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Defeat for Swansea despite first half lead at Spurs

Swansea City's Alberto Paloschi scored his first premier league goal for the Swans Credit: Paul Harding/PA Wire.

Despite leading title challengers Tottenham for the first half, the Swans were defeated 2 - 1 at White Hart Lane.

Alberto Paloschi scored his first premier league goal for the Swans in the 18th minute, but Spurs continued to pile on the pressure, securing two goals in the second half and taking home those vital three points.

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Swans lose to last minute Spurs goal

Swansea City stand dejected after conceding a late second goal Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Swansea City were beaten by a last minute Christian Eriksen goal as Tottenham Hotspur claimed all three points at the Liberty Stadium.

Spurs striker Harry Kane headed the away side in front from a corner early on.

Swansea City, who dominated possession and missed a host of chances, finally leveled from Wilfried Bony just after the break, his 20th Premier League goal of 2014.

Although a poor clearance from Swans defender Jazz Richards allowed Eriksen the chance to drive home the winner.

HT: Swansea 1 - 1 Crystal Palace

It's all square at half time at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea's Premier League game at home to Crystal Palace.

Wilfred Bony put the Swans ahead in the 15th minute before Mile Jedinak equalised for the visitors from the penalty spot ten minutes later.

The spot kick was awarded after Jonjo Shelvey brought down Marouane Chamakh.

Emnes targets Southampton come back

Swansea City's Marvin Emnes in action against Cardiff City last season Credit: Nick Potts/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Swansea City forward Marvin Emnes is set to give Swans boss Garry Monk a boost by returning to fitness in time for Saturdays Premier League clash with Southampton at the Liberty.

Emnes completed his first full 90 minutes for the U21 side in their 2-1 defeat to Cardiff City on Monday night.

The Dutchman, who signed a permanent deal at the Liberty in the summer, has not featured for the first team after injuring his knee in pre-season.

The former Middlesbrough star was an unused substitute during Swansea's 4-2 defeat at Chelsea on the weekend, but hopes to force his way into contention for the visit of Ronald Koeman's Saints.

Emnes told the clubs website:

It has been a long time. I was looking forward to playing games again and I now have that chance.

In pre-season I was playing well and having good training sessions, and I felt really sharp. To pick up an injury was very difficult but it's great to be back now.

When you get injured it is always disappointing, but the team is playing really well at the moment and I'm looking forward to getting back and helping my team-mates as soon as possible.

And it would be nice to be back against Southampton on Saturday

– Marvin Emnes

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Swans defender Jordi Amat ruled out for 6 weeks

Jordi Amat, Swansea City Credit: PA Wire/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Swansea City defender Jordi Amat has been ruled out for six weeks after suffering a strained lateral ligament during Saturdays 4-2 defeat to Chelsea.

The Spaniard sustained the injury during the first half at Stamford Bridge and was replaced at half-time by Federico Fernandez.

The 22 year-old, who has started all four of Swansea's Premier League matches this season, underwent a scan on Sunday with a consultant confirming he will be ruled out until the end of October.

Boss 'doesn't feel heat' ahead of crunch Cardiff game

Cardiff assistant boss Mark Dempsey says his boss "doesn't feel the heat". Credit: PA

Cardiff assistant boss Mark Dempsey has backed manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to handle the stresses and strains of a Barclays Premier League relegation scrap.

Solskjaer sat out his weekly pre-match press conference on Friday ahead of a crunch clash at fellow strugglers West Brom.

Albion are currently three points and three places above Cardiff, with the Welsh club knowing they realistically require maximum points, both this weekend and against Crystal Palace in eight days' time, to ignite hopes of staying up.

"He has got lots on this morning, so I have ended up coming over. The one thing he doesn't feel is heat," Dempsey said of Solskjaer. "I think the way he has galvanised the football club, certainly in the last month, there has been a different feel around the football club.

Cardiff have just seven games left to plot a successful survival course and avoid an immediate return to the Championship .Even though they were beaten 6-3 at home by title-chasing Liverpool last weekend, there was enough quality in that performance to suggest Cardiff have a fighting chance.

"It is a massive game for both clubs," added Dempsey. "The most important thing is that we concentrate on doing our job, going out there with a focus on what we need to do to get a result.

Taylor: 'It's a must win game' for Swans

Swans defender Neil Taylor backs coach Garry Monk. Credit: PA

Swansea defender Neil Taylor has given unequivocal backing to rookie head coach Garry Monk as the Welsh club prepare for a key Barclays Premier League encounter against Norwich.

Monk has overseen a solitary win from 10 games since he was put in charge just over seven weeks ago.

Swansea go into the Canaries clash on Saturday just five points clear of relegation trouble and there is no sign whether former Swans captain Monk will keep the role beyond the season.

But Wales international Taylor has no doubt about Monk's quality as Swansea look to build on an impressive midweek draw at Arsenal.

"We definitely think he is the right man to take us forward. We are all giving our all for him," Taylor said.

"You can talk about experience, but he has got experience from three or four of the best managers around at the moment - Martinez, Rodgers and Souza. He has learnt from all of them. He has been at the club for 10 years. He knows this football club better than anyone."

Victory over visitors Norwich would give Swansea much-needed breathing space, and Taylor accepts that points are all that matter at this stage.

Swansea do not have a good record against Norwich, and Taylor knows the stakes will be high as they face a team just two points and one place above them.

"It is a must-win game," he said. "You have got to go out and do it now. It is going to go right to the wire at both ends of the table this year."

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