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Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Southampton

Christian Eriksen scores Tottenham's opening goal
Since he made his Premier League debut in September 2013, Christian Eriksen has scored more goals from outside the box (13) than any other player in the competition

Tottenham overcame the absence of leading scorer Harry Kane to secure a hard-fought win over Southampton that ensures they remain second in the table heading into the international break.

Goals from Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli - the latter a penalty - in an effective display underlined that Spurs are more than just their talismanic 24-goal striker.

The win extends Tottenham's club-record run of successive home Premier League wins to 10, the same number of points by which they trail leaders Chelsea.

Southampton lost in-form striker Manolo Gabbiadini to injury in the first half but gave a good account of themselves in the second, at the start of which James Ward-Prowse scored from close range.

But they were unable to gain parity as Tottenham's stubborn backline and industrious central midfield held them at bay.

Defeat leaves the Saints 10th in the table and needing an improbable 30 points from the 33 available to them to match last season's tally of 63.

With Chelsea in superb form, this season's title race is unlikely to go as deep into the season as the last campaign, but Tottenham will be hopeful of improving on their third-place finish by at least one spot.

No Kane, but Spurs remain able

Christian Eriksen

Prior to Sunday's match, Spurs had won just three of nine top-flight games without Kane this season, during which they had managed just eight goals.

However, one of those victories was the impressive 2-0 triumph over Manchester City in October, illustrating there are goals elsewhere in this talented side - a fact Eriksen and Alli demonstrated on Sunday with their 10th and 17th goals of the campaign respectively.

Eriksen's strike was powerful, low and accurate to find the bottom corner of Fraser Forster's net, while Alli's penalty was efficiently dispatched after he had been fouled in the box by Steven Davis.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino had urged summer signing Vincent Janssen to step up in Kane's absence, but opted instead to start Son Heung-min, who scored a hat-trick in last weekend's 6-0 FA Cup win over League One Millwall.

The South Korean had two good chances to carry on Kane's good work but failed to convert either as Forster turned away his shot in just the third minute before his sluggishness in the box allowed a tackle to deny him once more.

He was replaced by Harry Winks as Spurs were forced into a more conservative approach in the second half, while Janssen was handed a late cameo that saw him draw a good save from Forster with a powerful drive.

Saints go down fighting

James Ward-Prowse scores for Southampton
James Ward-Prowse is in the England squad for the forthcoming friendly away in Germany and the World Cup qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley

Southampton have beaten Tottenham just once in their past nine league meetings and have enjoyed just three victories in 17 Premier League visits to White Hart Lane.

Trailing 2-0 at the break, having lost the exciting Gabbiadini during a largely passive first-half display, it looked like being a miserable afternoon all-round for Southampton.

However, they came out with renewed vigour and intent in the second half and immediately got themselves back into the game through Ward-Prowse's goal, set up by a low cross from Ryan Bertrand that evaded Jan Vertonghen.

Tottenham, though, have conceded just seven goals in 14 matches at White Hart Lane this season and their three-man defence of Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Eric Dier, shielded by the hard-working Victor Wanyama and Dembele, wrestled back control of the game and saw it out.

Having lost 4-1 at home to Pochettino's Spurs in December and 3-0 at Ronald Koeman's Everton the following month, Southampton will be glad to see the back of sides managed by their former bosses for this season.

Man of the match - Mousa Dembele (Tottenham)

Mousa Dembele
He provided the assist for Eriksen in the first half and, when Spurs needed it in the second, played a key role protecting the Spurs backline. He made three important tackles in the game and gained possession seven times

'We were better and deserved to win' - What the managers said

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Spurs in a fantastic position - Pochettino

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino: "To get three points you need to work hard. It was difficult. In the end we were better and deserved to win.

"First half we played very well. Second half we conceded a goal with our mistake and we allowed Southampton to score. It is another victory, we keep our position second and we have reason to be happy.

"The aim is the next game. We have 10 days without our players we hope nothing happens and all will arrive in good position."

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Defeat difficult to accept - Puel

Southampton manager Claude Puel: "It was strange. In the first half without pressure we took two goals and it is difficult to accept this.

"In the second half we came back with good attitude and scored quick. At 2-1 there was a possibility to come back. In the end a draw would have been normal. It is disappointment. It was difficult for us but also for Tottenham."

Spurs eye unbeaten home season - the stats you need to know

  • Spurs have now won 10 successive league games at White Hart Lane - their longest run since October 1987 (14 in a row).
  • The only previous top-flight season that Spurs have remained unbeaten at home was 1964-65 (21 games, 0 defeats).
  • Alli has scored in three successive league appearances at White Hart Lane for the first time in his career.
  • Alli is the third Spurs player to score a penalty in the Premier League this season (after Kane & Janssen). Only in one previous Premier League season have Spurs seen 3+ players score a penalty for them - 1993-94; Sheringham (4), Barmby (1), Hazard (1) & Gray (1)
  • James Ward-Prowse has scored three goals in 21 Premier League appearances this season; the same tally as he had scored in 107 Premier League appearances before 2016-17.

What next?

After the international break Tottenham have successive away games at Burnley on 1 April and Swansea four days later. Southampton are at home against Bournemouth on the Saturday and at St Mary's again on the Wednesday when Crystal Palace are the visitors.

Line-ups

Tottenham

  • 1Lloris
  • 15DierBooked at 11mins
  • 4Alderweireld
  • 5Vertonghen
  • 2WalkerBooked at 39minsSubstituted forTrippierat 78'minutes
  • 12WanyamaBooked at 61mins
  • 19Dembélé
  • 33Davies
  • 23EriksenSubstituted forJanssenat 86'minutes
  • 20Alli
  • 7Son Heung-minSubstituted forWinksat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Janssen
  • 13Vorm
  • 16Trippier
  • 17Sissoko
  • 25Onomah
  • 27Wimmer
  • 29Winks

Southampton

  • 1Forster
  • 2Soares
  • 24Stephens
  • 3Yoshida
  • 21Bertrand
  • 8Davis
  • 14RomeuBooked at 90mins
  • 16Ward-Prowse
  • 11TadicSubstituted forBoufalat 69'minutesBooked at 81mins
  • 22RedmondBooked at 26minsSubstituted forRodriguezat 80'minutes
  • 20GabbiadiniSubstituted forLongat 32'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Long
  • 9Rodriguez
  • 12Cáceres
  • 19Boufal
  • 23Højbjerg
  • 38McQueen
  • 40Hassen
Referee:
Andre Marriner
Attendance:
31,697

Match Stats

Home TeamTottenhamAway TeamSouthampton
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home12
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away1
Fouls
Home12
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 2, Southampton 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 2, Southampton 1.

Foul by Jack Stephens (Southampton).

Vincent Janssen (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ryan Bertrand (Southampton).

Vincent Janssen (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Oriol Romeu (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Oriol Romeu (Southampton).

Vincent Janssen (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Offside, Southampton. Oriol Romeu tries a through ball, but Shane Long is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Sofiane Boufal (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Fraser Forster.

Attempt saved. Vincent Janssen (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Mousa Dembélé.

Attempt blocked. Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Cédric Soares.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Vincent Janssen replaces Christian Eriksen.

Booking

Sofiane Boufal (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sofiane Boufal (Southampton).

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Jay Rodriguez replaces Nathan Redmond.

Offside, Southampton. Steven Davis tries a through ball, but Shane Long is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Kieran Trippier replaces Kyle Walker.

Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sofiane Boufal (Southampton).

Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Steven Davis (Southampton).

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Harry Winks replaces Son Heung-Min.

Offside, Southampton. Steven Davis tries a through ball, but Shane Long is caught offside.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur) because of an injury.

Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Cédric Soares (Southampton).

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Sofiane Boufal replaces Dusan Tadic.

Offside, Southampton. Steven Davis tries a through ball, but Shane Long is caught offside.

Foul by Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur).

Nathan Redmond (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Victor Wanyama.

Attempt blocked. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Toby Alderweireld.

Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nathan Redmond (Southampton).

Booking

Victor Wanyama (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Chelsea2822333869
2Tottenham2817833459
3Man City2817652457
4Liverpool2916852556
5Man Utd27141031952
6Arsenal2715572250
7Everton2914872150
8West Brom2912710143
9Stoke299911-936
10Southampton279612-333
11Bournemouth299614-1233
12West Ham299614-1233
13Burnley299515-1132
14Watford288713-1531
15Leicester288614-1430
16Crystal Palace288416-1028
17Swansea298318-2727
18Hull296617-3224
19Middlesbrough2841014-1322
20Sunderland285518-2620
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