Spurs 2-3 Saints: A 5 goal thriller at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Midweek in North London and a 5 goal thriller saw Spurs narrowly miss out on the points after Southampton mounted a courageous comeback to seal a 3-2 victory.

The night looked like it was going Tottenham’s way when Heung-Min Son scored with 20 minutes to go, but Conte’s men couldn’t hold on. Unfortunately, a draw would have been enough to elevate Spurs above North London rivals Arsenal. On a more positive note, Spurs are still 3 games in hand of West Ham, who are 4th; and 2 games in hand of Man Utd, who are 5th. Tottenham very much are still in the mix.

The match had a frantic feel from the very first whistle. Reguilon almost nicked an opener after a glorious Harry Kane pass. However, the visitors looked the livelier side and dominated position in the first 15 minutes. Spurs opened the scoring by way of an own goal. In the 18th minute, Bednarek turned the ball into his own net.

Hugo Lloris was keeping the visitors at bay during a flurry of opportunities for the Saints, but could not do anything about the equaliser that Ben Davies and Davinson Sanchez failed to clear. It was torrid defending that led to the goal and seemed to visibly frustrate Conte and the management team on the sidelines.

Tottenham looked much better during the 2nd half. Performances from Reguilon and Rodrigo Bentancur were particularly noteworthy. Heung-Min Son scored the goal which culminated from a lovely Lucas Moura cross that resulted from a controversial tackle by Emerson Royal.

Although Antonio Conte tried to rally his team from the sidelines, the visitors refused to give up and completely changed the course of the match by way of Che Adams and Elyounoussi.

Right in the dying embers of the game, Steven Bergwijn almost pulled off a spectacularly late equaliser as he had done against Leicester about a month ago, but VAR rules his effort offside as the home fans gasped for air.

The Spurs starting XI

H Lloris
D Sánchez
C Romero
B Davies
E Royal
H Winks
P Højbjerg
S Reguilón
L Moura
H Son
H Kane

The manager’s thoughts

After the match, Antonio Conte claimed that,

“For sure, we have to be disappointed,” he said. “They were good but I think we made many, many mistakes, especially with the ball, and I think this type of situation creates a bit of mental instability in my team.

“In the second half, then, we started to play, we started to press in the right way and then we created chances to score.

“We also did that in the first half because every time we play the ball in the right way, we created a situation to go and score, but I repeat, we made many mistakes in the first half – important mistakes.

“For sure, I think we are now improving in many aspects but we are still too emotional.

“Against Leicester, we won 3-2 and we were losing 2-1. Today, we were winning 2-1 and we lost 3-2.”

What’s next for Tottenham Hotspur?

Spurs will host Wolves on Sunday at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium. There is limited availability for this fixture so secure your hospitality & VIP tickets today to avoid disappointment.

Tottenham are then on the road for three games in a row: Man City on the 19th of February, Burnley on the 23rd of February, and Leeds United on the 26th of February.