England Premier League — 17 December 2012

There was just one goal in yesterday’s Premier League encounters, as Tottenham defeated Swansea 1-0 at White Hart Lane and West Brom and West Ham drew 0-0 at the Hawthorns in the other top fight encounter.


Swansea put on a resolute defensive display, but were eventually broken down in the 75th minute. Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen diverted Jermain Defoe’s free-kick superbly past Gerhard Tremmel in the Swans goal.


In truth the home side struggled to break down Swansea’s strong defence, with centre-back Ashley Williams outstanding at the heart of the Welsh sides defence. Swansea’s defence were unlucky to be on the losing side, but the visitors showed very little going forward until the last ten minutes, when the Tottenham defence dropped deeper to defend their narrow lead.


The victory took Spurs above Everton into the top four of the Premier League table. However it’s very tight at the top with Andre Villas-Boas’ side just two points above the Toffees and West Brom in the race for the Champions League spots.


West Brom are sixth after drawing 0-0 at the Hawthorns with West Ham. The first half was tepid with very little attempts on goal or quality. However, the second half produced a far more entertaining encounter.

The second period was full of goal mouth scrambles, but nobody could find the back of the net. The nearest either side came to scoring was a second half effort from Scotland international midfielder James Morrison, who struck the crossbar from close-range with a header.

Although neither side managed to find a breakthrough both will be happy to have kept clean sheets, with both sides struggling at the back in recent weeks, after starting the season with good defensive records.

Can Tottenham hold on to the fourth Champions League spot?


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David is a 29 year-old football fan and journalist, who is passionate about the beautiful game. He is a lifelong supporter of Premier League Everton and likes nothing better than a healthy discussion about the world's favourite sport.

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