Thursday 23 November 2017

Tottenham v Southampton - Story of the match

Mousa Dembele impressed in the Spurs midfield against Southampton
Mousa Dembele impressed in the Spurs midfield against Southampton

Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli proved there is life after Harry Kane for Tottenham as each player hit the target in a battling 2-1 victory over Southampton.

Kane's absence meant Son Heung-min led the line but it was Spurs' attacking midfielders who filled the void, with Eriksen breaking the deadlock before Alli won and then converted a penalty.

James Ward-Prowse cut the deficit for Southampton after half-time to spark hopes of a comeback but Tottenham held on to reduce the gap on Chelsea back to 10 points. Saints, meanwhile, stay 10th.


"If Spurs don't finish above Arsenal this year they may as well give up." - Former Tottenham striker Gary Lineker.


Mousa Dembele. Dembele was imperious in midfield, his driving runs and composure in possession invaluable to Tottenham throughout.


Spurs will hope Alli and Eriksen can continue their scoring form in Kane's absence and Southampton now face a similar challenge after Manolo Gabbiadini hobbled off in the first half. Gabbiadini has been excellent for Saints in recent weeks and any extended absence will come as a huge blow.


Spurs have now won 10 successive league games at White Hart Lane, which is their longest run since October 1987 when they managed 14 in a row.



Hugo Lloris 6 (out of 10)

Kyle Walker 6

Eric Dier 6

Toby Alderweireld 5

Jan Vertonghen 6

Ben Davies 6

Mousa Dembele 8

Victor Wanyama 7

Dele Alli 7

Christian Eriksen 7

Son Heung-min 6


Harry Winks (for Son, 75 mins) 6

Kieran Trippier (for Walker, 78 mins) 6

Vincent Janssen (for Eriksen, 86 mins) 6


Fraser Forster 6

Cedric Soares 6

Maya Yoshida 6

Jack Stephens 6

Ryan Bertrand 7

Steven Davis 6

Oriol Romeu 6

James Ward-Prowse 7

Dusan Tadic 6

Nathan Redmond 7

Manolo Gabbiadini 6


Shane Long (for Gabbiadini, 32 mins) 6

Sofiane Boufal (for Tadic, 69 mins) 6

Jay Rodriguez (for Redmond, 80 mins) 6


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