Tottenham Hotspur are not undergoing their regular late-season collapse. This game does not exist to give you false hope. It exists to give you conviction in what should be your belief that this Tottenham Hotspur team are totally awesome and are going to finish in the top four comfortably. And perhaps third, because lol Chelsea. They beat Swansea away today, 2-1, with goals from Gareth Bale and Jan Vertonghen.
Bale and Vertonghen combined for both goals, because they are outrageously sexy. The first goal came in the 8th minute, via a nice little one-two exchange between the two sexy beasts. Vertonghen found Bale with a pass through the center, then continued his run forward. Bale turned, spotted him and chipped a ball to him over the defense. Vertonghen finished calmly, like a real actual good center forward.
The tables were turned in the 21st minute, when Vertonghen stepped up in midfield to win the ball, then found Bale at the top of the box. He took one touch to control, then snapped a shot into the back of the net from 20 yards with his second effort.
Swansea had quite a bit of the ball in the first half, and had plenty of chances to pull a goal back early. Their best cane in the 35th minute, when Kieran Dyer put a header off the crossbar when it would have been easier to score. Michu also had a couple of squandered chances, but finally made the most of one in the 71st minute, when he got himself inbetween Vertonghen and Michael Dawson to head in a corner.
That set up a sticky finish, but Spurs saw it out for the win. Bale hit the post with a would-be clincher in the 74th minute, then came up big in stoppage time with a block on Dyer in the box to help Spurs hang on.
- Oh god. That Adebayor miss in the first half. That was so bad. Especially since it came mere minutes after a composed finish by a central defender. I just feel so bad for him.
- Having said that, Ade put in a good 60 minute shift, save for that miss. It's really impossible to call a center forward a 'good player' if they're constantly missing sitters, but he helps his teammates more than Jermain Defoe does.
- Having Aaron Lennon back makes all the difference. Even if he's not having a spectacular game, the threat of what he might do keeps opposing defenses honest enough for Bale to be as effective as possible.
- Kyle Naughton isn't good enough as a left back and simply shouldn't be playing when Benoit Assou-Ekotto is healthy.
- Hey, a nice spotless game from Kyle Walker. Missed those! Glad to have you back, buddy.
- Brad Friedel deputized well for Hugo Lloris. Having said that, if he has more than a 'slight knock to the knee' as the Spurs Twitter account stated and we don't have him at Stamford Bridge, that's a big problem.