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    Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Southampton: Match Report

    By Tom Regan

    Steven Davis scored twice as Southampton came from behind to beat second-placed Tottenham 2-1 at White Hart Lane.
    Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose suffered knocks at Stamford Bridge on Monday, but both were passed fit to start. Ryan Mason replaced the suspended Mousa Dembele.

    Harry Kane had the first real chance of the game on four minutes after getting a touch to Danny Rose’s cross, but Fraser Forster gathered comfortably. Spurs started brightly, but had nothing to show for their endeavour.
    After 10 minutes, Dusan Tadic put in some good work down the left, but his cross/shot passed right across Hugo Lloris’s goalmouth. Son Heung-min worked the ball to Kyle Walker on the right. Kyle crossed and both Son and Kane arrived to meet the ball, and it was Harry who connected but headed wide.

    Son was soon celebrating his second goal in as many games after receiving a long ball from deep. Son poked the ball to Erik Lamela, who played the ball in front of him. Kane was the intended target, but he stood still to play no further part in the attack and prevent the linesman’s flag going up. Son kept going, but the Saints defence stood still as the South Korean chased what looked like a lost cause, retrieving the ball right on the line, before rounding Forster and calmly scoring from close range.
    After 22 minutes, Son and Lamela got the ball over to Walker. Kyle crossed, and Kane tried a shot from the near post but put his effort over the bar. Lamela turned provider for Eriksen, but the Dane’s effort was held by Forster.

    Lloris punched clear a Ryan Bertrand corner which had been conceded by Rose following a testing cross from the left.
    Southampton had been building some pressure, so it was no great surprise when they equalised in the 31st minute. Tadic advanced with the ball down the right, cutting back for Steven Davis, whose shot lacked power, but somehow went over the line via the glove of Lloris. The French shot-stopper will have been disappointed to let in the effort.

    With half-time approaching, Tadic went down just outside the left of area after Mason’s foul, but Jon Moss waved play-on. Kane saw his close range effort saved and Eriksen’s shot deflected for a corner in first half added time.
    On the hour mark, Eriksen fed Kane, but Harry was rightly flagged offside. Mauricio Pochettino introduced Clinton N’Jie for Son, but the Cameroon international made little impact. The build-up play was laboured, and the home side looked out of ideas in their quest for another goal.

    Kane had a shot blocked after Lamela’s through ball, before Eriksen’s shot was blocked by his own team mate Mason.
    The soaring temperature inside White Hart Lane saw the players take a drinks break. Pretty much straight after, the Saints broke down the right. The ball was crossed deep and Tadic exchanged with Davis. The Northern Ireland international’s tame shot somehow crept just inside Lloris’s left post.

    Dier headed wide a Walker cross, and once more, Ronald Koeman’s side broke with purpose. Five minutes of added time were indicated, but it was substitute James Ward-Prowse who had a good chance after Shane Long’s strong run.
    With just two minutes of the five remaining, Nacer Chadli couldn’t get enough on Eriksen’s free kick, and Kane blasted over from the resulting corner.

    The result could prove to be costly as second place is not yet secured because Arsenal picked up a point at Man City. Third place is guaranteed (mathematically), and as long as the Lilywhites don’t lose at Newcastle, they will celebrate a higher finish than their bitter rivals for the first time in 21 years. Tottenham always make life difficult for themselves, and there will be plenty of nerves on the final day.
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