Christian Ericksen’s 89 minute winner gave Spurs their 3rd win in 4 on the road. In similar fashion to Aston Villa and Hull City away it was a late goal which gave Tottenham the 3 points. Harry Kane headed Spurs in front 4 minutes in, it took until the second half for Swansea to respond through Wilfried Bony. The hosts had their chances in the second half but it was Ericksen who settled the game to move Spurs up to 7th 4 points behind West Ham in fourth while Swansea drop to ninth.
Swansea off the back of a 3-1 defeat away at West Ham last week made two changes with Neil Taylor coming in for Jazz Richards and Gerhard Tremmel back in goal with Luca Fabianski missing out after his red card at Upton Park. After defeat on Thursday away in Turkey, only Kyle Walker and Roberto Soldado kept their place in the starting 11 with Mauricio Pochettino shuffling his squad.
Swansea settled down into their normal passing rhythm but fell behind after just 4 minutes. Christian Erickson’s corner was headed home by Harry Kane who rose highest in the box to register his 3rd PL goal of the season and 12th in all competitions. Spurs started the brighter of the teams but Swansea still had Wilfried Bony in attack the top scoring player in the Premier League in 2014. The Ivorian striker went close after a succession of passes opened up Tottenham but Lloris saved well down to his right. Pochettino’s men were passing the ball around well playing the home side at their own game with Harry Kane shooting just wide after a great move.
Bony was the continual threat for the hosts with Routledge and Montero looking to feed the striker. Montero did find Bony in the 21st minute but a brilliant recovery tackle from former Swan Ben Davies denied the opportunity for Bony to add to his 7 goals in 12 PL matches. The center half pair of Fazio and Vertonghen were finding it hard to keep tabs on Bony at times ball watching letting Bony in space to receive the ball. Swansea were growing in the game but the away side had the threat of the break with Kane, Soldado, Lamela and Erickson looking to double the Spurs lead. Pochettino’s men were pressurizing the Swansea back 4 just as his Southampton players did last season. In a weekend full of diving, Harry Kane was fortunate not to pick up a booking for a dive after minimal contact between him and Montero.
The Swans could have leveled minutes before the break after a brilliant passing move Sigurdsson found Rangel in the right channel and the pull back found Bony but his goal bound shot was blocked Fazio away for a corner. Spurs led at the break in a competitive contest but the Swans looked dangerous when they found Bony in the attacking third.
Swans started second half very brightly and equalized just three minutes into through that man Wilfired Bony for his 8th PL goal. A nice 1-2 between Rangel and Routledge, put the Swans winger in behind Neil Taylor, his pull back found Bony who had his first attempt blocked but made no mistake with his second to level the scores. After the goal the Welsh side were in the ascedancy with Ki and Bony having headed chances but both wasting their opportunities. Spurs introduced Moussa Demebele to try and stop the midfield dominance from Swansea while Gary Monk put on John Jo Shelvey in place of Leon Britton to try and grab the important third goal in the match.
Ryan Mason and Harry Kane went close for Spurs on the hour mark as they responded to early pressure from Swansea in the second half. However Swansea began to dominate once more going close on four occasions through Ki, Sigurdsson, Shelvey and Montero but were unable to find to the finish. Spurs were a threat on the break through Kane, Lamela and Erickson but could have retaken through the lead from a corner. It was almost a carbon copy of their first, Erickson corner was flicked towards goal by Kane but the England U21 striker saw his effort go agonizingly wide.
Spurs pushed for a winner in the last 10 minutes where they had scored 5 of their 18 league goals this season. Christian Ericksen scored late away at Hull City to give them victory and did the same at the Liberty. After having a shot saved, the ball was recycled and found the Dane in the box, he drilled his shot past Tremmel to give Tottenham all three points.
Tottenham continue to grind out results away from home and after defeat in Turkey in midweek it was a good response from the North London club. Swansea will feel disappointed that they didn’t get anything from the game after the amount of chances they had but Gary Monk will know his side have to be more clinical in front of goal. Harry Kane continues to lead the line for Spurs with another goal and his tireless display delights the Spurs fans. Wilfried Bony hit his 8th PL goal of the season scoring just under half of the Swans league goals, they will have to be on their guard in January where clubs may be up for poaching the Ivorian striker.
Swansea face three away trip over the Christmas period travelling to Hull, Liverpool and QPR while facing Villa at home on Boxing day. Spurs face Newcastle on Wednesday in the league cup quarter finals before 4 tough games over the festive period. They face Burnley at home next week before travelling to Leicester then face Manchester United at home and Cheslea away on New Years Day.