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Tottenham 0-0 Swansea

Samantha Miller reports from Wembley

Swansea poured men into their defence against Spurs at the weekend and came away with a point.

Spurs dominated possession but struggled to break down a compact, disciplined Swansea back line.

Tottenham have dropped more points in home games at Wembley, their temporary home, than they did at White Hart Lane the whole of last season. However, they have still never lost a Premier League game against Swansea.

Alfie Mawson was at the heart of the Swansea defence, with three men at the back. The young England U21 international had a promising Euros in Poland this summer to give him confidence going into the Premier League season. 

“A clean sheet was massive for us after last week. We’re delighted, there were times in the game they could have scored. We had our opportunities, although they were limited,” said Mawson. 

Spurs mirrored Swansea’s formation, using their wing backs going forward, but couldn’t find a way to break the lines and score past Lukasz Fabianski. 

“We did what we had to do; when they have good possession we can’t make silly decisions to chase players down [but] we made the right decisions and came away with a clean sheet.

“Obviously with the Euros its different because I’m playing with younger players, myself being older than a few of them, taking on that leadership role.

“Then you come into this team where there are more senior players who have been around for years, I can learn from them and become that leader I want to be.

“A lot of the players from the Euros have come through big academies and teams that can buy big players. I’m obviously different because I’ve been all over the place in the lower leagues.

“The beginning of last season they took a chance on me. It’s encouraging for me and gives me confidence. When you get your opportunity you’ve got to take it and I feel like I’ve done that.”
 

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