There's no doubt the better team won, but in games like this the margins between courageous draw and disappointing defeat are pretty small, especially when defeat comes as a result of a soft penalty. Spurs had a few good chances, but a lot of their efforts were from long range that did little to trouble Vorm (who I thought had an excellent game).
The starting line-up was a bit of a strange one to some extent, not so much in not starting with Bony: when you're playing away at one of the top sides, it's perfectly reasonable to set up more defensively. What I didn't quite get though was having both Shelvey and De Guzman: in a game where you're maybe setting up for a point then I'd arguably have Britton (or Ki) taking one of their places.
Overall, Swansea's passing didn't seem as fluid as it usually is but this has to be taken in the context of playing away at one of the top sides, you're not going be able to just turn up and spray the ball around.
Spurs' midfield were impressive in allowing Swansea little time on the ball around the centre circle, as can be see by the two sides passing charts, Swansea had plenty of the ball (even if a disproportionate amount of this was after the goal) but relatively little of it made its way into more dangerous areas.
|Total Passes by each Team. The key things of note here are the distinct lack of blue in the attacking third in central areas for Swansea compared to Spurs as well highlighting what attacking play Swansea did have was heavily down the left hand side|
|Forward passes by Shelvey/De Guzman|
|Swansea attempted take-ons pre (left) and post (right) Spurs' goal. Pozuelo had most successful take-ons for Swansea with 3.|
|Total take-ons by team, Spurs with plenty of take-ons in the middle and down the right|
|Rangel's Passes received vs. Man Utd (left) and Spurs (right), Rangel figured little in attack against Spurs, partly due to the difficulty in maintaining possession long enough to enable him to be included further up-field.|
In terms of stats Chico won all 3 of his attempted tackles, won 6 of his 7 aerial duels and had the most clearances (14) of any player - next highest was Ash with 9. This of course ignores his incredible volley, his dribbling skills around the Spurs area and picking fights with Jermain Defoe. Chico plays like he's having a bloody great time being there and I have a great time watching him play.
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