Antonio Conte admitted that his Tottenham team missed an opportunity by failing to beat 10-man Southampton in the Premier League on Tuesday.
The Saints were sent off by Mohammed Salisu for a second warning offense just before the break after he fouled Son Heung-min in the penalty area.
Southampton deservedly led 1-0 at the time thanks to a fine strike from James Ward-Prowse, but when Harry Kane hit the equalizer from the resulting penalty, most had expected Spurs to collect all three points in form.
However, the visitors could not find a breakthrough after the break, even though they got two goals away – one for offside and one for a foul on Fraser Forster in the build-up.
Speaking after the match, Conte revealed that he regretted his side’s failure to complete the turnaround.
“Of course it was an opportunity we missed. When you have this type of situation, you have to try to take advantage, to try to get three points,” said Conte.
“We knew very well that it is not easy to play against Southampton in this arena. The situation at one point of the match was positive for us.
“But as I said before, I think we felt tired in the second half and that we were not ready to make the best decision. This could happen.”
“I also tried with subs to change something, Lucas in and Gil. In the first half I decided to change Regi, he got a yellow card. It was much better this way. We did not find the solutions to score goals. “We scored goals, but they decided to reject the goal.”
The result leaves Spurs in sixth place in the Premier League table, five points behind north London rival Arsenal in fourth place with two games left. Then they face the struggling Watford away on New Year’s Day.
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