Swansea - Christian Eriksen has scored his sixth goal of the season, one minute
from time, to earn Tottenham a 2-1 win at Swansea on Sunday to end a
three match winless run and push the London club into the top half of
the Premier League table.
Swansea's leading scorer Wilfried Bony appeared to have earned his side a point when he cancelled out Harry Kane's early goal.
careless defending from the home side allowed Eriksen to win the day
with a firm strike that lifted Spurs into the top seven.
garnered only a single point from their previous two league games
against Chelsea and Crystal Palace, the visitors were understandably
keen to leave an early mark.
And they did exactly that when Kane rose to head home Eriksen's fourth minute corner.
Swansea's defeat at West Ham last Sunday had come at a price with goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski sent off in the second half.
they might have been level here, in the ninth minute when Wayne
Routledge picked out leading scorer Bony. The Ivorian striker skipped
outside Jan Vertonghen but was denied by a smart save from Hugo Lloris.
his first league start since March, due to injury, Kyle Walker was
booked after 14 minutes for deliberate handball. However, with Swansea
struggling along the Spurs right, it was Walker and Eric Lamela who were
causing the major problems.
A neat passing movement at the end of
the first quarter saw Kane shoot just wide, whilst at the opposite end,
the former Swansea left back Ben Davies produced a goal-saving tackle
after Bony was sent into the penalty area by Montero's slide rule
Tottenham certainly looked susceptible to the pace of
Bony, who led Federico Fazio a merry dance in the 25th minute before
seeing his shot blocked.
Vertonghen became the second Spurs player
to see yellow - a careless two-footed challenge on Routledge earning
the Belgian a second caution of the season.
Ryan Mason followed
his teammate into the book for a crude challenge on Leon Britton, but
Swansea manager Garry Monk was more confused by referee Robert Madley's
decision to ignore what appeared to be a blatant dive from Kane, five
minutes before the break.
The young striker took the ball in his
stride, but under no real pressure, duly went sprawling inside the 18
yard box. Monk had words with the fourth official and Mauricio
Pochettino, who appeared to say that Kane had apparently slipped.
were level inside three minutes after the interval. Angel Rangel sent
Routledge in to a position of promise and when the latter picked out
Bony, the striker, at the second attempt, beat Lloris from eight yards.
It was no more than Swansea deserved, if only for their honest endeavour.
for Spurs, it was another soft goal conceded. Davies allowed Routledge
around the back and Fazio, once again, allowed Bony too much time and
space in which to pick help himself to an eighth goal of the season.
was unable to get enough on a header from Neil Taylor's cross, minutes
later, and when Fazio was caught napping by Gylfi Sigurdsson, the
Icelandic midfielder was denied only by an unfortunate slip.
Bentaleb and Mason had lost control of the middle third with Ki, who
was booked in the 52nd minute, and Britton becoming increasingly more
influential. However, sensing the need to provide an even bigger threat,
Monk replaced the tiring Britton with Jonjo Shelvey.
Spurs were happy to take whatever came their way. Kane saw a shot from
distance, deflected for a corner, and Rangel was forced to clear after
another crisp counter attack from Eriksen.
Bony was denied twice
more as Swansea increased the tempo but it was Eriksen who won it in the
89th minute when he beat Gerhard Tremmel from 20 yards.