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Tottenham Hotspur recorded their fifth consecutive away win in the Barclays Premier League with a 3-1 victory over Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium. In-form striker Emmanuel Adebayor scored either side of Chico Flores' own goal, with Wilfried Bony netting Swansea's consolation, as Tim Sherwood's men moved level with fourth-placed Liverpool, extending the hosts' winless league run to eight matches. The last time Spurs won five league matches in a row on the road was during the 1960-61 campaign, when they completed the league and FA Cup double.
Despite being on the back foot for much of the first half, the visitors went in front 11 minutes before the break thanks to Adebayor's header from Christian Eriksen's superb delivery. Chico was the man at fault for Spurs’ second as his touch took Kyle Walker's cross past Gerhard Tremmel to put the game out of Swansea's reach eight minutes after the break. There was time for Adebayor to complete his brace with a cool finish from inside the area and, despite Bony's strike, Sherwood maintained his unbeaten league record in charge of Spurs.
Michael Laudrup made one change from the Swansea side beaten by Manchester United in the FA Cup last time out as Chico replaced Jose Canas. Spurs also made one change from their last outing as Nacer Chadli came in for Roberto Soldado, the Spain forward dropping to the bench.
Despite having won just twice at home in the Barclays Premier League this season, Swansea began brightly, with Jonjo Shelvey at the centre of things for the hosts early on. He had Swansea's first effort on target after 13 minutes, shrugging off the attentions of Vlad Chiriches before forcing Hugo Lloris into a smart stop with a long-range drive. Bony flashed a shot wide seven minutes later and the Ivorian then rattled the crossbar with a venomous strike from outside the penalty area.
Spurs' attack had looked out of sorts for much of the half but Adebayor found the net with their first shot on target of the game. Eriksen's pinpoint cross was met by the striker, who registered his fifth goal in eight games from close range. The goal sparked Spurs into life and Adebayor could have had a second six minutes before the break, only for Tremmel to keep out his vicious strike.
An own goal from Chico double Spurs' advantage early in the second half, with the Spaniard diverting Walker's cross into his own net after Roland Lamah had failed to track the right-back.
Adebayor scored his second 19 minutes from time, calmly rolling Danny Rose's ball past Tremmel, before Bony eventually got on the scoresheet with an expert volley after 78 minutes. His 14th goal of the season made little difference to the scoreline, though, with Laudrup's men left three points above the relegation zone ahead of clashes with Fulham, West Ham and Cardiff City, all of whom occupy spots in the bottom four.
Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup: "We started well in the first half hour. We had a great attitude and put them under pressure. We had some good chances and the strike from Bony hit the bar. The first time they have a shot on target they score - it is something that happens when you are struggling.
"We have to admit we have some problems right now. On the other hand, we have to continue like this. We need a win. The next four league games are against direct opponents. We play in the FA Cup next [against Championship side Birmingham City] then it is a game against Fulham, which is a game we want and need to win."
Spurs head coach Tim Sherwood: "I've just given him [Adebayor] the stage to go and play. He hasn't had that stage for a while. It's not as if I've turned Adebayor into a good player. We all know he's been a good player at every club he's been at. He's been fantastic. We just need to get some consistency out of him and I'm sure if he enjoys playing, like he is at the moment, he's going to keep performing well.
"We're delighted with the win, it's a tough place to come and play. We never had a shot on target until we scored, but I always thought we were the more threatening side. We had to find that final pass and that bit more quality in the final third and we'd open them up. For an hour we did that."
|28 Jan 2014||v Fulham (H)|
|01 Feb 2014||v West Ham (A)|
|08 Feb 2014||v Cardiff (H)|
|12 Feb 2014||v Stoke (A)|
|23 Feb 2014||v Liverpool (A)|
|02 Mar 2014||v Crystal Palace (H)|