Resilient Spurs produce dramatic comeback

Resilient Spurs produce dramatic comeback


By Williams ‘Bantu’ Irubor

Tottenham produced a sensational late turnaround to beat a stubborn Swansea side and keep intact their aspirations of winning a first Premiere League title.

Despite dominating possession, Spurs fell behind to a neat close-range finish from their former winger Wayne Routledge.

The visitors were camped in their opponents’ half for long periods but were frustrated by a combination of their own lack of a cutting edge and Swansea’s diligent defending, before Dele Alli eventually broke through to convert Christian Eriksen’s cross after 88 minutes.

Son Heung-min fired Tottenham ahead in added time, and then Eriksen completed the remarkable comeback with a curling effort.

While second-placed Spurs continue to breathe down the necks of leaders Chelsea, a third defeat in four games sees Swansea drop into the relegation zone.

Having cut Chelsea’s lead at the top of the table to seven points with Saturday’s win at Burnley, Spurs were aiming to further reduce that deficit with a fifth successive Premier League victory.

Yet for all that Mauricio Pochettino’s side had impressed this season, that triumph at Turf Moor was only their fifth away league win – and their vulnerability on the road was evident at the Liberty Stadium.

Although they enjoyed near total control of possession and territory during a one-sided first half, Tottenham fell behind after Swansea’s first attack of the game.

Jordan Ayew muscled his way into the visitors’ penalty area and pulled the ball back to Routledge, one of four former Spurs in the hosts’ line-up, and the winger squeezed his finish past ex-Swans keeper Michel Vorm.

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