OPPONENTS Southampton 
COMPETITION Premier League 
DATE Sunday 8th May 2016
VENUE White Hart Lane

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PREDICTION Tottenham Hotspur    1         Southampton    1

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Tottenham Hotspur  1 (1)                                                                       
Premier League
Sunday 8th May 2016
White Hart Lane
Southampton  2 (1)

Kick off 13:30
Son  15m 23s Davis  30m 21s
Davis  71m 07s



Mane  (foul on Rose)  50
Romeu  (foul on Eriksen)  74
Long  (foul on Lloris)  83   


Crowd :   35,748 Weather :  Sunny, hot
Referee :  Jon Moss (Leeds) Assistant Referees :  Mr. A. Holmes; Mr. H. Lennard
Fourth Official :  Michael Oliver  
Spurs kicked off and played towards the Paxton Road end in the first half.
Game time : -  90 + 9 minutes.
Tottenham Hotspur : kit Southampton : kit
  1  Hugo LLORIS  (c)

  2  Kyle WALKER
  3  Danny ROSE

15  Eric DIER
  8  Ryan MASON  (22  Nacer CHADLI  78)

11  Erik LAMELA
23  Christian ERIKSEN
  7  Heung-Min SON    (14  Clinton N'JIE  65)

10  Harry KANE

Unused subs: 
13  Michel VORM

33  Ben DAVIES
27  Kevin WIMMER

  44  Fraser FORSTER

  6  Jose FONTE
17  Virgil van DIJK

  4  Jordi CLASIE  (44  Oriel ROMEU  58     )
12  Victor WANYAMA
  8  Steven DAVIS   

10  Sadio MANE       (19  Graziano PELLE  65)
11  Dusan TADIC  (16
  James WARD-PROWSE  86)

  7  Shane LONG     

Unused subs: 
  2  Cedric SOARES
  3  Maya YOSHIDA
28  Charlie AUSTIN


Manager :  Mauricio Pochettino Manager :  Ronald Koeman
Sponsor :   AIA Shirt sponsor :  veho
Kit Supplier :  Under Armour Kit Supplier :   adidas
Match report

In the very warm spring sunshine, Spurs wilted as Southampton took their chances and Tottenham failed to respond, with their legs looking tired after 36 games of hard work.  Having taken the lead, it was unlike Spurs to capitulate, but when the second Saints goal went in, there looked little way back, as for the third game running, Tottenham had a poor second half to a match.

With the title now beyond Spurs, the need for a win to secure second place was the target from our last two games (depending on results elsewhere).  In the end, it was Southampton who went home happier, with the three points and taking two of their few chances create don the day.  When Son had given us the lead, it looked like it could be the start of a good day, but as in the previous two games,  we have lost leads when it looked like we would go on to win matches.  While this season has exceeded expectations, there is still some learning experiences to be gained from our campaign to make things better next time around. 

Going into the game without suspended Dele Alli and Mousa Dembele, Spurs lined up with Mason alongside Dier and Son replacing Alli in the attacking midfield role.

And the match started well for Tottenham. Within four minutes, Forster had to save from Eriksen, when Alderweireld picked out a diagonal ball to Rose, who picked out the Dane. His shot brought the keeper into a dive down to his left to keep the ball out. However, from the corner Southampton tried to break away and Kyle Walker's speed snuffed out the danger.

Spurs were passing the ball around well and Mason nearly set up Son, but he was crowded out. The Saints were also finding space and from the left hand side Tadic put a low ball across the face of the goal with nobody there to finish it. Tottenham produced an almost identical move with Kane feeding Son and his ball in along the six yard line couldn't be met by anyone in a white shirt.

With 15 minutes on the clock, Spurs went ahead. Erik Lamela through ball was left by Harry Kane, who looked suspiciously offside and Son's run into the box left him in on goal with Forster coming out to meet him. Sonny took the ball easily around him to the right, then, with two defenders between him and the goal, dribbled the ball back towards goal and slotted into the net. It was a goal out of the blue, with Southampton's defence caught out by the leave by Kane and then not recovering as Son calmly scored.

Following the goal, Spurs stepped up the pressure on the Southampton goal and created a number of chances. Kane couldn't get around Walker's low cross and put it wide at the near post, Eriksen took a return pass from Lamela to put a shot in that Forster got behind and then Harry struck a shot from 25 yards that flew wide.

Southampton were looking to get back into the game with Tadic repeating his cross of earlier in the game, with Danny Rose having to clear the danger. When Tadic got away on the other side of the pitch, a bit too easily really, he made a more telling pass. A low ball in found Steven Davis' run at the near post and he scuffed his shot, with the ball escaping Lloris' grasp and squirming over the line. It was a slack goal to let in from a defence which has been so sound all campaign.

Spurs set about the Saints' defence and won a couple of corners taken by Lamela. They both resulted in full backs having shots, with Walker's deflected for the second corner and then Rose's swinging away from goal. Southampton broke when Ryan Mason was loose with a pass, but he got back to put off Tadic as he burst into the penalty box.

As the game went into added time at the end of the first half, Spurs were denied the lead by Fraser Forster. Harry Kane took the ball off Jose Fonte and struck a shot on target that Forster saved and the keeper was up quickly to push away the shot from Eriksen, who hit the rebound on target too.

At half-time, Tottenham made a great gesture by giving a young lad who had lost his arms and legs to meningitis, but still wanted to play football; especially with his favourite players at Tottenham. Eight year old Marshall Janson came out to be interviewed and then had a kickabout with the Spurs subs. It was a touching moment and put football into perspective for a while.

Into the second half, Spurs looked to probe forward, but they were finding it hard to get through the Southampton massed ranks in the way. A long ball brought a Long foul, the first of many, on Vertonghen, but it was Mane who got the first yellow card of the game, for fouling Rose.  Obviously, he made less of an impact on the ball, as he could have given Southampton a 54th minute lead, but he didn't get enough on a glancing header to Tadic's cross, as the visitors broke away from a Tottenham attack. Spurs were finding it difficult to create much, but their approach was too narrow, with Rose and Walker getting plenty of space, but not being used.  They did have shots from Vertonghen and Mason blocked, before Jan headed a corner at goal, only for it to be headed over from in front of goal.  Walker had a shot deflected wide for a corner and then Eriksen's shot was going wide, but hit Mason before it got that far.

Suddenly, Spurs found themselves behind when Pelle held the ball up, then David exchanged passes with Tadic and steered a shot past Lloris' dive to his left to find the net.  It wasn't a hard shot, but perhaps Hugo was unsighted by two Spurs players, who closed Davis down a little too late.  Tottenham hadn't looked at the races in the second half despite the pressure they built.  Southampton had grown in confidence to hit on the break.  Even though they tried to hit back when Lamela was fouled 25 yards out, he got up to take the kick and fired it a couple of yards too high.  They got closer when DIer put in a low, pacy cross that van Dijk sliced horribly, with firtune on his side that took it wide of the goal. 

Long finally got his well-deserved yellow card seven minutes from time for following through on Lloris as he came out of his area to clear the ball.  He had a chance to add to the lead, but his volley form outside the box flew too high and in between, Dier put a header wide form a good Walker cross.  Substitute Ward-Prowse also could have made it three, but good build-up play could not be finished and his shot went wide from 12 yards out, when he should really have hit the target.  When Kane was fouled a long way out and the game coming to the end of five minutes added time, Eriksen floated a free-kick to the far post on the left and it was defended, but dropped to Spurs substitute Nacer Chadli, who shot immediately, only to see Forster stop his effort at point blank range for a corner.  When that was cleared the final whistle went and there was disappointment for those who had remained to cheer the side for their efforts this season.  I wonder if they would leave if we were within minutes of winning the title ?? Probably.

What looked a tricky match on paper, with Southampton in good form, proved to be  the case, but it was not all of their own making, as Spurs could have been more dynamic.  The build up was often slow and the movement was not as energetic as in previous matches.  It really did .look as if they had physically and mentally run out of steam following the Chelsea match.  They need to regroup ahead of the last game of the season to get the single point that they need to secure second place in the final table.

The lap of appreciation showed a renewed link between the players and the fans (well, some of them anyway) and they got a well earned cheer when they came around.  For once, I wasn't too worried about who would not be there next season, because I believe this group want to stay together to see what they can achieve and hopefully, the Head Coach will be there too.

I know I will be and some others might even last the full 90 minutes (and added time) if they get a full pre-season in to improve their fitness.

Pete Stachio




The Saints were not originally from Southampton, but were originally based in the Saints area of Ipswich.


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Other scores during this week :
Aston Villa 0 Newcastle United 0 Saturday
Bournemouth 1 West Bromwich Albion 1 Saturday
Crystal Palace 2 Stoke City 1 Saturday
Leicester City 3 Everton 1 Saturday
Norwich City 0 Manchester United 1 Saturday
Sunderland 3 Chelsea 2 Saturday
West Ham United 1 Swansea City 4 Saturday
Liverpool 2 Watford 0 Sunday
Manchester City 2 Arsenal 2 Sunday
West Ham United 2 Manchester United 2 Tuesday
Norwich City 4 Watford 2 Wednesday
Sunderland 3 Everton 0 Wednesday
Liverpool 1 Chelsea 1 Wednesday



League Table
  P W D L F A Pts GD
1 Leicester City 37 23 11 3 67 35 80 +32
2 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 37 19 13 5 68 30 70 +38
3 Arsenal 37 19 11 7 61 36 68 +25
4 Manchester City 37 19 8 10 70 40 65 +30
5 Manchester United 37 18 9 9 46 34 63 +12
6 West Ham United 37 16 14 7 64 49 62 +15
7 Southampton 37 17 9 11 55 40 60 +15
8 Liverpool 37 16 11 10 62 49 58 +13
9 Chelsea 37 12 13 12 58 52 49 +6
10 Stoke City 37 13 9 15 39 54 48 -15
11 Swansea City 37 12 10 15 41 51 46 -10
12 Everton 37 10 14 13 56 55 44 +1
13 Watford 37 12 8 17 38 48 44 -10
14 Crystal Palace 37 11 9 17 38 47 42 -9
15 West Bromwich Albion 37 10 12 15 33 47 42 -14
16 Bournemouth 37 11 9 17 44 64 42 -20
17 Sunderland 37 9 11 17 46 60 38 -14
18 Newcastle United 37 8 10 19 39 64 34 -25
19 Norwich City 37 9 7 21 39 64 34 -25
20 Aston Villa 37 3 8 26 27 72 17 -45


Position before match :  2nd
Position after match :  2nd
Position after the weekend :  2nd


* Pub facts may not actually be true, but after a few pints everyone will think so.


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