Spurs 5-0 Swansea
Report from the Lane
03 December 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen both scored twice as we made a welcome return to winning ways with a comfortable 5-0 victory over Swansea City at White Hart Lane on Saturday afternoon.
The visitors had Lukasz Fabianski to thank for keeping them in the game in the opening stages as he made excellent saves to deny Kane and Kyle Walker, before we opened the scoring in the 39th minute, Kane converting from the penalty spot after Kyle Naughton was adjudged to have tripped Dele.
Heung-Min Son produced a moment of magic to double our lead in first-half stoppage time, firing an acrobatic volley past Fabianski, and Kane ensured a fast start to the second period when he grabbed his second on 49 minutes to put us firmly in control.
It was one-way traffic for most of the second half and Swansea struggled to contain our attacking forays, Eriksen netting his second goal in as many games in the 70th minute.
Swansea failed to have a single shot on target in the game while at the other end, Fabianski was single-handedly keeping us out. But he couldn’t prevent the fifth goal in added time, Eriksen with a neat finish from the edge of the area to cap an excellent team performance.
Mauricio Pochettino made one change to the team that was beaten 2-1 at Chelsea last week - Danny Rose returned from suspension in place of Kevin Wimmer, who was on the bench. Former Spurs Gylfi Sigurdsson and Naughton lined up for Swansea, with Wayne Routledge among their substitutes.
Chance: Fabianski denies Kane – 20mins
After a quiet opening to the contest, we slowly started to create chances and, after Dele’s deflected effort ran comfortably through to Fabianski, the Swansea goalkeeper made two fine stops to keep the scores level. His first came on 20 minutes, tipping Kane’s glancing header over the bar, before doing likewise five minutes later following a driven effort from a tight angle from Walker, who was at the heart of all of our best attacking moments in the opening half-hour.
Goal: Spurs 1-0 Swansea City – Harry Kane (pen) – 39mins
We were continuing to dominate and eventually took the lead six minutes before the interval. Dele latched onto a ball down the left-hand side of the area and was clipped by Naughton, with referee Jon Moss pointing the spot after a moment of consideration. Kane stepped up and drilled his penalty into the bottom left. It was almost 2-0 shortly after, Eriksen releasing Dele in the area but Fabianski was out quickly to deny him.
Goal: Spurs 2-0 Swansea City – Heung-Min Son – 45+1mins
Just on the stroke of half-time we doubled our advantage with a wonderful strike from Son. The move started when Walker fizzed a pass in to Kane 25 yards out, he couldn’t control it cleanly but the ball ran to Dele, who in turn set up Eriksen. The Dane’s shot was blocked but the ball bounced up perfectly for Son and he produced an acrobatic mid-air strike which flew into the net.
Goal: Spurs 3-0 Swansea City – Harry Kane – 49mins
We made the perfect start to the second half as we hit the visitors on the counter and added a third goal to our tally. From a Swansea attack, Eriksen collected the ball and played it forward to Dele unmarked on the half-way line. He had time to play in Son, who surged forward and, as he cut back onto his left foot just inside the area, the ball fell perfectly for Kane to stride onto it and drive past Fabianski.
Goal: Spurs 4-0 Swansea – Christian Eriksen – 70mins
Despite a brief rally from Swansea - although they never forced Hugo Lloris into a save - we were soon on the front foot again and Kane almost had his hat-trick, only for Fabianski to deny him with another smart save. But the fourth duly arrived on 70 minutes when Alli was set free down the left, his shot looped up off the Swansea keeper to the back post where Eriksen was on hand to bundle the ball over the line.
Above: Christian Eriksen celebrates with Heung-Min Son and Dele.
Chance: Wanyama fluffs his lines – 78mins
Quite how Victor Wanyama didn’t make it 5-0 only he will know! Eriksen picked up the ball on the left side of the area and made his way towards the goal-line before sliding a low centre across the six-yard box. Wanyama was there and looked set to tap home, but he got his side-footed effort all wrong and the chance went begging.
Goal: Spurs 5-0 Swansea City – Christian Eriksen - 90+1mins
We finished the game in style with another goal for Eriksen. Jan Vertonghen played a lovely ball over the top for substitute Moussa Sissoko bursting through from midfield. He held it up before laying a pass square for Eriksen, who shifted the ball onto his left foot and arrowed his drive into the bottom corner.
Mauricio Pochettino said
"We were excellent and I’m pleased, very happy with the performance and the three points. To be close to the top is very important for us. We needed to feel victory again after Monaco and Chelsea. We fully deserved it."
Heung-Min Son said
"I was really, really happy to score again in the Premier League. It was a bit lucky and I was a bit surprised after I shot, but delighted to get the three points. We never want to lose, everyone is of the same mind but sometimes you lose, everyone is sad but when we win, we’re all happy. We can celebrate today and until Monday, then we have to think about an important game against CSKA Moscow."
Spurs (4-2-3-1): Lloris (c), Walker, Dier, Vertonghen, Rose; Wanyama, Dembele (Winks 83); Eriksen, Dele, Son (Sissoko 71); Kane (Onomah 87). Substitutes (not used): Vorm, Carter-Vickers, Wimmer, Nkoudou.
Swansea (4-3-3): Fabianski, Naughton, van der Hoorn, Amat, Taylor; Fulton (Llorente 46), Cork (c), Fer; Barrow (Routledge 71), Sigurdsson, Montero (Baston 63). Substitutes (not used): Nordfeldt, Rangel, Mawson, Britton.
Goals: Spurs – Kane (pen) 39, 49, Son 45+1, Eriksen 70, 90+1.
Yellow cards: Swansea – Fulton, Fabianski, Amat, Fer.
Referee: Jon Moss.
It’s back to Wembley Stadium for us on Wednesday, as we wrap up our campaign in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League. CSKA Moscow are our visitors and we’ll be looking to replicate our 1-0 win in Russia on matchday two. A draw will be enough to secure a place in the Europa League knockout stages.