Tottenham 2 Southampton 1: Spurs Stumble Home After Serge Sending Off
It wasn’t pretty but Spurs finally came away with three points to record their third Premier League win of the 2019/20 season. It could have been more comfortable – at 1-0 up and with a full complement of players on the pitch Tottenham were cruising but the needless sending off of Serge Aurier changed the face of the match.
But a win’s a win and after some mixed performances, we were grateful enough for the three points that took us back into the top four at 5pm on Saturday.
Bright Opening – Wretched End
Spurs started on the front foot and the early pressure told as Tanguy Ndombele opened the scoring on 24 minutes. Our summer signing had already had a good chance to find the net before capitalising in the penalty area and sweeping home.
What followed was 10 minutes of the most brainless football you could witness – even by Tottenham’s standards. Serge Aurier kicked things off with two soft yellow cards and while one or two Saints players got away with similar offences, there was really little argument.
A Cruyff turn is a spectacular and beautiful thing but it’s rarely wise to attempt one in your own penalty area. Hugo Lloris was guilty of messing around on his goal line instead of hoofing it to safety and Danny Ings pounced to make it 1-1.
With 10 men on the pitch, it was the last thing we needed and plenty of long-suffering Spurs fans were expecting the worst but Harry Kane put the hosts in front just before half time. As the defence absorbed early Saints pressure, a Tottenham break led to Christian Eriksen setting up Harry for his sixth goal of the season.
The second half saw Southampton take over in terms of possession stats but with Hugo atoning for his earlier error, with two spectacular saves, Spurs held firm to claim a much needed three points.
We started well and scored but the sending off changed the atmosphere and the emotions.
said Mauricio Pochettino to the Spurs official website.
We conceded but it was an unbelievable response from the team, scoring the goal with 10 men and then fighting all together, keeping a clean sheet in the second half. It’s an amazing victory for us. That’s what we needed.
Spurs are back in Champions League action this week as they take on Bayern Munich at the new stadium, kick off 8pm. The Germans are currently occupying their familiar place at the top of the Bundesliga and Polish striker has hit some phenomenal form at this early stage of the season. At the weekend, Bayern travelled to SC Paderborn and edged home by three goals to two with Lewandowski netting his tenth strike in just six league games.
In terms of EPL action, Tottenham travel to struggling Brighton and Hove Albion this Saturday. This is the lunchtime kick off – getting underway at 12.30pm – and from there, Premier League clubs will head into the second International break of the 2019/20 season.