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  • Date:31 Dec 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Liberty Stadium
  • Attendance:20,393
  • Sinclair (83)
  • Van der Vaart (43)
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92:43 +2.43

Unfair challenge on Benoit Assou-Ekotto by Nathan Dyer results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

91:42 +1.42

Emmanuel Adebayor takes a shot. Save by Michel Vorm.

89:45

Joe Allen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luka Modric. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Gareth Bale.

87:36

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jake Livermore on Neil Taylor. The referee shows Jake Livermore a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Stephen Dobbie from left wing.

83:32

A goal is scored by Scott Sinclair from deep inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Swansea 1-1 Tottenham.Assist by Angel Rangel.

83:11

The assistant referee signals for offside against Emmanuel Adebayor. Michel Vorm takes the indirect free kick.

82:59

Corner taken by Luka Modric from the right by-line.

82:44

Emmanuel Adebayor takes a shot. Save made by Michel Vorm.

81:09

Inswinging corner taken by Stephen Dobbie, Scott Sinclair takes a shot. Luka Modric gets a block in. Corner taken by Joe Allen from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Kyle Walker.

80:44

Stephen Dobbie takes a shot. Kyle Walker gets a block in.

78:07

Corner taken by Stephen Dobbie played to the near post, Jake Livermore makes a clearance.

75:21

The ball is swung over by Scott Sinclair.

71:50

William Gallas concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Graham. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Stephen Dobbie from left channel.

69:43

Rafael Van der Vaart leaves the field to be replaced by Jermain Defoe. Jake Livermore is brought on as a substitute for Scott Parker.

67:52

Danny Graham comes on in place of Luke Moore.

66:03

Luke Moore takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel. Corner from the right by-line taken by Stephen Dobbie, Effort from deep inside the area by Angel Rangel misses to the left of the target.

64:17

Joe Allen takes the inswinging corner, Younes Kaboul makes a clearance.

63:25

Kemy Agustien concedes a free kick for a foul on Rafael Van der Vaart. Free kick taken by Emmanuel Adebayor. Neil Taylor concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Parker. Luka Modric takes the direct free kick.

61:14

Gareth Bale produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post. (Swansea) makes a substitution, with Kemy Agustien coming on for Mark Gower.

57:53

The referee blows for offside against Luke Moore. Brad Friedel restarts play with the free kick.

53:47

Rafael Van der Vaart takes a shot. Save made by Michel Vorm. Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Rafael Van der Vaart.

50:25

Luke Moore produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

50:11

Luke Moore takes a shot. Blocked by William Gallas.

47:36

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Mark Gower, William Gallas makes a clearance.

46:59

Shot by Emmanuel Adebayor from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

45:59

Younes Kaboul takes a shot. Save by Michel Vorm. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart from the left by-line, Nathan Dyer makes a clearance.

45:01

Angel Rangel comes on in place of Ashley Richards.

43:42

A goal is scored by Rafael Van der Vaart from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Swansea 0-1 Tottenham.Assist on the goal came from Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

42:00

Free kick taken by Garry Monk.

40:58

Gareth Bale goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

35:47

Effort on goal by Emmanuel Adebayor from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.

34:54

Free kick awarded for a foul by William Gallas on Luke Moore. Joe Allen restarts play with the free kick.

33:36

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart, Stephen Dobbie makes a clearance. Shot by Benoit Assou-Ekotto from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

30:18

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Mark Gower from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Gareth Bale.

27:43

Outswinging corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart, Younes Kaboul takes a shot. Save by Michel Vorm.

26:01

Stephen Dobbie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Raniere Sandro. Free kick taken by Kyle Walker.

23:30

Shot from just outside the penalty area by Scott Sinclair misses to the left of the target.

20:40

Stephen Dobbie takes a shot. William Gallas gets a block in.

19:19

The referee blows for offside against Emmanuel Adebayor. Michel Vorm takes the free kick.

17:39

Emmanuel Adebayor is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Garry Monk.

16:32

Ashley Richards challenges Scott Parker unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gareth Bale takes the free kick.

14:40

Ashley Richards concedes a free kick for a foul on Gareth Bale. The referee books Ashley Richards for unsporting behaviour. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart.

13:01

Benoit Assou-Ekotto gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nathan Dyer. Free kick taken by Ashley Richards.

12:36

Shot from just outside the area by Luka Modric misses to the left of the target.

10:40

Luke Moore is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Brad Friedel takes the direct free kick.

10:07

Stephen Dobbie takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel.

6:31

Stephen Dobbie takes a shot. Kyle Walker gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by Mark Gower from the left by-line, clearance made by Raniere Sandro. Inswinging corner taken by Mark Gower, Younes Kaboul manages to make a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Mark Gower from the right by-line, Scott Sinclair produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

4:02

Nathan Dyer takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Brad Friedel makes a save.

2:20

Benoit Assou-Ekotto fouled by Nathan Dyer, the ref awards a free kick. Brad Friedel takes the free kick.

Match Preview

Swans won't fear title-chasing Spurs - Monk Captain Garry Monk returns to the Swansea starting line-up on New Year's Eve imploring his team to show no fear when they face a Tottenham side he believes are genuine Barclays Premier League title contenders. Harry Redknapp's third-placed side have lost just one of their past 16 league games and lie just seven points behind leaders Manchester City with a game in hand. Swansea, meanwhile, sit in 14th place mainly thanks to their superb home form which has seen them take 16 points and lose just once at the Liberty Stadium. That defeat came in November's 1-0 reverse to Manchester United, an occasion when Swans boss Brendan Rodgers felt his side had been in awe of their opponents and afforded the champions too much respect. Monk, 32, is determined there will be no repeat this time around. He said: "The talk this week has been about not looking at the names on the shirts. "We need to come out and have a go from the very start, like we did in the second half against United and I think we will do that. "They are an attacking side and they are not going to come here and be cagey, like some teams have done. I think it is going to be an open and very exciting game to play in and hopefully we get the better of them and get the result we want. "We will use their strength and success as motivation. It will be a great occasion, it's another top four side coming to the Liberty Stadium." If Swansea are to claim their first major scalp of the season - their four wins so far coming against West Brom, Stoke, Bolton and Fulham - then Monk and his defensive colleagues, who have eight clean sheets in the credit column, will have to be at their best to stymie a Spurs side laden with attacking flair. As well as the pace and power of Welsh hero Bale, the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor, Rafael van der Vaart and Luke Modric will all pose danger. And Monk, himself a Tottenham fan, feels that array of talent means Redknapp's side are well and truly in the hunt for a first league title since 1961. He said: "When you look at Bale's goals against Norwich, you realise some things are unstoppable. You have to hold up your hands sometimes and say that was an amazing bit of skill. But we can't just worry about him. "Look at Kyle Walker, he is their full-back, yet he plays like an extra winger. The midfielders, like Modric, are world-class players, so it is a tough, tough ask for us, but one that we will relish. "They are probably the form team right now and I think they are genuinely in the title race. I think they think that as well." Rodgers will make a late decision over the fitness of full-back Angel Rangel after he was forced off with an ankle problem in Tuesday's 1-1 draw against QPR. Left-back Neil Taylor is set to return from the knee injury he suffered in the defeat at Everton, but centre-half Steven Caulker is absent due to the terms of his loan from Spurs, with Monk coming into the side having being left out for the past four games. Michael Dawson will miss out for Spurs despite returning to full training after four months out with an Achilles injury. Aaron Lennon (hamstring) and Ledley King (knee) are also out, but Jermain Defoe could be fit after making encouraging progress in his return from a hamstring problem that has kept him out of the club's past two matches. Sebastien Bassong (back) and Roman Pavlyuchenko (ankle) are also doubtful. Bale will return to his native Wales to face Swansea after an excellent week which has seen his value rocket further. The 22-year-old rightly earned high praise for tearing Norwich apart in Tuesday's 2-0 win. Rather than worry about any pressure lauding Bale will have on the player, Spurs boss Harry Redknapp continues to lavish praise on his star. "He is a boy that thrives on confidence," Redknapp said. "You would rather have the manager tell you how good you are than the other way around. "He is an amazing player. He has everything. He can run, shoot, head, dribble, score goals, make goals and you couldn't meet a nicer boy either." With four home games coming up in January, Redknapp's team now have a chance to push for a first league title in 51 years, but the 64-year-old has warned his team that they face a tough fight to the death just to finish in the top four. "It's so tight," Redknapp said. "There are six teams going for those four places. It will be a real scrap."

Formation:451Manager: Brendan Rodgers

Swansea

Formation: 4411Manager: Harry Redknapp

Tottenham

  • Michel Vorm
  • Ashley Richards
  • Ashley Williams
  • Garry Monk
  • Neil Taylor
  • Nathan Dyer
  • Stephen Dobbie
  • Joe Allen
  • Mark Gower
  • Scott Sinclair
  • Luke Moore
  • SUBS
  • Gerhard Tremmel
  • Leon Britton
  • Danny Graham
  • Wayne Routledge
  • Leroy Lita
  • Angel Rangel
  • Kemy Agustien

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Match Report

Sinclair stops Spurs Scott Sinclair's scrambled late equaliser earned Swansea a deserved point in a 1-1 draw and denied Tottenham the chance to close to within four points of the Barclays Premier League summit at the Liberty Stadium. Rafael van der Vaart had given the visitors the lead a minute before the break as he capitalised on a defensive error from Joe Allen to sweep home with the help of a deflection from Ashley Williams. Swansea had not managed to pick up a single point this season after conceding the first goal, but they bucked the trend as a period of heavy pressure was rewarded when Brad Friedel hesitated when dealing with a deflected Angel Rangel cross for Sinclair to nip in and claim his fifth goal of the campaign. Tottenham had lost just once in the league since the end of August but this result will have felt like a defeat, especially in the wake of Manchester United's shock defeat to Blackburn earlier in the day. But few would argue their hosts were worthy of taking something from the game, and they will enter 2012 five points clear of the relegation zone after being tipped by many as certainties to go down. While manager Brendan Rodgers' decision to field Luke Moore and Stephen Dobbie suggested he had one eye on Monday's trip to Aston Villa, there was no sign of that from his players who took the game to their high-flying visitors from the off. Nathan Dyer almost gave Swansea a dream start inside four minutes after Mark Gower had dispossessed Scott Parker and switched play. The winger got away a curling left-footed effort that Friedel did well to palm away from his top corner. Dobbie then dallied over picking out a fellow white shirt in the box having come off best in a challenge with Kyle Walker, before Sinclair scuffed his strike after Gower's corner had found him unmarked. Those near misses roused Spurs from their early slumbers, and Luka Modric fizzed an effort narrowly wide of Michel Vorm's right-hand post after 14 minutes. Vorm then denied Emmanuel Adebayor after lovely play between Modric, Gareth Bale and Van der Vaart, although the effort would not have counted as the flag went up for offside. Spurs should have led after 32 minutes after a horrible pass from Dyer played Emmanuel Adebayor in on goal, but Vorm added to his growing reputation with a superbly timed sliding challenge to take the ball away from the Togolese forward. Bale, the recipient of so much praise this week, had to this point been a peripheral figure, with young Jazz Richards doing a commendable job of limiting the Wales star's forays down the flanks, while the Swansea midfield were doing just enough to crowd his space when he looked inside. And his disappointing half was summed up when he was booked for diving over Gower's trailing leg just before half-time. But the visitors took the lead just a minute before the break as Benoit Assou-Ekotto's cross was turned back into danger by Allen and turned home by Van der Vaart. Tottenham almost doubled their lead 60 seconds after the restart as Younes Kaboul was given far too much room to advance, the centre-half being denied by Vorm after a neat exchange with Adebayor. Swansea were looking vulnerable to Tottenham's rapid counter-attacks and a misjudged Allen pass allowed Adebayor to tee up Van der Vaart, Vorm being forced to make the block low to his right. Indeed the visitors for the first time in the contest looked genuinely comfortable, and Bale prodded just wide as Swansea struggled to contain the seamless movement of the likes of Modric, Van der Vaart and the assured presence of Sandro. But the home side came within centimetres of a leveller in the 66th minute as Rangel's volley from Allen's corner flew just wide of the target. Spurs skipper Scott Parker limped from the field with an injury, while Swansea introduced top scorer Danny Graham from the bench, and the pattern of the game suddenly changed. Graham diverted a fierce Sinclair drive over the bar and it took a fantastic clearance from Walker to deny the striker a tap-in as Dobbie stabbed the ball across the box. Modric blocked a Sinclair effort as Swansea piled forward, and the pressure yielded an equaliser with just six minutes to play. Rangel's ball into the box deflected off Assou-Ekotto and as Friedel hesitated the ball broke loose for Sinclair to fire home from close range.

Form Guide

    DLWDLD
  • Swansea
  • VS
  • Tottenham
  • WWLWDW

Last Meetings

  • Tottenham
  • 1 - 0
  • Swansea
  • 12/02/1983
  • Swansea
  • 2 - 0
  • Tottenham
  • 02/10/1982
  • Tottenham
  • 2 - 1
  • Swansea
  • 05/05/1982
  • Swansea
  • 2 - 1
  • Tottenham
  • 22/09/1981

Top Scorers

Swansea

  • D Graham 6
  • L Lita 2
  • J Allen 2
  • A Williams 1
  • L Moore 1
  • N Dyer 1
  • S Sinclair 1

Tottenham

  • E Adebayor 8
  • G Bale 7
  • J Defoe 6
  • R Van der Vaart 5
  • A Lennon 2
  • R Pavlyuchenko 1
  • L Modric 1
  • Y Kaboul 1
  • K Walker 1

Goals

Swansea

    • Total goals 39
    • Goals per game 17
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 4 (For) 5 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Tottenham

    • Total goals 56
    • Goals per game 34
  • 5 (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 8 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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