Spurs stars ‘play for badge’ in sensational comeback against Swansea
Mauricio Pochettino heaps praise on his players after dramatic 3-1 win in South Wales
05 April, 2017 — By Steve Barnett
SWANSEA CITY 1, SPURS 3
MAURICIO Pochettino roared that his side is “fighting again” after Spurs produced a sensational last-gasp turnaround to win away at Swansea last night (Wednesday).
The north Londoners fell behind to a neat finish from their former winger Wayne Routledge at the Liberty Stadium.
Despite being camped in their opponents’ half for long periods it looked like Tottenham were going to return home empty-handed as they failed to find a way to get the better of Swansea’s diligent defence.
But with just two miutes of normal time to play, Dele Alli converted Christian Eriksen’s cross to equalise.
Son Heung-min fired Tottenham ahead in added time, before Eriksen completed the remarkable comeback.
“It is crazy how the goals came in the last few minutes but we pushed and we created chances to win,” said Pochettino.
“It was a difficult game and the team showed big character.
“The most important thing is the badge. When you play for Tottenham it is not about the names, it is about the team. This season we are showing that we are a team.
“I don’t care what people say or what people think of the history of the club. This season we are fighting again. We are in a good way.”
Swansea took the lead after just 11 minutes when Jordan Ayew muscled his way into the penalty area and pulled the ball back to Routledge, who squeezed his finish past ex-Swans keeper Michel Vorm – a late inclusion between the sticks after Hugo Lloris fell ill.
In a frantic finale Alli tapped the ball into an empty net from Eriksen’s wicked low cross to level the scores.
Son finished from close range to send the visiting Spurs fans into raptures, before Eriksen wrapped up a remarkable victory.
SPURS: Vorm, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies (Nkoudou, 79), Dier, Dembele, Sissoko (Janssen, 61), Alli, Eriksen, Son Heung-min (Trippier, 90)
Substitutes not used: Onomah, Wimmer, Lopez, Carter-Vickers