Tottenham take on Southampton at Wembley.
Games won: 80
Games drawn: 49
Games lost: 62
Last 5 vs Southampton
08 May 2016 – Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton (L) 1-2 – Premier League
28 Dec 2016 – Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur (W) 1-4 – Premier League
19 Mar 2017 – Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton (W) 2-1 – Premier League
26 Dec 2017 – Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton (W) 5-2 – Premier League
21 Jan 2018 – Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur (D) 1-1 – Premier League
Written by John Ellis at Wembley
Hopefully the club listen to the fan base who stayed away in their thousands tonight. Should Southampton be a category B March – especially given the hectic schedule in the run up to Christmas for what is effectively an away game? The categories are made at the start of the season and not sure how easy it is to make a change but the support at Wembley is dwindling and if we stay there too much longer, the empty seats will damage the brand.
It isn’t just the cost of a match ticket but also the cost of travelling especially for a midweek night match when fans have long journeys home and early starts for work.
On to the game and what a strange game it was too. Spurs somehow contrived for the second time this season to turn a 3-0 lead into a difficult final half hour.
On another night Southampton who belied their lowly league position and played some really good football on chances alone could well have come away with a result.
The game started well though for Tottenham.
In the 3rd minute a long cross field ball from Rose to Trippier was headed perfectly forwards for Son to volley against the post. It would have been a quite exquisite start to the game.
Two minutes later and the Saints had a long range shot just wide with Lloris either showing good judgement or just avoiding an embarrassment by not attempting to save the shot.
In the 9th minute Moura won a corner which was taken short. The low cross was met at the near post by Harry Kane who steered low into the net to give Spurs an early lead! 1-0!
Moura tried the spectacular with a shot from the half way line which ended up looking slightly ridiculous but more importantly wasted a good opportunity of a break.
A 25th minute error by Alderweireld created danger which the Saints almost capitalised on with an initial shot tipped onto the post by Lloris with the follow up flying wide.
A minute or so later Foyth did well to step in and avert danger but the Saints were gaining in confidence…
Son broke well in the 29th minute and released Kane who stepped inside but shot tamely with a side foot effort into the keepers arms
A couple of minutes later and Son’s much firmer strike brought a finger tip save from the keeper. The well worked short corner was headed over by Dier.
Spurs regained the ascendency with some slick passing moves but couldn’t find that elusive second goal.
The whistle blew to end an entertaining first half.
Spurs started the half brightly.
Eriksen’s near post corner was met by Alderweireld whose header was well saved by the keeper before Eriksen also brought a diving save from a free kick.
Then a poor Trippier corner somehow reached Moura at the far post. His first shot was blocked but he gleefully followed up to put Spurs 2-0 up!
Two quickly became three when Kane crossed for Son to tap in to make it 3-0!
Southampton with their new manager in the stands hit back and a long range effort smacked against the bar…
Southampton continued to play enterprising football and should have reduced the deficit from a 62nd minute free kick which pinged about in the Spurs box before Lloris gratefully gathered.
In the 68th minute the Saints carved open the Spurs defence yet again but were guilty of overplaying and tried to unsuccessfully walk the ball into the net.
Southampton’s finishing fortunately didn’t match the quality of their build up play otherwise the scoreline would have been much closer.
Another good Saints chance was spurned with a free shot ballooning over the bar.
In the 75th minute Lloris made an excellent save with the rebound just evading the on rushing striker.
Within a minute Lloris dived low to tip yet another effort around the post. The corner brought a further attempt on goal with the header going wide.
Spurs had a couple of late forays with Rose going down in the box and Kane forcing a corner. It was almost a surprise to see the play in the Saints half such was the away team’s dominance of the ball.
In the 89th minute Austin headed wide with Lloris stranded.
In added time the Saints hit the woodwork for the third time in the match.
Their richly deserved goal came just moments later when a lovely pass put Austin clean through to fire into the net.
It wasn’t the greatest of performances but on a night when three of the top six dropped points, Spurs got the job done and leapfrogged their London rivals back into third place 😊.
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