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Preview: Spurs v Southampton

That's it...season is over we are sunk without our Harry - Apparently!

The Punters on TV and the papers can't hide their pleasure in stating Spurs are a busted flush this season now Harry is out until the end of April. We will go into 'Free Fall' it`s all over for Spurs!

Spurs have taken a Premier League-high 38 points at home this season, winning 14 and drawing two. We have conceded fewer home goals (seven) than any other Premier League team, while creating the most scoring chances (212). Away our overall record has improved since last season. Our clean sheet ratio (44%) has jumped by 10%, and our organisation is evident through being forced into nine fewer defensive actions per game (41). Spurs average more than two goals per league game this season with Harry that goes down to 1.2 when he was out for the ten weeks at the beginning of the season. No one takes into account that our back line has changed 3 times this season and yet we have still maintained the best defensive record in the Prem at home. Pochettino makes the valid point that one of the best performances by any side this season came during that period when Kane was out and Son led the line in the 2-0 defeat of Manchester City. 'My job is to select only 11 players, but I was always happy with Sonny,' said Pochettino. 'He can play like a striker. One of our best performances was against City here and he was the striker when Harry was injured. We have different opportunities to play, use different formations. I'm sad about the Harry injury, but now it's about trying to find a solution and seeing who is the best to replace him.' During Harry's ten-game injury absence from mid-September to early November 2016 we lost just twice in all competitions we remained unbeaten in the Prem beating Manchester City 2-0 along the way.

We can argue about the rights and wrongs of playing Harry for a game against Millwall and, in hindsight, he wasn't really needed and that injury could have been avoided. But it is what it is, so now we have to face a tough defensive team in Southampton without the best striker in the Premiership. Someone who can score 19 goals from 22 Premier League appearances this season is going to be missed but as Poch says, 'We have enough players to try to replace him and win games. It won't be an excuse if we don't win games or achieve our aims because Kane isn't in the team.'
Son has had 23 games this season Janssen just 19. Son has 1,260 minutes under his belt whilst Janssen has just 663 minutes. Son's shot accuracy is just 52% whilst Janssen is 44%. Son's take on is just 45.00% whilst Janssen's is just 16.00 %. Even without Harry Spurs share the most number of points gained from losing positions with Pool with 14 points taken by each team through comebacks.

Southampton too are missing their main striker, Charlie Austin faces a battle to get back into the Saints team. Austin is still the club's top scorer this season with nine goals in all competitions, despite having not played since he dislocated his shoulder against Hapoel Be'er Sheva in December. He had to have surgery for that one leaving him with an extended period of rehab and recovery to get through. We all know that Saints are the last team to inflict a home defeat on us which was back in May last year. It was Ronald Koeman's men then that beat us 2-1 in the penultimate game of our season with two Steven Davis goals which led to Saints making their highest finish in 6th-place.

Saints think the odds have been evened out because Harry is not in the side which begs the question why everyone thinks we are a one-man team? Everyone is saying that our attack has been weakened through Kane's absence and the Saints think they will be catching us just at the right time. There is no doubt that Saints have found some momentum. Claude Puel's men are on a roll after back-to-back away league wins - in which they have scored four on both occasions. Last time out Saints defeated Watford 4-3 in a blinder of a game at Vicarage Road and prior to that they won 4-0 at Sunderland. While we have to make-do without our top marksman, Saints won't have that issue because their latest goal machine, Manolo Gabbiadini, will turn up at the Lane having netted six goals in his first four Saints appearances. However, whilst we may be missing our goal machine at the front, our defence remains the same and with all due respect to Watford and Sunderland we will be a bit of a tougher test for Gabbiadini. Since the change back to the 4-2-3-1 formation at Sunderland, Saints have netted ten goals in three games, with Gabbiadini, Dusan Tadic, Nathan Redmond and James Ward-Prowse forming a formidable attack. That offensive spearhead will be hoping to make it an unlucky 13 for Spurs cos we have won 12 games in a row at the Lane. Cedric Soares knows the organisation of Spurs is formidable but insists Southampton are in confident mood ahead of their 'very difficult' away fixture. Dembele has an ankle injury and is rated at 75 per cent to be fit for this one so Winks may get the call. But Winksy could be in the midfield even if Dembele is fit putting Son up front as striker. Southampton must do without Alex McCarthy, Virgil van Dijk, Matt Targett, Jeremy Pied and Charlie Austin, while Jake Hesketh is a minor doubt.

We owe it to ourselves to get back into the CL. After watching Leicester's performance you have to ask the question; why couldn't we do that? We have the chance to continue our winning streak. Southampton won't be easy but we need to keep winning until Danny and Harry are back so we can finish the job in April.



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Writer:OyVeh Maria
Date:Thursday March 16 2017
Time: 12:47PM

Comments

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OyVeh - Southampton may be missing Austin, but they at least have credible alternatives at striker. Here's to hoping Son will have his scoring boots on. As much as I don't agree with the pundits who say our season is dead, it's probably fair to say that we will miss Kane, and trying to make it sound as though we will barely notice he isn't there is silly. Being unbeaten in Harry's last absence is fine, but how many were draws? Best to win 2 and lose three than draw 5...
BelgianSpur
16/03/2017 13:04:00
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Gabbiadini looks much better than Charlie boy.He has such quick feet & a poacher's instinct.He gets a shot off, even if he's off balance ,before defenders can stop him.I'm a big fan because I love quick strikers.It will be a challenge for our defenders to stop him,especially Dier who moves with the speed of a turning supertanker.
Greavesaboveall
16/03/2017 14:03:00
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The one thing Dier does have over him is strength. Dier just needs to put in one of his trademark tackles in and that should be more than enough to make Gabbiadini shiver! On a more serious note, Gabbiadini has started well, but I still want to see him do well over a prolonged period before I draw conclusions about him. The one thing you can say about Austin is that when he's fit (rarely), he scores. He has done it over several seasons. There are numerous examples of strikers starting well and then disappearing once opponents discover their weaknesses. Whether that will happen with Gabbiadini remains to be seen, but I still think he falls under the category of "unproven".
BelgianSpur
16/03/2017 14:34:00
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I still site Alderweirelds absence during Kane's last injury as a big factor in our drop in goals stats and picking up draws instead of wins. Wanyama was also only bedding in and is in full on beast mode now for us. I believe that there was a bit of a greedy streak coming into Harry's game as well where he opted to take speculative shots instead of passing to better placed team-mates ( his injury being a case in point, with Dele Ali free in the box he tried to blast it from an acute angle). If other teams want to write us off because Harry is missing I for one think it will make our job's easier (we are not second because we're a one player team). Son can score, Son has shown it repeatedly this season, he can score when there is no obvious chance on, he can run with the ball or run onto the ball! Dele Ali will still be getting into those glorious scoring positions he finds and Eriksen will still find him. Eriksen has scored in his last game and can do so again. Although my money is on Vertonghen to get us a goal this weekend, he has been bombing forward and cracking of thunderbolts of shots, he's rattled bars, posts and stung keeper hands but his long wait for a spurs goal is coming to an end against the Saints - cue the Super Jan celebration
Slurms McKenzie
16/03/2017 14:46:00
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The question is how we line up given Kane & Rose's injuries. Most would like to see Son replace Kane in a straight swap to maintain our 3 at the back formation. However it is worth considering reverting back to 4-2-3-1, dropping Dier, and playing Son in attack behind Janssen. Lots of changes there, but perhaps smoothing over the loss of our biggest goal threat and left wing back. Southampton have pace to attack us with, and have hit 4 goals in their last 2 away games, so we should not be expecting a clean sheet. In fact, they have scored 3 or more in an away match 4 times this season. As Eriksen, Alli, Son all clicked in Kane's absence, perhaps we should stick to the back 3 and hope that it works again....
TonyRich
16/03/2017 15:06:00
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It is annoying that Southamption picked up Gabbiadini and we didn't.... However it must be acknowledged that Gabbiadini goes straight into the starting lineup. If he had joined Spurs, he would have to do a Janssen and adjust from the bench. It is not so easy.... Impressive start, impressive signing thus far.... But as Belgian said, many a striker starts well and fades... If he keeps this up, it will be incredible.
TonyRich
16/03/2017 15:10:00
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Slurms - there is also a big reason why Alli can get into those glorious positions - because Kane is occupying the back 4 and getting into dangerous positions himself. The CBs have to defend against him, which opens up space for others like Alli. Alli still has a lot of work to do to get himself in the right place at the right time and I'm not taking anything away from him, but some of it is made possible by Kane getting himself in dangerous positions. Whether Son will be able to replicate that effectively remains to be seen; on previous evidence (last season + earlier this season), I would say no, but players can always improve. The majority of Son's goals have been with him playing on the wing, with Kane on the pitch creating space for others. That is why Kane is so good. It's not just his scoring, it's the fact that he is such a threat that back 4's focus on him and this in turn creates opportunities for teammates.
BelgianSpur
16/03/2017 15:32:00
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NO doubt Belgian, I absolutely accept that Ali doesn't operate in isolation, but Sons speed and movement offers a different conundrum for CB's then Kane who is our star striker and won't be matched by anyone else in our squad. Jansen employs a more "traditional" approach to the striker role or centre forward - back to goal, hold up play, wait for runners, give and go, he won't be running at players and he won't be dropping deep to get involved in the play (I Hope). Son as the striker will make our attacking four much more fluid with Ali, Erisken, and I suppose Sissoko? able to drift wide or come central more often in the game. This extra movement should still open up space for Ali?
Slurms McKenzie
16/03/2017 15:59:00
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Southampton have managed to put together a nice team with balance, if spurs are without Dembele, rose and Kane i would say this match could be a tough one if southampton score first, that being said southampton do concede a few and i think over 90mins spurs should prevail. I hope Spurs stick with 3 at the back, as i don't like playing 4 with davies in the team.
Ghanahotspur
16/03/2017 16:49:00
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Gabbiadini is the player spurs thought they were buying when they got soldado. Gabbiadini's movement alone and finishing has convinced me that he is the real deal, no doubt he will be sold to liverpool for 25-30mil in a season or two. Way better than Jansen and Batty. Batty is so good he doesn't even get a game what a waste of 31mill at least spurs dodge a bullet there.
Ghanahotspur
16/03/2017 16:54:00
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How many times this season have Tottenham ignored all the pre-match fears on VS and flogged the opposition? Thanks to a Janssen hat-trick .... Spur 3 - 0 Saints.
Geofspurs
16/03/2017 23:08:00
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Son looks in good spirits he was smiling all the time in the training session pictures looks like he will start ahead of janssen. The stadium is really taking shape just saw some pictures. COys
Ghanahotspur
17/03/2017 08:57:00
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I feel the change needed is for Janssen for Kane. Son will still be playing eriksen for winks and dembele back and walker for trippier. We should be to much for Southampton, only blessing is the international break. We have lower placed teams to play let's hope we can do well ... I agree with Toby and jan at the back this time the Kane affect should be less of an impact.
E17YID
17/03/2017 09:10:00
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Hope to see plan Z in action from Poch. Should give all the AM's plenty opps to shine, if ever we needed goals from the AM trio + pretend striker. COYS!
Critical_Spur
17/03/2017 10:04:00
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Ok so it was only Milwall but both Son and Alli got themselves into great positions with Kane off the field. You just can't defend against Trippier's pass over the shoulder to Son and Son's one time finish, no matter who you are. I think we will handle them enough to win and continue our chase.
jvd
17/03/2017 10:57:00
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Ghana - I think you are writing off Batshuayi too early though. When he has played, he has scored. May I remind you that Lukaku and De Bruyne were also both wasted at Chelsea once. They both left, and both of them aren't doing too badly these days. It was probably an error for Michy to pick Chelsea, but I have no doubt that he can shine elsewhere.
BelgianSpur
17/03/2017 15:22:00
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Everyone is talking as if Son is a centre forward, he isn't. His one stand out performance leading the line was against City when he played as a false nine and City came to take us on, leaving acres of space for him to run into from deep. Against teams who come to defend he's been ineffective in that role. Losing Kane isn't just the loss of a goalscorer, it disrupts the shape of the team. I'm not sure Poch has figured out how he solves that problem yet.
jod
18/03/2017 08:32:00
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Well sad man that I am, I have to admit I couldn't stay away, so have had to swallow my pride and return to VS, still smarting from the "moaner" comments. Firstly regarding Harry's injury, in fairness I think MP had to play his strongest team v Millwall, we just had to win that game and reach the Semis, and continue our pursuit of a first major trophy since 2008, and there had been enough shocks in this years FA Cup to make you wary irrespective of the opposition, Millwall had already wreaked havoc amongst PL team. The injury he got was tragically unfortunate, but that's football. What this situation may further highlight is the lack of credible depth up front, with no real "shoe in" deputy for Kane, to maintain our goal threat and allow us to carry on playing our proven system. Son is a good player, but is he an obvious Kane replacement, No. Jannson has got off the mark at last, long overdue, will this spark a scoring run, or was it a one off against a beaten demoralised side at the arse end of a big win, with no pressure on him. I fervently hope that the former is the case, but let's see. When we see the likes of Gabbiadini fitting in straight away, scoring, and looking totally at home in the PL, it is disappointing to compare this to Jannson's poor return, especially given the size of the fee we paid for him. Regarding the Southampton game, this is simply a "must win", in order to maintain our top 3 position (no qualifying game for the CL next season), we need to continue to set the pace and fend off the chasers i.e. Liverpool, Arsenal, and Man Utd. It is simply the case that somebody has to step up to the plate and perform to minimise the effect of Kane's absence. You can't directly replace a world class striker, of course you can't, but you can't allow his absence to derail a successful season either.
Frank
18/03/2017 08:55:00
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What will be missed is Kane's ability and his presence and movement which intimidates defenders and fully occupies them allowing space for the likes of Ali and Eriksen to exploit. In short his reputation proceeds him and ensures that CBs are obsessed with covering him, following him, and defending him, whether he has the ball or not, he has earned this level of respect. Son has his speed, quick feet, and control but does he frighten defenders, I doubt it.
Frank
18/03/2017 09:09:00
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Apologies to OyVeh I omitted to congratulate you on an excellent article, right up there to your usual standard.
Frank
18/03/2017 09:15:00
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Welcome back frank, whether you moan grown or excite, u always make accurate and valid opinions. No pride needs to be swallowed, just a sorry for leaving lol. Seriously welcome back. I don't. Always agree but as said you do make valid points long may it continue sir.
E17YID
18/03/2017 09:28:00
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I'll ditto E17 Frank. Welcome back. Have always enjoyed your input and have referred to your posts a few times already. Hope others return too. COYS!
Critical_Spur
18/03/2017 10:19:00
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Good you're back Frank, I always read your posts, not what some people want to read but you get your point across without insulting other posters. COYSS!!!!!!!!!!
Thats Entertainment
18/03/2017 10:53:00
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No reason why we can't continue our winning ways against Saints, watched them against Watford, not great at the back....VJ to score, he's on a roll ;)
Thats Entertainment
18/03/2017 11:00:00
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TE, I expect a Dele hat-trick! He has a chance to become the new striker.. new Bale! COYS!
Critical_Spur
18/03/2017 12:04:00
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That would be great, Critical. I agree, Dele could take on Kanes role and end up as Golden Boot winner, don't think Harry would be too happy though!
Thats Entertainment
18/03/2017 12:28:00
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Arsenal ... they are having a great season aren't they!!! If they lose, there next game, and we win our next 2, we go 12 points clear. Franks back he's the lucky charm ... just need a few more of the old posters back ... tino, email them asking .
E17YID
18/03/2017 14:25:00
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Just watched Arsenal v WBA, bloody hell we think we might have a problem or two, but they are terrible. They remind me now of Arsenal teams in the late 50s and early 60s when we were flying high, and when we would go down there when Spurs were away, the Arsenal supporters would accuse us of only going to Highbury to take the mickey (of course they were right).
Frank
18/03/2017 14:49:00
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Saw the extended highlights of the Arsenal game also Frank, they are playing poorly and the big players like Sanchez are not liking it. I get to watch the game tomorrow. I am looking forward to seeing Winks score, he's been coming close lately and he will get one in. Expect Son to start and Janssen on around 70 minutes or earlier if Son is ineffective. I believe we are good enough without Kane to beat Southampton but I expect it to be nerve racking. More than likely a 1 goal difference in our favour. COYS!
jvd
18/03/2017 18:32:00
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Good to see all the positivity on here but in the interest of balance I can't see us scoring tomorrow. The England rugby team did a Spursy losing to Neanderthal tactics and I think it is going to be one of those weekends. 0-3 to Southampton. Open not of course.
Harry-Kari
18/03/2017 19:50:00
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Harry there is no reason we should capitulate so easily. We have the number one defense in the league and excellent forward players. I look for a more 2-1 game in our favour although I wouldn't be surprised if we actually hold a clean sheet.
jvd
18/03/2017 21:36:00
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Can't remember the last time we lost by a 3 goal margin. Hopefully Geofspurs will come and balance Harry's 3-0 the other way! COYS!
critical_spur
18/03/2017 22:19:00
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Frank .... I loved the early sixties Arsenal Team. They were sooo bad! :-)
Geofspurs
18/03/2017 23:06:00
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I can see Janssen starting tomorrow if only for the reason that Poch doesn't want to destroy the lad's confidence. Janssen to repay the faith shown in him by missing a penalty and then scoring with his right foot, his left foot and finally his head in the 93rd minute to complete his hat trick.
In-spurs-ational
18/03/2017 23:16:00
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Not sure why there would be any negativity from anyone before this game. Given the season we’re having and the way we generally perform It should be a nailed-on home win. Why look for ways we could lose .... leave that to all the expert posters who will arrive after the game and spout pure gold based on the benefits of hindsight. The Saints and their fans should do the worrying, not us. Mind you .... anything can happen in football!
Geofspurs
18/03/2017 23:21:00
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We should win, I feel a 3-1 in our favour Janssen to get 2, Alli 1... the chance of going 9 points clear of Arsenal. That's all the players need to be motivated
E17YID
19/03/2017 08:57:00
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Geof - being realistic and being negative aren't the same thing. We still have a good chance of winning the game today no matter who plays today, that's a given. But I also think that making it sound like we will barely notice Kane isn't there is equally stupid. He's a massive player for us and we simply aren't as good without him. Given how our goals seem to dry up when he isn't playing, is it that unreasonable to wonder wherexthe goals are going to come from?
BelgianSpur
19/03/2017 09:28:00
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Good article Oy Veh. I think Poch will start Son, and then Jansen on 60 mins or so. Trips in for Walker Rest of team picks themselves, i.e. usual Defense shape of Dier Toby Jan... Davies Ericson Moussa Victor Tripps....Dele Son / Jansen. so shape is 3 5 2. With crosses in from right / left side, fast movement Dele ,Son (or Jansen holding ball laying off, a quick give and return, Ericsson and Moussa in support, Victor defensive MF and in CD Toby Jan Eric, with Jan's forward runs. Toby / Eric long ball passes, Hugo in goal. (Toby to handle Gabbadini) Should be a tough challenge which Southampton can't overcome. We must start fast and have body and heads together, not have our heads still in the dressing room! As Poch has said, he knows in 1st min if we need a "wake up call".
Block D Spurs
19/03/2017 09:29:00
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Let's see how we cope with out Kane, I'm still baffled he risked him against Millwall, still expect us to win, and cement a top 4 place. Coys
123spurs
19/03/2017 09:31:00
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With Arsenal losing yesterday.. Chadi said he enjoyed winning against arsenal :-)... Should be a good incentive for spurs players to extend our points margin over Gooners. COYS
Block D Spurs
19/03/2017 09:34:00
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BS .... To be honest, I think the team deserves a bit more faith from us this season ... at least until the wheels drop off. We are in such a good position that we can even afford to drop a game or two (which will probably happen at some stage in any case). It’s nice that the teams around us are doing their best to drop points, too. Kane is by far our best striker but he’s injured. That’s football. Who will take over the goal scoring? We have Dele, Eriksen, Son, and several others who could do a job. Are we a one-man team? I don’t think so. Do you? We’re just not as good when our best players are missing .... just like any other team. Don’t you think Poch and the players understand what is needed? Are they capable of doing what is needed? Of course they are, imo.
Geofspurs
19/03/2017 09:54:00
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Welcome back BD Spurs :)
E17YID
19/03/2017 10:27:00
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As said above, I also think that Kane plays an integral part in our midfielders' scoring chances and I honestly believe that it'll be harder for them/their chances of scoring are lower with Kane out. Of course MP and the players know what they are up against and we have to hope for a reaction. But the same could be said when Kane was injured earlier this year, and the team missed him dearly. That is why we are concerned - not just because of the theory but because it has happened earlier this season and the results were there for all to see. As you correctly point out, we will probably slip up once or twice before the end of the season. Coincidentally, we still have 2 tough league games against top 6 teams. Can we really afford to slip up against a so-called smaller team becore then, in such a tight race? I don't think so.
BelgianSpur
19/03/2017 10:31:00
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Belgian, 10:31, a fair assessment imo. I have said it before that through his sheer presence, Kane creates a buzz in the team and amongst the fans (as Bale used to do). So of course I expect some apprehension all round in his absence, Lukaku already 2 ahead in the golden boot race and I am SURE Saints defence will be pleased they don't have to face Harry, who can carve a goal our of nothing. However, I think we are being unfair to the other players, who whilst struggled in Kane's absence earlier, have improved since then. Apart from Kane's recent goal tally, there were times when he too just seemed not in the game - mind and body. Poch and the players have had a full week to prepare and here's hoping for another 3 points. COYS!
critical_spur
19/03/2017 11:44:00
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Thanks e17... on way to whl now.. coys
Block D Spurs
19/03/2017 12:53:00
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Looking at the glass half full, I suppose it's an opportunity for Son to show that he has improved as a striker. Or an opportunity for Janssen to show that he has improved full stop. I will be watching with interest.
BelgianSpur
19/03/2017 12:54:00
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SHame that Trippier isn't playing as he has good understanding with Son which could have helped.
Harry-Kari
19/03/2017 13:45:00
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Lloris (C), Walker, Dier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Wanyama, Dembele, Dele, Eriksen, Son.

Subs: Vorm, Trippier, Wimmer, Onomah, Sissoko, Winks, Janssen.
Tino
19/03/2017 13:47:00
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Did anyone see Lingrad's fairy dance goal celebration? Good grief!
jvd
19/03/2017 13:56:00
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Ben Davies is an absolute liability. Useless left back.
hudderspur
19/03/2017 14:22:00
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A link to a live stream of today's game can be found in the Off Topic forum.
Tino
19/03/2017 14:33:00
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Ez pz
123spurs
19/03/2017 14:44:00
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Glad to see I was wrong about scoring although the second was never a penalty. Having said that both Davies and Walker are liabilities so far and there is no flow to our game caused by Southampton trying to press everything and playing long balls over the top, which is what we seem to have been reduced to. I haven't seen us play so dirty for a long time and I hope we are not going to have a mental breakdown like last season. Dembele and Dier both look ready to explode at the least little thing. I guess the pressure is telling. Anyway, good to have scored twice even if our football hasn't been great. Eriksen the outstanding player for me, and watching our defensive display so far I have to wonder how we have a statistical brilliant defence.
Harry-Kari
19/03/2017 15:06:00
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Looking forward to Winks replacing Dembele soon! Dembele playing in an angry mood. His elbow on Long was unwarranted. We are playing well but giving up the ball to easily.
jvd
19/03/2017 15:12:00
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Good first half. We are finding ways to score, but Son's performance so far only confirms what I was saying. He is trying hard but he is inadequate as a striker. Actually think giving Janssen a full half now would be a good idea.
BelgianSpur
19/03/2017 15:14:00
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Very sloppy goal
123spurs
19/03/2017 15:21:00
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How many chances does son need ffs. We are desperate for another striker.
hudderspur
19/03/2017 15:25:00
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Am I the only person concerned about Wanyama's ball control? He can't seem to stop and control consistently!
Big Ron
19/03/2017 15:37:00
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Wot the ***** is poch doing!! Takes our only striker off when wanyama is having his worst ever game. He's gonna lose us this game.
hudderspur
19/03/2017 15:44:00
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My heart is beating like there's no tomorrow. Bloody hell, I can envisage Soton coming back into this.
Tino
19/03/2017 15:49:00
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Spursy came out for 2nd half
123spurs
19/03/2017 15:54:00
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Hanging on with two minutes left.
Tino
19/03/2017 15:58:00
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3 points in the bag , but it was a lucky bag.
123spurs
19/03/2017 16:05:00
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Good result even if we had to grind it out. In the end we deserved it. Wasn't pretty in the 2nd half but 3 points is 3 points.
BelgianSpur
19/03/2017 16:09:00
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Phew. Now we could do with Citeh and Liverpool drawing.
Tino
19/03/2017 16:10:00
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Good result but a very poor performance. No control in MF, passing terrible and slow and ball-watching defence lets in a goal at the back post again. Southampton set out to do what a lot of teams are doing against us and that is to run, harass chase all day and once again we didn't deal with it very well and were unable to establish any sort of control. Dier consistently gave the ball away and is looking a shadow of the player that arrived at the club, but he wasn't alone. Toby's passing was shocking today and as others have said Wanyama was off the pace. We need a captain in the outfield to take control of the game on the field and Poch needs to work on movement and passing first time techniques. The lads looked like they had just come out of the pub at times today. Only good point is the lead over Arsenal.
Harry-Kari
19/03/2017 16:14:00
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Why do people use the word lucky I will never know. I could say that Son was unlucky not to score but no the GK made a decent save. It is not luck that we passed at less than 75% accuracy, often handing the ball back to the oppo when a simple pass was on. Not luck that wanyama passed like he was taking a shot. We just didn't play well in the second half. We reverted to the old mindset of defending a good lead instead of adding to it. Every time we do that it's a signal of things going wrong. These guys have to get their heads on for the whole game and constantly try to score another goal. Offense is great defense!
jvd
19/03/2017 16:15:00
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Good win. Hoped to see Janssen come on earlier, as long term, im not sure Son has the ball control or physical strength to lead the line. Glad Dembele wasn't the one replaced by Winks this time, as I believe we needed him to help close out the game. Winks also looked really good when he came on, as he often does. Bright future for him if he continues to progress.
Guyver
19/03/2017 16:17:00
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These are the type of games people keep saying we should be winning. Well, we did. Great result considering some of the other results this weekend.
Geofspurs
19/03/2017 16:21:00
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Geof - can't argue with that.
Tino
19/03/2017 16:24:00
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Yes Geoff games we shud be winning, but we nearly and cud of easily dropped points. Very poor in 2nd half ,
123spurs
19/03/2017 16:27:00
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Ten home wins on the bounce, pretty impressive, won the game without harry, good for our confidence. Ten PL games left, I think 20 points will guarantee us our highest ever league finish...COYSS!!!!!!
Thats Entertainment
19/03/2017 16:30:00
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Tino- I would actually like to see either Liverpool or City win today. A draw keeps both teams within touching distance of us. A win from either would help us put a bit of space between us and one of the two, which would solidify our chances of a top 3 finish.
BelgianSpur
19/03/2017 16:40:00
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A below par second half but only comparatively speaking because we played them off the park in the first half - nothing Spursy about this team at home - 10 wins on the trot. If you're still not enjoying this, you never will!!!
Durbanspur
19/03/2017 16:45:00
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So far so good, game 1of the temporary "Kaneless era", a good professional, workmanlike performance, against a decent Southampton side. At least with the international the pressure is off for a while.
Frank
19/03/2017 17:09:00
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