Vertonghen sends Spurs into top four

PUBLISHED : Monday, 17 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 17 December, 2012, 4:43am


Tottenham rekindled their push for Champions League qualification by overcoming Swansea 1-0 yesterday to return to the Premier League's top four.

Jan Vertonghen claimed the game's only goal with 15 minutes remaining at White Hart Lane, crisply dispatching a free kick from Kyle Walker to register his first goal in the English top flight.

Spurs had slipped out of the top four after shipping two late goals in a 2-1 loss at Everton the previous weekend, and Vertonghen said he was relieved that his side had held firm in the closing stages on this occasion.

"[The goal] was at the perfect time," the Belgian centre-back said. "Swansea play good football, but I think we made lots of chances today. We were strong to the end, because we know what's happened in six or seven other games."

Spurs leapfrogged Everton to take fourth place, level on 29 points with third-placed Chelsea, who have a game in hand. Manchester United have 42 points and are six points clear of Manchester City at the top of the table.