Soldado Strikes Again
By Blake Fogg
Roberto Soldado converted a second half penalty for Tottenham as they beat Swansea City 1-0 Sunday.
The Spain international, who also scored a penalty last weekend against Crystal Palace, took his penalty well in the second half to earn his side two consecutive wins after Jonjo Shelvey was adjudged to foul Andros Townsend in the area.
Manager Andre Villas-Boas handed Townsend his first Premier League start for Tottenham, while new signing Etienne Capoue made his home debut in the midfield at the expense of Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Wilfried Bony, who scored last week in a 4-1 defeat to Manchester United, was left on the bench as Swansea boss Michael Laudrup named Michu as his striker.
The two sides traded shots from outside the box in the opening stages. Paulinho and Capoue forced Michel Vorm into action while a Wayne Routlege strike from the other end required a good save from Hugo Lloris
The first real chance fell to the host in the 20th minute as Kyle Walker’s cross from the right-wing came off Ashley Williams head and onto his own near post. Paulinho was first to the rebound and Vorm brilliantly saved the Brazilian’s driven shot.
An unfazed Swansea continued to go forward with Lloris forced to save a low effort by Shelvey.
Vorm was called into action again, this time to deny Moussa Demble’s curling strike at the far post.
The main talking point in the first half was a penalty that should have been awarded to Tottenham after Shelvey bundled over Townsend inside the box. Referee Neil Swarbrick awarded a free-kick instead.
Tottenham might have felt hard done by the decision but were awarded a spot kick in another controversial decision in the second half. Shelvey again adjudged to have foul Townsend and the referee gave the penalty but replays showed the Tottenham player appeared to fall with minimal contact.
Soldado took his chance well. A slow run-up forced Vorm to dive in the opposite direction to send Spurs ahead.
Swansea were still a threat after. Pablo Hernandez curled a shot wide from the edge of the box and Chico Flores sent a driven volley into the mitts of Lloris. With time running out, Laudrup sent Bony back into action hoping for another late goal but Tottenham held on easily for the victory.