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Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Southampton: Kane, Moura & Son scores in hosts' win

Harry Kane (right)
Harry Kane (right) has scored seven goals in his last six Premier League games against Southampton

Ralph Hasenhuttl was reminded of the task facing him at his new club Southampton as Tottenham took advantage of defensive frailties to win and move into third spot in the Premier League.

The 51-year-old Austrian, who takes charge on Thursday, watched from the Wembley Stadium stands as his side crumbled in four second-half minutes after Harry Kane had tapped in the opener in the ninth minute.

Brazilian Lucas Moura made it 2-0 in the 51st minute when he fired home from eight yards, before Son Heung-min notched his fourth goal of the season with a close-range finish from Kane's ball.

Southampton created several chances but were twice thwarted by the woodwork and by goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. They finally found a way past the France keeper in stoppage time when Charlie Austin fired home.

The victory sees Spurs leapfrog Chelsea and Arsenal into third, with 33 points, while Southampton remain in the relegation zone with nine points.

Spurs take advantage of rivals' slip-ups

Lucas Moura (left)
Southampton were slow to close down Lucas Moura (left) who scored his sixth goal of the season

A home fixture against struggling Southampton, coming off the back of the derby defeat at Arsenal, was the ideal tonic for manager Mauricio Pochettino.

However, with eight fixtures in 28 days in December, the Argentine still felt the need to rotate his personnel. One of the five brought into the starting XI was right-back Kieran Trippier, who had been out with a groin strain since early November.

It was the England full-back's flick-on to Son that almost resulted in the opening goal as the South Korean's low volley rebounded off the base of the post.

Spurs did take the lead soon after when Kane got in front of his marker to sidefoot home Christian Eriksen's cross.

Moura and Son made it 3-0 shortly after the break, although the hosts needed two good saves from Lloris to ensure a comfortable finish to the game, despite Austin's late effort.

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Pochettino pleased with 'job done' against Saints

With rivals Arsenal and Chelsea slipping up, the evening could not have gone better for Spurs who will hope for another win at Leicester on Saturday before their decisive Champions League tie against Barcelona in the Nou Camp.

Pochettino said it was "job done" but was unhappy the Saints were allowed several opportunities to score.

"We started the second half really well," said the Argentine. "It's true that Southampton created more - it's unlucky for them because they had good chances.

"Lloris was man of the match and that's something I'm disappointed about. We conceded more chances than against Arsenal. However, I feel it was job done and I'm happy with the three points."

Saints' attacking play gives Hasenhuttl hope

Ralph Hasenhuttl
Ralph Hasenhuttl (centre) smiled after Southampton finally managed to breach the last line of the Spurs defence, in second-half stoppage time

Hasenhuttl might decide to focus on the backline in his first training session following this dismal defensive display at Wembley.

The usually reliable Maya Yoshida was caught ball-watching for the opening goal, while the defence failed to close both Moura and Son down for their goals.

The Saints have now conceded 29 goals in the league this season and have the fourth worst defensive record.

But at least he has something to build upon thanks to a superb display by his attack. Danish midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg saw one stunning effort pushed on to the post by Lloris before Nathan Redmond saw his deflected shot come off the bar.

The Spurs keeper then made a great stop from point-blank range to deny James Ward-Prowse before he dived to his left to push away Austin's shot.

The former QPR striker did eventually beat Lloris when he fired home from inside the area with seconds of the match remaining.

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Davis happy with 'fantastic' Saints attitude

Afterwards, interim manager Kelvin Davis said: "We conceded three goals and our standards are better than that. We lost a bit of focus on the set-plays and people ghosted in.

"On reflection from the whole game, I don't think anyone would say we didn't deserve at least one goal. I really believe that if we produce those opportunities again in three or four games' time then we'll get our rewards."

Southampton's next fixture is at relegation rivals Cardiff.

Man of the match - Hugo Lloris (Tottenham)

Hugo Lloris
The France keeper's exceptional saves extinguished hopes of a Southampton fightback

Teen Skipp youngest debutant since Bale - the stats

  • Tottenham have now won each of their last 10 home Premier League games against sides starting the day in the relegation zone, scoring 23 goals while conceding just three.
  • Southampton (P13, W0, D7, L6) are currently on their longest winless run in all competitions since October 1998 (also 13 matches).
  • Tottenham have now won 11 and lost four of their 15 league games this season, meaning only Manchester United (17 in 2012-13) and Bolton Wanderers (18 in 2011-12) have opened a Premier League season playing more matches before their first draw of the campaign.
  • Southampton have won just nine points from their opening 15 games this season. Only three of the previous 18 teams to have won nine points or fewer from their first 15 games of a Premier League season have avoided relegation: Sunderland in 2013-14, Wigan in 2007-08 and Coventry in 1995-96.
  • Kane has been directly involved in nine goals in his last seven Premier League games against Southampton, scoring seven times and laying on a further two assists.
  • Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen has provided at least one assist in each of his last three Premier League games (four total), the first time he has done so within a single campaign since April 2016.
  • Tottenham's Oliver Skipp (18 years and 79 days) is the youngest player to debut for the club since Gareth Bale against Manchester United in August 2007 (18 years and 40 days).

What's next?

The Saints are at fellow strugglers Cardiff on Saturday (15:00 GMT) and Tottenham are at Leicester on the same day (19:45 GMT).

Line-ups

Tottenham

  • 1Lloris
  • 2TrippierSubstituted forSkippat 87'minutes
  • 21Foyth
  • 4Alderweireld
  • 3Rose
  • 15Dier
  • 8Winks
  • 7Son Heung-Min
  • 23EriksenSubstituted forAlliat 79'minutes
  • 27Lucas MouraSubstituted forSissokoat 74'minutes
  • 10Kane

Substitutes

  • 17Sissoko
  • 18Llorente
  • 20Alli
  • 22Gazzaniga
  • 24Aurier
  • 33Davies
  • 52Skipp

Southampton

  • 1McCarthy
  • 2Cédric Soares
  • 5Stephens
  • 3Yoshida
  • 33Targett
  • 8Davis
  • 23HøjbjergSubstituted forRomeuat 88'minutes
  • 16Ward-Prowse
  • 17ArmstrongSubstituted forElyounoussiat 81'minutes
  • 22Redmond
  • 20GabbiadiniSubstituted forAustinat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Vestergaard
  • 6Hoedt
  • 10Austin
  • 11Elyounoussi
  • 14Romeu
  • 28Gunn
  • 43Valery
Referee:
Anthony Taylor
Attendance:
33,012

Match Stats

Home TeamTottenhamAway TeamSouthampton
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home13
Away18
Shots on Target
Home8
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away6
Fouls
Home7
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 3, Southampton 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 3, Southampton 1.

Goal!

Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 3, Southampton 1. Charlie Austin (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Steven Davis with a through ball.

Mohamed Elyounoussi (Southampton) hits the bar with a header from very close range. Assisted by Maya Yoshida following a corner.

Attempt missed. Maya Yoshida (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Juan Foyth.

Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Oriol Romeu (Southampton).

Attempt missed. Charlie Austin (Southampton) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Steven Davis with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Oriol Romeu replaces Pierre-Emile Højbjerg.

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Toby Alderweireld tries a through ball, but Harry Kane is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Oliver Skipp replaces Kieran Trippier because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur) because of an injury.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Jack Stephens.

Attempt blocked. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Dele Alli.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Mohamed Elyounoussi replaces Stuart Armstrong.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Dele Alli replaces Christian Eriksen.

Foul by Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur).

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Juan Foyth (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Steven Davis (Southampton).

Attempt missed. Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Hugo Lloris.

Attempt saved. Charlie Austin (Southampton) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Charlie Austin.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Moussa Sissoko replaces Lucas Moura.

Attempt missed. Matt Targett (Southampton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse following a corner.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Kieran Trippier.

Foul by Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur).

Matt Targett (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse with a cross following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Charlie Austin replaces Manolo Gabbiadini.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Toby Alderweireld.

Attempt blocked. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Kieran Trippier.

Attempt blocked. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Steven Davis.

Foul by Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur).

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City1513204573841
2Liverpool1512303062439
3Tottenham15110428161233
4Chelsea1594231131831
5Arsenal1594234201431
6Everton156542117423
7Bournemouth157262522323
8Man Utd156542425-123
9Leicester156452118322
10Brighton156361921-221
11Watford156271821-320
12Wolves155461518-319
13West Ham155372023-318
14Newcastle153481220-813
15Crystal Palace153391120-912
16Cardiff1532101430-1611
17Huddersfield152491026-1610
18Southampton151681329-169
19Burnley1523101432-189
20Fulham1523101536-219
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