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Swansea City 1 Tottenham 3: Pochettino proud of Spurs' after remarkable fightback

By Phil Blanche

Tottenham kept their Premier League title ambitions alive by staging an extraordinary late show at relegation-threatened Swansea. Swansea led from Spurs old boy Wayne Routledge's 11th-minute goal through to the 88th minute as it looked like Mauricio Pochettino's men would slip 10 points behind leaders Chelsea.

But Dele Alli equalised with his 15th league goal of the season before Son Heung-min and Christian Eriksen struck in added time to complete a remarkable 3-1 victory - their fifth successive league win.

Pochettino said: "We started the game well and created chances in the first few minutes. We maybe felt that the game was going to be easy. They started to play with a low tempo. When we conceded we realised we needed to improve our level.

"It is crazy how the goals came in the last few minutes but we pushed and we created chances to win. 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."

This could prove a costly defeat for Swansea, who now drop into the relegation zone with seven games left to play.

Kyle Naughton had their first shot in anger but it was another former Tottenham player who was to open the scoring after 11 minutes.

Lukasz Fabianski's long punt downfield caught Spurs napping as Jordan Ayew raced in.

Ayew held off Ben Davies to cross from the byline and Routledge reacted quickly to score.

Spurs then struggled to break down a well-drilled Swansea unit who were happy to defend deep and utilise the strength and pace of Ayew on the break.

Spurs were enjoying the majority of possession but they were almost caught out when Naughton reached Alfie Mawson's terrific cross-field ball and his effort deflected inches wide off Davies.

Alli's flick sent sub Vincent Janssen charging through on goal, but Fabianski bravely blocked at his feet.

Fabianski groggily got to his feet and immediately kept out an Alli header, and insisted he was fine to continue.

It looked all over for Spurs, but then Alli tapped home Eriksen's deflected cross and Son burst on to Janssen's pass to score in the first minute of stoppage time.

Eriksen then had the final word by beating Fabianski with a low shot, and the Tottenham title dream remains alive.

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