Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Swansea City
Last Updated: Sun, 01 Apr 2012 18:47
Spurs moved level on points with third-placed Arsenal with a 3-1 home win over Swansea City.
The Swans had to make do without on-loan defender Stephen Caulker, who was ineligible to face his parent club, with Spurs chasing a first win in six league games.
Both Rafael van der Vaart and Wayne Routledge went close in the opening minutes, before Gareth Bale started to cause problems down the Spurs left.
After 19 minutes, the Welshman played a big hand in the opening goal, as his pull-back eventually fell to Van der Vaart, who calmly planted home a left-foot shot from 15 yards out.
Dangerman Bale went close on two further occasions as the first half wore on, with the visitors unable to muster a single shot on-target during the first 45 minutes.
Early in the second half Brad Friedel made a fantastic one-handed save to tip away Gylfi Sigurdsson's 25-year drive, but just before the hour mark Swansea drew level through the Icelander.
Joe Allen's shot was blocked and chested down by Routledge for Sigurdsson to net with a 20-yard shot which left Friedel well beaten.
However, Spurs scored twice in the final 17 minutes to secure a much-needed victory, with Emmanuel Adebayor netting twice with his head.
First he met a van der Vaart corner from the right to power home from close range and then he added a clinching third goal four minutes from time.
This time sub Aaron Lennon did the set-up work as he lifted a cross to the far post and Adebayor netted with his head again to seal the win.