Spurs rediscover form with 5-0 rout against Swansea
03 December, 2016 — By Dan Carrier
White Hart Lane was rocking as the goals flew in
TOTTENHAM put their sluggish form firmly behind them today with a thumping 5-0 win against Swansea.
Mauricio Pochettino’s players had endured a fairly fraught November where they lost their unbeaten league record and were dumped out of the Champions League. But two goals apiece for Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen, and a show-stopper by Heung-Min Son, spoke volumes about the gulf in class between these two sides. The fact Swansea keeper Lukasz Fabianski played extremely well to keep it to just five spoke volumes about Tottenham’s swagger – and Swansea’s defensive frailties.
Speaking after the game, manager Pochettino said: “We fully deserved the result. We dominated and played well. They didn’t shoot, they didn’t create chances. It was a very good performance and I am happy.”
He added that the flowing goals would help his side rediscover their swagger after the disappointment of leading at Chelsea last week but eventually losing 2-1.
He said: “We needed a big victory after Chelsea. I don’t believe today was our best performance of the season – against Manchester City we were better – but it is an important result and it is important to be close to the top.”
Tottenham were utterly dominant throughout, making Fabianski work hard: he tipped a Kane header over at full stretch, and then had to move sharply to do the same to a Kyle Walker piledriver also heading for the top corner with the scores level.
It was all Spurs, and while Tottenham have previously found it tricky against teams set out to defend, Swansea looked there for the taking.
The opener came through fortuitous circumstances on 39. Dele Alli had been involved in some argy-bargy with Swans midfielder Leroy Fer and it had got his back up. Moments after a bit of tussling, he raced into the box and threw himself to the turf under the attention of full-back Kyle Naughton. Kane smashed the dubiously awarded penalty home.
On 45, a neat move involving Eriksen and Alli saw the ball drop enticingly to the edge of the box. Son was on hand to lash it into the top corner on the volley in one spectacular movement to send his team into the break with a two-goal advantage.
Any lingering hope for the Welsh side evaporated on 49, when a swift Spurs break involving Alli and Son resulted in Kane side-footing home from just inside the box. It then turned into a stroll: number four came on 69 when Eriksen bundled home after Alli saw a shot palmed away, and then the Dane finished things off in stoppage time when substitute Moussa Sissoko raced through and pulled it back for the bubbly Eriksen to stroke home.
SPURS COMMENT by Dan Carrier
IT was pleasing to see Spurs weren’t going to let the fact Swansea were going to sit back faze them, as is often the case when teams come to the Lane looking for a point and not much more.
Instead, they set about the task with confidence, and Eriksen, whose form this season has been a worry, looked bouncing. His excellent goal last week against Chelsea seems to have given him back some chutzpah.
Swansea offered little – but after the trials and tribulations of November, playing such obliging opponents was more than welcome.
You can, after all, only beat what is in front of you.
Kyle Walker took a boot in the face in the opening five minutes and then turned in 85 minutes of polished aggression. His reaction to a nasty knock speaks volumes how hungry this team looks.
Pochettino is now only missing Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela from his first-choice XI. With both looking likely to return in December, it will set his squad up nicely for a sustained league challenge.
SPURS: Lloris, Dier, Vertonghen, Rose, Walker, Wanyama, Dembele (Winks, 81), Alli, Son (Son, 69), Eriksen, Kane (Onomah, 86).