Hard-working Tottenham star Fernando Llorente deserved his goal, says Hugo Lloris

Ben Pearce
On target: Llorente put Tottenham in front at Swansea: Getty Images

Hugo Lloris has hailed Fernando Llorente’s impact at Swansea on Tuesday and the Tottenham captain was encouraged to see his team-mates scoring from another set-piece.

Llorente headed home from Christian Eriksen’s free-kick — albeit from an offside position — to give Spurs a 12th-minute breakthrough against his former club, with the visitors going on to win 2-0 after Dele Alli’s 89th-minute strike.

Tottenham had opened the scoring in similar fashion in their previous outing against Southampton, Harry Kane finishing from another Eriksen free-kick en route to a 5-2 victory, and Lloris was pleased by both the identity of the scorer and the manner of the first goal.

“First of all, in terms of spirit, Fernando is fantastic,” said Lloris. “He’s always positive and always ready to work hard, to help the

team. It’s not easy to be behind Harry Kane, but he made a very good performance. He was very useful with his back to the goal and in the way he played.

“With his ability, he makes the movement around him easier for offensive players, and he deserved this goal because he’s important for the team.

“We can be even more pleased because we scored from a set-piece again. We know the importance of that. We must score more goals from set-pieces because we have the quality for the delivery and we have the size in the box, too, with tall players.

“At 1-0 up, we should have scored a second goal [earlier] because we had a few chances. They let us play in the way we wanted and we should have been a bit more killer. But there’s nothing to regret because we won.”

Jan Vertonghen was also impressed with Llorente’s display, stating: “He’s important for us. He’s a very calm player. We need players to step up. Harry normally does his role and then we need other players to step up. Fernando’s one of them, and he did well.”

The two sides faced stormy conditions in the first half, with swirling winds, heavy rain and a sodden pitch making intricate play extremely difficult.

“In the first half it was difficult for me to see the ball in the opposite half,” said Lloris. “But in that kind of context you just need to stay positive and in the end we are very pleased, especially for the fans who travelled, who were in the stand in those conditions.”

Swansea boss Carlos Carvalhal said that assistant referee Marc Perry had apologised to him after the game for failing to flag Llorente. “I understand it’s a mistake,” said the Portuguese.