Football, Rugby, UFC, GAA
All free when you join eir Broadband
Harry Kane and Dele Alli netted first-half goals, as Tottenham beat Southampton 2-0 in the Premier League at St Mary’s on Saturday.
The win sees Mauricio Pochettino’s move into the top four of the Premier League following Manchester United’s shock home defeat to Norwich City, but Southampton remain in 12th position after accumulating just one point from their last five matches.
For a side low on confidence and self-belief, Southampton came out the blocks strongly, with Sadio Mane forcing a sharp save from Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in the eighth minute.
But Tottenham, unbeaten in all competitions over the last ten years in matches against the Saints, opened the scoring against the run of play as Kane, making his 100th appearance for the North London club, netted his 25th Premier League goal of 2015.
Helped by a well-judged advantage call from referee Kevin Friend in the build-up, Kane breezed past Virgil van Dijk before rolling the ball past Paulo Gazzaniga in the Southampton goal five minutes before half-time.
And one soon became two just two minutes and 50 seconds later, when an unmarked Alli rolled home at the far post from Kyle Walker’s cross-shot.
Tottenham eased off in the second half, but Southampton dominated possession without really making any clear-cut chances, with Jan Vertonghen immense at the back for the visitors.
The best chance of the game for Ronald Koeman’s side came in second-half injury-time, but Lloris was down smartly to keep out James Ward-Prowse’s low drive from Ryan Bertrand’s cross from the left.
The one cloud on the horizon for Pocchettino ahead of the upcoming festive season matches against Norwich, Watford and Everton is the possible knee injury suffered by Kane in the closing stages of the match at St Mary’s, following an awkward tackle on Victor Wanyama.
However, the 22-year-old was unable to walk off the pitch unaided, and his injury-time substitution may only have been precautionary.