Spurs beat Southampton to keep up Chelsea chase

Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham substitutions were created to see the game out and they did just that.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has been making all the right noises about how his side will cope without the injured Harry Kane, but they will undoubtedly miss him.

Tottenham's last 12 goals have been netted by six different players, including four from the ruled-out Kane, so Southampton also have the likes of Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Harry Winks to keep them busy.

Losing Walker to injury would be a major blow for Tottenham in their pursuit of domestic success this season, having already lost a number of key players to injuries.

It is the time of the season when it feels commonplace to hear complaints about fixture congestion.

The visitors nearly got back in the game before half-time when a thunderous strike from Cedric Soares forced Hugo Lloris into making a brilliant diving save to keep it out and preserve his side's two goal lead at the break.

The breakthrough, however, came from Christian Eriksen who put Tottenham ahead after just 13 minutes with a superbly struck shot from outside the area. "We have to make sure that the gap is big enough for us to secure Champions League as soon as possible".

Midtable Southampton had scored four goals in each of its two previous Premier League outings and posed a real threat going forward. For Alli, it was all about getting to the ball first and then feeling the contact.

Southampton: Forster; Cedric, Stephens, Yoshida, Bertrand; Romeu, Davis; Ward-Prowse, Tadic (Boufal 69), Redmond (Rodriguez 80); Gabbiadini (Long 31). It was a terrible miss.

The visitors were weakened on the half-hour, and it was deflating to see Gabbiadini in pain on the ground, holding his groin and making the signal to the bench that something had torn.

He failed to take his chance when Kane was out for seven weeks during the autumn as 10 appearances in that period yielded only only three goals - all from the penalty spot.

First, a poor pass by Dier allowed Southampton to attack and Dusan Tadic cut back for Gabbiadini, but he could only fire into the side netting. Before the impact, though, Davies looked to have got a piece of the ball.

Overall Puel was impressed by Saints' performance in defeat. It is dfficult to accept the second goal. Chances to work goalkeeper Fraser Forster don't come along very often: only five teams have allowed fewer shots on their goal so far this season, and only three teams have allowed fewer shots on target.

Mauricio Pochettino believes Dele Alli could be a complete player after he stepped up to fill the void left by Harry Kane for Spurs against Southampton.

  • Loretta Pittman