December 8 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Andre Villas-Boas praised club record signing Roberto Soldado for keeping his cool to slot the penalty that beat Swansea 1-0 and maintain Tottenham’s perfect start to the Premier League season.
The Spaniard now has four goals in three games after scoring a penalty in the 1-0 opening day of the season win over Crystal Palace and then netting in the 5-0 midweek Europa League victory over Dinamo Tblisi.
Spurs have scored seven times in the three matches but lacked a cutting edge at times today, although they should have had a penalty in the first half when Jonjo Shelvey barged Andros Townsend over.
Referee Neil Swarbrick awarded a free-kick outside the area instead, but after the break he did give the hosts a penalty when Townsend went over after the slightest of touches - again from Shelvey.
Villas-Boas praised Soldado - a £26million signing from Valencia - for his cool finish, saying: “He is really adding to our game because he brings that life and spark into our game.
“When he receives the ball in space he has one objective which is to beat the man. He had the opportunity after what he did against Dinamo Tbilisi and I think he took it very well.”
But Swansea manager Michael Laudrup was less pleased and criticised Mr Swarbrick for awarding the second-half spot-kick, although he conceded that the home side should have had a penalty in the first half.
“The free-kick was given outside and maybe it should have been a penalty, but the penalty in the second half wasn’t a penalty,” Laudrup said.
A strong performance from Tottenham’s midfield denied Swansea the chance to play the possession football they love so much, but they did restrict the hosts to long-range shots for most of the encounter, much to their manager’s delight.
“Tottenham are a very good team but they didn’t create many chances on goal and they score from that very light penalty,” Laudrup said.
“They had a couple of chances at the end of the first half but they were created by ourselves, and apart from that they had nothing.”