Southampton 2-1 Tottenham: Saints battle back to stun Spurs

James Ward-Prowse scored a objective proper free-kick to earn the victory, a sixth purpose in 9 appearances

Two late targets in five minutes earned Southampton an wonderful victory in opposition to Tottenham, whose prime-four hopes took a nosedive.

James Ward-Prowse earned the decide with a sensational free-kick from 25 yards to shield the Saints two capabilities clear of the Premier League relegation zone.

The midfielder’s strike came after calamitous defending allowed Southampton to design level by technique of Yan Valery, who pounced on Danny Rose’s mistake.

Victory seemed no longer going after a first half of dominated by Spurs who took the lead when Harry Kane scored his two hundredth profession purpose.

However the wonderful turnaround earned Ralph Hasenhuttl’s staff a 2nd consecutive home decide – the first time Southampton have done that since December 2016.

Tottenham, whose supervisor Mauricio Pochettino became within the stands as segment of his two-match touchline ban, dwell third but, after shedding a third league game in four, they now face the possibility of being caught by their rivals.

Manchester United, who were 13 capabilities within the relieve of Spurs when Jose Mourinho became sacked as supervisor on 16 December, can pass level on capabilities with Spurs must silent they beat Arsenal on Sunday.

And if Chelsea decide their two games in hand, they are able to fade above Tottenham, who have already reached the final eight of this year’s Champions League, but face 2nd-pickle Liverpool in their next game.

Tottenham smug in a corrupt system – Pochettino

Ralph Hassenhuttl earned successive home wins for the first time since December 2016

Hasenhuttl revels in well-known decide

At the final whistle, Hasenhuttl joined his staff for a huddle on the pitch as they well-liked their first comeback victory of the season.

No staff has dropped more capabilities from winning positions this term, underlined by a 3-2 defeat at Outdated faculty Trafford final Saturday, where they’d led 1-0 and drew level with a Ward-Prowse free-kick.

But this time, the Saints midfielder’s strike proved well-known as he scored a sixth purpose in 9 appearances to fetch Southampton as much as 16th within the table – above Burnley, who face Liverpool on Sunday.

Credit ranking must additionally fade to midfielder Josh Sims, who, after his half of-time introduction, performed a pivotal role in turning across the game after Saints’ glum first half of.

The home decide became additionally a first over Tottenham since 2005, but more well-known became the get this can provide Hasenhuttl’s aspect at this form of indubitably well-known stage of the season.

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Southampton 2-1 Tottenham: Top four scrap is now Spurs truth – Pochettino

Tottenham implode as Pochettino watches from stands

Pochettino became solid as a bystander as he returned to his passe employers and watched his staff unravel from the stands.

That became in difference to the first length when the company hit the woodwork twice sooner than Kane’s opener, after Maya Yoshida fired in opposition to his get put up and Christian Eriksen clipped the bar with a free-kick.

Dele Alli, who returned to the aspect after a seven-week hurt absence, became a relentless possibility and placement up Kane’s twenty fourth purpose of the season.

Piece of the turnaround became thanks to Southampton’s extra impetus, equipped by the very objective proper Sims, making his first look of the season after being on mortgage at Reading, and Shane Long, who additionally came on on the destroy but became taken off injured.

But Rose’s decision to let the ball by his legs shut to purpose handed the hosts a welcome boost.

And so they never looked relieve as Stuart Armstrong strode forward looking out for a winner easiest to be tripped by Kyle Walker-Peters, who became most likely fortunate to easiest fetch a yellow card.

That looked love a let-off, but with Ward-Prowse lethal from 25 yards out, he silent made Spurs pay.

The 24-year-former, who has earned a solitary England cap – in opposition to Germany in 2017 – will also no longer have timed his fabricate any better as Gareth Southgate gets location to express his squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers in opposition to Czech Republic and Montenegro later this month.

Man of the match – Josh Sims

Josh Sims became the game in Southampton’s favour after coming on at half of-time, even when he did retract a boot to the head from Jan Vertonghen

Right here is our truth – Pochettino

Tottenham supervisor Mauricio Pochettino: “It’s far so refined to realize why we changed so worthy from the first half of to the 2nd.

“The 2nd half of, we did no longer retract it seriously, I fabricate no longer are looking to criticise too worthy but if you lose a game that became below management after forty five minutes – we must silent be 3-0, 4-0 – and finishes in 2-1 defeat, it’s refined to accept.

“Their first purpose became a substandard in entrance of the aim where four avid gamers can achieve the ball out of the stadium.

“Right here is our truth. Of us discuss perceptions but now we want to design shut if you happen to enact no longer fight with intensity for the Champions League, you are going to fight. We’re combating in opposition to immense facets. We had a immense gap, welcome to the truth, we are below stress to select games. It’s far a huge mission for us.”

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Southampton 2-1 Tottenham: Ralph Hasenhuttl celebrates ‘immense decide’

Saints boss Ralph Hassenhuttl: “We were easiest 1-0 down but with the two changes at half of-time we had more tempo and forced them into more errors. We had more stress on the counter press and they got a chunk bit nervous. They tried to play soccer alternatively it did no longer work love the first half of. The two targets were unimaginable.

“What a huge free-kick from James Ward-Prowse, the keeper had no likelihood. You know he is harmful and has a immense likelihood to attain.

“We now have somewhat a pair of avid gamers on mortgage and Josh Sims is relieve and did no longer have a possibility to express me. He deserved to play and I am very delighted he grabbed the likelihood with both fingers.

“The opponents are repeatedly winning but that is easiest a step. It’s far a immense decide for us and now we have a 3 weeks’ destroy, it’s a fully various feeling above the relegation line. We need more wins within the final eight games.”

What next?

After a destroy for the FA Cup quarter-finals next weekend, Southampton face south-flee rivals Brighton in their next Premier League game on 30 March whereas Tottenham high-tail to Liverpool the next day.

Handiest Matt Le Tissier (7) has scored more articulate free-kick targets for Southampton within the Premier League than James Ward-Prowse (4).

Handiest of the stats

  • Spurs have lost three consecutive away games within the Premier League for upright the 2nd time below Mauricio Pochettino, previously doing so in November 2017.
  • Southampton have now won twice in opposition to ‘immense six’ opposition within the Premier League at home below Ralph Hasenhuttl (three games) – they did now not location up any wins in opposition to them below Claude Puel, Mauricio Pellegrino and Designate Hughes blended (14 games).
  • Harry Kane’s 200 profession targets feature 180 at membership level and 20 for England.
  • Harry Kane has netted in each of his final five Premier League appearances in opposition to Southampton for Spurs (seven targets), together with in each of the three games at St. Mary’s on this lag.

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