Spurs 2-1 Southampton: (match report)
Mauricio Pochettino’s spurs side ensured that they’ll go into the two week international break on a high, as the Lillywhites recorded an important 2-1 victory over Southampton on Sunday afternoon. An attacking first half performance saw Spurs go 2-0 up at half time, however the visitors fought back in the second half, getting a goal back early on, but Spurs done enough to see off the south coast club and record precious victory.
A good chance presented itself inside four minutes, when Christian Eriksen slipped through a delightful pass to Son, who surging forward down the right wing forced Forster into making a fine stop, as the tall England goalkeeper spread himself well to thwart Son’s effort. Spurs’ attacking intensity was rewarded 10 minutes later, when Dembele passed the ball to Eriksen, the midfielder unleashed a powerful low effort from 20 yards out, that flew into the far corner of the net, 1-0 to Spurs. Spurs came close again on 23 minutes, when Toby Alderweireld got on the end of Eriksen’s corner, the defender met the ball at the near post, forcing a wonderful save out of Forster. The saints came close to equalising on two occasions on the stroke of the half hour mark, firstly through Manolo Gabbiadini’s effort from Tadic’s resulting cross. The Italians well timed run resulting in a fine volleyed effort which smashed against the side netting. Then, moments later Nathan Redmond played the ball across to Tadic inside the area, his effort from close range blazed over Lloris’ crossbar, it should have been 1-1! Spurs turned on the pressure in the following minutes and Spurs midfielder Dele Alli was brought down unlawfully by Steven Davis inside the penalty area, with Andre Marriner immediately pointing to the spot, Alli’s resulting spot kick was despatched cooly past Forster and into the back of the net, 2-0 to Spurs!
Spurs continued to pressurise Claude Puels’ side, with Christian Eriksen flashing an effort narrowly wide of the post on 41 minutes, Spurs lead comfortably at the break. Seven minutes into the second half, the Saints pulled a goal back through James Ward-Prowse, Bertand’s whipped cross was miss kicked by Alderweireld as the ball came to the young midfielder, as he drilled the ball home past Lloris’ inside post. The visitors made sure a long second half would follow for Spurs, Pochettino’s side lacked the intensity and shape that they had exhibited in the first half, but still they done enough to ensure a vital three points for the Lillywhites, at the Lane. In what was a fairly dull second half, the final score Spurs 2-1 Southampton. COYS
Additional notes: It was a tale of two halves today, Spurs were superb throughout the first period but the saints fought back and made the second half difficult for Spurs. Christian Eriksen had a really good game today, he was constantly on the move, creating various opportunities throughout the game, the Dane also scored an excellent goal in the first half. My man of the match Toby Alderweireld, was superb at the back along with his compatriot Jan Vertonghen. 20 year old Dele Alli had yet another tremendous game, his silky skills and hard work off the ball were equally impressive, he also showed great confidence to take and score his penalty, his 14th league goal of the season. Also a special mention to Vincent Janssen, who had a really good cameo when coming on in the second half. The Dutchman done his job very well, he demonstrated great hold up play and was unlucky not to get on the score sheet.
My man of the match: Toby Alderweireld. Apart from his slight error that lead to the Southampton’s goal, the Belgian centre half was defensively impeccable, he marshalled the defence so well, and his anticipation of danger from the opposition, was top draw.
Spurs (3-4-2-1): Lloris (c), Dier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Walker (Trippier 78), Wanyama, Dembele, Davies, Dele (Janssen 86), Eriksen, Son (Winks 75). Substitutes (not used): Vorm, Wimmer, Onomah, Sissoko.
Saints (4-2-3-1): Forster, Cédric, Stephens, Yoshida, Bertrand, Romeu, Davis (c), Ward-Prowse, Tadić (Boufal 69), Redmond (Rodriguez 80), Gabbiadini (Long 32). Substitutes (not used): Hassen, Caceres, Hojbjerg, McQueen.
Goals: Spurs – Eriksen 14, Dele 33 (pen); Saints – Ward-Prowse 52.
Yellow cards: Spurs – Dier, Walker, Wanyama; Saints – Redmond, Boufal, Romeu.
Referee: Andre Marriner.