31/12/2011 19:45 v Tottenham
The Swans ended the calendar year on a high with a creditable 1-1 draw against title-chasing Tottenham Hotspur at the Liberty.
Scott Sinclair rescued an important point six minutes from time to move the Swans clear of the Premier League relegation zone as 2011 drew to a close.
Brendan Rodgers’ side held their own against their high-flying opponents, who were looking to close the gap on Manchester City and Manchester United at the top of the table, as they restricted them to half-chances and long-range efforts.
You had to go back to September 1946 for the last time that Spurs tasted victory in Swansea, but they took the lead just before the break.
Benoit Assou-Ekoto got the better of Jazz Richards down the wing before his cross deflected into the path of Rafael van der Vaart, who volleyed home his eighth goal of the season.
The visitors went close to doubling their lead as Younes Kaboul drew a good save out of Michel Vorm, while van der Vaart shot straight at the Swans keeper soon after.
But the hosts grabbed a deserved equaliser with six minutes remaining as Angel Rangel’s deflected cross caused all sorts of confusion in the penalty area; allowing Sinclair to tap home and secure a share of the spoils.
SWANS: Michel Vorm, Jazz Richards (Angel Rangel, 46), Garry Monk, Ashley Williams, Neil Taylor, Nathan Dyer, Joe Allen, Alan Gower (Kemy Agustien, 62), Scott Sinclair, Stephen Dobbie, Luke Moore (Danny Graham, 68).
SUBS NOT USED: Gerhard Tremmel, Leon Britton, Wayne Routledge, Leroy Lita.
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR: Brad Friedel, Kyle Walker, Younes Kaboul, William Gallas, Benoit Assou-Ekoto, Scott Parker (Jake Livermore, 71), Sandro, Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, Rafael van der Vaart (Jermain Defoe, 70), Emmanuel Adebayor.
SUBS NOT USED: Carlo Cudicini, Michael Dawson, Danny Rose, Niko Kranjcar, Steven Pienaar.