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Tottenham Hotspur - Southampton
Premier League - 19 March 2017
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FT: Tottenham 2-1 Southampton. The Saints huffed and puffed after their equaliser but struggled to create chances in truth, as Spurs' impressive showing in the first half proves enough. It's now ten league wins in a row at White Hart Lane.
Tottenham free-kick by the Saints corner flag as they look to close this one out.
- Yellow cardOriol RomeuSouthampton
Davis passes the ball straight to Janssen deep in his own half and Romeu is forced into a foul.
Boufal fires a shot narrowly wide from long distance.
Five minutes of stoppage time.
Janssen stings Forster's palms from a tight angle. Spurs looking the more likely scorers.
Alli surges into the penalty box after being found by Davies but is short of options and ends up be tackles by Romeu, although he wants a penalty.
Cedric slides is Rodriguez down the right who controls the ball brilliantly but Alderweireld gets back to block his shot.
- OffChristian EriksenTottenham Hotspur
- OnVincent JanssenTottenham Hotspur
The impressive Eriksen departs to be replaced by Janssen.
This is tense, but the Saints aren't really creating anything.
Boufal then squanders a chance of his own as Wanyama tackles him by the corner flag but wins a goal kick.
Trippier squanders a good opportunity, crossing straight to a defender.
Boufal booked for bringing down Winks, who went after the Moroccan but was wisely restrained by his team-mates.
- OffNathan RedmondSouthampton
- OnJay RodriguezSouthampton
Redmond off, Rodriguez on. Last roll of Puel's dice.
The game's got quite scrappy and disjointed in the last few minutes.
- OffKyle WalkerTottenham Hotspur
- OnKieran TrippierTottenham Hotspur
Walker makes way for Trippier.
Great way from Winks to get away from romeu and Long and he's then fouled by Davis having received a return pass.
- OffHeung-Min SonTottenham Hotspur
- OnHarry WinksTottenham Hotspur
Winks does indeed come on, replacing Son.
A nice Southampton move comes to an end as Long is again caught offside.
Winks looks to be coming on despite Dier being able to continue.
With Dier and Davis both down, Son puts the ball out despite being level with Southampton's penalty area.
- OffDusan TadicSouthampton
- OnSofiane BoufalSouthampton
Tadic, who's been below par, makes way for Boufal.
Longs runs through on goal but he's well offside.
Wanayama is felled by Romeu a little more than 20 yards from goal but the referee plays an advantage Tottenham didn't really want and in the end it's Southampton who are given a free-kick.
- Yellow cardVictor WanyamaTottenham Hotspur
Wanyama comes through the back of Tadic to go into the book.
Despite some trickery, Son is unable to get past Stephens on the edge of the box. Southampton have their tails up now.
Davis slips in Long who shoots straight at Lloris from a tight angle.
On first viewing there looked a hint of handball for the goal, but replays show Ward-Prowse definitely controlled with his chest.
Spurs almost hit back immediately but Son shoots wide from close range.
- GoalJames Ward-ProwseSouthampton
GOAL! 2-1 and game on. Bertrand's cross should be easy for Alderwiereld to deal with but he misses it entirely and the ball runs to Ward-Prowse at the back post who chests before firing home.
Cedric sends a cross straight out of .
Eriksen plays a one-two with Walker then tries to curl one into the top corner but sends the ball skywards instead.
He has bullied his former side so far.
Alli has scored in his last four games.
- 2nd Half
The second half has begun, with neither side making any changes at half-time.
- End of 1st Half
HT: Tottenham 2-0 Southampton. It's been all Spurs and they lead through Eriksen and Alli. The visitors have been sloppy and are lucky it's only a two-goal deficit.
Rather than cross Ward-Prowse lays the ball off for Bertrand who wasn't expecting it but Cedric recovers the ball and stings Lloris' palms with a fierce shot from range. Tadic is taken out by Davis looking to get to the rebound but the referee doesn't award a penalty.
Redmond runs at Dembele on the edge of the box and manages to win Southampton a free-kick eight yards or so from the byline.
We're into three added minutes.
Alli tracks back and does his bit defence where, Alli being Alli, he manages to nutmeg Ward-Prowse before winning a throw-in to relieve the pressure.
Eriksen almost finds Son at the back post with a clever pass but slightly overcooks it. Southampton need half-time.
The referee stops the game to settle a dispute between Long and Dembele and takes no action.
- Yellow cardKyle WalkerTottenham Hotspur
Walker takes a heavy touch down the right and then catches Bertrand as he clears to earn a yellow yard.
Alli now has four goals in three games against Southampton.
Ward-Prowse swings in a dangerous free-kick, as is his trademark, but Stephens is penalised for pushing.
- Goal by penaltyDele AlliTottenham Hotspur
GOAL! Alli goes straight down the middle and doubles Tottenham's lead, with Forster having gone to his left early.
PENALTY! Some pinball in the Saints box is brought to an end by Davis catching Alli late to give away a spot kick! Alli will take himself.
- OffManolo GabbiadiniSouthampton
- OnShane LongSouthampton
Gabbiadini won't score in his first four Premier League games as he's injured. It looks like his groin and he'll be replaced by Long.
What a miss! Redmond does really wall to get on the end of an overhit cross and pokes it back for Tadic who blazes over from eight yards. The linesman may have ruled the ball had gone out of play but if he did he was mistaken.
Gabbiadini plays a one-two with Tadic and gets the visiting fans exciting when he curls the ball into a portion of the net but sadly for them that portion was the side netting.
- Yellow cardNathan RedmondSouthampton
Redmond is booked after cynically pulling back Wanyama, who had picked his pocket.
As he so often does, Alderwiereld runs to the near post to meet an Eriksen corner and calls Forster into action, who scoops the glancing header away with his left hand.
From an Alli knockdown Eriksen shoots from the same spot that he scored from but this time Yoshida blocks.
Right on cue the Saints goalie almost puts Redmond through on goal but the ball just won't quite fall for him.
A nice finish, but another goal Southampton have conceded where questions will be asked of Forster.
Cedric makes a sliding tackle to stop Eriksen getting on the end of an Alli flick that would have seen him running through on goal.
Romeu fizzes a shot wide from 25 yards, via a deflection from Alderweireld, but no corner given.
Alli has a half-chance to make it two but, on the turn, scuffs his effort straight at Forster.
- GoalChristian EriksenTottenham Hotspur
GOAL! Spurs lead! Eriksen comes in from the right and from outside the box slots a left-footed shot past Forster into the bottom corner.
An Eriksen cross is flicked up into the air by Dier but Son can't win his header five yards out.
- Yellow cardEric DierTottenham Hotspur
Dier dives in on Redmond and doesn't get any of the ball to pick up the first booking of the game.
Ward-Prowse steals the ball from Dembele to launch a Southampton counter-attack but ex-Saint Wanyama soon dispossesses Tadic before a chance is created.
Tadic dinks a through ball into Gabbiadini's path but the Italian is flagged for offside as he bears down on goal.
Tadic is down with a head injury, however looks okay to continue.
Tottenham dominating the early minutes here, with Southampton struggling to maintain possession.
Eriksen's delicious through ball releases Son in behind the Southampton defence but Forster gets a hand to his first-time shot.
Andre Marriner is the referee today.
- 1st Half
Southampton, in their usual red and white stripes, get the game underway.
The teams are on their way out onto the pitch and kick-off is imminent. In the meantime, here are the goals from last season's encounter.
At home in the league this season Tottenham concede only half a goal per game - the fewest in the league.
Manchester United's win means the gap between Tottenham and fifth place has been cut to four points. Yes that's right, United are finally out of sixth!
For talismanic strikers, see also.
If he scores today, Gabbiadini will become only the third player to score in his first four Premier League games. Diego Costa and Mick Quinn are the other two.
On the subject of talismanic strikers, Southampton have one of their own in Manolo Gabbiadini. The Italian has scored six goals in four games since his arrival and including his last three games at Napoli is on a run of scoring in seven games in a row.
Tottenham are of course without Kane today, their talisman and the Premier League’s second top scorer with 19 goals, but the good news is that Son is in good form having hit a hat-trick against Millwall last time out in the FA Cup.
Tottenham beat Southampton 4-1 at St Mary’s earlier in the season.
With kick-off half an hour away, here's a reminder of the two teams in full. TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR: Lloris, Walker, Dier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Wanyama, Dembele, Dele, Eriksen, Son. Subs: Vorm, Trippier, Wimmer, Onomah, Sissoko, Winks, Janssen. /// SOUTHAMPTON: Forster, Cedric, Stephens, Yoshida, Bertrand, Romeu, Davis, Ward-Prowse, Tadic, Redmond, Gabbiadini. Subs: Hassen, Caceres, McQueen, Hojbjerg, Long, Boufal, Rodriguez.
Claude Puel knows he’s up against it today. “It will be a difficult game of course. They have stayed winning 10 games at home and that’s a long time,” he said pre-game. “I hope we can stop this situation and it’s a good challenge for us. We like these challenges and our players go into this game with ambitions. We will see the qualities and it’s a good opportunity to see after the first game against Tottenham if we can progress to win against this team.”
Nine of the players in that England squad are current or ex-Southampton players, while seven have been coached by Pochettino.
Both of these clubs were well-represented in Gareth Southgate’s England squad this week. Tottenham have three players present and Southampton four, with Nathan Redmond and Ward-Prowse called up for the first time.
"It will be tough,” was Pochettino’s message on today’s game. “They [Southampton] have very good players, it’s a very good team and for us, it will be key to get the three points but for that we need to play well and we need to deserve it over the 90 minutes. It will be a tough game because they are playing well.” He also had some nice words for James Ward-Prowse on his England call-up, saying he was "very happy” for his former player. "He is a great professional, a great player and he deserves to be called up for the national team because he’s a fighter and he’s a great, great professional,” Pochettino continued. "Me and the staff feel very happy because in the time we shared with him at Southampton, he was very important for us.”
Spurs have won seven of the last nine meetings between these two, with Southampton winning just once.
Southampton meanwhile are unchanged for the fourth game on the bounce.
Tottenham only make one change to the side that beat Everton, with Hueng-Min Son preferred up front to Vincent Janssen.
Afternoon, everyone, and welcome to live coverage of Tottenham’s clash with Southampton. Spurs have won their last nine at home in the Premier League but they are without Harry Kane today against the last team to win at White Hart Lane. Team news is next.