Swansea 1 Tottenham 2: Player ratings as Christian Eriksen nets winner

Player ratings as Christian Eriksen nets winner for Spurs

By Jonathan Spencer
Swansea
1
Tottenham
2

Swansea

Gerhard Tremmel Not much he could do about either of Tottenham’s goal and he dealt well with most things he was asked to do. 6/10

Angel Rangel Poor to let Kane leap high above him for the opening goal. However, proved a threat going forward down the right. Played a brilliant ball through to Routledge, who set up Bony for the equalising goal. 6

Kyle Bartley He had a solid game and wasn’t to blame for either goal. If we are being picky, he could have helped marshal the defence better for Kane’s early goal. However, he did cope with fairly well with the opposition’s attack. 6

Ashley Williams Similar to Bartley, had a fairly solid game and dealt well with Tottenham’s attack, but he could have been a bit more commanding to help stop the two goals. 6

Neil Taylor Linked up well with Montero down the left-wing and provided Swansea with another attacking outlet. Wasn’t to blame for either of the goals. 6

Leon Britton A solid performance from Britton. Kept his passing simple and linked up well with the Swansea attack and defence, before being subbed off just before the hour mark. 5

Ki Sung-yueng Good link up play with the Swansea attack and defence. He kept Swansea flowing and always wanted the ball. However, he did pick up a yellow card for a late challenge on Mason. 6

Wayne Routledge Played some delightful and teasing balls through to Bony, who couldn’t always get on the end of it. This did eventually pay off after a brilliant run and cross that set up Bony for the equaliser. 7

Gylfi Sigurdsson Didn’t get the ball much in the first half. However, had a much better second half and played some key passes for Swansea, which created goal-scoring opportunities. 6

Jefferson Montero Made some great runs on the left, with and without the ball all match. Showed great trickery and pace down the wing. He will be a key player for Swansea this season. 7

Wilfried Bony Not his best performance as he missed a few goal-scoring opportunities. However, was always a threat up top and scored the equaliser. 7

Substitutes

Jonjo Shelvey Provided fresh legs from the bench and was a threat in attack in the later stages. Nearly scored to make it 2-1, with a great run through the heart of Tottenham’s defence. 6

Jazz Richards Gave the ball away too easily for the late Tottenham winner. Tried to be too clever when he should have just put the ball out of play. 4

Bafetimbi Gomis Didn’t offer anything of note. He wasn’t given enough game time to make any sort of difference. 5

Tottenham

Hugo Lloris Did well to deny Bony from equalising soon after they took the lead. 6

Kyle Walker He provided the team with a strong outlet down the right. He picked up a cynical yellow card for a handball to stop Swansea attacking and arguably was lucky to earn a red card later on. 6

Federico Fazio Lucky that Sigurdsson didn’t make more of his poor pass back to Lloris when the game was level at 1-1. He did let Bony in between Vertonghen and himself a few times but got away with it. 6

Jan Vertonghen Struggled to contain Bony at times. Again, dealt fairly well with Swansea’s threat throughout the 90 minutes. He did pick up a yellow card for a nasty challenge on Routledge. 6

Ben Davies He made a brilliant last-ditch tackle to deny Bony an equaliser when Spurs were 1-0 up. However, he got drawn in and didn’t track the run of Routledge on the wing for the Ivorian’s eventual leveller. 5

Ryan Mason Again, performed the way he always does. Kept the ball simple, linking up with both attack and defence. Nearly made it 2-1 after seeing a shot deflect just wide off Williams. 5

Nabil Bentaleb Just like Mason, did well and broke up Swansea’s attacks and helped clear any threat that Swansea showed. 6

Erik Lamela Not a very effective match from the Argentinian. Went on a few forward runs but hardly provided a threat on the attack. 5

Harry Kane Great header in the fourth minute to put Tottenham 1-0 ahead. Proved a threat on the attack, with his good work rate and movement. Nearly capped his performance off with a solo goal to make it 3-1. However, threw himself to the ground too easily to try and win a penalty for his team. 7

Christian Eriksen Set up Kane with a teasing cross to score the opening goal and also scored the all important winner with a tidy finish into the bottom left hand corner. 7

Roberto Soldado Hardly had anything to do all game. Remained quiet throughout and needed to help the team out more. 4

Substitutes

Moussa Dembele Came off the bench to earn his 100th Spurs appearance. Provided Tottenham with extra threat in attack. Burst through Swansea’s defence down the left and put in a dangerous cross when the score was level. 6

Benjamin Stambouli Broke down Swansea’s play well when he came on. He intercepted Richards’ clearance and set up Eriksen for the winner. 6

Nacer Chadli He didn’t have much to do and hardly provided any difference to the team’s play. 5

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