OPPONENTS Southampton
COMPETITION Premier League
DATE Saturday 25th April 2015
VENUE St. Marys






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PREDICTION Southampton    1         Tottenham Hotspur    1
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Hugo Lloris will be given a late fitness test, while Kyle Walker's foot injury rules him out of the match.
Victor Wanyama is suspended for this match, while Jay Rodriguez is still out with a knee ligament injury, Filip Djuricic has an ankle injury and Fraser Foster will miss the res tof the season with a knee injury.

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Southampton  2 (1)                                                                             Tottenham Hotspur  2 (1)
Premier League
Saturday 25th April 2015                                                                                                                 Kick off 12:45
St. Marys
Pelle 28m 47s
Pelle 64m 06s
Lamela  42m 36s
Chadli  69m 53s
S. Davis (foul on Mason) 66  



Vertonghen (foul on Pelle)  31
Davies (foul on Ward-Prowse)  34
Fazio (foul on )  90+6


Crowd :  31,622 Weather :  Warm, sunny
Referee :  Jon Moss (Leeds) Assistant Referees :  Mr. A. Halliday; Mr. S. Burt
Fourth Official :  Lee Probert -
Southampton kicked off and played towards the North Stand end in the first half.
Game time : -  90+8 minutes.
Southampton : kit Tottenham Hotspur : kit
  1  Kelvin DAVIS

  2  Nathaniel CLYNE
  6  Jose FONTE (c)

  4  Morgan SCHNEIDERLIN (28  Harrison REED 90)

10  Sadio MANE
16  James WARD-PROWSE (  7  Shane LONG 62)
  8  Steve DAVIS       (22  Eljero ELIA) 81

19  Graziano PELLE   

Unused subs: 
33  Matt TARGETT
5  Florin GARDOS
  Dusan TADIC

    1  Hugo LLORIS (c)

15  Eric DIER
  5  Jan VERTONGHEN      
21  Federico FAZIO
33  Ben DAVIES (  6  Vlad CHIRICHES 76)

38  Ryan MASON
42  Nabil BENTALEB (  9  Roberto SOLDADO 87)

11  Erik LAMELA 
23  Christian ERIKSEN
Nacer CHADLI    (19  Mousa DEMBELE 83)

18  Harry KANE

Unused subs: 
13  Michel VORM

12  DeAndre YEDLIN
25  Benjamin STAMBOULI
17  Andros TOWNSEND

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

In a match that Southampton fans had built up into something resembling a local derby atmosphere (with all the venom, but little of the passion), Spurs kept their heads to maintain their good record against Southampton with a 2-2 draw that saw them come from behind twice when we had been guilty of bad defending.

The return of Hugo Lloris return to the team and Vorm returned to the bench, with Ben Davies coming in for the hamstrung Danny Rose and Mason coming back for Paulinho, whose wife was due to give birth. Southampton had injury and suspension issues, meaning changes in defence and midfield. The sun shone down on what was supposed to be a sell-out crowd, but plenty of red plastic seats were visible among the Southampton sections.

A cagey start saw both teams probing without any real threat on either goal, but the home team created a chance when Mane put a ball across goal. Pelle couldn't reach it but he was about two yards offside anyway, even though the linesman didn't flag. Mason tried to play a striaght ball through the middle to Kane, but the striker took the ball too close to Yoshida and was robbed of it.

Southampton got back and packed the middle of their defence when Spurs got the ball around the box and their height won most corners Tottenham played into the box. Tottenham were grateful for no Saints player being in the middle when Bertrand over-lapped and put a low ball across the six yard box and Vertonghen had to be quick to tackle Mane as he broke into the box from the right at the expense of a corner, which came to nothing. Another corner in the 25th minute was pulled back to Schneiderlin, whose volley was stopped down at the foot of Lloris' left hand post. It had a touch of the Anderton-Sheringham corner routine about it.

It was comical defending by Spurs that handed Southampton the lead. Mane broke and Vertonghen couldn't keep up with him, but Fazio tackled him well, although Mason slipped and played the ball back to Davies, who was facing his own goal and Pelle pressured him to prod the ball past Lloris from close range. Once more, Lloris failed to keep a clean sheet through no fault of his own and perhaps you can see why the rumours about him wanting to leave come about.

Moss brought out the yellow card for Jan, when he won the ball cleanly against Pelle, whereas he had previously allowed Mane to stud Vertonghen on the ankle and take Bentaleb out off the ball. Then he gave Davies a booking for a foul on Ward-Prowse as the referee started to lose control of proceedings.

Spurs were struggling to get beyond the Southampton defence and Chadli blazed way over the bar. Players were slipping over regularly, as the pitch was watered heavily before kick-off, but the home team managed to keep their feet as they worked the ball out right after Pelle had come off the back line and the ball in from Bertrand was poorly finished, as Steve Davis side-footed the ball wide from 15 yards out.

Chadli found some space by beating Clyne on the left wing and clipped a ball back outside the box to Mason, whose fierce volley was blocked by Fonte without knowing much about it. Spurs had still not forced Kelvin Davis to a save, but when he was, he failed epically. Dier got space on the right and put a pacy cross in to the near post and Erik Lamela got to it, perhaps with an arm, but it was enough contact to beat Davis attempt to try and push it wide, as the ball went in off the post to level the score. With a couple of minutes left before half-time, it was a good time to score.

Before the whistle for the interval, Spurs started to play the way they had begun the match, passing well and pushing into the Southampton half. There had been a spell after the Saints goal that saw them in control, so the second half looked like it would be an interesting contest as long as Spurs could keep the ball out of their net for 25 seconds.

They achieved that, but Mason did well to take the ball off Mane, as he brought a pass down on the edge of the area a couple of minutes in. Nobody tackled Davis as he ran at goal and he was on the 18 yard line when he dragged it horribly right to the right of Hugo's goal. Tottenham's passing got sloppy and it allowed Southampton to build some forward momentum, with Ward-Prowse playing a low pass in the box to Pelle, who dragged it back behind him to Davis, who made space 12 yards out and then fired his shot over the top.

Bentaleb was spreading the ball out wide to the right well, but Southampton closed down space and forced Tottenham back. Lloris had to be alert to tip over a deflected cross from Bertrand and a defelcted cross from Chadli at the other end saw the ball hit the roof of the net and give Tottenham a corner. From it, Chadli had a weak header knocked away from the line and then, when the home side got forward, Bertrand hit a shot well over. Ronald Koeman brought on Shane Long for Ward-Prowse in an attacking change with just over an hour gone.

Davis took Lamela out without a booking with a worse tackle than Vertonghen's in the first half. Nothing came from the free-kick, but Chadli hit a shot too high from the second phase of play, when perhaps Mason was better placed for a set-up. It cost Spurs, as Pelle soon gave Southampton the lead again. An early cross from Long saw Pelle rise above Fazio 10 yards out to head past Lloris with 65 minutes gone.

Knowing Southampton don't concede many goals, it was now doubly hard to get back into the match. However, they managed it, with a ball from Eric Dier inside Bertrand saw Chadli run onto it and hold off Yoshida to slide the ball past Davis from a narrow angle on the right to make it 2-2 with a calm finish across the keeper.

When Southampton played a long ball through after the goal, Mane fell on Davies as he slipped on the water-heavy pitch and the defender stayed own and had to be carried off with what looked like a dislocated shoulder. This brought Chiriches on in the Welshman's place, so it was just as well Soldado and Townsend, who had been ready to come on when Chadli scored, had sat down again. Vlad went into the middle and Jan out to left to compensate for the loss of the left back.

Mane was in severe risk of drowning with the amount of water on the pitch, as he spent most of the time diving and near the high water level. Weird that the referee didn't feel it necessary to give him any safety advice as it seemed to happen quite a lot. When he hit the floor and went down easily when touched by Bentaleb, Moss gave him a free-kick two yards outside the box to the right. Fonte met it with his head, but Fazio headed it away as it went across goal.

In the 83rd minute, Mousa Dembele replaced Chadli and Spurs played themselves into trouble by passing back to Lloris twice in quick succession when he was put under pressure. Soldado came on for Bentaleb. Immediately, Mason made a run at the heart fo the Southampton back line and only a deflection off Clyne stopped him, but Kelvin Davis had to kick the ball out as Schneiderlin had gone down off the ball, a victim of the wet pitch, so well done Southampton !!

Seven added minutes were to be played, although I am not sure where they all came from, so into that time, Alderweireld met a corner low down but without any power and Lloris was well behind it. Another came and went, with Soldado hitting a cross-field ball intended for Eriksen in the Southampton half too long. When the opposition went forward, Fazio brought down Long and another free-kick brought another corner in the last few seconds that was headed by Fonte diving in at the near post and it grazed the top of the bar on the way over.

That was the last action and Spurs had done well to become only the fourth team to score twice at the Dell and to get a point. It gave Southampton their record Premier League points total and their first against Spurs since they returned to the top flight, so to a certain extent both managers would have been satisfied. Southampton did a good job on Kane, detailing Fonte to stick with him closely, while the rest of their defensive eight quickly got goal-side when Tottenham had possession. While Spurs didn't play to their highest standard, it was as a result of the home team's defensive organisation and the fact that we scored twice, indicates that we are learning ways to overcome opposition's defensive set-ups.

That will be important in coming seasons, as teams try to shut us down and make life difficult to get through them. The Saints closed down our wide players and force everything through the middle, which is not always the way teams try to defend, but they funnelled players back in front of goal to stop anything penetrating through the middle either. But they kept plugging away and got their reward, even though they only had two shots on target .. but maybe that reflects poorly on their keeper.

A point from our next game would be acceptable, as we don't have a great recent record against Manchester City, then all we have to do is win at Stoke and Everton and beat Hull City at home. Simples !!

Gary Sampson



Southampton were first formed by a group of steelworkers who moved to find work in the shipyards after being laid off from the steelworks around Northampton.  Travelling South, they decided that working as metal-workers was cobblers, so they decided to form a professional football team so that they could earn lots of money, drive fast horse drawn carriages and take lots of laudanum (the 'dandy crack' as it was known back in the day).


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What you thought
Stan Chun How bad is the commentary on BT Sport ? Ian Whoever couldn't tell when Lloris had punched the ball and Fazio had headed it, Michael Owen claimed Mason had clearly let the ball hit his arm, when the replay was playing showing it was his chest.

Their pundits talk over each other at their pitch-side desk and there is little added value to their comments that most fans could put forward. That Irish-Canadian-German accented Owen Hargreaves is the worst. He rarely makes an observation that is worth putting a microphone in front of him for. He makes Andy Townsend sound like a genius !!

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




League Table
  P W D L F A Pts GD
1 Chelsea 34 24 8 2 69 27 80 +42
2 Manchester City 34 20 7 7 70 36 67 +34
3 Arsenal 33 20 7 6 63 32 67 +31
4 Manchester United 34 19 8 7 59 34 65 +25
5 Liverpool 34 17 7 10 47 37 58 +10
6 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 34 17 7 10 55 49 58 +6
7 Southampton 34 17 6 11 46 26 57 +20
8 Swansea City 34 14 8 12 41 44 50 -3
9 Stoke City 34 13 8 13 39 42 47 -3
10 Everton 34 11 11 12 44 43 44 +1
11 West Ham United 34 11 11 12 41 43 44 -2
12 Crystal Palace 34 11 9 14 42 47 42 -5
13 West Bromwich Albion 34 9 10 15 32 46 37 -14
14 Newcastle United 34 9 8 17 35 56 35 -22
15 Hull City 34 8 10 16 32 45 34 -13
16 Aston Villa 34 8 8 18 26 48 32 -22
17 Leicester City 34 8 7 19 36 54 31 -18
18 Sunderland 33 5 15 13 26 49 30 -23
19 QPR 34 7 6 21 38 59 27 -21
20 Burnley 34 5 11 18 26 51 26 -25

Position before match :  6th
Position after match :  5th
Position after the weekend :  6th


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


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