Well, that was a mix of less than interesting, and hoping there would be a winner as Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur drew a stalemate. The result does little to aide their respective ambitions for the season.
Southampton took the lead 15 minutes into the game when Davinson Sanchez poked a cross from Ryan Bertrand into his own net. Sanchez was unlucky to turn the ball into his own goal though. The lead lasted only three minutes, however, as Harry Kane equalised, thus scoring his 21st goal this season, and his 99th Premier League goal. An in-swinging corner from Ben Davies found Kane, who headed past a leaky defence. Just before that, Eric Dier could’ve equalised from close range, but his effort hit the post. It could be said that he was unfortunate not to score as he was from range of doing so.
From then on, there was a glorious opportunity for Kane to score his 100th goal, but an effort to square from Dele Alli was foiled when he was out-muscled by Jack Stephens, and Moussa Sissoko missed from close range. The initial strike from Davies could’ve gone in off Sissoko had the latter made contact.
The hosts had chances of their own with a header from Jack Stephens directed at goal, but couldn’t finish! Hands over head moment there!
Well, that was an eventful (or at least half-eventful first half). Let’s see what the second half brought…
James Ward-Prose was brave to strike from few yards outside the box as he attempted to take the lead for his side, though he was foiled by Michel Vorm who calmly collected his effort on goal.
Alli kept Alex McCarthy busy with an effort from just outside the box. Given that he has scored against Southampton in previous fixtures, you’d expect him to bury that effort too, but his effort glided just wide.
With seven minutes to go, substitute Erik Lamela could’ve won the game for his side – had he controlled the ball better, but it came to nothing.
Heading into injury time, Kane could’ve (and/or maybe should’ve) scored the winner had his strike not gone wayward! Missing opportunities like that could be the difference between Champions League qualification, and missing out yet again.
Southampton went for goal late on through Sofiane Boufal, but his effort was blocked by Sanchez (what a way to make up for the first half own goal)!
1-1 is how it finished on a rainy afternoon at St Mary’s. Both sides struggled to get the winner, so a draw was a fair result.
Thoughts on the game
Other than the two first-half goals, the game was a bit “naff”. It had all the makings of a typical sole Sunday game. Neither side deserved to win.
The game seemed rather flat, but that could be partially down to the less than great conditions.
I felt Mauricio Pochettinos side were unlucky not to win this game given their build-up play. The passing, and creativity should’ve lead to goals.
As for Southampton, they rightly deserved no more than a point. Other than the headed effort from Stephens, there were no real attempts a goal from them.
Although I still firmly believe the South Coast outfit have what it takes to stay up this season, the result makes it that bit harder.
Parts of the game seemed rather lethargic. This game had all the makings of a typical rainy weekend game. Barely anything went the way of either side.
Both sides are in FA Cup action over the weekend as Southampton take on Watford, whilst Tottenham Hotspur visit Welsh club Newport County.
They then return to league action next week as the relegation-threatened side host Brighton, and Pochettino’s side host Manchester United.