Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Sports | By Jaime Goodwin

Walker twists ankle at home but Pochettino upbeat over Kane

Walker twists ankle at home but Pochettino upbeat over Kane

Southampton (from): Forster, Taylor, Bertrand, Yoshida, Caceres, Gardos, Cedric, Hesketh, Romeu, Clasie, Ward-Prowse, Isgrove, Tadic, Redmond, Boufal, Lewis, Stephens, Hojbjerg, McQueen, Sims, Rodriguez, Gabbiadini, Long.

REFEREE: Andre Marriner (ENG).

Eriksen did, though, concede that Spurs had to adapt with Son Heung-min playing up front instead of Kane - something he felt they did well before Southampton came back into the game in the second half.

First-half goals from Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli from the penalty spot sent Mauricio Pochettino's men well on the way to victory at half-time.

Spurs had led 2-0 but were made to endure some nervous moments after half-time when James Ward-Prowse pulled a goal back.

The win means Spurs stay second are ten points behind Chelsea but, crucially, seven clear of Manchester United in fifth.

On a day were Spurs really needed someone to step up and take the match by the scruff of the neck, they got just that as Eriksen showed his class from the start of the game.

"He (Janssen) will now have the possibility to play more and be more involved".

Eriksen took matters into his own hands in the 14th, as he picked the ball up 25 yards from goal, took a touch and then found the bottom corner with his weaker left foot.

Southampton nearly found themselves back on level terms when a powerful Oriol Romeu shot from distance swerved past the post, but they were grateful to Forster after 23 minutes as he made a fine stop to claw away Toby Alderweireld's glancing header.

The 20-year-old was brought down by Steven Davis in the penalty area before Alli dusted himself down and converted from the spot in the 33rd minute. "We have to make sure that the gap is big enough for us to secure Champions League as soon as possible". It is his 2 time sitting on the sidelines due to an injury, and during the first spell, the Spurs were able to win 3 games.

Manager Claude Puel's side now occupy 10th place with 33 points, with the likely goal for the rest of the season being to finish as high as possible on the table with nothing left to play for.

Spurs came closest to adding another goal as substitute Vincent Janssen led a counterattack and forced another good save from Forster.

They sit 10th in the league, needing 30 out of an available 36 points to equal last season's points tally.

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