Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Swansea City, 2012 Premier League: Adebayor Double Keeps Race For Fourth Tight

Tottenham Hotspur kept the pressure on rivals Arsenal in the race for a Champions League place, moving level on points with them as two goals from former Gunner Emmanuel Adebayor saw Harry Redknapp's side record a crucial 3-1 win.

The first half of the game wasn't all that much to write home about for large periods, but when there was something to say, it was Spurs who provided all the best moments.

In only the 8th minute the game should have had it's first goal. Luka Modric danced his way down the left wing, playing the ball across the goal to Adebayor. The Togolese striker did well to hold the ball up and pick out an unmarked Rafael Van Der Vaart, but defender Neil Taylor's faint touch managed to guide the effort wide.

In the 19th minute, Van Der Vaart did break the deadlock with a goal that Swansea themselves would have been proud of. The highlight of an excellent move was Modric's sublime pass to Gareth Bale down the left hand side. Bale's cross was knocked away from Adebayor by Ashley Williams, but, unfortunately for the Swans, it went straight to Van Der Vaart, who slotted the ball beyond Michel Vorm first time.

Spurs continued to probe and prod at the visitors, who themselves only had two slight threats on goal. Wayne Routledge should have done better early in the game when he screwed his shot wide from the edge of the box while Neil Taylor's rampaging run from his own half eventually went for a corner via the shins of Brad Friedel.

Spurs were good value for their lead at halftime, but Swansea came back into things more in the second half, making the game a very even contest. Things were level on the scoreboard too at 59 minutes, when Gylfi Sigurdsson found the back of the net.

Joe Allen's shot deflected rather fortunately into the path of Routledge, who laid the ball back to Sigurdsson to strike the ball into the ground, bouncing up and over Friedel at speed for a deserved equalizer.

This was a crucial game for Spurs, made even more so this weekend with Arsenal's loss and wins from Chelsea and Newcastle in the chasing pack. Everyone knew that, and nobody more than Spurs, who continued to press, didn't let their heads drop and eventually got themselves back in front through Adebayor's pair of headers.

In the 74th minute, the on-loan striker leaped highest to meet Van Der Vaart's corner, guiding it into the corner beyond a helpless Vorm. And it was almost a carbon copy when the game was put beyond doubt in the 86th minute. This time, Aaron Lennon was the provider, as Adebayor out jumped Gary Monk and Angel Rangel. Adebayor goals, some would say, are akin to busses. You wait ages for one (three games), then two come along at once.

Swansea offered little in return, and you have to say on the overall balance of the game, Spurs deserved the victory.

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