SWANSEA, United Kingdom (AFP) – Christian Eriksen 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.
However, careless defending from the home side allowed Eriksen to win the day with a firm strike that lifted Spurs into the top seven.
Having 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.
However, 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.
On 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 delivery.
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.