Spurs 3 Southampton 2: Spurs Progress in Silverware Search
It was hard work for much of the game and it was a tie that Southampton will feel they should have won but – they didn’t. Tottenham conceded possession stats and gave the Saints enough chances to kill the game off but we were clinical when it mattered and we now progress to the fifth round.
A home fixture with Norwich City is the reward but how did it all come about?
BT Sport commentary was bemoaning Southampton’s ill-fortune as early as the 11th minute when Tanguy Ndombele’s deflected shot put Tottenham ahead. As we woke this morning, the effort seemed to have been switched to a Jack Stephens’ own goal and that’s probably fair as Ndombele’s strike appeared to be going wide.
We could have built on that but we continued to allow Southampton too much possession and, after Danny Ings had hit the bar, it was left to Shane Long to level the tie on 33 minutes. Worse was to follow in the second period as Nathan Redmond sprinted out of defence to set up Ings. the former Liverpool and Burnley striker made it three in four games against Spurs this season and we’re quite happy to see the back of him for one more campaign.
Lucas Moura had earlier wasted a golden opportunity with a header that went wide from point blank range but the Brazilian brought us level again with a well-placed effort from right on the edge of the penalty box.
Just as we seemed to be drifting towards extra time, Son Heung-Min was brought down in the box and the South Korean stepped up to convert. The run up was less than convincing but Sonny fired right into the corner to seal the 3-2 win.
Speaking after the game, Spurs manager Jose Mourinho said:
We suffered. We played against a very good team, we played against a team that was the best team on the pitch but we deserved to win because we were in our limits. They had their best players, they had one more day rest, they were fresh.
I think I did very well because I had to manage a team with so many difficulties. I changed from the back five to the back four in the moment when I could. Then Dele Alli became the link.
The Norwich game will be played at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium over the first weekend in March. The exact date has not been confirmed as yet but it will take place on either the 3rd, 4th or 5th depending on what the TV broadcasters want.
Before that, we have a rare week off ahead of an exceptionally busy and important period. On Sunday February 16th, the team travel to take on relegation-threatened Aston Villa and then it’s back to Champions League action and our home leg against Bundesliga title contenders RB Leipzig.
It’s not always been convincing but if we put a positive spin on recent results, last night’s win means we are unbeaten in our last six. While we can’t quite say that corners have been turned, the new signings are slotting in nicely and the painful rebuild has begun so let’s see if the team can build on this in the weeks ahead.