Saints' rally falls just short

White Hart Lane | Sun 19 Mar 2.15PM | Attendance: 31,697
Match Report

TOT v Saints Match Centre

TOT v Saints As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • James Ward-Prowse puts Saints back in it after half time for 2-1
  • Alli scored a penalty which he won to double the lead on 33 minutes
  • Spurs led 1-0 through Christian Eriksen's goal - his fourth against Saints to-date
  • Manolo Gabbiadini off injured in the first half

Full Time analysis

Much better from Saints in the second half, but the damage inflicted in the opening 45 minutes is just enough for Tottenham to take all three points from this one. Stay tuned for report and reaction.

16.12
+6’

FULL TIME

Tottenham 2-1 Southampton

+6’

 Dembélé adds muscle

The Spurs midfielder wards off the threat from Saints in the closing stages.

+4’

Spurs look to kill the game off

Another attempt to keep hold of the ball in the Saints half begins.

+3’

Yellow Card for Oriol Romeu (Southampton)

Midfielder booked for foul on Janssen as Davis's loose pass put Saints into trouble

+2’

Long flagged down

Shane Long almost gets in behind again, but is judged offside once more by a fine margin.

+1’

Boufal goes for goal

Ward-Prowse keeps the move alive on the edge of the area, but Boufal's low strike goes narrowly wide of the left post.

90’

Five minutes added on

Stoppage time allocated by the fourth official.

90’

Spurs look to keep possession

The hosts try to run the clock down in the closing stages with a short corner.

89’

Janssen tests Forster

The ball breaks kindly for the substitute, but his arrowed shot is pushed away by the Saints 'keeper at his near post.

88’

Rodriguez denied by Alderweireld

The striker takes a great first touch to Cédric's pass, but the Spurs defender cover the shot with a fine block on the edge of the area.

86’

Battle developing late on

Saints continuing to push for an equaliser, plenty of challenges coming in from both sides in the closing stages of this game.

85’

Tottenham Hotspur substitution: Vincent Janssen replaces Christian Eriksen

Last change for the hosts.

83’

Boufal looks for a way through

The substitute tries to get away down the left, but Wanyama wins a goal kick off him.

80’

Yellow Card for Sofiane Boufal (Southampton)

The Moroccan goes into the book for a foul on Winks.

79’

Southampton substitution: Jay Rodriguez replaces Nathan Redmond

Final switch for the visitors.

78’

Winks makes lively introduction

The Spurs man has been in the thick of the action since coming onto the pitch, wins a free-kick by drawing a foul from Davis.

77’

Tottenham Hotspur substitution: Kieran Trippier replaces Kyle Walker

74’

Tottenham Hotspur substitution: Harry Winks replaces Heung-Min Son

Change for the hosts.

74’

Neat move from Saints

Sweeping move forward from Saints almost sees Long released again, but the offside flag goes up once more against the Irishman.

71’

Dier stays down

The Spurs man put a hefty challenge on Steven Davis but appears to have come off the worse of the two

68’

Southampton substitution: Sofiane Boufal replaces Dušan Tadić

Second change of the match for the visitors.

Photo by Matt Watson

Ward-Prowse's goal

The moment James Ward-Prowse cut the deficit in half at White Hart Lane to make it 2-1.

64’

Son has shot blocked

The striker is denied by Steven Davis. A coming together between Wanyama and Romeu ensues, before Spurs concede a foul on the edge of the Saints area.

61’

Ward-Prowse's free-kick goes close

The goal scorer's delivery into the area narrowly misses everyone as Stephens tried to get on the end of it at the far post.

60’

Yellow Card for Victor Wanyama (Tottenham Hotspur)

The Sours man goes into the book for a foul on Tadić.

57’

Long tests Lloris

The substitute gets better luck this time as he shoots from the right side of the area, but Lloris is behind it to make the save.

56’

Long offside

The striker races on to Yoshida' long ball, but is flagged by the assistant as Spurs play a high line.

53’

Stephens makes the challenge

The defender gets a vital touch to deny Son from hitting back immediately for the hosts.

GOALSCORER 16 James Ward-Prowse

Ward-Prowse strikes!

The midfielder gets on the end of Bertrand's cross after Alderweireld's mistake to smash home from clsoe range.

51’

GOOOAL!!!

James Ward-Prowse (51’) | Tottenham Hotspur 2 1 Southampton

51’

Saints upping the ante

The visitors continue to take the game to Spurs, but Cédric's cross goes out of play.

49’

Eriksen fires over

Neat link between Son and Walker creates the space for Eriksen to take aim, but his shot goes way over the crossbar.

45’

Spurs get the match restarted

The hosts take kick-off, with no changes for either side at the start of the new half.

HT

Players return to the field

Both teams take to the pitch ahead of the second half.

First half action

A selection of images from the opening 45 minutes in north London, where Saints trail 2-0 at half time.

Half Time analysis

Tough to take for Saints who trail 2-0 and have lost Manolo Gabbiadini to injury. A possible penalty not given at the end of the half compounds a frustrating opening 45 minutes at White Hart Lane.

+3’

HALF TIME

Tottenham 2-0 Southampton

+3’

Tadić fouled in the area

The Serbian was brought down by Ben Davies inside the box, but a penalty isn't given.

+2’

Cédric sees rising shot saved

The full back hits a long range shot from Ward-Prowse's free-kick which Lloris has to push away.

+1’

Redmond fouled by Dembélé

Saints have a free-kick at the end of the half just outside of the Spurs area

45’

Three minutes added on

Stoppage time allocated by the fourth official.

44’

Saints push forward

Tadić finds Long in the area, but Spurs defend well with Alli getting back to clear the danger as Ward-Prowse and Cédric lurked.

41’

Eriksen looks for Son

Spurs keep searching for a way through, but the Dane's pass is overhit and the ball goes out of play.

38’

Yellow Card for Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur)

The full back catches Bertrand with a late challenge to earn him a yellow card.

37’

Romeu tidies up

The Spaniard tracks back to win possession for Saints and looks to set up a break from the visitors.

35’

Long straight into the action

The Irishman chases down a loose ball in the Spurs half, before the hosts regain possession from a  throw-in.

33’

Southampton substitution: Shane Long replaces Manolo Gabbiadini

The Italian can't continue and is replaced by Shane Long in attack.

Alli doubles the lead

Dele Alli send Forster the wrong way to put the hosts 2-0 up

32’

GOAL

Bamidele Alli (32’) | Tottenham Hotspur 2 0 Southampton

32’

Penalty to Tottenham

Davis is judged to have fouled Alli inside the box and it's a spot kick to Spurs.

30’

Gabbiadini suffers a knock

The striker walked away uncomfortably from his previous shot, and is currently making his way to the sidelines for treatment

29’

Tadić shoots over

The winger receives Redmond's cutback, and blazes a shot over from close range. The ball had already gone out of play, so it wouldn't have counted anyway.

27’

Gabbiadini shoots just wide

The Italian collects a pass from Tadić, and then sees his first time shot hit the side-netting

25’

Yellow Card for Nathan Redmond (Southampton)

The Saints man is booked for holding back Wanyama

24’

Forster makes another fine stop

The goalkeeper gets down quickly to deny Toby Alderweireld's header from a corner at the near post.

23’

Alli and Eriksen combine

The England man heads the ball down for Eriksen, whose shot is blocked on its way out for a corner.

21’

Route one nearly comes off

Forster's long kick down field almost releases Redmond in the Spurs area, but some good covering from Lloris denies Saints.

18’

Cédric covers

The full back does enough to thwart another break from the hosts, as he slides the ball back to Forster.

17’

Romeu goes close!

Oriol Romeu volleys a loose clearance back towards goal, and his strike whistles past the left post.

15’

Alli goes for goal

Spurs search for a quickfire second, but a tame shot from Dele Alli is easy for Forster.

Eriksen puts Spurs ahead

A well-taken strike from the edge of the area sees the Dane open the scoring at White Hart Lane.

13’

GOAL

Christian Eriksen (13’) | Tottenham Hotspur 1 0 Southampton

13’

Walker wins a corner

Kyle Walker earns the hosts a corner which eventually falls to Son, but Saints clear their lines.

11’

Redmond and Bertrand link well

The winger feeds the full back to reach the byeline, but Spurs do enough to clear the danger.

10’

Yellow Card for Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur)

A late challenge on Nathan Redmond this time, sees the Spurs midfielder correctly booked.

8’

Gabbiadini offside

The Italian collects a pass from Dušan Tadić, but is flagged before he screws a shot narrowly wide of the target.

7’

Loose from Lloris

The Spurs 'keeper is given an awkward pass by Jan Vertonghen, and puts his attempted clearance out of play under pressure from Gabbiadini.

6’

Concern for Tadić

The Serbian stays down following a clash with Eric Dier, but then soon returns to the action.

3’

Good save from Forster

Christian Eriksen's ball in behind sets Son Heung-Min in on goal, but the striker's first time shot is pushed away by Forster at his near post.

1’

Early foul on Tadić

The Serbian is clipped by former Saint, Victor Wanyama on the halfway line.

0’

Saints take kick-off

Manolo Gabbiadini gets the match under way.

Ready to go

Saints will get the match under way at White Hart Lane.

14.15

Five minutes to go!

We're moments away from the action here at White Hart Lane, with the players lining up in the tunnel now.

14.10

Warm-ups complete

Watch the Southampton players go through their final preparations ahead of kick-off at White Hart Lane.

14.03

Players take a look around

The Southampton players walk around White Hart Lane ahead of kick-off.

13.49

We play now a game just every two weeks and, for example, last game we played a good game. It’s important to continue this work because I think we can do a good job on the pitch TODAY.

CLAUDE PUEL
SOUTHAMPTON MANAGER
13.36

They're here!

Watch footage of the Southampton squad making their way into White Hart Lane a little earlier.

13.21

Tottenham team revealed

Starting XI: Lloris (c), Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Wanyama, Dembélé, Eriksen, Alli, Son

Subs: Vorm (GK), Jansson, Trippier, Sissoko, Onomah, Wimmer, Winks

13.16

Saints team announced - unchanged from Watford

Starting XI: Forster, Cédric, Yoshida, Stephens, Bertrand, Romeu, Davis (c), Ward-Prowse, Redmond, Tadić Gabbiadini
Subs: Hassen (GK), McQueen, Cáceres, Højbjerg, Long, Boufal, Rodriguez

13.15

I think we have a lot of confidence from the last couple of games when we changed system. it will be tough because Tottenham is a great team but, we believe in ourselves.

Dušan Tadić 
southampton forward
12.56

The scene is set

White Hart Lane awaits the arrival of the Southampton players ahead of today's game.

12.30

Team news in the next hour

In around an hour's time we'll find out who is in the Southampton side for this afternoon's game at Tottenham.

12.17

Puel on internationals

Claude Puel was swift to congratulate the Southampton players who have progressed their international careers while at the club.

12.14

McQueen's international recognition

There was even room for one more Saints Academy to receive an international call-up this week. We spoke with Sam McQueen after he was handed a spot in the England Under-21 side for the first time.

11.55

Redmond reaction

Nathan Redmond also reflected on his rise into the senior England side, as his career continues to progress at Southampton.

11.52

Ward-Prowse on England

James Ward-Prowse gave us his reaction to his first call-up to the senior Three Lions squad.

11.51

England calls

Saints duo James Ward-Prowse and Nathan Redmond were both called into the senior England squad for the first time this week, watch their highlights of the season so far.

11.49

Gabbiadini rewarded

Manolo Gabbiadini was, perhaps unsurprisingly, voted as the club's Player of the Month for February. Hear from him about that accolade.

11.47

Stat Pack

Find out some of the key statistics on today's game here.

11.42

Five of the best wins at Tottenham

Look back over five classic victories against Spurs in our 'Five of the Best' feature here.

11.29

The Inside Track

Get the lowdown on Tottenham Hotspur with insight from journalist Ben Pearce, who contributes Spurs articles to Yahoo Sport. Read the article here.

11.25

Davis looks to Spurs challenge

Steven Davis was Southampton's two-goal hero at White Hart Lane last season, and we caught up with him to hear his thoughts on today's clash.

11.06

Saints at Staplewood

Watch footage from the club's training ground earlier this week where the Southampton squad prepared for today's game.

11.01

wE KNOW THAT SOUTHAMPTON ARE A VERY GOOD TEAM WITH VERY GOOD PLAYERS AND IT WILL BE A VERY TOUGH GAME.

MAURICIO POCHETTINO
TOTTENHAM MANAGER
10.59

WE WILL SEE THE QUALITIES, AND IT'S A GOOD OPPORTUNITY TO SEE AFTER THE FIRST GAME AGAINST TOTTENHAM IF WE CAN PROGRESS TO WIN AGAINST THIS TEAM.

CLAUDE PUEL
SOUTHAMPTON MANAGER
10.58

Pochettino on Saints game

Puel's opposite number, Mauricio Pochettino also gave his thoughts on this afternoon's match.

10.56

Puel previews Spurs clash

We spoke with Claude Puel ahead of today's game. Hear from the Saints boss on the challenge that awaits his team.

10.54

White Hart Lane awaits

Watch our preview of this afternoon's game

10.47

It's matchday!

Saints go in search of a third consecutive away win in the Premier League this afternoon against an in-form Tottenham team at White Hart Lane.

10.45

TOT v Saints Line Ups

Tottenham Hotspur

1
Hugo Lloris (GK) (C)
4
Toby Alderweireld
15
Eric Dier
5
Jan Vertonghen
12
Victor Wanyama
2
Kyle Walker
Kieran Trippier (78′)
33
Ben Davies
19
Mousa Dembélé
23
Christian Eriksen
Vincent Janssen (86′)
7
Son Heung-Min
Harry Winks (75′)
20
Dele Alli
16
Kieran Trippier
27
Kevin Wimmer
29
Harry Winks
9
Vincent Janssen
25
Josh Onomah
13
Michel Vorm
17
Moussa Sissoko

Southampton

1
Fraser Forster (GK)
3
Maya Yoshida
24
Jack Stephens
21
Ryan Bertrand
2
Cédric Soares
22
Nathan Redmond
Jay Rodriguez (80′)
16
James Ward-Prowse
8
Steven Davis (C)
11
Dusan Tadic
Sofiane Boufal (69′)
14
Oriol Romeu
20
Manolo Gabbiadini
Shane Long (32′)
40
Mouez Hassen
19
Sofiane Boufal
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
7
Shane Long
38
Sam McQueen
12
Martín Cáceres
9
Jay Rodriguez

TOT v Saints Match Stats

Tottenham Hotspur

Head to Head Stats

Southampton
  • Possession (%)
    50
    50
  • Shots
    12
    8
  • Shots on target
    6
    3
  • Corners
    5
    1
  • Passes Complete
    341
    332

Top Saints Player Stats

Goals
1
James Ward-Prowse
James Ward-Prowse
Shots On Target
1
Cédric
Cédric
Chances Created
2
James Ward-Prowse
James Ward-Prowse
Passes Completed
43
Steven Davis
Steven Davis
Tackles
5
Nathan Redmond
Nathan Redmond
Clearances
10
Maya Yoshida
Maya Yoshida
Saves
4
Fraser Forster
Fraser Forster