Tottenham 3-1 Southampton: Kane stars as Spurs bounce back with an impressive victory

Tottenham Hotspur are back in third place following a 3-1 win over lowly Southampton.

Harry Kane (9), Lucas Moura (51), and Heung-Min Son (55) scored three goals to put the Whites in the lead after some shambolic defending from Southampton.

Hugo Lloris kept Tottenham in the lead with some superb shot-stopping but he was unable to stop substitute Charlie Austin from scoring a late goal (90+2).

Tottenham hung on for all three points and now climb above their London Rivals into third place.

COMBINED XI

Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris- Made some class saves in the second half but will be disappointed with the late goal.

Right Back: Kieran Trippier- It was a brave decision from Pochettino to bring him back and Trippier got on the ball and distributed it well.

Centre Back: Juan Foyth- Bounced back after a mistake at the weekend and was dominant in the air. Slightly fortuitous that it was only one they conceded.

Centre Back: Toby Alderweireld- He was harshly and surprisingly dropped on the weekend and he returned to the side with a confident performance.

Left Back: Matt Targett- The 23 year old has had to wait for his chance at Southampton but he was decent enough here and will hope he has impressed the new gaffer.

Centre Def Midfield: Steven Davis- The passing from Davis was sensational and he made Winks look like a deer in headlights. Got the assist for the goal.

Centre Def Midfield: Christian Eriksen- Good performance from him tonight. Got the assist for the goal and should’ve scored at least one goal.

Right Midfield: Heung-Min Son- Got the goal that put the game to bed and even struck the woodwork.

Left Midfield: Lucas Moura- Lucas took his goal well as he smacked his shot into the ground and into the far corner.

Striker: Charlie Austin- Came on as a sub for the last 20 minutes and he powered one past Hugo Lloris into the top corner.

Striker: Harry Kane- Once again the best player tonight. His run for the first goal was clever and he nipped in past the Saints defenders. He simply does not miss from six yards out. Man of the match.

A bad day at the office for; Maya Yoshida

He was asleep for the Spurs goal and I’m sure he didn’t impress Hasenhüttl here. He will want his players to concentrate and keep the team in the game. I wouldn’t be surprised if the two internationals, Jannik Vestergaard and Wesley Hoedt are going to be the Centre Half partnership. They both have European experience and were big money signings for the Saints.

OPINION:

An impressive victory for Spurs and they deserved the victory today. It was disappointing to only see 33,000 at Wembley tonight. The atmosphere was dire and Tottenham will be hoping to move into their new home ground as soon as possible. Hugo Lloris pulled off some splendid saves and there was one particular one in the first half that I really recommend you to watch.

However, i was slightly disappointed to see Harry Winks not make an impact in the game. He rarely featured on the ball and went missing. After weeks of me pleading for Winks to be given a chance, I’m afraid he did not take it here and Sissoko will be hoping he can find his way back into the game. I’m not saying Winks had an awful game by any means but he didn’t perform to the standard he would’ve liked to.

Overall, Southampton will be happy with the obscure but intelligent decision to appoint Ralph Hasenhüttl and they will hope he can steer them up the table. I expect them to finish comfortably in mid table. Meanwhile Tottenham will be relieved to see Chelsea and Arsenal both not winning their games tonight which has allowed them to climb above both of them into third place. It will be interesting to see what lineup Poch goes for this weekend; away against Leicester as they have a crucial game next week in the Champions League.

Attendance: 33,012

Referee: Anthony Taylor

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