|DATE||Sunday 8th May 2016|
|VENUE||White Hart Lane|
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|PREDICTION||Tottenham Hotspur 1 Southampton 1|
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Sunday 8th May 2016
White Hart Lane
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.|
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Hugo LLORIS (c)
10 Harry KANE
7 Shane LONG
|Manager : Mauricio Pochettino||Manager : Ronald Koeman|
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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
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.
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|
|Norwich City||0||Manchester United||1||Saturday|
|West Ham United||1||Swansea City||4||Saturday|
|West Ham United||2||Manchester United||2||Tuesday|
|6||West Ham United||37||16||14||7||64||49||62||+15|
|15||West Bromwich Albion||37||10||12||15||33||47||42||-14|
Position before match :
Position after match : 2nd
Position after the weekend : 2nd
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