Spurs celebrate fifth successive away win as Adebayor hits double at Swansea
15:29 19 January 2014
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Premier League: Swansea 1 Tottenham 3
Tottenham are celebrating their best run of away wins in the league for 54 years after an impressive victory at Swansea secured their fifth successive victory on the road.
Spurs triumphed at Fulham and Sunderland in the final days of Andre Villas-Boas’ reign, and they have gone on to win at Southampton, Manchester United and Swansea under Tim Sherwood.
The last time the club achieved that feat was in 1960 – a club record run of 10 consecutive away wins in the league.
Emmanuel Adebayor scored twice today – once in each half – either side of an own goal from Chico Flores as the Lilywhites beat their Welsh hosts for the fifth time in a row.
Spurs have now won five or their six top-flight fixtures under Sherwood, collecting 16 points from a possible 18, and their latest success leaves them level with fourth-placed Liverpool – just outside the Champions League places on goal difference.
Tottenham’s head coach made one change from the side that had hosted Crystal Palace the previous weekend, with Nacer Chadli replacing Roberto Soldado as Tottenham switched to a 4-2-3-1 system.
Swansea were on top in the early exchanges, with Hugo Lloris rushing off his line to gather the ball at Wilfried Bony’s feet and Jonjo Shelvey then sending two efforts wide of goal before testing the visiting keeper with a 20-yard drive.
Spurs were threatening at the other end, playing themselves into good positions, but the final ball was poor. Kyle Walker was particularly guilty in that respect, getting in behind the Swans’ rearguard but over-hitting his cross, and then failing to release Nabil Bentaleb with a pass on the edge of the box.
Tottenham had a lucky escape as Bony unleashed a thunderous, rising long-distance effort which crashed off the crossbar, and the powerful Ivorian forward then had a strong penalty appeal after appearing to be pushed by Michael Dawson at a corner.
Moments later, Bony leapt above Dawson but headed wide – and three minutes later the hosts found themselves behind as Spurs took the lead.
The impressive Christian Eriksen, who was playing in a central role, showed impeccable control to bring the ball under his spell and flick it out to Aaron Lennon – and when the Dane got the ball back, he delivered an inch-perfect cross to the back post, giving Adebayor a simple header at point-blank range.
The Lilywhites went on to dominate the remainder of the first half, and they could easily have doubled their lead before the interval.
Adebayor broke down the left and found Eriksen, who moved the ball on to the onrushing Rose, and the left-back flicked it on first-time to Chadli, who was all alone in the box but blazed over.
Adebayor then unleashed a fierce shot that Gerhard Tremmel parried away, and Rose broke through the centre of the field to the edge of the box but fired well over the bar.
The missed opportunities proved not to matter because the Lilywhites made it 2-0 within 10 minutes of the restart. Dawon advanced and played a neat through ball to Walker, and the full-back’s low cross was diverted in by Swans defender Chico Flores for an own goal.
Spurs were not home and dry yet and Bony tested Lloris again on the hour-mark, but the away team also produced moments of fine football. Adebayor exchanged passes with Bentaleb before breaking upfield, twisting and turning on the edge of the box and then flicking the ball out to Lennon, whose shot was blocked.
Lennon then released Mousa Dembele with a ball over the top and the Belgian ran clean through on goal, ignored the square pass to Adebayor and sent his low shot wide of the left post.
Adebayor was furious – but moments later he was on the scoresheet again anyway as Rose came flying forward from his left-back slot and played the ball across to the Togolose forward, who steadied himself and slotted into the bottom right corner.
Bony eventually got his goal, firing into the bottom right corner after some poor defending from Spurs, who missed a few opportunities to clear the ball.
However, the visitors saw out the closing stages without a great deal of drama, and they could have extended their lead as substitute Gyfli Sigurdsson shot low at Tremmel and Adebayor was denied a hat-trick by the onrushing Swans keeper.
Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Chiriches, Rose, Lennon (Naughton 79), Bentaleb, Dembele, Eriksen, Chadli (Sigurdsson 67), Adebayor
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