
AVB doesnt HAVE to win this game just cos of 1 loss after 4 straight wins... nothing is guaranteed in football, but with a weerk's recovery (for a change) and being at home, I fully expect us to win
Viyyash-Ramosh
OyVeh... lmao... BAE hair style....explosion in a pillow factory... nice one...
Block D Spurs
I dont 4-4-2 is the way to go against Swansea. We have to play 4-2-3-1 against Swansea. My XI -
Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Caulker, Vertonghen, Sandro, Sigurdsson, Dempsey, Lennon, Dembele , Defoe
sydqcb5
I would like to see Ekotto and Parker back tomorrow, but it wouldn´t be a wise move to start them after being sidelined for several months. These late goals we have been conceding were so much advertised since last sunday that I think all eleven players on the pitch will be focused on not performing that again. That said, if we are winning for a 2-goal margin, maybe it would be great to see Parker re-introduced to Spurs´ fan with 5 minutes from time. Same for Ekotto. Given Kaboul´s injury and taking that Daws is fit, my team sheet is Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Caulker, Verthongen, Sandro, Dembele, Lennon, Adebayor, Sigurdsson, Defoe with Ade playing VdV´s role for Defoe as VdV used to play for him last season.
AlexSpur
Swansea had a tough game midweek, Spurs did not.... see Everton v Spurs
Viyyash-Ramosh
Well done to QPR and Harry Redknapp!!
Spurs999
taraabt scored a real beauty too, still too much of a prima donna, but an amazing talent
Guernman
Congratulations to David Moyes. Just admitted Feilani got away with a head butt at Stoke today and he said he hopes the FA ban him. Great for him to be so honest. He is a top class man and a top class manager.
SpuriousLife
SpuriousLife, agree. Credit to Moyes, but isn't it sad that we should be praising him for just speaking the truth
In-spurs-ational
If both Bale and Lennon are fit, it is hard to see how Adebayor, Dempsey and Defoe can all play. Tough call as Dempsey has been great of late and JD is on form, but I can't help feeling that we have to get Adebayor firing. I'll defer to AVB and of course praise/berate him effusively depending on the outcome. :) COYS.
Love totty
What's great is that we're close to having 15 of our best 16 players available with only Kaboul missing. We are then only a couple of weeks away from the transfer window. I don't think we have a best 11 at the moment and there should be competition for places forming within the squad.
muttley
am looking forward to seeing big players return, if not for their quality but for morale team shape an competition. parker being back is huge, despite him not being in our best 11 for me. ekotto will be huge so verts can move centre. expecting a win tomorrow an a good performance, but equally wouldnt be surprised to see swansea doninate an win.
BrooksySpurs
There's nothing wrong in defending a lead, you just need to know how to defend it. I'm sure that AVB is well aware of our problem in leaking so many late goals. Would love to see Ekotto and Kaboul as full backs with Verthogen and Caulker as centre backs. COYS
ItalianYiddo
ItalianYiddo, on the bright side, at least we have had leads to defend. Hopefully with Parker back, even for the last fifteen minutes, we will be more secure at the back towards the end of games.
In-spurs-ational
Even if Bale is fit, I don't think AVB will risk starting him, same applies for Benny and Parker. I feel we have enough in our squad to perhaps start with the same team + formation as against Everton and perhaps (depending on score) introduce one or two late on.

With Everton drawing today, the door is open (again) for us to position ourselves in the top 4 leading to the X-mas run in. Pretty confident the lads will not let us down this time. COYS!
Critical_Spur
im failing to see why ppl are having a go at avb for defending a lead. if you are winning 1-0 against any team in the prem, no matter who you are, that team will be putting you under enormous amounts of pressuree, home an away. last week i heard Everton did it with constant long balls. someone explain to me how keeping players like lennon an defoe on the pitch will help us cope with this?? it wont simple as. the onslaught will always come its how we deal with it, an the players on the pitch. the fact we dealt with that onslaught so well last week an pretty much nulified their threat an the threat of all their key players is very impressive. two slack bits of defending that avb can do nothing about shouldnt take away from this.
BrooksySpurs
Full credit to Swansea the way they play football is first class and they do so without the likes of players such as Mata, Hazard, Silva and not spending silly amounts in the transfer market and after losing Rodgers they had the balls to hire Laudrup. Whoever the Chairman is at Swansea hats off Sir because that football club has really been run well........ That said we are Tottenham Hotspur and we should expect a win at White Hart Lane. COYS.
MrSpurs
think parker will make the bench, also feel thay this game has come too soon for BAE and Bale. team: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Caulker, Vertonghen, Sandro, Dembele, Lennon, Ade, Dempsey, Defoe. Win and we go fourth, can't think of a bigger incentive for the lads to go on and win the match! COYS!
COYS_TSB
Love totty ... Sorry mate but I disagree. Why would AVB even consider dropping a striker who's on fire to replace him with one who hasn't even been mediocre since he was given a long term contract?
We should have too much for Swansea tomorrow even without Bale, so I'd give him another week to recover. Hopefully AVB has learned that we don't do holding on for the win very well, never have done. COYS
thfc1882whl
The fact that we gave away late goals has nothing to do with defenders or defending, its down to composure of players, especially mid fielders. From a opta stat I read, before Everton game, we had made the highest number of defensive clearance than anyone in PL this season.
When we are the last 10 -15 minutes of the game, our midfielders simply dont hold on to the ball, whether its Huddlestone or Dembele or even Sandro. They give it away or make wrong passes. We need a player in centre of the park who can hold on to the ball and spread the play. We are missing Modric , it is obvious. We have to look for such a player in Jan. Dont have to spend crazy, even a solid loan player should do the job.
sydqcb5
GET IN - 65Mins 1-0 corinthians, COME ON.
spu 4 life
coranthians are kicking chel*****'s ass.LOL
SilwalYid
f-off cahill red card 89mins
spu 4 life
hahaha torres scores off side
spu 4 life
it don't MATA, blue scum lost, great stuff ...
spu 4 life
right down to the game that does matter, COYS, big game as always and a must win one at that, time for Defoe, can see him getting at least 2 goals, we have had a clear week, fancy this for 3-0 TO US.
spu 4 life
Lloris, Walker, Naughton, Verts., Gallas, Sandro, Dembele, Lennon, BALE!!, Ade, Defoe. COYS. Parker in sub bench. Dempsey not even there, injured??
Madaboutspurs
XI : Lloris, Walker, Gallas, Vertonghen, Naughton, Lennon, Sandro, Dembele, Dempsey, Adebayor & Defoe
sydqcb5
6 comments in last 8 hours ? people need to wake up here. COYS
sydqcb5
Subs : Friedel, Caulker, Livermore, Huddlestone, Townsend, Sigurdsson, Parker
sydqcb5
Glad Vertonghen's back at CB, but I haven't been convinced by Naughton at LB so far this season.
Spursteve
Mad, no Bale.... I guess you need to wake up too :)
sydqcb5
Ade & Defoe upfront.... Going to get murdered in midfield. Swansea almost playing 4-6-0 with Michu playing the furtherest
sydqcb5
No Bale or Dawson.
If Caulker is fully fit, I am surprised he is on the bench. Gallas lacks the mobility to play against a swift passing style.
Hotspur 1882
They dont have Rangel who is really good overlapping. They will miss him. Swansea are weak at back, if Ade & Defoe can click, we should trouble them. But we need to click as a unit to win today. Individual brilliance wont do today.
sydqcb5
THFC - I take your point but AVB has to try to get the best out of a player of genuine class, not keep him on the bench indefinitely. In time AVB can shape the team as he wants, until then his job is to get the best out of what he's got like most managers not blessed by wealthy backers.
Love totty
Must be a dodgy site I latched onto to get that info syd. Not my fault, just the messenger I am ;-)
Madaboutspurs
Hotspur 1882, I believe this is trial run when BAE gets into team. When BAE come into team, I see Vertonghen moving to CB and BAE at left back. Other CB is between Caulker, Gallas, Dawson & Kaboul.
sydqcb5
By the way, we lost all 5 games Ade played :(
sydqcb5
Sydqcb5, Just an observation re your post on Opta Stats and seemingly pointing that our problems lay in the midfield...

Our defence may have made the MOST clearances, but I suspect MOST were hoofs to the opponents!. When defending, it seems we DON’T have a midfield, just the odd striker upfront on his own, unable to hold or bring others in to play. Also the Stats don’t tell you how many of the NON-CLEARANCES from the defence ended up in the net! In my opinion we don't have the composure at the back to work the ball in to midfield.

On the whole I agree it is a sort of a midfield AREA problem, we defend too deep giving up the space and a lone striker totally wasted in the latter part of the game. Now that AVB has acknowledged the issue, let’s see what remedy is put in place.
Critical_Spur
Littl nervous about naughton on the left. Hope he has a better showing than the last outing. Still confident we ill win!. COYS!
Critical_Spur
Critical_Spur, agreed. To me its the over all composure that is required. In most games, its mostly influenced by the midfield. when the central midfielder's passing accuracy drops below 80% you have a problem. Last game, Hudd had a pathetic 58%, which is well & truly poor. Whenever he was on the ball he made a poor decision. No defense can handle relent less pressure. It needs help wheter its the front man holding the ball or midfielders absorbing the pressure.
sydqcb5
sydqcb5
Vertonhen I feel is a certainty in the middle, with an established left back. Perhaps the manger sees Gallas, in the absence of Dawson or Kaboul as a better option than the less experienced Caulker.
He does seem to rate Gallas very highly. Until recently he seems to have not rated Michael Dawson.
Hotspur 1882
Wow pretty amazed with our team sheet!Seriously AVB really surprises me everynow and then.3-1 TO SPURS
SilwalYid
Where are you, Total Knobhead ?? In Japan ??
AlexSpur
Hotspur 1882, Dawson s certain to start against Stoke next week. I would think Caulker & Vertonghen will alos start against that monsters
sydqcb5
Sydqcb5, Re Huddlestone. Gosh I remember when he first arrived at the lane, I had visions of another Hoddle in the making + more power. The system we played then he fitted in perfectly and scored the odd beauty too!. However, imo, he just does not fit our current system. He’d be more suited at somewhere like Stoke. May be Harry would take him on loan, especially if we get new additions in January.
Critical_Spur
Naughton was very nervous when playing LB against Panathinaikos. When Bale is playing LW, he tracks back and helps Ekotto or Verts which I don´t see Dempsey doing...this is a weakness Swansea might be willing to explore. If Caulker was not on the bench I would assume he would be injured, Therefore Naughton playing today...Strange decision by AVB, though I support him by giving youngsters a real PL taste.
AlexSpur
I guess Caulker is dropped deliberately by AVB due to his ignorance to hear keeper calls!
SilwalYid
Hope that the hard working, unselfish persona of Ade turns up today.
Hotspur 1882
naughton looking more comfortable today, ade playing well. defoe not great so far. he does unbalance things because he won't pass but pushes ade wide. he had better score a few to make up for it
Guernman
Comfortable but missing Modric and VDV to create
mattspurs1982
Couple of sloppy moments by Walker and Sandro but apart from that we'll playing well. Just need to keep pressing them, retaining possession ourselves and hope the chances eventually come. Need to get Lennon on the ball more.
muttley
So far guys, apart from a goal, it has been a perfect 45 mins. The blokes look really comfortable and we are bossing the game everywhere. As i said, if our finishing was better we would be 4 up!!! PLus they have been defending fantastically!!
woodyn17
the problem is they are sitting back here and hoping to frustrate us before trying to nick it at the end as they did against arsenal, their plan is working better than ours, fortunately we very rarely concede late goals :0
Guernman
Enjoyed this games so far. We have out muscled them. We do miss the technical abilities of Modric and VDV but i really like Dembele. I cannot remember having such a physical team.
asherthesmasher
This is what they did to the scum so we have to be both patient and purposeful. Great effort by Michu so we need to stay awake.
Love totty
Swansea played well against Arsenal. They have not been in the game at all.
asherthesmasher
Hate these games where we dominate everything and don't score. Look forward to AVB coming up with something that beats this "park the bus" defense.
jvd
Good 45 mins with just the ODD loose pass nearly gifted them few breaks. Two teams passing well and ACTUALLY playing football!. Wait until we next week when we have to play rugby against stoke!

The game needs that magic pass or that magic finish to liven it up. Still think it will come our way though! COYS!

PS., My concerns were unfounded about Naughton. This game/opposition suits him.
Critical_Spur
Quiet Vital today. Lots of noise at the lane, maybe everyone's there?
jvd
I like Naughton but he's not a left back, we really need Benny back. With him and Bale today I think we would be 2 up by now. Good game, good spectacle, good teams. Bring on the 2nd half!!
TomSpurs
Only 1thing to say-Gallas is slow as feck!
SilwalYid
great tracking back from adebayor, he has worked hard for the team today
Guernman
This is getting very frustrating
philbill
C'mon on you spurs! we need a fecking goal
SilwalYid
Pls replace Naughton by Townsend :(
PHC
swansea's game planning panning out
Guernman
Why is Vitalspur so quiet today??
SilwalYid
Lacking attacking options on the bench. Apart from Townsend (deemed not good enough last year) and Siggy (poor to date) we really look thin
mattspurs1982
siggy is capable of finding a killer pass
Guernman
ade should have made the problem clear before we just subbed off a striker
Guernman
so we will see siggy in the hole where he could be very effective though
Guernman
We definately need to spend in January. Townsend is just not good enough IMHO.
Fanman
That's a relief!
Durbanspur
Great finish by Jan!
Spursteve
1 - 0 with 15 mins to go
Hotspur 1882
Yessssss!
Hotspur 1882
As they open up, it could leave them vunerable to the pace of Defoe, Walker and Lennon.
Hotspur 1882
GOOOOOAAAAL!!
Madaboutspurs
Parker to come on and stop any thoughts of revival?
Hotspur 1882
No late goals please this time please god!
SilwalYid
fantastic half volley on his weaker foot. it would be real nice if we went for a second goal now though
Guernman
squeaky bum time
logos8
Fanman - Townsend not good enough?? The bloke who just won the free-kick we scored from?? The blokes just come on mate. Plus he is 20 years old!!
woodyn17
siggy has fantastic delivery from corners
Guernman
We've bossed the majority of this game with just Swansea's good defending & game plan frustrating us. Now we've got the lead let's just hope we don't concede any stupid late goals again.
Spursteve
time to switch to 10 CB's please!!!!
woodyn17
C'mon now
SilwalYid
C'mon now
SilwalYid
great to see parker, i don't feel thats a negative sub
Guernman
Walker has had a poor game IMO
Durbanspur
2 mins to go Corner to Swansea.

PARKER clears! :0)
Hotspur 1882
Phew!
Back up to fourth.
Hotspur 1882
Good 3 points to put us back in the top 4, and a nice bonus to keep a clean sheet. Great to see Parker back in a Spurs shirt as well.
Spursteve
Yay!! We win !!!
Madaboutspurs
woodyn17, my opinion of him was not based on today's performance. I would be ecstatic to be proven wrong mate. I just remember him playing poorly against Panathenikos(sp).
Fanman
well, credit to AVB, gallas played well, communicates better with lloris than caulker. i also think the high line is becoming quite effective, vertonghen and gallas kept the line well tonight and it eased the pressure in the closing minutes. great three points
Guernman
Well done lads! Everyone played well and was improved with Townsend when he came on. Did anyone notice SuperVan's goal celebration. Clark Kent changing into Superman! Back to 4th where we belong and the jinx of conceding a goal in the last dying seconds is off our back! COYS
mountainyid
I didn't watch the match, but it seems like we created many chances. Defoe had an off day? Fantastic to see Parker back. I didn't expect a win to be honest. Does anyone know when we last won 1-0?
Fanman
Lets be honest, that scoreline flattered a very good Swansea side. Well done Spurs, even Gallas played well. Lennon, Dembele, Verts were all good. Hugo match winning contribution at the end - top stuff.
HuddersfieldYiddo
* impressed with Townsend
mountainyid
Does that mean Ade and Dembele are injured again.Seems like AVB's never gonna be able to field his strongest 11.We need some serious reinforcements in Jan!For now :D
SilwalYid
Finally a win without conceding late goals. Top Four again. I think Sigurdsson deserves to start ahead of Dempsey. He was clearly more interested in the game plus gave Defoe all the chances to score a 2nd.
AlexSpur
Townsend was excellent when he came on too. COYS
HuddersfieldYiddo
Fantastic win. Verts at CB is a must. Sandro and Lloris were sheer class. Only one complaint... Adebayor. Useless. Townsend coming on for him one us the game.
TopSpur13
WellI didn't see Parker back lol. It really is a great relief to have him fit again. AVB has done well with the squad he's had available. We should stick with this back-line.
Fanman
With Bale that would have been way more comfortable. We got there in the end though even though we squandered some chances.
muttley
won* us the game.
TopSpur13
We're cutting it close, hopefully Dembele is fine cause without him we're back to square-one, lacking lots of creativity and possession. Even if we have Parker back, Levy must get us Moutinho or Benat or any fantastic ball passer. We've lost Ade, and heaven knows we need forward players the most with the numerous upcoming fixtures.
dcruzer
Eversince I bought this new Tv,everygame I watched,we lost(Wigan,Arse,Man*****ty,Everton).Damn 1st win and it feels so great,Feels like I'm flying.
SilwalYid
Sorry, but one player disappointed me today. DEFOE. Several chances, inc two with 1-on-1 and still empty handed. But pleased with the result. Swansea had to go for long ball as time was not on their side and damage had already been done. Nearly paid off for them. Well done lads. Happy to be sitting 4th. COYS!
Critical_Spur
Well deserved. I would be happy if we went all out for one AM. Someone who can play on the wing and central. Someone that will cost a small fortune. Lennon is a weak link and Demsey and Siggy, both not bad are also not starters for a top four team.
asherthesmasher
Stoke, Villa, Sunderland and Reading next. Lets go on a good run now.
TopSpur13
Let´s hope WBA x West Ham match ends at a draw.
AlexSpur
Alex- i am hoping for a hammers win as they won't be in the top 8 at the end of the season. WBA will be there or there about's for the top 6 spots.
woodyn17
i think a shout has to go to gallas today, hes been getting a lot of stick on here this year but i thought him and jan the man were great. ade had a better games than last week, so plenty of positives to take. jan vertonghen.....LEGEND COYS
Yidd Fein
woodyn, I would do the same, but I don´t think WHU is strong enough to beat WBA away. Plus, it is always painful to see these guys win anything.
AlexSpur
and lloris is absolute quality.
Yidd Fein
Naughton had his best Spurs game yet. For entire 98 minutes he was immense. 100% passing accuracy, 100% interception - late interception on when he was the second last man was immense. He had Dyer in his pocket all day long.
sydqcb5
I wont be surprised if this is the first time Swansea had less possession and get beaten in league. Great win. Not many teams will win against Swansea home or away.
sydqcb5
Very impressed with our patience. A great three points. A bit worried about Ade being injured and Defoe is on four yellow cards. Vertonghen must stay at centre half. Stoke will be tough next week but COYS. I saw in the People this morning that ENiC are tightening their belts and there is no money in January. Interesting to see how that develops.
jonathan01
Dawson being mothballed for the January sales methinks (ditto Darren Bent)... like the idea of using Townsend's pace on left when defending leads..... Swansea must have been tiring the last 10mins after their midweek exploits... daylight now to 5th place... good weekends work.
Viyyash-Ramosh
.... as for a striker in January, I think we'll get a pacey, tall cheap African from Ligue.1 to bolster the main duo of Ade-Defoe..
Viyyash-Ramosh
SUPER JAN

Smiley face
sydqcb5
Yes great result. We did dominate and really concentrated at the end to keep them out. Kept trying up to the final whistle. Here is hoping for the next 3/21 games
Big Ron
Good game ...great result.Vertonghen..sheer class.Reminds me of my namesake Richard Gough...must be captain soon.Patient build up paid dividends and what?????? we didn't give a goal away in addedtime!After four seasons, we still need a STRIKER.Will we ever attract top No.9?Dembele class..holds the ball up well and tackles back.Dempsey and Siggy improving.Lennon stil won't and can't shoot (had a fantasic sight of goal in first half and passed into no man's land!!!!)THis lad could be sensational if he learnt how to kick a ball.Townsend looked good..well done.Taraabt was brilliant yesterday..well done 'Arry.
wentworth
Well I watched the game here in GZ and I thought we played very well. It definitely felt like an 'Arry game although the difference between Arry's football and AVB's is that I thought we were a lot more narrow. It was a lot more possession based with a lot of movement off the bar to create space, a better style of football although not as direct as Arry's get it quick out wide. I thought the breakthrough would come with a bit of movement within their half but as the pressure grew and Swansea were forced deeper I assumed a decisive cross would then prove to be the winner which it did. Glad to see it come from a set-play. We fully deserved this victory although from my point of view, Townsend should of put the ball out and I was content with Swansea's reaction. On a side-note about the players I though that if we had a quick winger with a sight for goal instead of lennon we could of been looking at a different score. Defoe will only play well in a counter-attacking style, he was a little behind in terms of awareness with the midfield with our closely coordinated possession play and with Dempsey playing a lot more tucked in, snapshots were once again his usual trait to display some sort of effectiveness. Ade didn't have the best of games and I could tell he was trying to bring himself in to the game a lot more with confidence rather than the ethic which was flowing. Walker and Sandro had lapses in concentration with their passing but made up for with their usual work ethic. Gallas and SuperVan were solid as was Naughton. On the whole, I felt we played the Spurs way for the first time for 90minutes with AVB's style, I'm really damn pleased.
morethansam1
Ade had some great touch at 1st half,naughton's best game and that walker's shot at 1st half was as fast as lightening.Townsend lovely!
SilwalYid
I hope the story about ENIC not spending in January isn't true. Levy has kept things tight in the last couple of January windows & it's cost us every time. I'd personally like to see us raid some of the Spanish clubs - they're struggling financially at the moment & we should be able to get a couple of bargains. I'd be happy to see one or two of Llorente, Soldado, Isco & Muniain at the Lane. I think Llorente might be in the last year of his contract as well.
Spursteve
I dont agree saying Townsend was unsportsman like. Fact is, Townsend had back to our goal when he got the ball. When he started running he did not see Michu being flattened. Also, what was Mike Dean doing, not blowing the whistle given its a possible head injury.
sydqcb5
One note from this morning was AVB telling Arry Dawson and Parker are NOT FOR SALE, came off the tottenham media watch main web site. Great result all 3pts in the bag, good to see Scott Parker finally back and he soon put him self about, well done Hugo, great punch at the end, would have taken MikeTyson out with that one.
spu 4 life
Apologies for the crappy English and reuse of words, I didn't check it and there's no edit button and now it reads like *****! :(. COYS!
morethansam1
Yea, the ref should of really called that one and not the let the players make asses of themselves on both sides. It just felt a bit unsavoury in terms of the great football both teams played.
morethansam1
Deserved Spurs win and great commitment at the end (personified by Lloris's no-nonsense clearance). Just need Reading to do us a favour tomorrow but I doubt it very much. BTW, is there any way to stop the audio coming on EVERYTIME you enter a Vital page or just refreshing as is ssoo annoying when you want to check updates.
bowerman
Bowerman, great credit to Arsenal for holding Bradford to a draw at at 90mins.
matt hoten
spu 4 life-Lol surely would have taken Tyson out! seems like le arse,chel*****,man *****ty,everton are all set to strengthen this come Jan.If we dont buy some quality players,we'll slowly lose our grip on top 4.Time to splash the cash!!
SilwalYid
Good solid performance and we concentrated and dominated for 95 minutes. We even managed to get a goal against a team that had setup defensively and looked to play on the counter attack. The more of the AVB Spurs I see the more I see us turning into an intelligent footballing side. Patience and intelligence will be key. Good stuff from AVB and the squad.
SpuriousLife
Man of the match?
My vote goes to Tremmel. Kept them in it today.
For Spurs, Vertonghen. Not just for his goal. Back in his best position. Keeping things tidy at the back and excellent breaking forward.
Hotspur 1882
morethansam1
For sheer excitement Harry brought the best football seen at the Lane for many years. Not just naive attacking football either.
I'm not suggesting that your comment is in any way critical of Harry's team. It will be interesting to see how things develop this season.
Let's hope that AVB is treated with more honesty and respect than Martin and Harry.
COYS!
Hotspur 1882
A bit frustrating to have had so little to show for the possession and chances we had but it was a well controlled performance by everyone. Good to see Ade's touch returning and he held the ball up well. Sandro and Dembele were frighteningly strong and Walker seems to back to his best.
Love totty
Hopefully, Dembele's injury isn't a recurrence of his hip problem.
Hotspur 1882
Love totty.
I too feel the same frustration. Not just in today's game. That was so often the problem last season. It has continued this season too.
However, today brought three points.
Hotspur 1882
Nice and quiet on here. That's what i like to see - we must be doing well! 16 v 0 shots on target. Enough said really. Great controlled performance. Great stuff AVB and the players. Sets us up nicely for the busy Xmas period.
StillRickyVilla
All in all, very good win. We dominated possession and chances. Injury time was very impressive, a diehard performance by all. I think this was such a positive reaction to last weeks disappointment. I thought Parker for Dembele was a tactical sub, is Dembele injured? In training we need to work on composure, as with this attribute Defoe, Lennon and Walker would have all scored today. Theses chances you need to make more often than not, this takes the pressure of at the back if you are 3 or 4 goals up! Overall I thought we played some great stuff and were generally comfortable throughout.
yiddyboy
A solid victory, although we should've scored more than 1. Vertonghen, Naughton, Gallas, Lloris & Sandro all stood out. Now that Parker is back I want to see Parker & Sandro in the middle with Dembele further forward. Since signing for us Ade has done what I feared he would do, yes he's been injured & is making his way back, however, he lacks the same attitude he showed last season. Siggy is gaining confidence & before long he'll be showing us WHAT a great signing he is. As for Lennon, he's a workhorse, too much of his hard work seems to go unnoticed. Yes today he had an opportunity for a shot, but he will learn from it when he watches the game tomorrow with the Team.

As for the situation at the end of the game, the ONLY person who did ANY wrong was Mike Dean. He should've stoped play immediately, however he didn't & as its already been stated, Townsend WASN'T facing the incident so WHY would he stop play ? Play to the whistle, have those who criticise forgotten a certain **** Michael Jackson incident ??? Play to the whistle !
True Spurs Supporter
TSS you are right about Ade. I love him as a player, he's got everything. But he's the one player who you feel wouldn't bleed blue & white for you and that worries me long-term (and i'm sure worries AVB too). You need players who will give absolutely everything for the cause and buy into what we are trying to do. Its just little things that you notice. Like today, Ade simply walked down the tunnel after going off - can you imagine someone who REALLY cared for his team not wanting to watch/support the last 15 minutes from the bench with his team-mates? Still, we just have to put up with it, because we wouldn't ordinarily be able to afford this kind of player. Its not a huge problem over Xmas if we can get Bale back and Defoe steers clear of injury.
StillRickyVilla
Too many lone, ball-dribbling up-front runs by Adebayor, Lennon and Defoe that ended in shots from mid-distance that goalie and defence generally could see coming and readied themselves for. That said, all three of them had a go this afternoon and contributed to the victory. Vertonghen so good, Dembele back again and busy, with Sandro and Gallas active, too, while Lloris was on his game and Walker looked refocused and was unlucky not to score with a great shot in the first half. It was great seeing Scott Parker available and brought on late. Swansea were mostly calm, determined and impressive, though I didn't like Flores's cynical gamesmanship. A good win for the Spurs. Well done, lads.
Airwave
good win, 3 points is what counts....I don't know if it was just me but I thought the tempo was a bit slow, sure they kept it tight but we seemed to lack a spark..
shedboy2
In a strange way I was quite glad we didn't score a second. 2-0 would have a much fairer result but winning 1-0 should give us confidence we can hold on to a lead and not duck it up in the last minute. Well done Spurs!!!
SpursSteve Lorrentte is in his last year and would be brilliant at or club. I don't think we'll go for him but he and 1 midfielder is all we need, we'll be challenging for third if we do that.
T.H.F.Chris
Good performance from us today, Swansea actually defended pretty resolute the 2 CBs stopped us scoring 3-4. Adebayor played well got himself about the pitch, his touch was a bit better today, biggest concern was Kyle Walker other that the obvious errors that guy's concentration just isnt good enough a better team would have punished us,and what was that first time attempt about i'd imagination 99% of us watching that was screaming take a touch. Still he a had a great effort in the first half nearly stripped the leather off the ball. Roll on stoke
coys1717
some very harsh comments towards adebayor who in my opinion worked extremely hard for the team, even putting in a fantastic block after tracking back the length of the pitch. He covered a lot of ground, made some great runs on the wing and was a lot more involved than defoe. defoe did little except fail to score when he could easily have had a hat trick. we currently are accommodating defoe and by doing so playing adebayor and dempsey in less favourable positions. Defoe just will not pass to anyone and has never formed a meaningful partnership with any other striker, so while this can work he simply must finish at least one of the chances that he got today, and people must realise that we will not see the best of adebayor in this role, where he must essentially just try and service defoe. I still feel that adebayor and dempsey may present a better long term partnership, both can spot a pass, are not selfish, strong in the air and move well. i would like to see this pairing sometimes once bale is back
Guernman
The happiness of 3 points and 4th position doesn't last very last! The comments have gone to well done lads to maybe Defoe should have done this, Lennon should have done this, Ade should have done that! Too critical of your team..If you watched that game not as a spurs supporter but as a neutral you would have thought what good football we played. Swansea started well but we got control of the game and basically kept them out, a team who in their last few games beat Liverpool home and away, Arsenal at the Emirate and drew with Chelsea! Not too mention beating West Brom and Newcastle. Well done lads and AVB!
mountainyid
Spot on, Guernman. Ade worked hard last week as well though his touch was off. Nobody was complaining about his "laid back" approach against the scum before it got him sent off. He is class and we need to nurture him and play to his strengths not JD's.
Love totty
Where's Raging!
jonathan01
I thought we executed the game plan and beat Swansea at their own game today. All the stats (excl score line) point towards a hammering of a team that won at the Emirates in their last away game. Lloris, Verts, Sandro, Dembele all outstanding the spine of the team & very happy Siggy looked busy when he came on. My only worry is that Defoe's purple patch may be wearing off as when he's not scoring he's not doing a lot else!!
1984Spurs
o1 tottenham?????? The useless Dempsey?????? Are you just a silly little troll? Clearly you have only played pub football from the bench.
HuddersfieldYiddo
Good result, vital 3 points. This result shows the value of keeping clean sheets, nobody says PL football has to be pretty, at the end of the day the only important thing is the 3 points, not journos getting excited about style, excitement etc. etc. If you only need 1 goal to win, it is far easier than getting involved in goal fests. Good teams can grind out 1 nils regularly, this is the way to go to succeed, rather than to lose "thrillers", there is no future in that. Perhaps we are at last learning the facts of PL life, pity we lost the plot at the death at Everton, but hopefully we will learn.
Frank
Frank, sensible words, sensible words...we all get carried away with flowing flair, attacking, exciting football. The minute we lose the three points the bile gushes out. COYS
ItalianYiddo
i like how when Defoe ran with the ball with two men to beat, but looked like he was about to make some space and get a clear shot on goal, and along came Clint Dempsey sprinting right in front of him drawing a third defender into his path, effectively eliminating the goalscoring chance. Fantastic off-the-ball movement from our FoxSoccer Facebook Man-of-the-Match.
dazzwater
as opposed to Adebayor, going wide right and drawing his marker so that Walker (or was it Sandro) could cut in and get a shot out. Granted it was a terrible shot, but its a good example of how Adebayor makes chances for his teammates.
dazzwater
according to the final match stats we had 28 shots on goal compared to swansea's 3. made it look like we really pummeled them although it was really a close game and a well-fought win.
dazzwater
Thought we looked solid and threatening throughout the game. I had Dembele as man of the match. Swansea defended well but offered nothing up top, great to see Vert's at CB and scoring the winner. Don't know why some are so critical of Ade?. You can see the difference he makes when he plays, he holds up the ball well, is very difficult to knock off the ball and he plays his team mates in! whats not to like?!
LongTimeSpursFan64
Only Man U and City have won more games, only Man U and City have scored more goals than us. With Kaboul and BAE and Parker coming back and a couple of quality players added in January, who knows?
ItalianYiddo
@ItalianYiddo Defoe seems to be on the verge of starting his traditional goal drought so imo our top priority should be another striker instead of a Moutinho-type player. Demba Ba's release clause anyone.
dazzwater
Are you blind Dazz? Only the scoreline was close, we did pummell them. And Actually Dempsey made a great run ahead of JD who should have slipped it to him.
Love totty
dazz, it wasn't a good day for Defoe but that is Defoe, the reason he scores goals it's because he only cares about scoring goals which unfortunately means if he isn't scoring goals he is pretty useless to the team.
ItalianYiddo
Good result, and nice to grind out the win against a team that parked the bus. We should have sacked the clueless mug in charge of our team after eight games.
Crissybwoy
Good win against an in form team. I thought we looked comfortable throughout, while Swansea had to make a few desperate last ditch tackles/blocks to prevent us from scoring. Especially pleased with how we responded after taking the lead, didnt sit too deep, kept possession, countered when possible and ran down the clock without too many problems. The universal grown around the stadium when the official showed 5mins of added time was funny, you just knew what everyone was thinking, but the players handled the situation well as Swansea tried to find the equaliser. Also was happy with Siggy wasting time near the corner flag, I don't care if thats "not the Spurs way", ive seen Man Utd do the same against inferior opposition.
Guyver
Phew !!!!!!!!...3 points in the bag !! Overall a good performance. Pleased to see townsend utilised and he could be utilised more..i.e..right and left foot inswinging corners and perhaps occaisional freekicks. Feel we should be making more of our setpieces, thus i suggest utilising townsend more...........one to watch. Hopefully, the lack of a striker on the bench, can be recterfied in jan'. Walcott !?.....or perhaps, st' etiennes, Aubameyang ( my sons choice).
82spursdebut
Guyver, you are so right, there is a time and a place for everything. There is a time to be pretty and expansive, and a time to do what is necessary to get 3 points, whether that is to take it into the corner and run the clock down, or to put it into row Z at every opportunity, if that is what the situation calls for. Of course Man U and all of the other great sides know how to strangle a game, we have to do it consistently, where would we be now but for the conceding of late goals v Norwich, WBA, an Everton, a total of 7 points lost, perhaps we are beginning to learn.
Frank
Defoe is brilliant, certainly one of best players and definitely going to be our top goal score this season. I can see him scoring 5 over the christmas/new year period. Ade has started his season yet, hopefully he'll add to his game towards the end of the season.
T.H.F.Chris
To be fair to Defoe contributions when he doesn't score, at Everton last week every time Baines got the ball Defoe closed him down,no doubt under AVB's instructions, and Baines had a relatively ineffective match.
matt hoten
A bit of talk about us starting talks with Eriksen of Ajax today. I certainly hope it's true! Him and one of Ba, Cisse or Benteke and we could be very strong challengers in the second half of the season. Apparently when Benteke signed for Villa apparently he thought they were based in London! The only downside is that he is an Arsenal fan. As a Belgian he could join his growing number of countrymen at the Lane.
SpuriousLife
Like I said in one of my during-the-match comments, it was an enjoyable game of FOOTBALL where BOTH teams played a passing game, no hoofs nor excessive long balls in to the penalty area. As such it became more of a tactical battle.

I also noticed that in the 2nd half Swansea, having realised they weren’t gonna tire us out, nor break us down, started to use longer balls and I was a tad worried then!. My worry only stemmed from the team’s failure to convert any of the chances up to that point. We were missing that killer pass or failing to execute that clinical strike (namely Defoe being the guilty party). Pleased with the result, a just one. On a bigger scale, one has to admit that this was a totally different game so far this season, i.e., style, set up by both teams, tactics, etc. Swansea seemed to have adopted that ‘tire-them-out’ passing game which is very pretty and rely on quick breaks. Since Arsenal play almost exactly the same style, but with more pace, seems Arsene wasn’t astute enough tactically. Well done AVB, well done Spurs!. COYS!
Critical_Spur
SpuriousLife, wouldn't it be superb if we were talking to Eriksen he is good enough, and young enough, and would probably be more gettable than Moutinho. Striker wise I still wouldn't mind a punt on Huntelaar especially if we nicked him from Arsenal.
Frank
AND, the boys best get ready for a physical battle next week!!!
Critical_Spur
one word...Bale!..without him we look pedestrian and pedictable..Gallas played well which I was grateful for..Walker needs to get his sat nav on.......switching sides with Lennon and Dempsey just shows why we need Bale, and, even more, why we need someone to replace Bale when he goes, we are turning into a one trick pony ...Bale would have opened up the left cos everthing was coming in from the right...and as for selecting Naughton? OMG! we all held our breath regarding that selection but it just about paid off! a wins a win but we need to get that first team squad back in place ready for Chelski, Citeh, Scum and Manure......we need reults an we need performances. Swansea neutralised us for great stretches of the game, we have to be more clinical in front of goal!
OyVeh Maria
Agreed Frank, top teams do whatever it takes within the rules of the game to secure a win (sometimes bending the rules as well!). Priorities should be 1)win - 2)performance, in that order, that's the ethos that separate's the best from the rest. Admittedly we've conceded too many late goals, but we've also seen improvements in our set pieces and away performance's, so it's evened itself out a bit. As long as AVB is capable of identifying problems and rectifying them, Spurs supporters should feel encouraged, even those more critical among us ;). Need more players in the next 2 transfer windows though, our bench looked unimpressive today, as it has done for most of the season.
Guyver
Yes OyVeh Maria, we missed Bale because... he's the best player we have. The only attacking player who come's close is Dembele. Having said that, I don't think Bale make's much difference to our style of play, we've looked more hardworking this year than creative/stylish, not surprising when you replace small technical players like Modric and VDV, with hard working physical players like Demps and Dembele. I think AVB's system is probably the best fit for the players he has available to him.
Guyver
I am happy with the progress and the win today. We could have had more but our shots were blocked impressively. Would have bet Defoe would have taken at least one today but it wasn't to be for him but overall a good solid display. yes we missed Bale's flare but what I like is that we are still confident that we can play without him makes us more of a unit than a team of individuals and praise to AVB for using subs and keeping players interested. We are still in it and we have had a lot of injuries and new manager and lost two good players. With additions we will improve more. Well done lads.
thfan
Good shout on Huntelaar Frank. Our friends at the Emirates are going to struggle to attract big names if they don't improve.
SpuriousLife
Good result and clean sheet. Well done lads and great to silence the meeja knowalls who bang on about us letting in goals. We're Spurs ferchrissake, not the Woolwich, who pray to the offside God before each game, and stick pins in effigies of Martin Keown to ward off attacking thoughts.
lordjohnny
One player that has puzzled me quite a bit this season is Lennon. I know Big C will have something to say!

He seems to have a taken a more matured role rather than one of winger and a creative type of individual. He is definitely grafting more and helping out in the defence (especially Walker) repeatedly. As a result of his increased responsibility (probably upon AVB’s request?) he does not ‘really’ pose a threat going forward. In today’s match, at one point, he picked up the ball on the left of our defence, went on a diagonal run, then a wing charge, cutting in.....and then....lost the ball!!. I get a feeling since he has been captained a few times, he is trying to play more responsibly than creative. I like the way he still takes on players but all seems to regularly come to nothing. Hope that with parker taking up the ‘Leadership’ responsibility, Lennon may just resume his normal game. BTW, Townsend didn’t look too bad on the right late on. May be time to rotate?
Critical_Spur
We need Caulker and Dawson back for Stoke....those lads love the physical games...it's meat and drink for them!
COYS_TSB
Very pleasing result and very pleasing performances (Happy Face)
Madaboutspurs
walker again is a nigtmare @RB how many more poo games will he have now. poor passing poor crosses an is a accident waiting to happen
123spurs
We're due a big win soon, really hope it comes against stoke.

Critical you are right about Lennon, he was awesome against Liverpool with his tracking back and closing down. I think his game has changed as well in that he doesn't just run down the wing, likes to cut and be more of a footballer. I agree he's not a continuos threat but he does seem to do something every game, score a goal or assist, my only critisium would be I'd like to see him be a bit more selfish, he could score a lot of goals if he was.
T.H.F.Chris
Where's jimmy_yid?
Madaboutspurs
I never come on here to criticise but I can't understand those who think that Dembele was man of the match and Adebayor was poor? For me the Belgian did a lot of good things, but this was nowhere near his best match and he did give the ball away quite a few times. His backheel to Defoe was sublime though. Adebayor did everything that could have been asked of him, pulling out to the left to allow Dempsey the space to move inside and lose Tiendalli. I thought he was great. The best thing about the game though was how the subs helped influence and didnt weaken the team. Well done Sig and Townsend.
Sebthespur
I feel Lennon does a lot of unsung work, his defensive work is far superior to what Bale gives, but then Bale's attacking work is far more impressive than Lennon's. Swings and roundabouts??? I get the feeling Lennon will become far more potent if Defoe is not in the team as he seems to only want to pass to Defoe. Why did Lennon not shoot in the first half, he was 7 or 8 yards out??
yiddyboy
Fantastic win. We absolutely deserved that and great team performance. Ade was great up top off the ball and linking with midfield, I feel he will only get stronger now he’s back and has had some sin bin training time. Dembele ran his socks off and looked knackered when he can off, fair play to him. Massive cheer for Scotty when he came on and felt no nerves at all going into the last part of the game, actually thought we could score again. Thought Vetonghen was class again and Lloris too. Well done lads, not much to moan about this morning. COYS.
SpursOne2
I was at the game yesterday and really enjoyed it! I thought we definitely deserved the win without doubt, I didn't realise they did not get a single shot on target until I watched motd 2 last night. I thought the whole team played well and you can see it is all coming together now under AVB. I thought Defoe should have had at least one goal, would've helped calm my nerves at the end. I think we could do with are still missing Modric and Vdv in the sense that they used to play really killer balls to split the defence and I think we need more of that. I was really pleased with all the substitutions and I thought every one of them played well in the time they had.
rahn DMC
On another note, if anyone else was at the game, or watching on tv, did you notice at the 20th, 28th and maybe 33rd minute, the Swansea fans making gassing noises? Now I could be mistaken and I don't want to accuse anyone if I'm way off the mark (they could've been making "shh" noises) but both me and my dad looked at each other and thought the same thing, I was just wondering because if it is what I heard then me and my dad are thinking of making an official complaint.
rahn DMC
a decent enough win, should have been 3, rather concerning issue again is tactics and team selection by a manager when 1st 11 not all available...square peg round hole syndrome. Is it just me or are either Ade or Dempsey or Sig all better than Townsend to play wide left when Bale is not fit? AVB clearly thinks so. I say no way. He (townsend) showed again yesterday in the small amount of time he had on the pitch how he asks lots of question of the oppo. Notwithstanding what forms the basis of my second issue here...why oh why bring him on and play him wide right when clearly he is left sided and move Lennon wide left when he is clearly right sided. Add in the fact you already had a right sided left back playing. The net result for the last 10 mins Lennon was playing left back and when we had the chance to break, both wide men wanted to cut in and got crowded out losing possession. To me this is junior school no brainer. Why do managers think their heads up their fudge packing devices so often. How hard did it make it for us yesterday to hold on? Stupido.
tophobunty
Btw MOTD HAS to go to Ashley Williams, he was awesome for the Swans. Had he not been on his A-game then we'd of scored (with no exaggeration) 4 more. He was truly magnificent & worked twice as hard as any player on the pitch (he had to just to stop our attack).
True Spurs Supporter
topho, There's a difference between starting a game and coming on with 10mins to go against tired legs, especially when you're as quick as Townsend. If Townsend always played that well in training and when he has started this season, he wouldnt have been on the bench in the 1st place.
Guyver
Guyver, you are making many assumptions there mate. My point is he is the most obvious direct replacement for our biggest threat and the one that helps us keep the same shape as the one we would prefer to play and all seem to agree represents our best set up. To me it's simply logic. What do you think about when he came on and was then played right with Lennon left? Do you also think that was sensible?
tophobunty
We won &, more impressively, completely dominated a team who had Arsenal in their back pocket at the Emirates; why pick on tactics & selection when it clearly worked? Leave the nitpicking for an occasion it is deserved.
Mex_yiddo
Mex, I see where you are coming from but i for one always want to learn and improve. Why were we hanging on in desperation at the end of a game we did dominate in many ways? How can we improve squad rotation? Why would we so often play players out of position when better for that position might exist on the bench? To me that is not nitpicking, to you it clearly is. To be it is trying at all times to improve little by little.
tophobunty
I made 1 assumption, which is that he isnt impressing that much in training and I believe that's a reasonable assumption to make, if he was surely he'd be playing more than he does. Other than that, ive watched all his appearance's this season and he hasnt performed that well when given the opportunities, not when compared to someone like Falque. Which is why against Everton, I wasnt surprised to see Falque come on instead of him. topho, by the time Townsend came on, there was so much space left in behind Swansea's defence (space that wasnt available earlier in the game) that I don't think it made much difference what wing Townsend and Lennon played on. We won the game comfortably with Townsend missing a sitter, so the result and performance speaks for itself. Sensible decisions all game from AVB.
Guyver
We werent hanging on, Swansea didnt have a shot on target.
Guyver
Guyver he were all over the place in the lest 5-10 mins, panic stations. You can never make assumptions you should know that. I have seen both Falque and Townsend and as a like for like replacement to keep our shape when Bale is not fit it simply must be Townsend.
tophobunty
I agree topho, so lets not assume AVB doesnt know what he's doing :)
Guyver
We could consider the opposition as well with this move? Lennon is proven at tracking back and their threat was greater on our left side from where i could see. Swap Lennon to there and get Townsend to try and open them up with fresh legs. I think he did well against Davis who has been impressive.
SpursOne2
I am not assuming that Guyver, I am hoping he can help us improve.
tophobunty
 

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