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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Mauricio Pochettino reserves praise for Spurs' free-kick ace Christian Eriksen

The free-kick brilliance of Christian Eriksen, pictured, was hailed by Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino
The free-kick brilliance of Christian Eriksen, pictured, was hailed by Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino hailed the dead-ball brilliance of Christian Eriksen after the Dane's free-kick double in the 2-2 draw at Swansea.

Eriksen rescued a Barclays Premier League point for Spurs after they had twice fallen behind at the Liberty Stadium, the second time when England striker Harry Kane volleyed Jonjo Shelvey's corner into his own net.

The goals were the Denmark midfielder's first of the season after an injury-hit start to the campaign, but the 23-year-old has underlined his reputation as one of the best free-kick exponents in English football.

"He is a very important player for us and if you give him chances to shoot he can have an impact on the game," Pochettino said.

"He is one of the best at dead-ball situations, it is hard to say he is the best but he is one of the best.

"He has natural ability but he also spends time working on it.

"They were great free-kicks, he has quality when he shoots and delivers a free-kick."

Tottenham dominated the game for long periods, with Swansea only really on top in the 15 minutes before Eriksen's second equaliser after 65 minutes, and Pochettino felt his side should have claimed a fourth successive league win.

"We have maybe dropped two points," said Pochettino.

"We are disappointed with the result but not the performance or effort.

"We were a bit unlucky, you need luck in football to win the game, and we played better than Swansea .

"We did not win the game because of an own goal but Harry does not need to worry about it. He does a lot for the team."

Swansea have now gone four games without a league win but manager Garry Monk felt it was a much improved performance from last weekend's 3-1 defeat at Southampton.

"We were much more like ourselves," Monk said.

"We talked all week about getting back to our level, and you could see the passion and the desire we had to win the game was massive.

"We have performed fantastically in many games already this season, but we've had a couple where we were well below our standards.

"According to some people, a three-game run is a blip, but I know my players have quality.

"It's just a question of getting that out of them on a consistent basis. We saw it here and hopefully now we can go from strength to strength."

Told about Pochettino's view that Spurs had dropped two points, Monk replied: "They were never in the lead, so I don't know how.

"Without the two free-kicks, I think we would have won the game and we certainly didn't deserve to lose it.

"It took an incredible save (from Hugo Lloris) at the end to deny Fede (Fernandez) a winner, and I thought overall we performed very well."

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