Tottenham Hotspurs’ downward trajectory in the past few matches continued on Sunday 8 May after a 1 – 2 loss at home to a hard fighting Southampton in the two sides’ Barclays Premier League (BPL) clash.
Southampton had a good start to the game but still were the second best when it came to the number of chances in the opening exchanges. On the sixth minute Southampton keeper Fraser Forster was forced to pull a great save to deny Christian Eriksen who struck from eight yards.
Southampton had a foray forward through Dusan Tadic minutes later but the Serbian’s attempt when off target though had he not been selfish and passed to Steven Davis the Saints would have taken the early lead.
Danny Rose had a foray forward in one of his frenzied attacks almost put Tottenham in the lead but once again the visitors survived.
There was no escaping though on the 15th minute when the Saints defence lost sight of Son Heung – min in judging a ball offside and he stole in to stroll it past Foster who was also caught up in a moment of poor anticipation.
The Korean’s eighth goal of the campaign set the ball rolling for the hosts but they had a bad setback just 15 minutes after taking the lead as right-back Cuco Martina pumped the ball up to Dusan Tadic, whose lovely control and neat pass inside was tucked in first time by midfielder Steven Davies for the leveler.
Hugo Lloris in the Tottenham goal got a hand to the ball but it was not firm and the visitors were happy to take a 1 – 1 draw to the break.
Southampton managed to wade off a series of threats from the hosts and the same for Tottenham, in the second half but it was Steven Davies who had the last say.
The Northern Ireland midfielder doubled his season goals tally in one afternoon with a weak strike that got the winner for the Saints. He played a neat one-two with Dusan Tadic on the edge of the Spurs box, skipped past a flimsy challenge then steered low into the bottom corner.
Southampton held on to the win that proves to be a big step in their ambitions to play in Europe next season.