Tottenham Hotspur came from behind to beat Swansea City 2-1 this afternoon and secure a crucial victory in their quest for the Premier League title.
Swansea’s January signing Alberto Paloschi silenced White Hart Lane with a first-half opener, and Spurs found it difficult to break the visitors down.
But they were rewarded for their persistence as Nacer Chadli and Danny Rose struck within the space of seven minutes to snatch the hosts the points.
Here, CaughtOffside rates how Mauricio Pochettino’s side performed at White Hart Lane, as they recorded a sixth straight win in the top flight.
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GK: Hugo Lloris – 8/10
Tottenham’s captain was arguably their man of the match with world-class saves from Gylfi Sigurdsson, in the opening few minutes, and Paloschi, once Spurs had taken the lead.
RB: Kyle Walker – 8/10
Unbelievable energy to bomb up and down the right all match. His shot was turned in by Chadli, and he would have had a goal of his own but not for the offside flag.
CB: Toby Alderweireld – 7/10
His excellent defending has earned him rave reviews all season, but this time it was the Belgian’s ball-playing ability which stood out as he started attack after attack.
CB: Kevin Wimmer – 6/10
The Austrian had a difficult first half as the lively Paloschi gave him a few problems. Was mainly a spectator in the second half as the play occurred in front of him.
LB: Danny Rose – 8/10
On par with Walker for energy and attacker endeavour. Rose had a few good blasts from range and one of them snuck under the otherwise solid Lukasz Fabianski for the winner.
CM: Eric Dier – 6/10
Not in the side for his goalscoring, but missed a sitter from six yards out in the first half.
CM: Christian Eriksen – 7/10
Surprisingly chosen to play alongside Dier, allowing Alli to stay in support of Kane. Had more time to show off his passing range, but Spurs could have done with him further forward.
AMR: Son Heung-Min – 5/10
Has struggled to offer anything positive of late and it would be a surprise if he started in any of the upcoming London derbies – particularly after Chadli scored off the bench.
AMC: Dele Alli – 7/10
In the thick of the action as usual. Things did not quite fall for him in an attacking sense today, but it was noticeable that he took on the responsibility to try to rescue Spurs.
AML: Erik Lamela – 6/10
Scored on his comeback from illness in midweek, but had a pretty quiet game this afternoon. Still, Pochettino can rely on his industry and creativity against West Ham on Wednesday.
ST: Harry Kane – 6/10
Playing in a protective mask after breaking his nose against Crystal Palace, Kane was not at his best against the Swans. But it was a chance for Spurs to prove they have other match-winners.
Nacer Chadli – 7/10
Has scored a few vital goals for Spurs of late, but none more important than this one. Walker’s shot was probably going wide, and the Belgian smartly directed it into the net.
Ryan Mason – 6/10
Given a breather from the start but was on with a quarter of an hour to go. Had one curling shot which finished a few yards wide. Should be restored to the lineup at Upton Park in midweek.
Josh Onomah – N/a
Replaced Kane for the final few minutes – his seventh substitute appearance in the league this term.
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