Tottenham ruined Carlos Carvalhal’s first house recreation in control of Swansea after battling to a 2-Zero win in tough situations on the Liberty Stadium, with Fernando Llorente and Dele Alli grabbing the objectives.
The match won’t be remembered as a basic, with the relentless rain and wind in south Wales making good soccer virtually not possible.
Carvalhal can have been proud of the willpower and spirit his Swans staff confirmed within the second half, though much less happy with two essential choices from the officers that went in opposition to his facet.
Wow, the climate is simply horrific at this Swansea/Tottenham match. ☔️
— alphabet_dog (@NDBarks) January 2, 2018
The large staff information of the night time was Harry Kane dropping to the bench for Spurs after affected by a chilly, with ex-Swansea participant Llorente coming in to switch him.
And after simply 11 minutes, Llorente got here again to hang-out his previous membership. After Son Heung-Min was fouled Christian Eriksen whipped in a scrumptious cross from the left hand facet, and Llorente was there to energy in a header. Replays confirmed, nevertheless, that the Spaniard was marginally offside.
Spurs virtually completely dominated possession within the opening half an hour with out creating many extra clear-cut possibilities. Swansea followers, in the meantime, have been changing into audibly increasingly more pissed off with their groups lack of ability to get the ball out of their very own half, probably wishing they’d stayed at house within the heat.
Swansea’s greatest probability got here within the first half got here in the 32nd minute after a foul from Davinson Sanchez, for which he was booked, simply outdoors the field. However Renato Sanches, once more disappointing, curled over.
Swansea have been getting again within the recreation, although, and Martin Olsson additionally fired large a couple of minutes later, a reminder to Spurs that the Swans weren’t completely out of the sport.
Ten minutes after the restart Swansea have been livid with the referee once more when Sanchez scythed down Olsson, and the Colombian might think about himself very fortunate to not obtain a second yellow card. He was hauled off to get replaced by Victor Wanyama a couple of minutes later, the Kenyan making his first look since August after struggling with a knee damage.
Christian Eriksen scored two free kicks on this floor in a single recreation in 2015, and tried his luck once more from large, however Lukasz Fabianski was equal to it.
With the sport removed from gained, Spurs boss Pochettino introduced on Kane for Llorente with 20 minutes left to play.
On 70 minutes Jordan Ayew was desperately unfortunate to not equalize for Swansea after taking ball previous Lloris, however was crowded out. From the ensuing nook Mike van der Hoorn hit the publish. Swansea have been starting to knock on the door.
Son then squandered a terrific probability to seal the win for Spurs, volleying simply large from a terrific ball in by Kieran Trippier.
Though Swansea pressed ahead for an equaliser, an impressive ball from Kane discovered Alli, and he completed on the second time of asking after Fabianski saved his first shot to finish the sport as a contest.
It was not a classic efficiency from Tottenham, but it surely was simply sufficient to see them over the road. Swansea, in the meantime, will likely be left to replicate on the 2 choices that proved decisive to the end result.
#THFC: Lloris (C), Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Lamela, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Llorente. #COYS pic.twitter.com/gsnRsEvmKm
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 2, 2018