Tottenham vs Southampton Report: Tottenham Match Report
With Mauricio Pochettino serving the first of a two-match touchline ban, it was going to be
An important game in the Premier League, both sides needed the win going into the clash.
A win for Southampton would have pushed them five points away from the relegation zone if results elsewhere had gone their way. Tottenham, on the other hand, would have a six, seven and eight point lead over the 4th, 5th and 6th place sides respectively.
Many expected them to dominate and that’s what they did from the very start. It was an instant impact with Kane and Dele Alli combining brilliantly together, with the England captain volleying a shot just wide of the goal. After that, things simply continued in that fashion with the away side dominating proceedings.
Everything in the first half seemed to run through Christian Eriksen, with Alli contributing. But the Dane was running the game and proved to be more than what Southampton could handle. That simply meant it only a matter of time before either Kane or Eriksen scored.
The Dane came the closest, with his freekick outfoxing goalkeeper Angus Gunn but it clipped the bar. It was the closest they would come to scoring, till three minutes later when Kane scored his seventh goal in five games against the Saints.
However, while the England captain deserves praise, the assist went to Dele Ali after a delightful chip to find his fellow countryman. The game should have been over and done with after that, with Tottenham getting a catalogue of chances.
But the whistle for half time blew and saved Southampton their blushes. Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl made two changes replacing Charlie Austin and Oriol Romeu with Shane Long and Josh Sims walking on. That showed what the Saints had to lose, and it was something that Tottenham took far too lightly.
But if the first half was Tottenham’s then the second half undoubtedly went to Southampton. They harried and hustled Tottenham players both on and off the ball, and showed a lot more energy than they did in the first half.
Despite that, Tottenham had their chances in front of goal but once again failed and eventually paid the price. Stuart Armstrong, who replaced the injured Shane Long, did exactly what his manager sent him on to do.
The former Celtic star made an instant impact, dancing past Davinson Sanchez and he fizzed a cross across the face of the goal. However, the ball went past everyone and fell to Jan Valery for the young fullback to score his second goal in as many games.
After that, it was all Southampton and Kyle Walker-Peters cynically tripped a goal-bound Armstrong for a clear cut free-kick. That proved to be the nail in Tottenham’s coffin, with James Ward-Prowse stepping in and curling an absolute stunner past Hugo Lloris.
The Tottenham goalkeeper had no chance, and in a matter of four minutes, the game had changed in Southampton’s favour. That would be the final and biggest chance of the game, with it ending 2-1 win in favour of the home side.
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The win proved to be crucial for Southampton, as it pushed them above Burnley but only two points above 18th place Cardiff City. For Tottenham, the loss will be a massive blow to their all but shattered title hopes. And more so, their winless run continues, with them failing to win in their last four games.
Here’s what some Tottenham fans had to say about the result:
And here’s that incredible free-kick by Ward-Prowse: