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Published: 16:13 | 8/5/16

Saints hit back to beat Tottenham

Steven Davis double secures victory

Tottenham's season continued to implode as Southampton came from a goal down to win 2-1 in an entertaining game at White Hart Lane.

Saints midfielder Steven Davis became the first player to score more than one league goal against Tottenham this season as his brace sealed a deserved 2-1 victory for the visitors after Heung-Min Son had given Mauricio Pochettino's side an early lead.

The result renders Tottenham's recent title challenge a very distant memory as they are now a full ten points behind champions Leicester with a game remaining and in danger of surrendering second spot to rival Arsenal should the Gunners win at Manchester City later today.

For Southampton, meanwhile, the victory keeps them in the hunt for Europa League qualification as they climbed above West Ham into sixth place in the table.

Tottenham started brightly and Son put them in front on 16 minutes with a fine opportunist goal after combining well with Eric Lamela.

The ball was played in towards Harry Kane who knew he was in an offside position and didn't give chase which allowed the South Korean midfielder to collect and, after rounding Saints goalkeeper Fraser Forster, slot the ball into the empty net.

Dusan Tadic spurned a couple of decent chances to equalise for the visitors before turning provider just after the half hour mark with a superb turn and cross for Davis to shoot low past Hugo Lloris from the edge of the penalty area.

Both sides had chances to take the lead before the break, the best of which saw Forster denying Kane with a smart near-post stop in first half injury time.

Southampton looked the slightly better side after the restart, although Tottenham continued to carve out opportunities but failed to trouble Forster for long spells.

The visitors completed their comeback on 72 minutes as Davis sent a low shot through a forest of legs from the edge of the area into the bottom corner after more good work from Tadic.

Tottenham pressed hard for a leveller but were guilty of leaving too much space at the back and Shane Long should perhaps have registered at least one of the chances that came his way in the final fifteen minutes.

Nacer Chadli forced a superb reaction save from Forster deep in stoppage time, but that was as close as the home side came as Southampton held on to put one over on former boss Pochettino who must be wondering how the promise of just a fortnight ago has evaporated into thin air.

By: Kieran O'Daly

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