From St. Mary’s Stadium – Tottenham’s latest progress took a hit when they fell to 1-1 against a determined team from Southampton which was reduced to 10 men in the first half.
The hosts started much better than Spurs and went up 1-0 before Mohammed Salisu’s expulsion turned the match upside down. Despite Tottenham’s best efforts, they could not take a winner in the second half, with the Saints holding on for a hard fought point.
The Saints had the first chance of the match within five minutes. Kyle Walker-Peters swung in a good chance from the right, but the visitors’ defense were able to clear the ball.
Long and Yan Valery would then decline half chances when Tottenham struggled to assert themselves in the match.
With 24 minutes played, the home side managed to get a 1 – 0 lead as James Ward-Prowse flipped the ball in after a cross from the right.
This was the jerk that Spurs needed to improve and just before the break things were turned upside down when Mohammed Salisu was sent off for a second warning offense. He had dragged Son Heung-min down in the box and Harry Kane emphatically sent the resulting penalty.
Spurs tried to get the most out of their opponents who were down to 10 men and had the ball in the back just after the restart, just so that Kane’s powerful finish would be ruled out for offside after a VAR review.
24 minutes after the match, the away team had the ball in the net again. But once again the goal was not given, this time due to a foul on goalkeeper Fraser Forster.
Southampton forced a decent opening in the moment of death when Armando Broja ran through, but his effort was blocked. Late misses from Kane and Bryan Gil ensured that each side had to settle for one point.
Spurs continued to pressure their hosts with Son and Kane both
A nightmare for Salisu / Dan Mullan / GettyImages
Fraser Forster (GK) – 6/10 – Looked shaky at first but grew in confidence to make some good stops.
Yan Valery (CB) – 7/10 – A mixed bag. Some insured to defend with a few errors. Positioned well in the second half.
Jan Bednarek (CB) – 8/10 – His team’s best defender. Read things well and did a pretty good job of holding back Kane for the most part.
Mohammed Salisu (CB) – 2/10 – Defended quite well … until the expulsion. It pretty much ruined his afternoon.
Ward-Prowse scored a nice goal / Dan Mullan / GettyImages
Kyle Walker-Peters (RWB) – 6/10 – A few moments of promise to his former club, but soon disappeared to insignificant offensively.
Ibrahima Diallo (CM) – 7/10 – Broke up the game effectively. His pressure often created chances as well.
James Ward-Prowse (CM) – 7/10 – Continues to prove himself as a top-class midfielder. Scored a nice goal and ran things for the Saints.
Stuart Armstrong (CM) – 6/10 – A nice show when he returned to the starting lineup.
Romain Perraud (LWB) – 7/10 – Defended excellently in the first half. He is a real authoritative tackler and is unhappy who has not had more minutes this season.
Long was one of six changes made by Ralph Hasenhuttl / Dan Mullan / GettyImages
Shane Long (ST) – 5/10 – Missed a good chance early. A willing runner but the end product simply does not exist.
Adam Armstrong (ST) – 4/10 – Barely in the game, even when the Saints had 11 men.
Armando Broja (ST) – 5/10 – Got an effort blocked at the end.
Nathan Redmond (ST) – 6/10 – Made an important defensive intervention.
Battling / Dan Mullan / GettyImages
Hugo Lloris (GK) – 5/10 – Rarely called to action and left with little chance to save Ward-Prowse’s fine effort.
Davinson Sanchez (CB) – 5/10 – Never worried. Distributed quite well.
Eric Dier (CB) – 5/10 – Not as polished as he has been in recent weeks. Misplaced some passes and misread some balls over the top.
Ben Davies (CB) – 6/10 – Another nice screen on the left side of Spurs’ back three. Lost a lot of duels in the air, though.
Winks started again for Spurs / GLYN KIRK / GettyImages
Emerson Royal (RWB) – 5/10 – Pressed loudly but rarely got a chance to swing in a cross.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (CM) – 5/10 – Not his best show against his previous employers. Looked a little sour.
Harry Winks (CM) – 6/10 – Apart from a few lack of concentration, he ran his business efficiently. Lined up Kane with a superb through ball – too bad it was offside.
Sergio Reguilon (LWB) – 4/10 – Implementation was poor in both directions. Seemed more concerned with dismantling the opposition than doing its job. Hooked at half time.
Kane acknowledged from place / Dan Mullan / GettyImages
Dele Alli (RF) – 4/10 – Struggled to assert himself. Can not have any complaints about being subbed.
Son Heung-min (LF) – 5/10 – Won the penalty with a trademark run in behind. Not much else fell in the way.
Harry Kane (ST) – 6/10 – Studied away for some reward early before hitting home from 12 yards. His second conclusion was even more emphatic – until it was ruled out.
Matt Doherty (LWB) – 6/10 – A bold, direct display after getting on. If Conte can get songs out of Davies and Winks, maybe a Doherty resurgence is also underway.
Lucas Moura (RW) – 6/10 – Used the ball well after coming in and shot an effort away.
Bryan Gil (RWB) – 6/10 – Looked light.
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