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TOTTENHAM v SWANSEA RECAP: Spurs eventually overcome stubborn Swans

Tottenham Hotspur kept up the pressure on league leaders Leicester City by beating Swansea City 2-1 on Sunday.

Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs dominated proceedings at White Hart Lane but it took 70 minutes to break down a dour Swans defence who had goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski to thank for avoiding a potential cricket score.

The Polish gloveman made a remarkable 12 saves as Tottenham conjured 30 goal attempts, with 14 on target, but he came up with nothing to show for his efforts.

Alberto Paloschi opened the scoring for the visitors in the 19th minute with a lovely finish after Angel Rangel's initial attempt deflected nicely off Jack Cork for his first Premier League goal and the Welsh club were able to remain in front for the next 51 minutes.

Tottenham, however, equalised on 70 minutes when second-half sub Nacer Chadli cleverly diverted home Kyle Walker's well-struck effort before left-back Danny Rose won it for Spurs seven minutes later when firing home from just inside the area after a corner.

Spurs remain two points behind the league-leading Foxes as Swansea stay 16th on the table, just three points above the drop zone.


Tottenham Hotspur: 2 (Nacer Chadli 70', Danny Rose 77')
Swansea City: 1 (Alberto Paloschi 19')
White Hart Lane, London - 35,922


- Tottenham are in a strong position to claim their first top flight title since 1961. Will this be their season?

- Swansea without a win in four and in need of points to avoid falling into the bottom three. Will they see off the drop?


Spurs make the short trip to take on London rivals West Ham on Wednesday as Swansea prepare to take on third-placed Arsenal at the Emirates. 



Tottenham's Pochettino on his side's attacking display and Fabianski's performance:

"During the whole game we shot more than 30 times and maybe 15 or 16 on target,"Pochettino said.

"Maybe it was a record for the Premier League. Fabianski was fantastic and it looked like it would be impossible to score.

"For that you get upset, disappointed, frustrated a little bit but when we scored the second goal you feel freedom in this moment."

Swansea coach Alan Curtis on the quality of Tottenham:

"They're so difficult to play against, they're so fluid in their movement," Curtis said.

"The full-backs bomb on, the centre backs come out with the ball - it's a tough team to play against.

"Can they win the league? On the strength of that, absolutely. I thought they could anyway, but having seen them close up, absolutely I would say."

*Thanks to Opta

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