Roberto Soldado's fourth goal in three games helped Tottenham to a deserved league win over Swansea.

The home side went close when visiting defender Ashley Williams headed against his own post and, from the rebound, blocked a Paulinho shot on the line.

But Spurs took the lead when Soldado coolly slotted in a penalty after Jonjo Shelvey's foul on Andros Townsend.

Tottenham 1-0 Swansea: Andre Villas-Boas thrilled with Spurs start

Swansea belatedly rallied and the closest they came was when a Chico Flores volley was tipped over.

Spurs forward Gareth Bale was conspicuous by his absence from White Hart Lane with the announcement of his transfer to Real Madrid apparently imminent.

However, Soldado is helping ease the disappointment over Bale's impending departure as Tottenham maintained their 100% start to the season against a Swansea side who have now lost both of their league games.

Both sides were convincing victors in the Europa League on Thursday - Spurs beating Dinamo Tbilisi 5-0 and Swansea easing to a 5-1 win over Petrolul Ploiesti.

After the home side shook the sluggishness from the trip to Georgia out of their legs, they were the dominant force, with their four summer signings - Soldado, Paulinho, Nacer Chadli and Etienne Capoue - starting.

The visitors had an early Wayne Routledge shot parried by keeper Hugo Lloris but they spent most of the first half keeping Tottenham at bay.

Williams headed a Kyle Walker cross against his own post and then blocked Paulinho's effort before keeper Michel Vorm gathered the ball.

Soldado in form

Spain international Roberto Soldado, a £26m summer signing from Valencia, has scored 17 goals in his last 15 games for club and country.

A pass inside left-back Ben Davies from Spurs central defender Michael Dawson released right-back Walker and he pulled the ball back from the byeline for Mousa Dembele, whose first-time shot was tipped over by the busy Vorm.

Paulinho was putting in a classy performance in the Tottenham midfield but he could not round off his display with a goal. The Brazil international sent a bouncing volley high after another chance came his way from Chadli's cross.

The home side's pressure should have yielded a penalty on the stroke of half-time. Shelvey fouled Townsend on the right side of the Swansea area and, despite referee Neil Swarbrick giving a free-kick, replays show the offence took place in the box.

The disappointment over that decision did not linger long as another foul involving the same players did result in a penalty, which Soldado dispatched with ease by sending Vorm the wrong way.

Swansea improved after the introduction of £12m record signing Wilfried Bony up front, with Pablo Hernandez curling a low shot narrowly wide.

A far-post Flores volley brought a smart save out of France international Lloris before Spurs regained control of the game and quelled Swansea's threat.

Swansea's Michael Laudrup upset at 'very light' penalty against Tottenham

Paulinho had another chance to get on the scoresheet late on when he was sent clear but his first effort was blocked by Vorm before shooting high from the rebound.

However, Spurs secured victory to continue a record which has seen them lose just two Premier League matches since 9 December 2012.

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup:

"The free-kick [when Jonjo Shlevey fouled Andros Townsend] was given outside and maybe it should have been a penalty, but the penalty in the second half wasn't a penalty.

"Tottenham are a very good team but they didn't create many chances on goal and they score from that very light penalty.

"They had a couple of chances at the end of the first half but they were created by ourselves, and apart from that they had nothing."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Tottenham Hotspur

  • 25 Lloris
  • 02 Walker
  • 03 Rose
  • 05 Vertonghen
  • 20 Dawson
  • 08 Paulinho
  • 15 Capoue
  • 17 Townsend (Sandro - 88' )
  • 19 Dembele (Sigurdsson - 64' )
  • 21 Chadli
  • 09 Soldado Booked (Defoe - 81' )

Substitutes

  • 24 Friedel
  • 04 Kaboul
  • 16 Naughton
  • 22 Sigurdsson
  • 28 Carroll
  • 30 Sandro
  • 18 Defoe

Swansea City

  • 01 Vorm Booked
  • 04 Chico
  • 06 Williams Booked
  • 22 Rangel
  • 33 Davies Booked
  • 08 Shelvey (Bony - 69' )
  • 11 Pablo
  • 15 Routledge (Pozuelo - 59' )
  • 20 De Guzman
  • 21 Canas
  • 09 Michu Booked

Substitutes

  • 25 Tremmel
  • 02 Amat
  • 07 Britton
  • 14 Lamah
  • 24 Pozuelo
  • 29 Richards
  • 10 Bony
Ref: Swarbrick
Att: 36,005

Match Stats

Shots

19 7

On target

5 5

Corners

8 3

Fouls

10 15

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:28 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +3:56

Clearance made by Michael Dawson.

90:00 +3:29

Clearance made by Chico.

90:00 +2:55

Angel Rangel concedes a free kick for a foul on Joe Paulo Paulinho.

90:00 +2:40

Clearance made by Nacer Chadli.

90:00 +2:37

The ball is delivered by Chico.

90:00 +2:06

Free kick taken by Chico Chico.

90:00 +1:58

Jermain Defoe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chico.

90:00 +1:18

Chico manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +0:43

Shot by Joe Paulo Paulinho went wide of the left-hand upright.

90:00 +0:40

Joe Paulo Paulinho has an effort at goal. Michel Vorm parries the ball but the danger is not over.

90:00 +0:31

Clearance by Michael Dawson.

89:53

Ashley Williams manages to make a clearance.

88:51

Joe Paulo Paulinho takes the free kick.

88:28

Foul by Chico Chico on Jermain Defoe, free kick awarded.

88:09

Clearance by Angel Rangel.

87:47 Substitution

Substitution Raniere Sandro replaces Andros Townsend.

87:14

The ball is crossed by Ben Davies.

86:43

Clearance by Ashley Williams.

85:20

Andros Townsend makes a clearance.

84:51

Angel Rangel makes a clearance.

84:49

Hugo Lloris restarts play with the free kick.

84:15

Miguel Michu is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

83:32

Clearance made by Jan Vertonghen.

82:52

Jan Vertonghen makes a clearance.

82:30

Clearance by Nacer Chadli.

81:55

Jose Alberto Canas restarts play with the free kick.

81:46

Free kick awarded for a foul by Etienne Capoue on Jose Alberto Canas.

80:22

Jonathan de Guzman crosses the ball in from the free kick.

80:11 Substitution

Substitution Jermain Defoe comes on in place of Roberto Soldado.

79:19

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kyle Walker on Pablo Hernandez.

79:11

Nacer Chadli makes a clearance.

79:07

Chico manages to make a clearance.

79:04

Jose Alberto Canas manages to make a clearance.

78:56

Gylfi Sigurdsson makes a clearance.

78:25

Clearance made by Kyle Walker.

78:20

Clearance made by Jonathan de Guzman.

78:18

Header at goal by Michael Dawson misses to the right.

78:17

Chico makes a clearance.

78:14

Corner from the right by-line taken by Andros Townsend.

77:55

Wilfried Bony makes a clearance.

77:52

Corner taken by Andros Townsend.

77:31

Pablo Hernandez manages to make a clearance.

77:30

The ball is crossed by Kyle Walker.

76:27

Hugo Lloris takes the free kick.

76:02

Wilfried Bony concedes a free kick for a foul on Nacer Chadli.

76:01

Free kick taken by Alejandro Pozuelo.

75:27

Roberto Soldado receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

75:27 Booking

Booking

75:23

Roberto Soldado gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alejandro Pozuelo.

75:04

Jose Alberto Canas manages to make a clearance.

74:42

Jose Alberto Canas makes a clearance.

74:20

Clearance made by Chico.

74:05

Clearance by Michael Dawson.

74:03

Pablo Hernandez makes a clearance.

73:29

Ashley Williams makes a clearance.

73:13

Clearance by Chico.

73:11

Free kick crossed by Andros Townsend.

72:25

Ashley Williams receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

72:25 Booking

Booking

72:18

Ashley Williams concedes a free kick for a foul on Roberto Soldado.

71:42

Pablo Hernandez delivers the ball.

71:34

Gylfi Sigurdsson makes a clearance.

71:30

Roberto Soldado manages to make a clearance.

71:27

Alejandro Pozuelo crosses the ball.

71:26

Corner taken short by Jonathan de Guzman.

70:59

Shot by Chico Chico Chico Chico Chico. Hugo Lloris parries the effort to safety.

70:56

The ball is delivered by Pablo Hernandez.

70:54

Free kick taken by Miguel Michu.

70:48

Wilfried Bony fouled by Joe Paulo Paulinho, the ref awards a free kick.

70:24

Pablo Hernandez manages to make a clearance.

70:10

Ben Davies manages to make a clearance.

70:02

Ashley Williams manages to make a clearance.

69:05

Chico makes a clearance.

68:51 Substitution

Substitution (Swansea) makes a substitution, with Wilfried Bony coming on for Jonjo Shelvey.

68:14

Shot by Pablo Hernandez went wide right of the target.

67:27

Etienne Capoue makes a clearance.

66:54

Shot by Andros Townsend went wide left of the target.

66:50

Jose Alberto Canas makes a clearance.

66:50

Free kick crossed by Andros Townsend.

66:06

Foul by Ashley Williams on Jan Vertonghen, free kick awarded.

64:34

Clearance by Michael Dawson.

64:32

Ben Davies produces a cross.

63:59 Substitution

Substitution Gylfi Sigurdsson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Mousa Dembele.

63:27

A cross is delivered by Danny Rose.

62:46

Clearance made by Chico.

62:22

Jonjo Shelvey takes a shot. Hugo Lloris blocks the ball.

61:33

Clearance made by Angel Rangel.

60:55

Clearance by Chico.

60:33

Chico manages to make a clearance.

59:17

Clearance made by Nacer Chadli.

58:49 Substitution

Substitution Wayne Routledge goes off and Alejandro Pozuelo comes on.

57:35 Goal scored

Goal! - Roberto Soldado - Tottenham 1 - 0 Swansea Penalty scored by Roberto Soldado. Spurs 1-0 Swansea.

56:40

Jonjo Shelvey concedes a Penalty for a foul on Andros Townsend.

54:14

Clearance by Ashley Williams.

54:12

Kyle Walker makes a clearance.

53:42

Michael Dawson makes a clearance.

53:05

Andros Townsend takes a fantastic shot and goes over the bar.

52:57

Nacer Chadli takes a shot. Blocked by Jonjo Shelvey.

51:09

Angel Rangel manages to make a clearance.

51:09

Corner taken by Nacer Chadli.

49:52

Etienne Capoue manages to make a clearance.

49:25

Jan Vertonghen makes a clearance.

49:19

Clearance made by Jan Vertonghen.

48:59

Angel Rangel takes the free kick.

48:47

Danny Rose concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathan de Guzman.

48:35

Corner taken by Andros Townsend from the right by-line.

48:09

Clearance by Wayne Routledge.

48:06

Mousa Dembele has an effort at goal. Blocked by Ashley Williams.

47:41

Clearance made by Ashley Williams.

47:39

Kyle Walker sends in a cross.

47:26

Clearance by Chico.

47:25

Andros Townsend produces a cross.

46:58

Clearance by Chico.

46:47

Clearance made by Pablo Hernandez.

46:11

Jonjo Shelvey manages to make a clearance.

46:09

Corner from the right by-line taken by Nacer Chadli.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:00 +1:05 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

45:00 +0:10

Clearance made by Miguel Michu.

45:00 +0:09

The ball is sent over by Mousa Dembele.

43:56

Foul by Jonjo Shelvey on Andros Townsend, free kick awarded.

43:47

Jonjo Shelvey makes a clearance.

43:46

Danny Rose sends in a cross.

43:06

Chico Chico Chico Chico Chico takes a shot. Hugo Lloris blocks the ball.

43:04

Jonathan de Guzman restarts play with the free kick.

42:36

Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Dawson on Miguel Michu.

42:18

Andros Townsend takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Michel Vorm blocks the ball.

41:46

Andros Townsend takes a shot. Blocked by Jose Alberto Canas.

40:34

Chico Chico restarts play with the free kick.

40:21

Chico fouled by Michael Dawson, the ref awards a free kick.

40:18

Free kick taken by Nacer Chadli.

39:50 Booking

Booking

39:50

Miguel Michu receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

39:40

Miguel Michu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mousa Dembele.

37:47

Jonathan de Guzman has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the goal.

37:34

Nacer Chadli manages to make a clearance.

36:57

Shot by Joe Paulo Paulinho went over the net.

36:54

The ball is sent over by Nacer Chadli.

36:45

Michel Vorm manages to make a clearance.

36:44

The ball is crossed by Kyle Walker.

34:56

Michael Dawson takes a shot and cleared the crossbar.

34:52

Corner from the right by-line taken by Nacer Chadli.

34:13

Mousa Dembele takes a shot. A parry by Michel Vorm prevents the goal.

33:13

Clearance by Ashley Williams.

32:49

Ben Davies manages to make a clearance.

32:47

Danny Rose delivers the ball.

32:03

Michael Dawson manages to make a clearance.

32:00

Clearance made by Ashley Williams.

31:50

Nacer Chadli makes a clearance.

31:23

Shot by Joe Paulo Paulinho missed to the left of the net.

31:12

Etienne Capoue makes a clearance.

30:40

Etienne Capoue takes a shot and missed to the left of the target.

30:38

Free kick crossed by Andros Townsend.

29:59

Michel Vorm is cautioned by the ref for dissent.

29:59 Booking

Booking

29:42

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Roberto Soldado by Jonjo Shelvey.

29:21

Clearance by Jonjo Shelvey.

29:02

Nacer Chadli takes the free kick.

28:44

Roberto Soldado fouled by Chico Chico, the ref awards a free kick.

28:04

Angel Rangel takes the free kick.

27:59

Foul by Mousa Dembele on Jonathan de Guzman, free kick awarded.

26:19

Clearance made by Michael Dawson.

25:58

Clearance made by Nacer Chadli.

25:55

Corner taken by Jonjo Shelvey from the left by-line.

25:32

Shot by Jonjo Shelvey. A parry by Hugo Lloris prevents the goal.

25:19

Clearance made by Michael Dawson.

25:17

Ben Davies delivers the ball.

24:07

Angel Rangel makes a clearance.

23:59

Jan Vertonghen has a direct shot on goal from the free kick and misses the right post.

23:57

Kyle Walker restarts play with the free kick.

23:15

Free kick awarded for a foul by Wayne Routledge on Andros Townsend.

22:43

A cross is delivered by Danny Rose.

22:43

Angel Rangel manages to make a clearance.

22:24

Free kick taken by Etienne Capoue.

22:10

Foul by Jonathan de Guzman on Joe Paulo Paulinho, free kick awarded.

22:06

Clearance by Etienne Capoue.

20:50

Joe Paulo Paulinho takes a shot. Ashley Williams gets a block in.

20:46

Clearance by Ashley Williams.

20:45

Kyle Walker produces a cross.

19:11

Free kick taken by Kyle Walker.

18:58

The official flags Wayne Routledge offside.

18:19

Clearance made by Etienne Capoue.

18:11

Corner taken by Jonjo Shelvey from the right by-line.

17:51

Nacer Chadli manages to make a clearance.

17:23

Clearance made by Chico.

17:21

Clearance made by Nacer Chadli.

16:45

Shot by Nacer Chadli cleared the target.

15:47

Ben Davies is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

15:47 Booking

Booking

15:39

Ben Davies challenges Andros Townsend unfairly and gives away a free kick.

15:15

Michael Dawson restarts play with the free kick.

14:37

Foul by Jose Alberto Canas on Joe Paulo Paulinho, free kick awarded.

13:12

Angel Rangel manages to make a clearance.

12:01

Chico Chico takes the free kick.

11:43

Unfair challenge on Jonathan de Guzman by Etienne Capoue results in a free kick.

11:38

Clearance by Pablo Hernandez.

10:00

Etienne Capoue takes a shot. Michel Vorm makes a block.

9:21

Hugo Lloris takes the free kick.

8:51

Miguel Michu is ruled offside.

8:49

Shot by Wayne Routledge. A parry by Hugo Lloris prevents the goal.

8:49

Kyle Walker makes a clearance.

8:15

Danny Rose sends in a cross.

7:37

Clearance made by Jonjo Shelvey.

7:03

Joe Paulo Paulinho takes a shot. Michel Vorm makes a block.

6:46

Kyle Walker makes a clearance.

6:21

Clearance made by Chico.

6:20

Danny Rose sends in a cross.

5:07

Clearance made by Chico.

3:44

Clearance by Jan Vertonghen.

3:18

Clearance made by Angel Rangel.

3:14

Hugo Lloris takes the free kick.

2:52

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonjo Shelvey on Etienne Capoue.

1:34

Clearance by Angel Rangel.

1:31

Clearance by Jonjo Shelvey.

1:29

Clearance made by Miguel Michu.

1:26

Corner taken by Nacer Chadli from the left by-line.

1:08

Clearance by Jonjo Shelvey.

1:07

Corner taken by Nacer Chadli from the left by-line.

0:46

Angel Rangel manages to make a clearance.

0:00

The game gets underway.

Live data and text provided by our data suppliers