EPL: Tottenham beat Swansea to maintain second spot
London: Tottenham remain hot on the heels of Leicester City in the Premier League title race after Danny Rose's late winner capped a dramatic fightback in yesterday's vital 2-1 victory against Swansea.
Whites shine bright: Tottenham Hotspur's midfielder Nacer Chadli (right) celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the English Premier League encounter against Swansea City at White Hart Lane in London yesterday. Tottenham won 2-1. Pic/AFP
Mauricio Pochettino's side were in danger of losing ground on the leaders when Alberto Paloschi gave struggling Swansea a shock lead at White Hart Lane with his first goal since his January move from Chievo. But Nacer Chadli came off the bench to equalise in the 70th minute and Rose sealed the comeback seven minutes later when the defender bagged his first goal since May.
Eye on first title
Tottenham have now won their last six league matches and sit in second place, just two points behind Leicester, as their fans start to dream of a first English top-flight title since 1961. Making the day even sweeter for Tottenham, their bitter rivals Arsenal were beaten at Manchester United and are now three points behind them ahead of next Saturday's crucial north London derby.
Swansea, who are only three points above the relegation zone, had an early chance when Paloschi crossed low to the edge of the six-yard box, where Gylfi Sigurdsson fired powerfully towards goal, only to be denied by a superb tip over from Hugo Lloris.
Tottenham striker Harry Kane, wearing a mask to protect his broke nose, should have opened the scoring moments later, yet Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski was equal to his close-range effort from a Christian Eriksen cross.
Pressure pays off
The relentless pressure paid off in the 70th minute when Kyle Walker fired goalwards and substitute Chadli was in the right place to divert the ball past Fabianski at last.
The winner for Tottenham arrived in the 77th minute. A corner was only half cleared and fell to left-back Rose, who took a touch before smashing his shot under Fabianski to spark wild celebrations.