A consummate second-half away performance from Spurs sealed the points at the Liberty as 2 goals from Adebayor and an own goal from Chico Flores helped the Lilywhites record a 3-1 victory. A pinpoint Christian Eriksen was cross was nodded in by Adebayor in the first half before Chico’s own goal, and a second from Ade, made the points certain, despite a late consolation from Wilfried Bony.

Hugo Lloris – 7 – Made a few good saves from Shelvey and Bony, helpless for the goal. Distribution better than normal, having Adebayor as a clear target to aim for obviously helps a lot.

Kyle Walker – 7 – Excellent bombing forward down the right, finding much more space to do so as the game opened up into the second half. Good cross to force the own goal from Chico.

Michael Dawson – 7 – Shaky in the first half but pulled out a monster of a second half performance, dominant in the air and making a few key interceptions on the ground. Clearly improved without a high line to worry about.

Vlad Chiriches – 8 – Similar to Daws, but Vlad gets an extra point for his attacking ambition. Made a few surging runs forward and helped us keep possession.

Danny Rose – 6 – Gives the ball away far too much, but excellent pass into the path of Ade for his second.

Aaron Lennon – 6 – Quiet a quiet match for the speedy winger, although he did link up well with Eriksen for the first goal.

Mousa Dembele – 7 – Like a lot of Spurs’ players, grew into the game in the second half and should have scored just before the 3rd goal.

Nabil Bentaleb – 7 – Continues his fledgling Premier League career with a composed display, once again demonstrating that he is a master of keeping possession when necessary, as we quietened the game down after Swansea’s brief resurgence.

Nacer Chadli – 6 – A decent display from the Belgian, once again showing glimpses of quality without ever doing anything great.

Christian Eriksen – 9 – Masterful creative display. Pinpoint cross for the opener and an absolutely delightful scoop turn just before half time to please the fans. Kept possession magnificently and was the hub of all our attacks.

Emmanuel Adebayor – 9 – Scored twice with two decent finishes and led the line superbly, running all over the place and linking up well with the midfield. Great performance and another display in the resurgence of Emmanuel Adebayor.


Gylfi Sigurdsson – 5 – Extremely quiet.

Kyle Naughton – 6 – Clearly has a telepathic relationship of some sort with the other Kyle as they linked up well, and made a couple of good tackles.

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  1. Good score for the most part. A couple comments…

    Bentaleb has great promise, which excites me, but he was a bit lost in the first half. I think 7 is too high. 6 is more like it. I find it unfortunate that Capoue is out of favor. I hope our caretaker is not allowed to sell any talent.

    Sometimes I am not sure if your ratings are for individual achievement or for contribution or both. Sometimes it seems like you're trying to have your cake and eat it too. The 5 for Siggy was too low based on his performance in his limited minutes. He seemed to be everywhere in those few minutes and it was his pass that started to break on Ade's second goal.

    Lastly, I was glad that Chadli got the start. I concur with the rating and am a believer that he will come good,

  2. Dembele was awful (5 or 4), ridiculous not to pass to Ade to make the game safe, and he drifted forward without effect leaving Swansea's midfield runners loads of space and just Bentaleb to deal with them. Really would like Sandro to replace him for City.

    Gylfi didn't look fit at all, he looked tired after just coming on as though he'd been playing the first 70.

    Ade brilliant.

    And Eriksen, amazing. The first Spurs player I've seen capable of bringing to the team what we lost with Modric.


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