By ESPNSTAR.com staff
Spurs were the dominant against a surprisingly lacklustre Swansea side, but for large periods of the game were unable to break down the Swans' resolute defence.
However, Swansea's fierce resistance was finally broken in the 75th minute when a Kyle Walker free-kick was deflected into the path of Vertonghen, who showed great composure to sweep the ball hom into the back of the net, his first Premier League goal for the club.
Swansea tried to mount a belated comeback but Spurs maintained their concentration to hold on to their slender one goal lead for the vital win.
Here, ESPNSTAR.com takes a look at the players who took to the field at White Hart Lane.
Hugo Lloris - 7
Lloris had as easy a day in goal as any, with Swansea mustering only three shots in total in the game, none of them on target. The French custodian did have to deal with several crosses into his box though, but he looked stable throughout and never looked like getting beaten.
Kyle Walker - 6.5
The England international has yet to hit top gear this season, and he was once again mediocre for Spurs on Sunday. His passing was inconsistent, as was his tackling, but he almost got himself on the scoresheet with an absolutely delightful stinging drive early in the first half which Tremmel barely managed to keep out.
William Gallas - 7
The former Arsenal defender has come under some criticism for his recent displays, but at 35 years of age, Gallas is experienced enough to handle the added pressure, and he put in a decent, stable shift in the centre of defence.
Jan Vertonghen - 8.5
Vertonghen will undoubtedly be the name on the lips of every Spurs fan after this game after the Belgian centre-back's well-taken goal earned the Lilywhites a vital three points. Apart from the goal, Vertonghen was also the best defender for Spurs, reading the game extremely well and making several crucial interceptions to deny Swansea from going through on goal.
Kyle Naughton - 7
Naughton did his chances of making the right-back position in the Spurs squad his own a world of good with a mature performance in defence. The 24-year-old was an energetic presence on the right, supporting the Spurs' attack and stretching the play with his overlapping runs.
Aaron Lennon - 7
The speedy winger was a constant threat on the flanks for Spurs and used the pace he possesses in abundance to great effect on several occasions. The 25-year-old constantly found himself in very good positions in the advanced third of the pitch, but unfortunately, his final ball often lacked the necessary incision to trouble the Swansea defence.
Sandro - 7.5
The importance of Sandro in this Spurs side is grossly understated, and the 23-year-old showed his immense quality once again with a strong display in the middle of the pitch. Always full of running, Sandro was the essential link between attack and defence, and the Brazilian was the catalyst for several of Spurs' counter-attacks.
Moussa Dembele (92' off) - 7.5
Dembele used his immense physicality to boss the midfield battle and won several crucial 50-50 challenges against the likes of Britton and Ki. The intimidating Belgian also managed to cut out several Swansea passes in midfield and always looked dangerous on the ball.
Clint Dempsey (69' off) - 6.5
It is fair to say that Dempsey has not managed to set White Hart Lane alight ever since his arrival from Fulham during the summer. The American was once again average for Spurs, keeping the ball well in attack at times, but needlessly giving away possession with his careless passing, and he never really looked comfortable in the game.
Emmanuel Adebayor (71' off) - 8
With fellow striker Defoe's superb form making him almost an automatic starter in the Spurs squad, Adebayor knows he must work doubly hard in order to convince manager Andre Villas-Boas that he too deserves to start. And the Togolese international made a strong case for himself in this game; Adebayor was worked hard all night to close down the Swansea defenders, dominated the aerial battles up front and managed to set up several good opportunities for his team-mates.
Jermain Defoe - 7.5
It is not often nowadays that Spurs win without a goal, or an assist, from their in-form striker Defoe. That is not to say Defoe was poor against Swansea. The England international was a real handful for the Swansea defence throughout the game and could have gotten himself on the scoresheet but for the heroic defending of Williams, who slid in bravely to block a goalbound shot from Defoe.
Gylfi Sigurdsson (69' on) - 6
Up against the team he represented on loan last season, Sigurdsson failed to really sparkle, and his much talked about return against the Swans proved to be something of a let-down given how the Icelandic playmaker seemed merely content to do the bare minimum for his side.
Andros Townsend (71' on) - 7
In only because of an injury to Adebayor, Townsend nonetheless proved to be a stable presence up front and enhanced his burgeoning reputation with a good display.
Scott Parker (92' on) - N/A
Gerhard Tremmel - 7
Swansea may have been under the cosh for majority of the game but Tremmel was surprisingly untroubled in goal due to the brilliance of the defenders in front of him. He had to be alert to make several routine saves however, and could do absolutely nothing about Vertonghen's goal.
Dwight Tiendalli - 7
Tiendalli had an average game for the Swans, although he was never really troubled down his flank. He was pegged back in his own half for majority of the game and was unable to bomb forward to support his side's attack.
Ashley Williams - 9
It was a heroic performance at the back by Williams, who almost single-handedly kept the Spurs attack at bay. Strong in the challenge and displaying excellent reading of the game to make several important interceptions, Williams was the one player in the Swansea side who did not deserve to end up on the losing team and can hold his head up high after the game.
Chico Flores - 8
With his defensive partner Williams in irrepressible form beside him, Flores must have felt inspired to give his all as well, and he duly obliged with a committed defensive performance. The 25-year-old bravely put his body on the line to block several goal bound shots and made several impressively timed tackles to stop the Spurs attack.
Ben Davies - 6.5
Davies was undoubtedly the weak link in the Swansea defence, making several ill-timed challenges and giving the ball away carelessly a few times. To be fair to him, he showed great spirit and worked his socks off, but unfortunately for him, he failed to show the necessary technicality to back up his work-rate.
Leon Britton - 6
Much has been made of Britton's amazing ability to control the tempo of Swansea's game in the middle of the pitch, but the 30-year-old was unable to work his magic this time. Britton failed to get to grips with the intense pace of the game and struggled to find space amidst Spurs' relentless pressing high up the pitch.
Nathan Dyer (86' off) - 4
The biggest problem with the undoubtedly talented Dyer is his inconsistency - you never know which Dyer is going to turn up on the day. Unfortunately for the Swans, Dyer was at his worst against Spurs, frustrating fans and team-mates alike with his selfishness and inability to play a proper pass in the advanced third of the pitch.
Wayne Routledge - 6.5
Routledge worked hard for the team and although he did not really manage to impress much offensively, he helped his team out immensely defensively and did not allow Spurs' midfielders much time on the ball.
Ki Sung-Yeung (75'on) - 6
Ki, affectionately nicknamed the "Korean Steven Gerrard" by adoring fans, was unable to live up to the huge expectations heaped on him and never really managed to make an impact in the game. To his credit, he did manage to provide his defence protection in midfield and broke up several of Spurs' play.
Michu - 7
Swansea's top scorer this season cut an isolated, frustrated figure up front as he was made to work with what little scraps his midfielders provided him with. Still, the Spaniard did manage to make a nuisance of himself whenever he got the ball and looked like the only person capable of scoring for Swansea.
Jonathan De Guzman (60' off) - 6
De Guzman was expected to be the creative force for Swansea up front, but given how Spurs pressed Swansea very high up the pitch, the 25-year-old had to resort to dropping deep in order to receive the ball, which made it hard for him to influence his side's attack.
Kemy Augustien (60' on) - 6
Augustien was brought on to shore up the midfield and he did reasonably well, winning a few headers in the middle of the pitch to help ease the pressure on his defence.
Luke Moore (75' on) - N/A
Danny Graham (86' on) - N/A