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Swansea City 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur

By Luke ReddyBBC Sport
Christian Eriksen
Eriksen joined Tottenham from Ajax for £11.5m in August 2013
  • Late Eriksen winner moves Spurs seventh in table
  • Bony cancels out Kane's headed opener
  • Swansea suffer second home defeat of season

Christian Eriksen struck a late winner against Swansea City to move Tottenham within four points of the Premier League's top four.

The Dane found space to fire low past Gerhard Tremmel as the game neared injury time at the Liberty Stadium.

Swansea beaten by sucker punch - Monk

Earlier, the impressive Wilfried Bony had brought the hosts level with a stabbed shot, cancelling out Harry Kane's powerful first-half header.

Spurs now sit seventh, two places and two points above the Swans.

Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham will now look at fixtures against Burnley and Leicester City either side of Christmas Day as games which could lift them into the Champions League qualification places.

During a season in which Spurs have struggled to balance their Europa League progression with league commitments, victory took their tally to 12 points from a possible 24 in games after European excursions.

Nine fresh faces from the midweek defeat by Besiktas helped deliver a hard-earned win.

John Toshack
The last time Swansea beat Tottenham was in 1982 when John Toshack was in charge

Swansea, without a win over the visitors in 32 years, will rue wasted chances and a sloppy start where Kane ended Tottenham's three-game goal drought.

The 21-year-old headed home Eriksen's cross before ex-Swansea full-back Ben Davies - excellent throughout - denied Bony with a stunning last-ditch tackle.

Bony, a player whom Swansea manager Garry Monk said will command an "astronomical fee" if he leaves in the January transfer window, tormented the Tottenham defence.

Although he was denied early on by a smart Hugo Lloris save, he fired in from close range three minutes into the second half after his initial effort was blocked following Wayne Routledge's cross.

Tottenham character pleases Pochettino

Jonjo Shelvey and Jefferson Montero shot narrowly wide before Kane offered a warning with a glancing header.

But Eriksen cut inside before shooting low to stand-in keeper Tremmel's right as Spurs secured a sixth win in seven Premier League games against Swansea.

Swansea City manager Garry Monk: "It was a difficult start and we gave away a cheap goal but we started to create after that. There looked to be only one winner in the second half when we levelled and then there was the classic sucker-punch.

"An individual mistake has ended up costing us. It's mesmerising how we didn't win that game. We didn't deserve that and we came away with no points from such a great effort."

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino: "We showed character, it was a difficult game because Swansea are a very good team. In the second half, they pushed us a little bit but we defended well and we were always alive in the game.

"Harry Kane scored again, he's still young but he has potential and he needs time to play and work hard."

Harry Kane scores
Harry Kane's goal was his 11th of the season but only his third in the league
Wilfried Bony scores
Wilfried Bony has now scored eight goals in 10 games
Christian Eriksen scores
In addition to netting the winner, Eriksen recorded his first assist of the season. He provided eight in 2013-14



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 25Tremmel
  • 22RangelSubstituted forRichardsat 70'minutes
  • 27BartleyBooked at 90mins
  • 6Williams
  • 3TaylorBooked at 82mins
  • 7BrittonSubstituted forShelveyat 55'minutes
  • 4Ki Sung-yuengBooked at 51mins
  • 15Routledge
  • 23G Sigurdsson
  • 20Montero
  • 10BonySubstituted forGomisat 85'minutes


  • 2Amat
  • 8Shelvey
  • 11Emnes
  • 12Dyer
  • 13Cornell
  • 18Gomis
  • 29Richards


Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Lloris
  • 2WalkerBooked at 15mins
  • 21Fazio
  • 5VertonghenBooked at 35mins
  • 33Davies
  • 11LamelaSubstituted forChadliat 83'minutes
  • 38MasonBooked at 41minsSubstituted forStambouliat 70'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 42Bentaleb
  • 23Eriksen
  • 9SoldadoSubstituted forDembéléat 56'minutes
  • 18Kane


  • 3Rose
  • 6Chiriches
  • 13Vorm
  • 17Townsend
  • 19Dembélé
  • 22Chadli
  • 25Stambouli
Robert Madley

Match Stats

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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Swansea City 1, Tottenham Hotspur 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Swansea City 1, Tottenham Hotspur 2.

  3. Booking

    Kyle Bartley (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Kyle Bartley (Swansea City).

  5. Post update

    Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Jefferson Montero (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur).

  8. Post update

    Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Gerhard Tremmel.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Swansea City 1, Tottenham Hotspur 2. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ben Davies.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Benjamin Stambouli.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Jefferson Montero.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Swansea City. Bafétimbi Gomis replaces Wilfried Bony.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Nacer Chadli replaces Erik Lamela.

  15. Booking

    Benjamin Stambouli (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

  16. Post update

    Hand ball by Benjamin Stambouli (Tottenham Hotspur).

  17. Booking

    Neil Taylor (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Neil Taylor (Swansea City).

  19. Post update

    Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Post update

    Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

2Man City16113233141936
3Man Utd1694329171231
4West Ham168442719828
12Aston Villa165471020-1019
14West Brom164571520-517
16Crystal Palace163671924-515
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