Match Report: Southampton 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur

In the race for European places, neither side took all three points in a dramatic clash at St Mary’s Stadium.

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Upon his return to the Saints, Mauricio Pochettino’s side showed determination to come away with a point, in a gritty battle at Southampton.

The opening stages were focussed more on action in the stands, as opposed to on the pitch. Both sets of fans were in full voice, desperately defending their respective managers.

Hugo Lloris was forced to make a save on the 25th minute, as Morgan Schneiderlin struck a Teddy Sheringham-esque volley towards goal.

A mistake early on was clearly the only route for either side to go ahead, with both sides fearful of being too brave in possession.

The deadlock was broken just before the 30 minute mark. Ryan Mason failed to clear his lines, let the ball back into his own box, allowing Graziano Pellè to beat Ben Davies to the ball, and put the Saints ahead with a firm finish.

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A shocking defensive display was the fault of Pochettino’s side, with Jan Vertonghen booked minutes later for what appeared to be a solid challenge.

Spurs’ best chance of the half fell to Ryan Mason. Desperate to correct his earlier mistake, the English midfielder connected well with Chadli’s cross, although the effort was blocked by Fonte.

But Tottenham were level just before the break. Eric Dier delivered a splendid cross into the Saints box, only for Harry Kane to flick the ball on, with Erik Lamela connecting to put Spurs back in the game. The sides were level at the break.

The poor defensive display from Spurs continued into the second half. Davis had the chance to put the home side ahead, as Tottenham’s defence opened like the red sea to let him in. His weak effort sailed wide.

Davis missed again just moments later. Cutting inside from the left, Pellè flicked it onto him but his poor effort curled over the far post.

Southampton were ahead just after the hour. Pellè rose above the rest to hit a perfect header past Hugo Lloris, and give his side the lead once again.

But somehow Spurs were back in it through Nacer Chadli. Eric Dier fed in the Belgian, who finished superbly into the goal to draw Tottenham level.

Ben Davies was stretchered off after 75 minutes, after a collision with Sadio Mané resulted in a serious shoulder injury for the Welshman.

Neither side could collect all three points however in the race for Europe, as Mauricio Pochettino completed an unbeaten first season as Tottenham boss, against his former side.

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