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White Hart Lane (ATT 36,174) 1st April 2012 - Kick off 16:00 Ref: A Marriner

Tottenham Tottenham Hotspur vs Swansea City Swansea

Tottenham 3

R van der Vaart (19)
E Adebayor (73, 86)

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Swansea 1

G Sigurdsson (59)

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Ade heroics lift Spurs

Spurs go level on points with Arsenal after downing Swans

Last Updated: 01/04/12 6:15pm

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Emmanuel Adebayor fired home a brace for Tottenham against Swansea on Sunday afternoon to seal a 3-1 victory and keep their hopes of a top-three Premier League finish alive.

Man of the match: Gareth Bale. Always a danger down the left for Tottenham. Moment of the match: Adebayor's 73rd-minute goal was decisive and settled the nerves at White Hart Lane. Attempt of the match: Sigurdsson's 50th-minute effort from just outside the Spurs box seemed a certain goal... Save of the match: ...but Friedel flung his way across to his left to push the ball onto the post and away to safety. Talking point: Can Spurs capitalise on this and pip their fierce rivals to third place come the end of the season?

The triumph ends a run of five league games without a win for Spurs and lifts them level on points with third-placed Arsenal, who slipped up at QPR on Saturday.

Rafael van der Vaart handed Harry Redknapp's men the lead despite a bright start from the Swans at White Hart Lane, beating goalkeeper Michel Vorm from 18 yards in the 19th minute.

Brendan Rodger's side pulled things level after the break through Gylfi Sigurdsson, who fired a volley into the ground that looped over Spurs keeper Brad Friedel.

But Adebayor added a winning double for the North Londoners, climbing to meet Van der Vaart's corner before driving home Aaron Lennon's cross with another powerful header.

Wasteful

Redknapp's team were wasteful at times in the first half but their quality shone through in the second period and Arsenal will be nervously looking over their shoulders now they only lead Spurs on goal difference.

Despite their recent woes, Spurs started confidently on a sunny afternoon in north London.

Luka Modric skipped past two Swansea players and found Van der Vaart, but the Dutchman's shot went just wide courtesy of a huge deflection off Neil Taylor.

Van der Vaart then clumsily misplaced a pass while clearing from his own box and the ball found its way to Wayne Routledge, who screwed his shot just wide.

Spurs came forward in the 12th minute through Gareth Bale, who raced down the left flank but Adebayor could not convert his cross.

Taylor gave the home fans a scare after 15 minutes when he wriggled past William Gallas to sneak into the box but Friedel saved with his legs.

The home fans' nerves eased in the 19th minute, however, when Spurs took the lead from a lightning counter-attack.

Modric released Bale down the left and Ashley Williams cleared his cross straight into the path of Van der Vaart, who finished well.

Michel Vorm pulled off a fantastic diving save to deny Younes Kaboul moments later as Spurs sought a second goal.

Swansea still looked threatening on the attack though and would have equalised had Williams not headed over Sigurdsson's corner.

Bale went close on two occasions and Modric drove just wide in the dying minutes of the first half.

Friedel produced a world-class save to deny Sigurdsson in the 50th minute, the American moving across his line before athletically tipping the forward's screaming 25-yard shot wide.

Sigurdsson soon had his revenge over Friedel by beating the 40-year-old to give Swansea a shock equaliser just before the hour.

Joe Allen's deflected shot fell in to the path of Routledge, who held off Benoit Assou-Ekotto's challenge and chested the ball down to Sigurdsson. The Iceland striker fired a volley into the ground that looped over Friedel from 18 yards.

Spurs looked for an immediate response but they were denied by a top-drawer save from Vorm. Van der Vaart rose to meet Bale's corner at the near put but the forward's fellow Dutchman tipped his header around his near post.

Redknapp came to the touchline for practically the first time in the game, clearly concerned his side were about to throw away the chance to move level with Arsenal.

Response

Bale responded to his manager's presence by firing a low shot that Vorm did well to save.

Redknapp brought Lennon into the fray for Sandro with 20 minutes to go while Nathan Dyer replaced Routledge for the Swans.

Kaboul surged forward and found Adebayor on the edge of the box but his shot was weak.

The Togo striker soon made amends, however, as he put Spurs back in front with 18 minutes left. The 28-year-old rose majestically in the centre of the box to beat his marker and power home a head from Van der Vaart's corner before embarking on a wild celebration in front of the home fans.

Bale went down in the box but saw his penalty appeal waved away while Swans boss Brendan Rodgers replaced Danny Graham with Luke Moore.

Sigurdsson fired a warning shot to the hosts when he curled a delightful free-kick just wide of Vorm's goal, before Adebayor sealed the contest with four minutes left when he nodded home Lennon's cross.

Tottenham HotspurTeam StatisticsSwansea City
3Goals1
11st Half Goals0
9Shots on Target2
9Shots off Target4
2Blocked Shots5
7Corners7
10Fouls12
1Offsides2
0Yellow Cards0
0Red Cards0
86.2Passing Success86.7
31Tackles22
77.4Tackles Success77.3
40.8Possession59.2
63Territorial Advantage37
405Total Passes609
27Total Crosses16
119Lost Balls146
56Recoveries59
41.21st Half Poss.58.8
38.52nd Half Poss.61.5

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1 Chelsea 16 39
2 Manchester City 17 39
3 Manchester United 17 32
4 West Ham United 17 31
5 Southampton 17 29
6 Tottenham Hotspur 17 27
7 Arsenal 16 26
8 Swansea City 17 25
9 Newcastle United 16 23
10 Everton 17 21
11 Liverpool 16 21
12 Aston Villa 17 20
13 Stoke City 16 19
14 West Bromwich Albion 17 17
15 Queens Park Rangers 17 17
16 Sunderland 16 16
17 Crystal Palace 17 15
18 Burnley 17 15
19 Hull City 17 13
20 Leicester City 17 10

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