Ben Davies: Tottenham guarding against backlash, says ex-Swansea defender

Renato Sanches

Renato Sanches

After a disappointing start to the season that saw Tottenham win, lose and draw their first three games, Spurs have won back-to-back games. Pundits will blame the pitch's dimensions, the cavernous void of the stadium itself or simply just Spurs getting caught in their own heads outside of White Hart Lane.

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"For me that goal was an awesome goal because it meant for us, for everyone, the possibility to stay here today".

"We are building a new stadium which will be fantastic and then I believe that every single season is completely different". The Welsh side rode their luck at times but few could argue against that.

Three away games have brought three clean sheets; it is the kind of foundation on which successful battles against the drop are built. Had Mike Dean the benefit of reviewing the incident in which Aurier was clearly fouled by Ayew then Spurs would probably have been celebrating victory.

"Players must show hunger and never lose their hunger", Pochettino said. Had they played anywhere near their best on Saturday, they would have had far too much for Swansea; indeed, poor creation and conversion that cost them more than Dean's admittedly erroneous decision.

"I think it's an exciting game for us. You can not justify this decision".

"The first step was to get to half-time having kept things tight", said Clement.

Vincent Janssen, 23, was bought by Spurs from AZ last summer to provide cover and competition for Kane, but he proved unable to step up to the challenge of the Premier League and is now on loan at Fenerbahce.

Swans lost 1-0 at home to Newcastle on Sunday, a result that surprised Davies. "It is similar to France and Spain". While Swansea's away form has been decent this season, Spurs are on fire and it's hard to imagine the Swans containing them. You always want them fit and healthy and ready to compete available for selection.