Another late Christian Eriksen winner earned Tottenham Hotspur a 2-1 victory at Swansea City in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday.
The Denmark midfielder struck a last-minute goal in Spurs' 2-1 success at Hull City last month and repeated the feat at a rain-sodden Liberty Stadium. He picked up the ball on the edge of the area and placed an accurate finish into the bottom left-hand corner to spark scenes of jubilation among the travelling fans in south Wales. It was the third time in the past four away matches in the BPL that Spurs had scored a winner in the 89th minute or later.
Spurs had taken an early lead through Harry Kane's 12th goal of the season, a powerful header from Eriksen's corner. That setback seemed to spark Swansea into life and Wilfried Bony missed three first-half chances before finding the equaliser at the start of the second period.
But it was Eriksen and Spurs who had the final say in the last minute, as the visitors leapfrogged their opponents and went seventh, while Swansea fell to just a second home defeat of the campaign.
Kyle Walker made his first league appearance for Spurs since March after overcoming a pelvic problem, the right-back coming in for Eric Dier from the 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace last weekend. Swansea had two changes from their 3-1 defeat at West Ham United, Gerhard Tremmel replacing the suspended Lukasz Fabianski in goal and left-back Neil Taylor coming in for Jazz Richards.
Tremmel's first meaningful action was to pick the ball out of his net in the fourth minute after Kane had got up above Angel Rangel to head in Eriksen's right-wing corner.
Hugo Lloris, making his 100th appearance for Spurs, made a smart stop low to his right to keep out Bony's well-struck effort soon afterwards as Swansea went in search of an equaliser. Bony looked certain to find a leveller in the 21st minute after being played in by Jefferson Montero, but Ben Davies, returning to his former club, got back to make a superb last-ditch challenge and clear the danger.
Spurs were struggling to get to grips with Bony and the Ivory Coast forward went close for a third time shortly before the interval. Neat interplay between Gylfi Sigurdsson and Rangel led to the ball being cut back to the striker, whose first-time effort was deflected behind by Federico Fazio.
Three minutes after the break, Bony and Swansea finally had the equaliser their play deserved. The forward's initial volley from Wayne Routledge's cross was blocked by Fazio, but Bony made no mistake with the rebound from close range.
Swansea were in the ascendancy as Ki Sung-yueng flashed a header over the crossbar on the hour and Montero saw a low drive deflected narrowly wide 18 minutes from time. Despite being on top, the home side almost fell behind for a second time six minutes later when Kane steered a header narrowly wide of the left-hand upright.
The late winner did arrive in the final minute as Eriksen showed unerring accuracy from the edge of the penalty area to seal three points for Mauricio Pochettino's men.
Swansea City head coach Garry Monk: "It was a difficult start, we gave away a cheap goal. It was an individual mistake that gave them the lead.
"We got back into the game and started to create. It looked like there was only going to be one team to win the game, then it's a classic sucker punch.
"Again, it's an individual mistake and we end up losing the match.
"We have to be clinical. We were creating numerous chances and were on the front foot for the entire second half."
Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino: "I'm very happy, congratulations to my players because they did very well this afternoon.
"We showed character and it's a very good win. We work very hard during the week and every day on the training ground and now we're starting to see the results.
"I think it's a very good victory. We have a lot of young talent on the field and this is important for Tottenham Hotspur.
"We showed a very young squad and starting XI but it's important. We showed character, Swansea are a very good team with very good players and it wasn't easy."
|20 Dec 2014||v Hull (A)|
|26 Dec 2014||v Aston Villa (H)|
|29 Dec 2014||v Liverpool (A)|
|01 Jan 2015||v QPR (A)|
|10 Jan 2015||v West Ham (H)|
|17 Jan 2015||v Chelsea (H)|