Southampton’s spirited fight at White Hart Lane ended in disappointment as they lost 2-1 to Tottenham.
Despite missing top scorer Harry Kane, Spurs were sharp from the off and took the lead in the 14th minute. Christian Eriksen brought the ball forward and lashed home a left-footed effort into the corner from 20-yards.
Southampton’s misery was soon compiled when January signing Manolo Gabbiadini went off injured and moments later Spurs won a penalty.
Steven Davis brought down Dele Alli in the box and the latter stepped up to put Spurs 2-0 up.
James Ward-Prowse fired Southampton back into the game in the 52nd minute with a well-controlled volley but Spurs were able to hold on and claim all three points.
Picking a man of the match has been difficult. James Ward-Prowse, Oriol Romeu and Fraser Forster all impressed.
But I have gone with Ryan Bertrand as my man of the match against Spurs.
The marauding left-back was superb down the left flank, bombing up and down the pitch all afternoon.
He set up Ward-Prowse’s goal with a dangerous cross into the box and looked good going forward every time he collected the ball.