Tottenham 0-0 Swansea: Spurs frustrated at Wembley again
By Gerard Brand
Last Updated: 17/09/17 2:46pm
Tottenham were left frustrated by Swansea as the Welsh side earned a 0-0 draw at Wembley in the Premier League on Saturday.
The best chance of the game fell to Harry Kane in the second half, but the striker hit the bar from eight yards after Moussa Sissoko has pulled the ball back.
Lukasz Fabianski kept Spurs at bay on numerous occasions, saving from Heung-Min Son twice, as well as Kane's close-range header.
The result means Spurs are still without a win at Wembley in the Premier League, while Swansea move up to 14th with five points from five games.
Tottenham: Lloris (5), Trippier (6), Alderweireld (6), Sanchez (5), Vertonghen (6), Dier (6), Sissoko (5), Eriksen (6), Son (6), Alli (6), Kane (6)
Subs: Llorente (6), Aurier (6)
Swansea: Fabianski (8), Naughton (7), van der Hoorn (7), Fernandez (8), Mawson (7), Olsson (7), Clucas (6), Sanches (6), Carroll (6), Ayew (6), Abraham (7).
Subs: Fer (6), Routledge (NA), Bony (6)
Man of the match: Federico Fernandez
Spurs, who had seemingly ended their Wembley hoodoo with a 3-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund in midweek, enjoyed 75 per cent possession and managed 26 shots in the late Saturday kick-off against a stubborn Swansea who refused to be beaten.
During a first half lacking in chances, Kane forced a good save out of Fabianski from a 30-yard free-kick, before the Swansea goalkeeper denied Son from an acute angle.
Spurs upped the tempo in the second half, and should have been ahead on the hour mark, only for the crossbar to deny Kane after Sissoko had picked him out in the penalty area at close range.
Ben Davies was replaced by Heung-Min Son in the Spurs starting XI, while summer signing Davinson Sanchez also started in defence. For Swansea, Mike van der Hoorn came in, replacing Leroy Fer.
Kane's glancing header from a Christian Eriksen corner was superbly tipped away by Fabianski, before Dele Alli miscued a header from Eriksen's pinpoint cross.
Spurs had several shouts for a penalty, the biggest for a Martin Olsson handball and an Olsson shove on Serge Aurier in the second half, but Mike Dean waved all away.
Kane and Kieran Trippier both went close for the hosts late in the game, flashing wide from long range, and Swansea eventually held on for a vital point.
- Tottenham have gone three Premier League home games in a row without a win for the first time a run of four in December 2013.
- Mauricio Pochettino's side failed to score for the first time in 30 Premier League home games, since a 0-1 defeat against Leicester in January 2016.
- Swansea failed to register a single shot on target for the third time in their five Premier League matches this season (also vs Southampton and Manchester United).
- In fact, the Swans have been responsible for three of the seven occasions a Premier League side has failed to land a single shot on target in a Premier League game this season.
Mauricio Pochettino: "Very disappointing because we did everything to win. We created chances and dominated the game but were a little unlucky. I am happy with the performance although it is another game we draw here at Wembley and that is no good."
Paul Clement: "I think good defending should be applauded. If you got to Italy, you know that's something they are very proud of and clearly we want to attack better and have a little bit more control of the game, but we always have to be realistic."
Man of the match - Federico Fernandez
In a game where Paul Clement knew his Swansea City box would be bombarded, Argentine Fernandez was the visitors' titan in defence.
Fernandez made a staggering 18 clearances at Wembley, eight more than any other player on the pitch, and more than the entire Spurs side combined. He also only lost possession three times.
An honourable mention must go to Fabianski for a string of excellent saves, but Fernandez was the star man.
Tottenham now host Barnsley in the Carabao Cup third round on Tuesday night, before a trip to West Ham on Saturday, live on Sky Sports Premier League from 11.30am.
Swansea go to Reading in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday, and then host Watford at 3pm on Saturday.
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