Football: Tottenham bounce back to seal second spot

Swansea City's Alberto Paloschi (right) pouncing on a deflected shot to open the scoring in the first half. Tottenham Hotspur produced two goals in the second half.
Swansea City's Alberto Paloschi (right) pouncing on a deflected shot to open the scoring in the first half. Tottenham Hotspur produced two goals in the second half.PHOTO: REUTERS

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE
Tottenham Hotspur 2
Swansea City 1

LONDON • Not even an inspired performance by former Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski could thwart Tottenham Hotspur's Premier League title hopes yesterday as the North London football side displayed plenty of character to secure a comeback victory.

Swansea took a 19th-minute lead through Alberto Paloschi after the unmarked forward made the most of Angel Rangel's deflected shot that fell into his path.

But incessant pressure from the home side saw Francesco Guidolin's Swans concede more than once in a game for the first time. Fabianski did his best to keep Swansea ahead.

He was into double figures for saves before Spurs finally got their breakthrough in the 70th minute, when Kyle Walker's low drive was diverted in by substitute Nacer Chadli.

Seven minutes later, Danny Rose's shot from distance went under an unsighted Fabianski.

It was no less than Tottenham deserved as they pushed forward after falling behind.

Son Heung Min should have equalised in the 34th minute when he had Fabianski to beat but the Pole blocked his shot.

Eric Dier then looked certain to score in first-half stoppage time. He connected with Rose's cross, only to see his shot from eight metres out clawed away by Fabianski.

After the interval, the goalkeeper continued to prevent goal-bound efforts from Harry Kane, who returned to the side donning a protective mask after breaking his nose against Crystal Palace a week ago, and Christian Eriksen.

But Tottenham refused to be denied their sixth consecutive league victory. They have now won 17 points from losing positions in the top flight - more than any other side.

Just as significantly, Spurs cemented second place, closing the gap between themselves and leaders Leicester City to two points.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 29, 2016, with the headline 'Tottenham bounce back to seal second spot'. Print Edition | Subscribe