Tottenham Hotspur have a perfect six points from two matches thanks to Roberto Soldado and the penalty spot. For the second consecutive week, Spurs' new No. 9 converted a spot kick to win 1-0 -- this time over Swansea City -- and keep Tottenham on pace for 114 points.
Andros Townsend, who starred in Europa League midweek, was excellent yet again and drew the match-winning penalty. He was tripped by Jonjo Shelvey -- or used Shelvey's outstretched leg as an excuse to go down -- and after the referee pointed to the spot, all Soldado had to do was convert and Spurs were on their way to a win.
While there was debate about whether Townsend was actually taken down by Shelvey, it was justice for Tottenham and Townsend. The winger was taken down just before halftime and the referee did blow his whistle, but only for a free kick despite replays showing that he was well inside the box. So in the end, Townsend got Spurs the penalty they deserved, even if a 15 minutes late.
Tottenham carried the match in their season debut at White Hart Lane, keeping possession from the start and turning it into chance after chance after the half-hour mark.
Paulinho was everywhere and twice had a go from distance, although he never really challenged Michel Vorm. The Brazilian got an even better chance later on after Ashley Williams headed the ball off his own post and to Paulinho, but his follow up effort was spectacularly saved by Vorm to keep the match level. Another chance for Paulinho went begging when he got on the end of a Nacer Chadli cross, but his volley bounced over the bar.
Spurs' frustration continued after the break, but this time it was Moussa Dembele who was robbed by Vorm. Michael Dawson slipped the ball in for Kyle Walker down the right, who dragged the ball back for Dembele. It seemed certain he would score this time, but Vorm was there once again.
After missed chance after missed chance, and Townsend's penalty shout denied, Spurs finally got on the board when the referee pointed to the spot in the 57th minute. Townsend went down and this time got the whistle, Soldado converted, and all was well at the Lane.
Spurs dominated all 90 minutes and all three points was deserved, but it wasn't all easy. Hugo Lloris twice had to make good saves, which he did and with Soldado's penalty, that's all Tottenham needed.
- Etienne Capoue is a monster. Sometimes it's good, sometimes it's bad (usually good), but he is always everywhere and running people over.
- Tottenham desperately need Lewis Holtby to get fit and shine. Gylfi Sigurdsson isn't assertive enough so Holtby is going to be the lone option for the Spurs' midfield to show some creativity and keep them from being dependent on wing play. That or they buy someone else, which I guess isn't out of the realm of possibility.
- Hugo Lloris is really terrific. And he's not Joe Hart.
- Haha City.
- Michael Dawson cannot be Spurs' starting centerback. Get fit soon, Younes Kaboul.
- Two penalties in two matches? I haz so many confuseds.