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Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 Southampton

By Aimee LewisBBC Sport
Gylfi Sigurdsson scores Tottenham's late winner

Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a late winner as Tottenham dragged themselves back from two goals down to earn a thrilling victory against Southampton.

Southampton dominated the first half and a Kyle Naughton mistake allowed Jay Rodriguez to score.

Adam Lallana doubled Saints' lead with an impressive strike into the corner.

Christian Eriksen scored twice from close range to level before substitute Sigurdsson struck with a dramatic long-distance winner.

Tottenham's spirited comeback will ease the pressure slightly on manager Tim Sherwood, who has seen Dutchman Louis van Gaal linked with his job.external-link

Sherwood's side, knocked out of the Europa League by Benfica on Thursday, had endured a poor run of form of late - losing three and drawing one of their last four matches in all competitions - but this victory will reignite their hopes of finishing inside the top four.

Qualifying for the Champions League will still be a tough task as fourth-placed Arsenal are six points ahead of their north London rivals in fifth and have a game in hand.

However, this was the first time Spurs had bounced back from a two-goal deficit since their 3-2 win against Arsenal in November 2010, and a gritty turnaround against ninth-placed Southampton will boost confidence.

Tottenham manager Sherwood watched the opening 30 minutes from the directors' box, saying it gave him a "better view" while also alluding he hoped it would help him keep his emotions in check.

By the final whistle, Sherwood was on the touchline and unable to contain his delight as Sigurdsson's 92nd-minute 20-yard winner sparked wild celebrations.

From the stands, Sherwood - and the watching England manager Roy Hodgson - would have noticed Lallana imposing himself on the match in the first half, finding holes in Tottenham's high defensive line with his customary panache.

Spurs dug deep to win - Sherwood

But for all of Southampton's creativity, their opening goal came thanks to a long ball from their goalkeeper Artur Boruc and a defensive blunder.

Tottenham's Naughton let the ball bounce and it was left for Rodriguez to impressively finish low into the corner for his 13th league goal of the season - and his third in as many games.

Less than 10 minutes later Southampton had doubled their advantage and, once again, it was Naughton at fault. The defender tamely poked the ball towards Rickie Lambert, whose quick feet released Lallana to score his first league goal in seven games.

By the time Tottenham had halved the deficit, Sherwood was already by the dugout, gesticulating at his players.

Again, it was a defensive error which led to the match's third goal, with Nathaniel Clyne diving wildly at a Naughton cross to present Eriksen with a simple tap-in.

Tottenham posed more of a threat as half-time approached and both goalkeepers were required to make point-blank saves; Hugo Lloris preventing Lallana and, at the other end, Boruc stopping Eriksen from levelling before the break.

But Boruc was helpless when Eriksen did equalise a minute into the second half.

Tottenham 3-2 Southampton: Mauricio Pochettino bemoans refereeing decisions

The industrious Roberto Soldado won the ball from Dejan Lovren near the corner flag and passed across goal for the onrushing Eriksen to once again score from close range.

Southampton's threat faded quickly and, if the first half belonged to Lallana, it was left for Eriksen to conduct proceedings after the break, with the Dane scoring twice in a match for the first time in his career.

Eriksen had a chance to complete his hat-trick after being put through by a Younes Kaboul long ball, but the Southampton defence did enough to unsettle the former Ajax playmaker.

Eriksen's strike remained the only shot on target in the second half until Sigurdsson's low effort hit the net in a rousing finale.

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino: "The first half we dominated but there's refereeing decisions which did not go our way and completely changed the dynamic of the game.

"We suffered after conceding the equaliser and the last goal made it very difficult for us. There's nothing to complain about the third goal. We lost the game, more than Tottenham won the game, and they had a little help from the referee."

Line-ups

Tottenham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 25Lloris
  • 16Naughton
  • 3Rose
  • 19DembéléSubstituted forG Sigurdssonat 45'minutes
  • 4Kaboul
  • 5Vertonghen
  • 7LennonSubstituted forTownsendat 72'minutes
  • 42BentalebBooked at 79mins
  • 9Soldado
  • 21Chadli
  • 23Eriksen

Substitutes

  • 8Paulinho
  • 17Townsend
  • 20Dawson
  • 22G Sigurdsson
  • 24Friedel
  • 35Fryers
  • 37Kane

Southampton

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 31Boruc
  • 2ClyneSubstituted forChambersat 45'minutes
  • 23Shaw
  • 16Ward-Prowse
  • 6José Fonte
  • 5LovrenBooked at 60mins
  • 8Davis
  • 18CorkBooked at 81mins
  • 7LambertSubstituted forGallagherat 90'minutes
  • 20Lallana
  • 9RodriguezSubstituted forRamírezat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Yoshida
  • 10Ramírez
  • 22Chambers
  • 25Gazzaniga
  • 26Hooiveld
  • 38Reed
  • 40Gallagher
Referee:
Anthony Taylor
Attendance:
35,460

Match Stats

Home TeamTottenhamAway TeamSouthampton
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home15
Away12
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 3, Southampton 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 3, Southampton 2.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 3, Southampton 2. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Christian Eriksen.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Gastón Ramírez (Southampton).

  5. Post update

    Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Southampton. Sam Gallagher replaces Rickie Lambert.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Rickie Lambert (Southampton) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Adam Lallana with a headed pass.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Gastón Ramírez (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Lallana.

  9. Post update

    Offside, Southampton. James Ward-Prowse tries a through ball, but Rickie Lambert is caught offside.

  10. Post update

    Calum Chambers (Southampton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur).

  12. Post update

    Foul by Jose Fonte (Southampton).

  13. Post update

    Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Nacer Chadli with a headed pass.

  15. Post update

    Foul by James Ward-Prowse (Southampton).

  16. Post update

    Gylfi Sigurdsson (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Booking

    Jack Cork (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Jack Cork (Southampton).

  19. Post update

    Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Kyle Naughton.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea31216462233969
2Liverpool30205582384465
3Man City28203576274963
4Arsenal30195653341962
5Tottenham3117594040056
6Everton29159543301354
7Man Utd30156948341451
8Newcastle30144123840-246
9Southampton31129104540545
10Stoke31910123645-937
11Aston Villa3097143342-934
12Hull3096153237-533
13Norwich3188152648-2232
14West Ham3087153240-831
15Swansea3078154046-629
16West Brom30513123345-1228
17Crystal Palace3084181939-2028
18Sunderland2867152644-1825
19Cardiff3167182658-3225
20Fulham3173213070-4024
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