Despite the clinical prowess of Harry Kane combined with the intelligence of their formidable midfielders, London giants Tottenham Hotspur failed to score in front of their fans against minnows Swansea City. The match between the two Premier League sides ended in a boring 0-0 draw.
The dull affair gave Spurs a point, which allowed them to jump to fifth place in virtue of goal difference. But it also meant they’ve only managed to win eight points out of five games, same as the likes of Huddersfield, Burnley, and Watford. It would be laughable to think Spurs are fine seeing themselves in the same footing as these teams.
Tottenham kicked things off at Wembley stadium on the attack, with Harry Kane nearly grabbing a goal in the 9th minute from a dead-ball situation. The English forward struck the ball perfectly from 25 yards out and targeted the bottom corner. However, goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski did well to save the fabulous strike.
The Lilywhite kept the pressure on all throughout the first 45, with Swansea completely shackled in their own half. Despite this, Tottenham couldn’t grab a single goal despite close efforts from the likes of Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli.
Things nearly crumbled for Tottenham just before half-time. Swansea managed to pull off a quick counter-attack and won a corner. The corner was taken and Swans defender Mike van der Hoorn was there to take the free header. The shot, however, goes over.
56 – We've made a bright start to the second half with @ChrisEriksen8 and Sonny coming close and three penalty shouts.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 16, 2017
Come the second half, the story was left unchanged. The home side were still dominating over their Welsh visitors, but no goals could be created. At the 56th minute, Swansea defender Martin Olsson appears to have handled the ball inside the box. Jeers filled the Wembley Stadium, calling on referee Mike Dean for a penalty. The umpire, however, stood his ground and waved play on.
In the end, frustration would fill the home fans who watched the match as they witnessed their team impotent against a supposedly weaker side. Chance upon chance from the likes of Kane, as well as Heung-Min Son and Dele Alli – and yet none were converted to goals.
In the end, Swansea would whether the storm and the two sides would finish level.
As such, all the talk about Tottenham’s Wembley curse continues. It is important to note that Spurs are yet to win a Premier League game at Wembley. Could Spurs manage to break the hoodoo and finally win inside England’s grandest footballing stage? That, of course, only time can tell.
30 – Tottenham have failed to score for the first time in 30 PL home games, since a 0-1 defeat to Leicester in January 2016. Frustrated. pic.twitter.com/DCuf4a1oT0
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 16, 2017