Back

Spurs leave it late again on the road despite Swansea dominance

Tottenham have left it late once more in the Premier League on the road, as they saw off battling Swansea City 2-1 at the Liberty Stadium to move up to seventh and just four points off the top four.

The north Londoners have also defeated away opposition West Ham United, Aston Villa and Hull City earlier this term, but manager Mauricio Pochettino won’t mind so long as his men qualify for Europe at the end of the campaign.

Young striker Harry Kane is fast becoming the star of the team, and he netted his 12th goal of the season after towering above Angel Rangel, who was seemingly blinded by the floodlights, to head home from a corner in the fourth minute.

England Under-21’s Kane will surely firmly be in Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson’s mind now, and he was involved in other attacks too, earning himself the Man of the Match award in the process.

But Swansea didn’t let that early hiccup affect them, and they created a whole host of chances in the first half, following some good, fluid play. However, Wilfried Bony, who was on the end of most of the ventures, was wasteful, with Spurs stopper Hugo Lloris equal to the shots that were on target.

The Ivory Coast star, though, came out the blocks early in the second half, and finally found the net in the 48th minute to level the scoring from Wayne Routledge’s cross. Bony now has eight goals in his last 10 Premier League appearances.

Kane and former Spurs attacker Gylfi Sigurdsson had great chances to put their respective sides ahead, but it was left to Christian Eriksen to seal the crucial three points for Tottenham in the 89th minute with a superb strike on the edge of the area.

The Danish star now has six Premier League goals this season, and his second at the death of a game – the other being at Hull, which was also a 2-1 victory for his team.

Garry Monk’s Swans are still doing well in the table, though, being in ninth place after 16 matches, ahead of the likes of Merseyside duo Liverpool, who lost to Manchester United earlier in the day, and Everton. They are also just two points behind Spurs.

Tottenham are now 6/1 chances with Coral to finish in the top four.