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Bafetimbi Gomis is feeling fine after fainting during Tottenham win

Tottenham 3 Swansea 2

By Staff Reporter

Tottenham got their top-four tilt back on track by overcoming Swansea 3-2 on a night when Bafetimbi Gomis' collapse had those inside White Hart Lane fearing the worst.

As play was about to restart following Nacer Chadli's wonderful early opener, paramedics and medical staff raced onto the field to tend to the French striker after he fainted.

Hush fell on the ground where Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest three years ago, but good news emanated from the Swansea dressing room that Gomis was feeling fine and had not been hospitalised.

Garry Monk's side will have unlikely been aware of the positive news when Ki Sung-Yueng drew parity in a match which Spurs would go on to win, with second-half strikes from Ryan Mason and Andros Townsend securing the result before Gylfi Sigurdsson's late consolation.

Having exited the Europa League and lost the Capital One Cup final to Chelsea in the past week, this felt like a huge win for Mauricio Pochettino's side.

Spurs greats led a minute of applause before kick-off and the current squad wore black armbands in remembrance of Dave Mackay after he passed away on Monday. He was one of the finest players to ever don the Tottenham shirt.

Defeat to Swansea would have seriously harmed their hopes of Champions League qualification, so Chadli's fine, cushioned volley got Spurs off to the perfect start.

That strike was quickly forgotten, though, when Gomis collapsed - an incident which saw him leave the field on a stretcher, but it was not as serious as first feared.

It was a worrying moment Swansea recovered well from, with Ki striking home from an acute angle soon after Sigurdsson sent a free-kick smashing off the post.

However, there was not to be a third straight Premier League win for Swansea, with academy graduates Mason and Townsend striking for Spurs in what was for the most part a comfortable second half.

Sigurdsson's late goal led to a nervy ending during which French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris produced a wonderful save to ensure Tottenham held on for what could turn out to be a crucial victory.

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