Tottenham keeps up title challenge with 2-1 win over Swansea
LONDON (AP) — Tottenham kept up its pursuit of Premier League leader Leicester by rallying to a 2-1 victory over Swansea thanks to two goals in eight minutes on Sunday.
Left back Danny Rose was the surprise match-winner for Spurs, scoring in the 77th minute after Swansea failed to clear a corner properly.
Tottenham had 34 attempts on goal, prompting its manager Mauricio Pochettino to tell Spurs TV: "What more you need to do for (to) score? ... This is the way that we want to play and you know sometimes football is not mathematical."
Nacer Chadli canceled out Swansea's opener by Alberto Paloschi in the 19th minute as the visitors paid for their defensive approach in the second half at White Hart Lane.
Tottenham is now in second place outright, three points clear of Arsenal after its north London rival's loss at Manchester United on Sunday. Leicester leads by two points and few at the start of the season could have imagined the current top two with 11 games remaining.
Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski made several impressive saves in the game and it was almost 3-1 when Harry Kane — playing with a mask to protect his broken nose — set up Kyle Walker for a goal that was ruled out for offside.
Pochettino praised Spurs fans for lifting the team after Swansea went ahead.
"This was very important for us," Pochettino said. "'Thank you' our supporters, they were brilliant and 'thank you' the players because the performance and the effort was unbelievable after that Europa League game (Thursday) against Fiorentina."