Southampton v Tottenham - story of the match

Southampton v Tottenham - story of the match

It was also his 99th for Spurs in the Premier League, leaving him just one shy of his century.

"We need to be focused now and try to improve because of course Southampton's pitch didn't help but we must do better, play better and if we want to be in the top four we need to improve and increase our level".

Tottenham will ultimately consider this to be two points dropped, but in truth they were outclassed for a lot of the game by the hosts.

Southampton boast a solitary shutout in their last 14 fixtures and although 7/12 (58%) on home outings under Mauricio Pellegrino have returned Both Teams To Score winners, only 5/12 (52%) have featured more than two goals.

Their array of attacking talent and ability to push sides aside easily will give them the best possible chance against a Southampton side out of form.

"It is two points we are going to miss at the end of the season because it is so tough between six or seven teams".

Manolo Gabbiadini, making only his second start in 14 games, nearly connected with Dusan Tadic's low cross after James Ward-Prowse had found him with an excellent long-range pass. Even when Spurs did find themselves in possession it was hard for them to find a way through the Saints' back line, and the home side looked as if they were content with a draw as the clock ticked down. Aurier is an enterprising attacking force from right-back and his pace can get him out of tight spots, but the Ivorian was nowhere to be seen when Pierre-Emile Højbjerg nearly set up Gabbiadini for a simple finish and he did not do enough to stop Ryan Bertrand from zipping a low cross across the slippery surface in the 15th minute.

The only disappointment for Southampton was that they were denied their first victory in 11 games by Harry Kane's 99th Premier League goal.

Tottenham Team average- 6.55
Tottenham Hotspur FC Tottenham Team average- 6.55

Dusan Tadic had already caused problems down the left before Ryan Betrand crossed from that flank tempting Davinson Sanchez to turn the ball past Michel Vorm, via the post.

Stephens just missed making up for his error when he zipped onto Ward-Prowse's free kick but headed just wide of the far upper 90.

And so the visitors' usual fluency eluded them, too many players taking extra touches or dwelling on the ball.

The Argentina worldwide had Spurs' best chance of a victor but could not convert Sissoko's cut-back at the near post; they had to settle for a draw and, in truth, they had not done enough for anything more.

It did not look like being broken in the second half's early stages, either.

James Ward-Prowse shanked a long-range shot wide before Saints defender Wesley Hoedt did brilliantly to head a testing Ben Davies cross behind with Kane and Dele Alli lurking. Pochettino's side did not have things all their own way, with Southampton maintaining their high-pressure approach.

Alli then went agonisingly close six minutes from time as Sissoko found him five yards out but Stephens managed to execute a last-ditch block.

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