Tottenham steal point
Southampton 2 Tottenham 2
Published 26/04/2015 | 02:30
Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino hailed the fighting spirit of his side as they came from behind twice to rescue a draw on his first return to Southampton.
The Argentinian was given a hostile reception at St Mary's after leaving the club to take over at Spurs last summer and saw his former club take the lead twice - with Graziano Pelle helping himself to a brace for Southampton.
But both sides remain in the hunt for Europa League qualification after equalisers from Erik Lamela and Nacer Chadli earned the visitors a share of the spoils. For Pochettino, the performance was matched by that of the travelling Tottenham supporters - who backed their coach throughout.
"Fantastic. Great fighting spirit," Pochettino replied when asked about his side's performance. "We showed character."
Pelle's second goal was a towering header but the first came after indecisive Spurs defending - with Ryan Mason squandering possession before Pelle shrugged off Davies to stroke home the game's opening goal. Lamela's equaliser could easily have been ruled out as it came off the Argentina international's arm, with Chadli ghosting in all-too easily to level a second time.
Southampton boss Ronald Koeman felt Lamela's goal happened too quickly for referee Jon Moss to see the offence in real-time and rued his own side's poor finishing for costing them a win. " We need to shoot more on target, if you don't shoot you don't score and that is the quality of Spurs - they had one big chance with Chadli and scored.
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