Tottenham Hotspur’s Wembley woes continued after they fell to a goalless draw against Swansea in the Premier League.
The first half: SPURS LACK CONVICTION
The home side huffed, puffed and created plenty of chances but failed to break down Swansea’s robust resistance. Tottenham had two strong penalty claims waved away by referee Mike Dean as they again failed to win at their adopted Wembley home.
Swansea will have Lukasz Fabianski to thank after the Pole pulled off a string of fine saves to help keep the scores level.
The hosts started the game well, dominated possession and forced Swansea back from the outset. Harry Kane went close with an early free-kick in the 9th minute but was denied by Fabianski. Minutes later Heung-Min Son was thwarted from close range following a free-flowing move down Tottenham’s left.
Swansea created their first opening in the 20th minute. Chelsea loanee Tammy Abraham broke down the wing and cut the ball back towards the edge of the box, however Tom Carroll was unable to convert.
The away side then went close to taking the lead just before half time but Mike Van der Horn, the defender brought into the starting line-up today, headed just over from close range.
The second half: Swansea stay resolute in defence
Tottenham started the second half with added impetus and purpose, immediately testing Lukas Fabianski through Jan Vertonhen. Attentions soon turned to Mike Dean in the 57th minute. He vehemently waved away Tottenham’s cries for a penalty even though the ball appeared to hit Martin Olsson’s hand in the box.
The home side then came close to breaking the deadlock a minute later. Once again, the excellent Fabianski denied Son from close range before expertly tipping Kane’s strike over the bar just seconds later.
Swansea were offering little threat in return as Spurs set up camp in the opposition half. Dele Alli mistimed a header from six yards out after being brilliantly found by Christan Eriksen, before Jan Vertonghen and Serge Aurier both squandered good chances.
Kane almost sent Spurs fans into pandemonium late on when he turned sharply and unleashed a powerful drive from the edge of the box, only to see it fly narrowly wide of Fabianski’s near post.
Mike Dean again took centre stage when he firmly waved a way a second Spurs penalty appeal. Serge Aurier broke into the Swansea penalty area and was seemingly tripped by Jordan Ayew, but Mike Dean instead ruled in Swansea’s favour and awarded the away side a free-kick.
Keiran Tripper had a late long-range volley whistle past the post before Jan Vertonghen and Serge Aurier both wasted good opportunities. For all of their pressure and dominance, Spurs just couldn’t find the all important breakthrough.
The result means that Spurs are still yet to win at Wembley in the Premier League whilst Swansea climb up to 14th.
Substitutes: Llorente 6 Aurier 7
Van der Hoorn 7
Substitutes: Fer 7 Routledge 6