Match Report: Southampton vs Spurs
In a frustrating stalemate for Spurs at St. Mary’s Stadium, England superstar Harry Kane netted his 99th Premier League goal. Kane beat Saints defender Jack Stephens in the air to equalise with a header. Although the match ended with a point apiece, it was only Spurs players who made it onto the scoresheet. Davinson Sanchez tipped the ball past his own keeper in an unfortunate attempt to clear a low driven cross from Ryan Bertrand on the left-hand side. Fully-stretched, Sanchez slid across his own box only to tap the ball onto the inside post and out of reach of Michel Vorm.
The was a significant one for both teams; Tottenham are pushing for a top-four finish in very competitive circumstances, and the Saints were playing off the back of a 10 game streak without a win. The solitary point means that Pellegrino’s Saints remain within the relegation zone and Spurs stay two points clear of that coveted fourth place spot.
The game was an entertaining one, Both Sissoko and Stephens had excellent chances on goal within the first half. The tempo of the matched slowed in the second half, as did the opportunities on goal for both sides. After Erik Lamela was brought on he had a clear-cut chance from three yards out to tip the scales in Tottenham’s advantage late on, but failed to capitalise on the opportunity.
Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse was awarded Man of the Match totalling 56 touches throughout the 90 minutes. Ward-Prowse was playing with confidence having scored three goals in his last two matches, and he was significant in distrupting the flow of Tottenham’s play. He sent a beautiful free-kick towards Stephens during the first half, a chance that should have been converted.
Southampton vs Spurs Attendance
St. Mary’s Stadium: 31, 361
Starting Line-ups: Southampton vs Spurs
Southampton: McCarthy, Soares, Stephens, Hoedt, Bertrand, Romeu, Lemina, Ward-Prowse, Hojbjerg, Tadic, Gabbiadini
Tottenham Hotspur: Vorm, Aurier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembélé, Sissoko, Alli, Son, Kane
“It was an even game, a difficult game to play. The pitch wasn’t in a great condition. There was a lot of battle and fighting, it was fair. In possession, we missed the links to play together, we made mistakes and allowed them to play a little bit more. to win the game, we should do better and play better.”
Man of the Match
James Ward-Prowse takes home the man of the match accolades. James came into the match brimming with confidence having scored three goals in his previous two games, and he worked tirelessly today to frustrate the Spurs midfield. Similarly, he wreaked all sorts of havoc from set pieces. Congrats James.
What’s next for Tottenham Hotspur?
Spurs will continue their FA Cup run with a trip to Newport County on Saturday night.