Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen scored a late 89th winner as they won 2-1 against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium. Spurs had taken an early lead through Harry Kane before Swansea striker Wilfried Bony equalised just after half time.
Swansea: Tremmel (GK), Rangel (70′), Williams (c), Bartley, Taylor, Britton (55′), Sigurdsson, Ki Sung-Yung, Montero, Routledge, Bony (85′).
Subs: Cornell (GK), Amat, Shelvey (55′), Emnes, Dyer, Gomis (85′), Richards (70′).
Tottenham: Llloris (GK) (c), Walker, Vertonghen, Fazio, Davies, Mason (70′), Bentaleb, Eriksen, Lamela (83′), Soldado (56′), Kane.
Subs: Vorm (GK), Rose, Chiriches, Townsend, Dembele (56′), Chadli (83′), Stambouli (70′).
It was the away team that started the better of the two sides with Tottenham benefiting instantly. Christian Eriksen had a cross from a free-kick take a small touch of a defender and out for a corner. The Dane then took the set piece and it perfectly set-up striker Harry Kane, at the back post, perfectly to head the ball, low, into the bottom of the goal. Although the cross had been perfect for Kane, Swansea’s defensive set-up had been appalling as a number of players were left in a heap in the center of the penalty area.
After Spurs’ brilliant start, Swansea began to get into their rhythm as their first big chance came when Wayne Routledge played a good pass through the away side’s defence to Wilfried Bony who was stopped in his tracks before pulling the trigger by ex-Swansea player, Ben Davies, who put in a brilliant last ditch tackle.
Swansea continued to dominate and it was again Bony that spurned yet another great chance after a low whipped in cross from Rangel but Hugo Lloris, making his 100th Tottenham appearance, did enough to stop his poked effort with his trailing leg. A significant moment came shortly after as Spurs midfielder Erik Lamela appeared to elbow his opponent Jefferson Montero and when looking at condemning replays of it, in my opinion, Lamela should of been given his marching orders.
A number of poor fouls followed, leading to bookings for Vertonghen and Mason but the Swans continued to put all the pressure on the Spurs back line. After yet another wasted Bony chance, the half time whistle blew leaving the home fans fairly frustrated. So it was typical that the Ivorian, after wasting a number of chances in the first 45 minutes, immediately took his first at the start of the second half.
After good work from the Swansea team, it fell for Routledge to get a cross into the area and Bony, firstly hesitating, then latched a shot into Lloris’ goal. The game then became end-to-end, but it was the home team that appeared the likeliest of two sides to get the winner however after a number of Swansea player’s failed to take their chances, Tottenham started to sneak attempts in again. Harry Kane came so close to scoring his second of the game from yet another corner only to see his header spin away from the bottom of the goal and go wide.
With only seconds of normal time though, Swansea had thought they had done enough when defending a Spurs corner, but a poor clearance out by Kyle Bartley went straight to the feet of Ben Davies who then fed the ball to the feet of Eriksen, on the edge of the box, and he hit a shot, low, into the bottom of Tremmel’s net. The last minute blow saw Swansea fail to conjure any attempt late on to spoil the Spurs party and it was the away side that took away all three points.
The win for Mauricio Pocchettino’s side sees them leapfrog Swansea into 7th place ahead of games against Burnley and Leicester either side of Christmas Day. Swansea drop down into 9th place, one point ahead of Liverpool, and Garry Monk will be disappointed at his side’s lack of clinical finishing that could have seen them finish Spurs off by half time.