Southampton held Mauricio Pochettino’s high-flying Tottenham side to a 1-1 draw at St Mary’s on Sunday, but remain within the relegation zone.
Mauricio Pellegrino made two changes to the side that drew against Watford last Saturday. Shane Long and Steven Davis made way for Manolo Gabbiadini and Mario Lemina.
Maurcio Pochettino also made two changes to his side that thrashed Everton 4-0 at Wembley. Hugo Lloris and Christian Eriksen had to make way due to illness and in their places, came in Michel Vorm and Moussa Sissoko respectively.
Southampton were having the early dominance both in possession and chances and after 15 minutes, Saints were ahead thanks to a Spurs player. Ryan Bertrand made a trademark overlapping run, which was found by Dusan Tadic. Bertrand’s low cross was threatening, and Davinson Sanchez attempted to intercept with a slide tackle, but instead, it ended up hitting the inside of Vorm’s post and going in.
We all know that Southampton’s frailty lies in the defence and three minutes later, Spurs were back on level terms from a set piece, which evaded everybody and was headed home by Harry Kane.
James Ward-Prowse, who has been on a fantastic run recently, sent in a delicious ball from a free-kick on the right hand side, which was met by Jack Stephens, but his header went narrowly wide.
17-year-old Michael Obafemi, another product from the Southampton academy, was brought on in the 82nd minute, becoming Saints’ second youngest player to grace the Premier League, behind Luke Shaw, and he was close to making it a dream debut as Tadic whipped a low cross in, but Obafemi couldn’t quite make the correct contact.
Kane was inches away from giving Spurs the lead in stoppage time, after his left footed shot in the box went narrowly wide.
I think that Saints fans will be happy with a draw against one of the top sides in the league, but the club still sit in the relegation zone.
They next face Watford in the FA Cup, who recently sacked Marco Silva, Southampton’s reported prime target when they were in the market for a new manager. In the Premier League, Saints host Brighton in a six-pointer and season-defining fixture, maybe with some new personnel on the pitch, as Saints have been linked with Guido Carrillo from Monaco for some time, but more excitingly for a club-record move for Dutch winger Quincy Promes, who would bring some much needed pace and dynamism to the team.