Adebayor grabs double in 3-1 win over Swansea

Emmanuel Adebayor grabbed two late goals as Tottenham beat

Swansea 3-1 on Sunday to move level on points with north London

rival Arsenal in the battle for the third Champions League spot in

the Premier League.

The Togo striker planted home headers in the 73rd and 87th

minutes to take his tally for the campaign to 13 and end Spurs’

five-match winless run in the league that was jeopardizing their

hopes of a top-four finish.

With seven matches remaining, Tottenham is behind Arsenal only

on a goal difference and five points clear of Chelsea and

Newcastle.

”You can’t afford to slip up,” Spurs manager Harry Redknapp

said. ”It’s going right to the wire. We’ve got to keep winning and

picking up points.”

Netherlands playmaker Rafael van der Vaart had given the hosts

the lead at White Hart Lane in the 19th minute, only for Iceland

midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson to equalize just before the hour mark

for mid-table Swansea with his fifth goal in the last four away

games.

Spurs were driven to victory by pacy winger Gareth Bale, who

Swansea found impossible to keep in check in the second half,

although it needed the cutting edge of Adebayor to see them home to

a first league victory in seven weeks.

”When we were able to hit them, we hit them hard and scored the

goals we needed to,” Bale said. ”We hit a little blip, but we

feel like we’re back now and hopefully heading onto a good run-in

towards the end of season.”

Bale played a key role in Van der Vaart’s opener, speeding down

the left wing and sending in a low cross that was only half

cleared. Van der Vaart, running in at pace, side-footed home

powerfully from 20 yards (meters) to give Tottenham a lead it

barely deserved.

Sigurdsson has given Swansea an added goal threat from midfield

since signing on loan from German team Hoffenheim, and he was left

stunned when his superb left-footed effort from 30 yards was tipped

onto the post by Spurs goalkeeper Brad Friedel.

Sigurdsson had to wait only nine minutes to get his revenge,

running onto a layoff by Wayne Routledge to shoot down into the

ground with the ball bouncing into the corner past Friedel’s

outstretched right hand.

Bale suddenly came into his own, popping up all over the field

and allowing his teammates plenty of space to capitalize.

The Wales winger drew two good saves from Swansea goalkeeper

Michel Vorm, who was given little chance by Adebayor’s header from

Van der Vaart’s inswinging corner with 17 minutes left.

The striker, on loan from Manchester City, made the three points

safe by glancing a header in off the far post after substitute

Aaron Lennon stood up a fine cross from the right.