Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino hailed the dead-ball brilliance of Christian Eriksen but rued two dropped points in a 2-2 draw at Swansea.
Eriksen rescued a 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.”