Swansea frustrate laboured Tottenham as Wembley woes continue
Premier League, Wembley – Tottenham 0 Swansea 0
Tottenham’s wait for a Premier League victory at Wembley continues as they were held to a frustrating goalless draw by Swansea.
Mauricio Pochettino side’s impressive win against Borussia Dortmund in midweek suggested Spurs may have found an answer to the early teething issues at their temporary home but the draw means that Tottenham have now drawn two and lost one in the league at home.
The home side monopolised possession and had 26 shots but were unable to convert their superiority into the hard currency of goals.
Harry Kane, full of confidence after his double in Europe, had a free-kick well saved by Lukasz Fabianski in a drab first-half. And when he did beat the Polish goalkeeper after the restart, he was denied by the woodwork as Spurs upped the tempo in search of an opener.
Tottenham should have been awarded a penalty in the dying stages when Serge Aurier was brought down inside the area by Jordan Ayew, but Mike Dean instead bizarrely booked the full-back for handball.
It was the first time Pochettino's side have failed to score in 30 Premier League home games. The draw means Spurs, who have now dropped seven points at home this season, remain in fifth place, five points behind leaders Manchester City.
Tottenham's Heung-Min Son on the run against SwanseaGetty Images
Tottenham pay the penalty: The need for Video Assistant Referee (VAR) in the Premier League has never been greater. Had Mike Dean the benefit of reviewing the incident in which Aurier was clearly fouled by Ayew then Spurs would probably have been celebrating victory. The penalty was not given however and Spurs’ failure to win at Wembley once more will dominate the headlines.
Tottenham's Dele Alli is stopped in his tracks by SwanseaGetty Images
MAN OF THE MATCH
Federico Fernandez (Swansea) –The Argentine led by example in defence as Swansea battled to a clean sheet. Had the difficult task of marking Harry Kane, but did so with minimum fuss. Was well protected by his goalkeeper, Fabianski.
8’ - SAVE! Kane's low and powerful effort curls around the wall and is heading for the bottom corner but Fabianski gets down to parry it behind.
57’ - DOUBLE CHANCE! Son charges into the box from a wide angle and forces Fabianski into a decent save. The danger is far from over however as Sissoko feeds Kane whose first-time effort smacks off the woodwork from seven or eight yards.
65’ - CHANCES! Son tries a speculative effort from Alli's cross but Fabianski does well to make the save. The Spurs playmaker goes close from the subsequent corner, as he dances his way past a defender at the by-line but sees his shot blocked again by the Swansea goalkeeper.
80’ – JUST WIDE! Kane is allowed to turn on the edge of the box and tries to catch Fabianski out with a well-struck effort towards the near post... but it drifts inches wide.
86’ - PENALTY SHOUT! Aurier goes down inside the penalty area after appearing to be tripped by Ayew, and Mike Dean has a BIG decision to make. His face drops when the referee shows him a yellow card for handball.
Tottenham's Harry kane hits a free-kick against SwanseaReuters
- Tottenham are still unbeaten against Swansea in the Premier League (W10, D3).
- Spurs have never lost at home to the Swans in 20 league games (W17, D3), with the away side last avoiding defeat in 1930.
- Swansea's last league victory over Spurs was a 2-0 win at the Vetch Field in October 1982.
- Tottenham kept their first clean sheet in 11 games at Wembley.
- Swansea are now unbeaten in five Premier League away games (W2, D3).
- They are unbeaten after their opening three top-flight away matches for the first time.
- The Swans set a new club record of four consecutive top-flight clean sheets away from home.