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Tottenham 0 Swansea 0: Spurs left frustrated at Wembley once again


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Tottenham vs Swansea: Harry Kane couldn’t find the net

Just when they believed the curse had been lifted, Swansea ensured the jinx stayed in place.

It needed the brilliance of their keeper Lukasz Fabianski and several denied penalty appeals, but Spurs overall cannot complain.

They had virtually all possession, but when it came to chances there were few.

After beating Borussia Dortmund a few days earlier in the Champions League they had hoped their temporary home, once a dark graveyard of results, had become a welcoming beacon.

Swansea certainly doused those lights, denying them a first league win.

And against sides like free-scoring Manchester City the lights might easily be doused again.

They also found if hard to beat Swansea keeper Fabianski, who made a string of super saves before.

Spurs did enough without being convincing and again huge questions marks were raised over Dele Alli.

Football’s great hope looks a shadow figure from previous exploits and when it comes of lifting fingers, he should direct them at himself.

He spent more time in the first half on the floor arguing with referee Mike Dean rather that his usual linking with Harry Kane and flair goals.

Spurs manager Maurico Pochettino needs a quiet word in his ear and remind him there’s still a lot of work in progress.

He’s a talent, that’s for sure, but he’s got to harness it better. One or two neat touches a player does not make.

Alli vastly improved in the second half, but he didn’t have much to beat.

Spurs found it a long hard slog against a team that refused to lie down despite being constantly pummelled.

History had it down for a home banker with Spurs having never lost to Swansea in the Premier League.

They went into the game leading with 79 on goal against a side with the fewest (26).

Tottenham also went into the game having dropped more points in home games at Wembley Stadium this season (5) than they did in the entire 2016-17 Premier League season at White Hart Lane (4).

Two goals in midweek, Kane almost added another after eight minutes, with a low 30-yard free kick that Fabianski dived low to his left to turnout for a corner.

Within a minute Fabianski was equally fab again by keeping out a ferocious angled shot from Son.

On Wembley’s open acres, there’s always room for movement and Swansea were always ready to fill spaces.

They moved the ball well, particularly Frederico Sanches, but Tottenham’s defence always had the edge, with Davinson Sanchez, a £36.5m signing from Ajax, a powerful figure.

Swansea packed their defence well, leaving Spurs little room to work openings.

Most came from Christian Eriksen, but for all their overall control, Spurs found it hard to prise open Swansea’s packed, well-drilled and determined…


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