ON THE BALL: Tottenham's Heung-Min Son (left) goes on the attack
TOTTENHAM EDGED Southampton 2-1 after goals from Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli were enough to see off a valiant Saints team at White Hart Lane.
Spurs started life without the injured Harry Kane against a team that side had netted four times in their last two Premier League matches. The home side started well with Eriksen pulling the strings.
The Dane was able to pick out the run of Heung-Min Son in the first minute with a ball over the top of the Southampton defence, which saw Son’s near post shot saved well by Fraser Forster.
Spurs continued to pile on the pressure with Eriksen in the thick of things time and again. Their early pressure soon paid dividends with 13 minutes on the clock, as Eriksen drove into the heart of the Saints defence before unleashing a left footed strike from outside the box past Forster to make it 1-0.
Tottenham could have doubled their lead straight after, as Alli received a clever ball into the box from Ben Davies but the England international’s effort wasn’t strong enough to trouble the away goalkeeper.
With a quarter of the half played, Southampton responded well. Their first real chance came in the 16th minute when Oriol Romeu unleashed a speculative effort from about 25 yards which whistled past Hugo Loris’ far post.
The away team began to grow into the game after neat play between Dusan Tadic and Malono Gabbiadini. The Italian saw his left footed curler caress the outside of the Spurs net after a clever interchange with Tadic from the left. Southampton came close to levelling the game when Nathan Redmond’s first time cross into Tadic was blasted high into the sky by the Serbian from close range.
Southampton’s pressure was short-lived after Alli slotted home from the spot to make 2-0 in the 32nd minute. Steven Davis was adjudged to have fouled the 20-year-old penalty taker after being beaten to the ball.
The second half saw Claude Puel’s men grow in confidence in search of their first goal of the game. It came in the 51st minute when Ryan Bertrand’s cross from the left was not dealt with by the Spurs back line and found its way to James Ward-Prowse who blasted the ball past Loris to make it 2-1.
Puel's men came close to equalizing soon after as the injured Gabbiadini’s replacement Shane Long latched on to a skillfully threaded ball from Davis but shot into the palms of the Spurs goalkeeper.
The away side continued to assert their authority through the game with the impressive Romeu breaking down attacks and starting them.
The Lillywhites continued to absorb the pressure as the Saints pressed; in stoppage time Southampton substitute Sofiane Boufal dragged his shot wide with almost the last real chance of the game.
It was a frantic end to the game but Spurs managed to hang on in the end and consolidate their place in the top four. Spurs find themselves with a firm grip on second position in the Premier League heading into the international break.