Southampton draw with Tottenham Hotspur, remain in bottom three
Southampton had been left in the Premier League’s bottom three after shedding an early result in draw 1-1 at residence to fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. Despite having gone 10 league video games with no win and shedding 5-2 at Spurs 4 weeks in the past, Southampton began brightly and deservedly went forward after quarter of an hour. Ryan Bertrand overlapped powerfully down the left and from his low cross Tottenham’s Colombian defender Davinson Sanchez diverted the ball previous his goalkeeper Michel Vorm, who was deputising for Hugo Lloris. It took Harry Kane barely three minutes to equalise, rising to go in a nook by Ben Davies and register his 99th Premier League purpose.
There may have been extra targets earlier than halftime in tough situations as each defences struggled to adapt.
They had been each susceptible to crosses. Eric Dier hit the submit for the guests after a nook was not cleared and Moussa Sissoko virtually deflected in a low centre from Davies. At the opposite finish Southampton centre-half Jack Stephens was left unmarked however headed over the bar from a wonderful cross by James Ward-Prowse. Two Argentine coaches, Mauricio Pellegrino and Mauricio Pochettino, turned to their substitutes’ benches in an try to enliven the later phases.
Attacking players Sofiane Boufal and 17 year-old Michael Obafemi, making his league debut, got here on for Southampton and Erik Lamela appeared for Spurs, who made the higher possibilities total. Lamela was crowded out 4 metres from purpose, Dele Alli went shut from 20 metres and Kane, who scored a hat-trick in the win at Christmas, shot throughout purpose, leaving him to attend for his 30th of the season in all competitions.
Obafemi, one in every of Southampton’s youngest ever players, missed an excellent alternative, nonetheless, when he side-footed huge shortly after approaching. Tottenham had wanted a two-goal win to maneuver into fourth place above Liverpool, who go to Swansea City on Monday.
It turned a irritating day for them in the tip, Pochettino failing to finish a hat-trick of wins on the floor the place he made his name in English soccer as Southampton supervisor in the 2013-14 season. “We made a lot of mistakes in possession and in the end the result was fair,” he mentioned. Southampton had been comfortable sufficient with the draw. “It was an end to end game and we are pleased to come away with a point,” Bertrand mentioned. “Looking at our remaining fixtures, today was a bonus point on our journey.”