Wednesday 19 December 2018

Southampton v Tottenham – story of the match

Harry Kane moved to 99 Premier League goals but Spurs were held at Southampton.

Harry Kane scored his 99th Premier League goal to earn a point for Spurs
Harry Kane scored his 99th Premier League goal to earn a point for Spurs

By Press Association Sport Staff

Tottenham missed out on the chance to move above Liverpool and into the top four after a 1-1 draw against Southampton on Sunday.

Spurs fell behind after 15 minutes when Davinson Sanchez converted into his own net only for Harry Kane to strike moments later with his 99th goal in the Premier League to haul the visitors back on level terms.

Kane had a chance to win it for Spurs in the closing moments but dragged his left-footed shot wide to ensure Southampton secured a much-needed point.

What they said

Tweet of the match

Star man – James Ward-Prowse

The 23-year-old impressed for the Saints with his endeavour in midfield. He also provided the cross of the game with a fantastic set piece in the opening half which James Stephens should have converted to put the home side back in front.

Stat of the match

Harry Kane has been in imperious form of late, and his first-half header marked his ninth goal from his last five starts. It was also his 99th for Spurs in the Premier League, leaving him just one shy of his century.

Moment of the Match

At 17 years and 199 days Michael Obafemi became Southampton’s second youngest Premier League debutant, following Luke Shaw, when he was introduced with only eight minutes remaining. And he could, and probably should have secured a surprise victory for the Saints. Dusan Tadic fizzed the ball to the unmarked teenager, but Obafemi, only six yards out, failed to connect with the goal at his mercy.

Player Ratings

Southampton (Out of 10): Alex McCarthy 7, Cedric Soares 6, Jack Stephens 6, Wesley Hoedt 6, Ryan Bertrand 7, Mario Lemina 7, Oriol Romeu 7, James Ward-Prowse 8, Dusan Tadic 7, Pierre Hojbjerg 6, Manolo Gabbiadini 6. Substitutes: Sofiane Boufal (for Hojbjerg, 65) 6, Steven Davis (for Lemina, 80) 6, Michael Obafemi (for Gabbiadini, 82) 5

Tottenham: Michel Vorm 7, Serge Aurier 6, Davinson Sanchez 5, Jan Vertonghen 6, Ben Davies 6, Eric Dier 6, Mousa Dembele 7, Moussa Sissoko 5, Dele Alli 5, Son-heung min 6, Harry Kane 7. Substitutes: Erik Lamela (for Son, 70) 6,  Kieran Trippier (for Aurier, 72) 5, Victor Wanyama (for Dembele, 85) 5

Who’s up next?

Southampton v Watford (FA Cup Fourth Round, January 27).

Newport County v Tottenham (FA Cup Fourth Round, January 27).

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