OPPONENTS Southampton 
COMPETITION Premier League 
DATE Wednesday 28th December 2016
VENUE St. Mary's
Southampton  SQUAD .




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PREDICTION Southampton    2       Tottenham Hotspur    2
LAST SEASON'S MEETING For a look back at the match report, click here.
RESULTS HISTORY Click here for results, match reports and facts on meetings with Southampton
Toby Alderweireld has a virus and Erik Lamela a hip injury, but Vincent Janssen and Mousa Dembele are both fit to play.

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Southampton  1 (1)  

Premier League
Wednesday 28th December 2016
St. Mary's
Tottenham Hotspur  4 (1)

Kick off 19:45
van Dijk 01m 10s Alli  18m 45s
Kane  51m 34s
Son  84m 19s
Alli 86m 27s
Long (foul on Vertonghen)  90


Redmond (foul on Alli)  56

Dembele (dissent)  15
Walker (foul on Bertrand) 55
Rose (foul on Cedric) 61
Vertonghen (retaliation)  90


Crowd :   31,853 Weather :  Cold
Referee :  Mike Dean (Wirral) Assistant Referees :  Mr. S. Long; Mr. H. Lennard
Fourth Official :  Stuart Attwell  
Southampton kicked off and played towards the North Stand end in the first half.
Game time : -  90 + 4 minutes.
Southampton : kit Tottenham Hotspur : kit
  1  Fraser FORSTER

  1  CEDRIC Soares
  6  Jose FONTE  (c)
  Virgil van DIJK 

14  Oriol ROMEU
  8  Steven DAVIS  (23  Pierre-Emile HOJBJERG  72)

22  Nathan REDMOND    
  9  Jay RODRIGUEZ  (  7  Shane LONG  72     )
19  Sofiane BOUFAL  (11  Dusan TADIC  72)

Unused subs: 
28  Stuart TAYLOR
  3  Maya YOSHIDA
15  Cuco MARTINA
18  Harrison REED


    1  Hugo LLORIS  (c)

  2  Kyle WALKER     
  5  Jan VERTONGHEN     
  3  Danny ROSE     

12  Victor WANYAMA
19  Mousa DEMBELE       (28  Harry WINKS 82)

17  Moussa SISSOKO (  7  Heung-Min SON 74  )
20  DELE Alli   
Christian ERIKSEN

10  Harry KANE    (  9  Vincent JANSSEN  89)

Unused subs: 
13  Michel VORM

27  Kevin WIMMER
33  Ben DAVIES
  Georges-Kevin N'KOUDOU

Manager :  Claude Puel Manager :  Mauricio Pochettino
Sponsor :   Virgin Media Shirt sponsor :  AIA
Kit Supplier :  Under Armour Kit Supplier :   Under Armour
Match report

A trip to a freezing cold Southampton came late in the Christmas football programme for Spurs, with their rivals all having played already, but they showed that they were able to overcome a set back to beat their hosts 4-1 in emphatic style ... in the end.

Eric Dier dropped into the back four to replace virus victim Toby Alderweireld and Mousa Dembele lined up alongside Victor Wanyama, while Moussa Sissoko came in to play wide right (to start off with).  The changes had worked out previously and with Sissoko looking to show a bit of what we signed him for, maybe his new found confidence could possibly unlock the Southampton defence.

As it was, Christmas came early in this late Xmas game for Southampton. A free kick on the left was floated in and van Dijk rose above Dier, Kane and Rose to guide a header low into Lloris' right hand bottom corner inside 70 seconds. It was shocking defending and while that is supposed to be our strength, there are too many games where we are letting goals in too easily.

Kane hit back with a shot over the bar following a Tottenham free-kick, but the home side were closing Spurs down quickly, especially when we had the ball at the back, making it difficult to play out. They broke after nicking the ball in the centre circle, but Rodriguez pulled a weak shot wide. The interesting thing was to see if the could keep it up.

Spurs were making problems for themselves, with Wanyama passing straight to a Southampton player who fed Redmond on their right, but his shot fizzed low past Lloris' far post, then Rose had to make a fine challenge to stop Boufal's low cross being turned in. Then, out of the blue, Spurs equalised through Dele Alli, who rose above van Dijk to put his head onto Sissoko's deflected left wing cross. Putting it right into the top corner left Forster standing watching it as it hit the net.  So, 20 minutes in and it was all square again. It was Tottenham's first decent effort on goal and Southampton must have been kicking themselves that they hadn't made their early pressure pay off with more than just the one goal. So, would that goal change the game ?

Saints kept working hard, but play got scrappy and Spurs eventually started to build up play going forward. The movement off the ball was good, but unfortunately the final pass was lacking until the 43rd minute, when Sissoko picked out Wanyama running into the box and he touched the ball past one man, then went away from van Dijk and as he was about to shoot, Fonte slid in to block his shot just six yards out. Spurs had quietened the home crowd, who had even stopped booing Wanyama and Dembele for different reasons.  One a player who left them for a bigger club and the other for showing dissent to Mike Dean's award of a foul against him and got shown a yellow card for his reaction.

It was a strange half of football. Southampton did well to start the match, but once they conceded, they went into their shell and Tottenham began to dominate possession and move their average positions higher up the pitch. The pressure Spurs applied comes as second nature, while Southampton had to take their foot off the pedal. The break came at a good time for the home side.

The second half started the same as the first, with Southampton putting Spurs players under pressure, but Spurs almost got in when Walker touched the ball past Bertrand and Fonte came across to concede a corner ... and from it Tottenham actually scored !!  The ball was played across by Eriksen and the out-swinging ball was powered home at the near post by Harry Kane, heading into the top corner of the net.

A couple of home free-kicks came to nothing, but Eriksen's pass allowed Sissoko to break away and when he played a perfectly weighted pass right into Dele's path, Redmond came back and dragged him back, putting the Spurs midfielder off in shooting wide. Mike Dean took his time and pointed to the spot and took even more time before pulling out a red card to dismiss the former Norwich winger. Kane stepped up to take the spot-kick, but as he put his standing foot down, the soft pitch gave way, knocking the ball off the spot and making Harry sky the shot way over the bar.

Play became very disjointed as the ten men battled and the ref looked to even things up, with Rose getting a booking for a push which had been let go when other players had done the same earlier in proceedings. The home crowd did not help by claiming everything was a foul, not knowing a clean tackle from a dirty one. Spurs needed to keep possession and make Southampton work hard to wear them down.  Victor Wanyama obviously fancied it today, cutting inside to hit a left foot shot that Forster had to push over the top. From the corner, Eriksen pulled it back to Walker, who hit it on the volley and it was on its way in until it was blocked. Sissoko and Rose worked the ball well on the left, with the ball pulled back to Christian Eriksen, who hit a fierce shot that rebounded back off the crossbar. It was a good opening that could have put the game beyond Southampton, who made three substitutions to try and inject some fresh legs into the team. It didn't work, as Eriksen put Rose in on the left and he looked to be homing in on goal, but shot wide as van Dijk closed in on him.

Eriksen looked to try an early shot to catch Forster out, but it hit van Dijk and went for a corner.  While they were enjoying possession and territorial advantage, twice Spurs were nearly caught out at the back. Firstly Lloris kicked it straight to Tadic, who was tackled before he reacted to the chance and then a loose pass from Dembele ended with a header by Hugo went to Hjobjerg, who instead of lobbing back into the open goal from 25 yards out, put in a weak low shot that barely reached the penalty area. The loose passing was allowing Southampton to spend more time in the Spurs half, whereas, Tottenham should have been pushing them back using the man advantage they had.

When they broke up a Saints move, Eriksen played the ball left from inside in his own half and even with a flick off a home player's head, sent Sonny away and he made no mistake with a low shot across Forster and into the bottom corner from just inside the box to make it 3-1. It was the sort of breakaway goal that had been a feature of our play last season.  A couple of minutes later, Rose won the ball halfway inside his own half and went off on a run that took him to the edge of the Southampton box, where he played a ball into Alli's path to his left and the midfielder measured a perfect shot that curled low past the keeper to score the fourth Spurs goal. It was another speedy break that had a tired home team unable to cope with the strength and pace of the Tottenham side deep into the dying minutes of the match.

It all got a bit heated after that with Long having a late nibble at Jan and Jan responding, so both were booked, then Tadic started trying to wind up Dele and Long took a dive. The fact that Southampton had taken a very early lead that has evaporated into the cold night air obviously was something that they could not cope with.

The win might have been easier with Redmond having seen red, but Tottenham were back to their away form best. Not that there were elements of their game that were less than perfect.  It showed Spurs might just be hitting their stride and while they will be without Vertonghen and Walker for the Watford match, they will be available when Chelsea come to the Lane.  Two London(ish) derbies, which will need Tottenham to be on their mettle again and with the need to keep winning, they will be good tests of whether we can keep in touch with the top four.  They mostly have easy games, but City meet Liverpool, so someone will lose points.  But it will be up to us to keep picking up the points and see where it takes us.

Pete Stachio




Southampton were formed from a group of boys who spent cold winter evenings hanging around outside St. Marys Girls School, but were chased away by the Head Teacher, who suggested they "find something better to do."


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What you thought
Benny The Ball I thought Southampton were full of sour grapes after the game - moaning about having a man sent off.  Personally, I thought that we should have had another penalty when Kane had his legs taken from under him by their god awful pitch !!
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Other scores during this week :
Arsenal 1 West Bromwich Albion 0 Monday
Burnley 1 Middlesbrough 0 Monday
Chelsea 3 Bournemouth 0 Monday
Hull City 0 Manchester City 3 Monday
Leicester City 0 Everton 2 Monday
Liverpool 4 Stoke City 1 Tuesday
Manchester United 3 Sunderland 1 Monday
Swansea City 1 West Ham United London 4 Monday
Watford 1 Crystal Palace 1 Monday



League Table  2016-17
  P W D L F A Pts GD
1 Chelsea 18 15 1 2 38 11 46 +27
2 Liverpool 18 12 4 2 45 20 40 +25
3 Manchester City 18 11 3 3 39 20 39 +19
4 Arsenal 18 11 4 3 39 19 37 +20
5 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 18 10 6 2 33 13 36 +20
6 Manchester United 18 9 6 3 27 18 33 +9
7 Everton 18 7 6 6 23 21 26 +2
8 Southampton 18 6 6 6 18 20 24 -2
9 West Bromwich Albion 18 6 5 7 23 22 23 +1
10 Watford 18 6 4 8 22 30 22 -8
11 West Ham United London 18 6 4 8 23 32 22 -9
12 Bournemouth 18 6 3 9 23 31 21 -8
13 Stoke City 18 5 6 7 20 28 21 -8
14 Burnley 18 6 2 10 17 28 20 -11
15 Middlesbrough 18 4 6 8 16 20 18 -4
16 Leicester City 18 4 5 9 23 31 18 -8
17 Crystal Palace 18 4 4 10 29 33 16 -4
18 Sunderland 18 4 2 12 16 31 14 -15
19 Swansea City 18 3 3 12 21 41 12 -20
20 Hull City 18 3 3 12 14 39 12 -25


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


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


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