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Swansea City beaten 1-0 by Tottenham

By Sport_Steve  |  Posted: December 16, 2012

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SWANSEA City crashed to their second successive Premier League defeat as they were beaten 1-0 by Spurs at White Hart Lane.
After a bright opening from Michael Laudrup's side, the hosts were soon in command and it took some desperate defending to keep the game goalless at half-time.
Jermain Defoe and Clint Dempsey both went close for Tottenham, while Kyle Walker's long range thunderbolt cannoned off Gerhard Tremmel's shoulder before being cleared to safety.
Swansea also had the odd opportunity.
Jonathan de Guzman fired just over the angle when found by Wayne Routledge and Michu nearly chipped Hugo Lloris from 35 yards.
Two minutes after the restart, Nathan Dyer just failed to get enough purchase on Routledge's cross, but Spurs still looked dangerous.
A counter-attack ended with Walker blazing over before the breakthrough came.
Ben Davies cleared Walker's free-kick into the path of Jan Vertonghen who fired into the bottom corner.
Spurs grew nervous as Swansea pushed for a leveller late on and there were chaotic scenes in injury-time.
Michu was laid out on the turf after chasing a long ball forwards, but play was allowed to continue much to Swansea's displeasure.

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  • CroJack  |  December 18 2012, 2:52PM

    It is not a shame to lose a game played away against Tottenham. 1:0 is a decent result against one of the best teams in Premier League. Swans didn't play up to their best, and that's it. We had a midweek game against Boro, we are in semi-final of Capital One Cup, and 23 points in Premier League. Last year at this time we had 18 points.

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  • macman  |  December 18 2012, 1:26PM

    I can only state again, there is no way a side where the two most expensive players cost less than the average player of their opponent. Once in a blue moon Swansea may upset Goliath, but 8 out of 10 they will not. I have also stated recently that ML has to look at the whole season. I cam imagine some more physical teams will wear out in the second half of the season. I will also predict that Swansea's style and ML's player rotation will come back ten fold. Tottenham both phycially and technically a very strong side is difficult to match. Swansea does not have a bone crsher midfield to destroy any sign of football. They also had a midweek game, which is one thign physically, but mentally it is also a task to get up the "day after" even if you are playing Spurs away. Remember, far into the 2nd half there was still a chance and it is not even the strongest Swansea side. Hernandez will come back soon, Ki will get a second wind and probably a couple of stronger players will join in January. If point are picked up against the "natural peers" Reading etc. the spring looks bright.

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  • Lynbaz  |  December 18 2012, 12:27PM

    Of course I'm happy with progress so far but why ignore the obvious? Do you think Michael Laudrup is happy with the last three performances? You can rest assured that he isn't!!! We were pants against Norwich; Middlesborough easily matched us for 70 minutes and we never looked like scoring against Spurs. It's no good burying your head in the sand when things go wrong. Laudrup won't. He will work to identify the problems and put them right. Acknowledging poor performances isn't criticism, it is being realistic. Ignore them and, before you know it, we will be back in the chasing pack. There is no denying that we were poor, by our standards, in the last three games. To say or think otherwise is delusional. The trick is to put those games behind us and kick on towards getting those magical 40 points. Pretending that we are playing well and doing nothing about it will see us fall short. I'm absolutely certain that Michael Laudrup, a consummate professional, also realises that and will see to it that we don't.

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  • bigphil1959  |  December 18 2012, 11:26AM

    Some fans are never happy

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  • Lynbaz  |  December 17 2012, 12:14PM

    Three "off days" on the trot and we will not be favourites against United. The team has become sloppy and think they can stroll through games - suicide at this level. A lot more intensity and urgency is needed throughout the team and passing accuracy has to get back to previous levels.

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  • Hadoken6842  |  December 17 2012, 3:11AM

    Abertawe, we got 23 points this season with 3 games to go before the halfway mark in the season. The magic number in 2013 for staying up will probably be about 37 unless the teams below have a real change in fortunes, we got 3 games to go till the halfway point of the season, one is against UTD which we will probably lose, but we then have reading and Fullham and I believe we will be on at least 25 points at the start of january. Which means we only need HALF the points we got in the first half of the season to stay up and the team should have gelled a lot more by then and dont forget we will have pablo and vorm back in action. Though Tremmel is doing a great job. Of course that is looking at things in the most pessimistic negative way, where only basic survival counts, but I really dont believe we will self implode that badly and I am secretly expecting 50+ points. I think this season swansea are realistically an 8th to 14th place side. When you factor in we also have a real crack at getting to wembley in the cup and our club has gone through a big management and player transiton, I think things are positive on the whole.

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  • abertawejack  |  December 16 2012, 11:55PM

    Swansea didn't play their normal game and looked sluggish to say the least, I suspect overall the best team won, again we had chances to draw this game but, we didn't deserve to win it. Ah well another point lost which will be crucial at the end of the season, especially with our run in games, which will be of higher quality, as each team will be playing to stay up and more.

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  • Hadoken6842  |  December 16 2012, 6:41PM

    DId not think either team looked that good, swans gave away lots of silly passes at times, but with michu up front we appear to be a difficult team to score against so I still say this formation does us the best, as I dont think danny or itay are a serious enough threat and the extra man helps us out. We could have had a result today and it was a bit unlucky ben davies got that flick, I expected to lose more than win in all honesty and I expect to lose the next one against UTD aswell, so look out for the doom mongers as that will be 3 in a row, but we threw away the game vs norwich and showed it was a freak thing by the way we came back in the 2nd half, so I am not really concerned about that or today, other than some stray passes. 1 nill vs spurs away is not bad. A loss against UTD is nothing to worry about either. SO I am not concerned with the losing streak. But hopefully we can get something against fullham and reading to make life a bit less stressful.

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  • trncjack  |  December 16 2012, 4:52PM

    over.. over to many beers guys

  • trncjack  |  December 16 2012, 4:45PM

    allthough a bit disapointed by the result ,Swans played well ,, but some of the team had what you might call an off day, although leon was in the thick of every things ,some of his passes were not up to his brilliant best, and i think ben davis who has been great all season was given a bit of a run around, tendali who i thought had a poor game in the cup showed that he does have something to offer,but offer all williams was my man of the match , is there anyone out there that thinks dyer is not the player he has been over the last few years , to me he runs all day but is lacking something in his game this season

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