Tottenham win to go fourth

  • Last Updated: December 16 2012, 18:21 GMT

A review of Sunday's action in the Barclays Premier League.

  • Tottenham celebrate Jan Vertonghen's winner against Swansea.
  • West Brom v West Ham finished 0-0. 

Tottenham have leapfrogged Everton into fourth place following a 1-0 win over Swansea.

Spurs were frustrated for large periods of the match at White Hart Lane before Belgian defender Jan Vertonghen clinched the points in the 75th minute.

Swansea began the match on the front foot, although Hugo Lloris was untroubled in Spurs' goal and it was the home side who threatened first through in-form Jermain Defoe.

The England international latched onto Emmanuel Adebayor's through-ball only for Gerhard Tremmel to make the save from his right-footed shot while Michu made the block to deny the striker after he had initially conceded possession.

Adebayor's close-range effort was then blocked by Chico from Kyle Walker's cross, Defoe's turn and shot drifted wide of Tremmel's goal while Walker's long-range special was straight at the Swansea keeper.

Position Player Score
1 Man Utd 42
2 Man City 36
3 Chelsea 29
4 Tottenham 29
5 Everton 27
6 West Brom 27
7 Norwich 25
8 Arsenal 24
9 Stoke City 24
10 Swansea 23
11 West Ham 23
12 Liverpool 22
13 Fulham 20
14 A Villa 18
15 Newcastle 17
16 Sunderland 16
17 Southampton 15
18 Wigan 15
19 QPR 10
20 Reading 9

The Swans did offer a threat of their own when Jonathan de Guzman lashed a shot just over Lloris' goal while Michu was close to catching out the French keeper from distance after Mousa Dembele lost possession.

Swansea came within a whisker of getting their noses in front minutes into the second half, but Nathan Dyer could not hit the target after Wayne Routledge did well to better Gallas and play in a teasing cross.

Adebayor then saw a long-range effort parried for a corner by Tremmel while Defoe's left-footed strike in the 66th minute was always curling away from the far post.

Tottenham suffered an injury blow when Adebayor hobbled from the field of play, although it was unclear whether the former Manchester City and Arsenal man had suffered an ankle knock or hamstring strain.

The breakthrough finally came in the 75th minute when the unmarked Vertonghen guided home Walker's free-kick past Tremmel into the far corner of the net.

Tremmel made a fine save in the closing stages to deny Defoe a second for Tottenham, although the missed chance did not cost Andre Villas-Boas' side as they secured all three points after seeing out five minutes of injury time.

  • Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor tries his luck from distance against Swansea City
  • Spurs defender William Gallas managed to keep Swans marksman Michu at bay
  • Former Celtic man Ki eluded a challenge from Tottenham midfielder Sandro
  • Dwight Tiendalli skipped past the challenge from American Clint Dempsey
  • Kyle Naughton attempted to halt a run from Swansea winger Nathan Dyer
  • Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen celebrated his match-winning goal with team-mate Jermain Defoe
  • Tempers flare in injury time as Chico takes exception to the fact Tottenham played on when Michu was flat out with a head injury
  • West Ham midfielder Mark Noble ensures West Brom striker Shane Long has little time in possession
  • Carlton Cole added plenty of pace and power to West Ham's attack at the Hawthorns
  • Billy Jones looked to halt winger Matt Jarvis' run in style
  • Kevin Nolan is on the wrong end of a strong challenge from West Brom's Zoltan Gera
  • Jonas Olsson's sliding challenge stopped Cole in his tracks
All the best pictures from Sunday's action in the Barclays Premier League, including Tottenham's win over Swansea.

In the day's other game, James Morrison was twice denied by the woodwork but West Brom failed to score for a third successive game in a 0-0 draw with West Ham.

The Baggies at least had the consolation of ending a run of three successive defeats and maintained their place in the top six.

But Sam Allardyce's side were worth a share of the spoils in a game which seldom moved out of second gear.

Morrison posed Albion's most creative threat despite operating in a deeper role in the absence of the injured Claudio Yacob.

The Hammers will be pleased as they showed plenty of resilience with central defender James Collins a rock solid performer.


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