Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a late winner as Tottenham dragged themselves back from two goals down to earn a thrilling victory against Southampton.

Southampton dominated the first half and a Kyle Naughton mistake allowed Jay Rodriguez to score.

Adam Lallana doubled Saints' lead with an impressive strike into the corner.

Christian Eriksen scored twice from close range to level before substitute Sigurdsson struck with a dramatic long-distance winner.

Tottenham's spirited comeback will ease the pressure slightly on manager Tim Sherwood, who has seen Dutchman Louis van Gaal linked with his job. 

Tottenham's stirring comeback

  • The last time Tottenham came from two goals down to win a Premier League match was November 2010 in the 3-2 win over Arsenal
  • Christian Eriksen scored a brace for the first time in his career

Sherwood's side, knocked out of the Europa League by Benfica on Thursday, had endured a poor run of form of late - losing three and drawing one of their last four matches in all competitions - but this victory will reignite their hopes of finishing inside the top four.

Qualifying for the Champions League will still be a tough task as fourth-placed Arsenal are six points ahead of their north London rivals in fifth and have a game in hand.

However, this was the first time Spurs had bounced back from a two-goal deficit since their 3-2 win against Arsenal in November 2010, and a gritty turnaround against ninth-placed Southampton will boost confidence.

Tottenham manager Sherwood watched the opening 30 minutes from the directors' box, saying it gave him a "better view" while also alluding he hoped it would help him keep his emotions in check.

By the final whistle, Sherwood was on the touchline and unable to contain his delight as Sigurdsson's 92nd-minute 20-yard winner sparked wild celebrations.

From the stands, Sherwood - and the watching England manager Roy Hodgson - would have noticed Lallana imposing himself on the match in the first half, finding holes in Tottenham's high defensive line with his customary panache.

Spurs dug deep to win - Sherwood

But for all of Southampton's creativity, their opening goal came thanks to a long ball from their goalkeeper Artur Boruc and a defensive blunder.

Tottenham's Naughton let the ball bounce and it was left for Rodriguez to impressively finish low into the corner for his 13th league goal of the season - and his third in as many games.

Less than 10 minutes later Southampton had doubled their advantage and, once again, it was Naughton at fault. The defender tamely poked the ball towards Rickie Lambert, whose quick feet released Lallana to score his first league goal in seven games.

By the time Tottenham had halved the deficit, Sherwood was already by the dugout, gesticulating at his players.

Again, it was a defensive error which led to the match's third goal, with Nathaniel Clyne diving wildly at a Naughton cross to present Eriksen with a simple tap-in.

Tottenham posed more of a threat as half-time approached and both goalkeepers were required to make point-blank saves; Hugo Lloris preventing Lallana and, at the other end, Boruc stopping Eriksen from levelling before the break.

But Boruc was helpless when Eriksen did equalise a minute into the second half.

Tottenham 3-2 Southampton: Mauricio Pochettino bemoans refereeing decisions

The industrious Roberto Soldado won the ball from Dejan Lovren near the corner flag and passed across goal for the onrushing Eriksen to once again score from close range.

Southampton's threat faded quickly and, if the first half belonged to Lallana, it was left for Eriksen to conduct proceedings after the break, with the Dane scoring twice in a match for the first time in his career.

Eriksen had a chance to complete his hat-trick after being put through by a Younes Kaboul long ball, but the Southampton defence did enough to unsettle the former Ajax playmaker.

Eriksen's strike remained the only shot on target in the second half until Sigurdsson's low effort hit the net in a rousing finale.

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino: "The first half we dominated but there's refereeing decisions which did not go our way and completely changed the dynamic of the game.

"We suffered after conceding the equaliser and the last goal made it very difficult for us. There's nothing to complain about the third goal. We lost the game, more than Tottenham won the game, and they had a little help from the referee."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Tottenham Hotspur

  • 25 Lloris
  • 16 Naughton
  • 03 Rose
  • 19 Dembélé (Sigurdsson - 45' )
  • 04 Kaboul
  • 05 Vertonghen
  • 07 Lennon (Townsend - 72' )
  • 42 Bentaleb Booked
  • 09 Soldado
  • 21 Chadli
  • 23 Eriksen

Substitutes

  • 08 Paulinho
  • 17 Townsend
  • 20 Dawson
  • 22 Sigurdsson
  • 24 Friedel
  • 35 Fryers
  • 37 Kane

Southampton

  • 31 Boruc
  • 02 Clyne (Chambers - 45' )
  • 23 Shaw
  • 16 Ward-Prowse
  • 06 Fonte
  • 05 Lovren Booked
  • 08 Davis
  • 18 Cork Booked
  • 07 Lambert (Gallagher - 90' )
  • 20 Lallana
  • 09 Rodriguez (Ramírez - 64' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Yoshida
  • 10 Ramírez
  • 22 Chambers
  • 25 Gazzaniga
  • 26 Hooiveld
  • 38 Reed
  • 40 Gallagher
Ref: Anthony Taylor
Att: 35,460

Match Stats

Shots

15 12

On target

6 4

Corners

7 3

Fouls

9 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 3, Southampton 2.

90:00 +4:56 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 3, Southampton 2.

90:00 +1:48 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 3, Southampton 2. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Christian Eriksen.

90:00 +1:25

Foul by Gastón Ramírez (Southampton).

90:00 +1:25

Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Sam Gallagher replaces Rickie Lambert.

88:35

Attempt missed. Rickie Lambert (Southampton) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Adam Lallana with a headed pass.

88:22

Attempt blocked. Gastón Ramírez (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Lallana.

87:06

Offside, Southampton. James Ward-Prowse tries a through ball, but Rickie Lambert is caught offside.

86:04

Calum Chambers (Southampton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

86:04

Foul by Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur).

84:35

Foul by Jose Fonte (Southampton).

84:35

Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

83:55

Attempt missed. Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Nacer Chadli with a headed pass.

83:34

Foul by James Ward-Prowse (Southampton).

83:34

Gylfi Sigurdsson (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:55 Booking

Booking Jack Cork (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

80:54

Foul by Jack Cork (Southampton).

80:54

Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

79:26

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Kyle Naughton.

79:13

Attempt blocked. Rickie Lambert (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Lallana with a cross.

78:01 Booking

Booking Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

77:57

James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

77:57

Foul by Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur).

76:29

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Dejan Lovren.

73:39

Attempt missed. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

73:03

Foul by Luke Shaw (Southampton).

73:03

Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.

71:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Andros Townsend replaces Aaron Lennon.

71:07

Offside, Southampton. Luke Shaw tries a through ball, but Gastón Ramírez is caught offside.

69:15

Hand ball by Rickie Lambert (Southampton).

68:43

Adam Lallana (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:43

Foul by Kyle Naughton (Tottenham Hotspur).

68:02

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Calum Chambers.

68:01

Attempt blocked. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Younes Kaboul.

66:52

Hand ball by Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur).

64:58

Offside, Southampton. Steven Davis tries a through ball, but Rickie Lambert is caught offside.

63:51

Adam Lallana (Southampton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

63:51

Foul by Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur).

63:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Gastón Ramírez replaces Jay Rodriguez.

60:40

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Jay Rodriguez.

59:55 Booking

Booking Dejan Lovren (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

59:47

Foul by Dejan Lovren (Southampton).

59:47

Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.

57:51

Attempt missed. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Gylfi Sigurdsson.

55:36

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Artur Boruc.

55:35

Attempt missed. Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Christian Eriksen.

51:06

Adam Lallana (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:06

Foul by Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur).

49:57

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

49:06

Delay in match Dejan Lovren (Southampton) because of an injury.

46:28

Attempt missed. Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Christian Eriksen.

45:45 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 2, Southampton 2. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Roberto Soldado.

45:00

Second Half begins Tottenham Hotspur 1, Southampton 2.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Calum Chambers replaces Nathaniel Clyne.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Gylfi Sigurdsson replaces Mousa Dembélé.

45:00 +2:03 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 1, Southampton 2.

45:00 +0:27

James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +0:27

Foul by Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur).

44:34

Attempt missed. Younes Kaboul (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Christian Eriksen with a cross following a corner.

44:09

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Artur Boruc.

44:06

Attempt saved. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is saved in the top centre of the goal.

42:53

Foul by Steven Davis (Southampton).

42:53

Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

41:55

Steven Davis (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:55

Foul by Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur).

41:25

Attempt saved. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Roberto Soldado.

40:33

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Kyle Naughton tries a through ball, but Nacer Chadli is caught offside.

39:40

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Kyle Naughton.

39:36

Attempt blocked. Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rickie Lambert.

37:19

Attempt saved. Adam Lallana (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jack Cork with a through ball.

35:27

Attempt missed. Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

34:47

Foul by Jack Cork (Southampton).

34:47

Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

34:12

Offside, Southampton. Rickie Lambert tries a through ball, but Adam Lallana is caught offside.

30:35 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 1, Southampton 2. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

29:32

Attempt missed. Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Christian Eriksen.

27:16 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 0, Southampton 2. Adam Lallana (Southampton) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Rickie Lambert with a through ball.

26:25

Rickie Lambert (Southampton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

26:25

Foul by Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur).

25:33

Attempt missed. Rickie Lambert (Southampton) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse with a cross following a corner.

24:53

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Mousa Dembélé.

24:51

Attempt blocked. Luke Shaw (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse.

24:46

Attempt blocked. Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

23:41

Offside, Southampton. Jack Cork tries a through ball, but Jay Rodriguez is caught offside.

22:45

Attempt saved. Adam Lallana (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Rickie Lambert.

18:12 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 0, Southampton 1. Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Artur Boruc.

17:10

Offside, Southampton. Rickie Lambert tries a through ball, but Jay Rodriguez is caught offside.

12:50

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Nathaniel Clyne.

8:07

Offside, Southampton. Rickie Lambert tries a through ball, but Jay Rodriguez is caught offside.

5:44

Attempt missed. Adam Lallana (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Rickie Lambert.

4:17

Offside, Southampton. Jack Cork tries a through ball, but Rickie Lambert is caught offside.

2:32

Attempt saved. Younes Kaboul (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Christian Eriksen with a cross.

2:05

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Dejan Lovren.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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