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Pochettino salutes Spurs' character in win at Swans


Spurs player Christian Eriksen

Spurs player Christian Eriksen

Spurs player Christian Eriksen

Mauricio Pochettino believes Tottenham's fighting spirit evident in their backs-to-the-wall win at Swansea is proof that Spurs players are buying into his philosophy.

Spurs had to defend for long periods at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday but Christian Eriksen's 89th-minute winner secured a 2-1 victory which took Pochettino's men into seventh place in the Premier League.

Danish midfielder Eriksen also claimed a 90th-minute winner at Hull last month, which came just weeks after Spurs had struck twice in the final six minutes to win 2-1 at Aston Villa.

"The character is very important, to show and fight in every action," Tottenham manager Pochettino said after Sunday's game.

"We are playing the right way and when you arrive in a different club with different players you always need time to try and put your philosophy on the squad. I am happy with the players, we are showing the character we want and we got the reaction we want.

"We have a lot of good players and young talent and players like Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane are very important to us."

Kane's header had given Spurs a fourth-minute lead but Swansea created plenty of chances either side of Wilfried Bony's 48th-minute equaliser - the Ivorian's 20th Premier League goal in 2014 - without managing to make them count.

However, even though Swansea had the opportunities to get something out of the match, Pochettino felt Spurs were good value for the three points which takes them above their opponents in the table. "In football you need to score and we deserved to win because we scored. In the last few games we deserve more and didn't score," he said.

"We deserved more in the first half but then we conceded a goal and Swansea pushed us. We defended deep and maybe Swansea played better in this period, but in the last 10 minutes we were always alive."

Swansea manager Garry Monk pinned the blame for a second consecutive defeat on individual errors.

"It is sickening, two individual errors have cost us and we were not clinical enough," Monk said.