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Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Southampton

By Shamoon HafezBBC Sport
Steven Davis goal
Steven Davis scored the first brace of his Premier League career

Steven Davis scored twice as Southampton came from behind to beat second-placed Tottenham.

Home forward Son Heung-min chased a lost cause for the opener, gliding past Fraser Forster and coolly tucking the ball into an open net.

The visitors equalised through Davis, who slotted in under Hugo Lloris following Dusan Tadic's cut-back.

Spurs's Jan Vertonghen had a header cleared off the line, before midfielder Davis stroked in the winner.

Substitute Nacer Chadli could have saved a point for the hosts deep in stoppage time, but his poked effort was kept out by the big frame of Forster.

Having challenged for the Premier League title for most of the season, Tottenham now lie 10 points adrift of champions Leicester and are hanging on to second spot, two points ahead of local rivals Arsenal.

Relive the match from White Hart Lane

History repeating itself for Spurs

Manager Mauricio Pochettino has been praised this season for instilling in Tottenham a steeliness they had lacked in the past.

Nevertheless, having been the Foxes' closest challengers they have come up short, and dropping 20 points from winning positions - the most in the division - has clearly played a big part.

Tottenham players
The Tottenham players performed a lap of honour after their last home game of the season

Arsene Wenger's Arsenal now have a chance to overtake Spurs and continue a run that has seen them finish above their north London rivals every season since 1995 - having missed out on the title, that would be a further, bitter blow.

The hosts did take the lead through South Korean Min's calm finish, but could not find a way past England international Forster thereafter.

The big goalkeeper got down quickly to save Christian Eriksen's effort in the first half and made a sharp stop off top scorer Harry Kane, who remains on 25 for the season.

Saints go marching on

The Premier League has been awash with remarkable stories this season. Leicester were shock winners, holders Chelsea produced a calamitous collapse, while Aston Villa finished bottom after a disastrous campaign.

Southampton, however, have every right to be considered one of the season's big success stories. Their 36 points in 2016 is only bettered by the tally of 41 from Claudio Ranieri's side, while they have already equalled their best ever Premier League total of 60, achieved under boss Ronald Koeman last term.

Possession graphic
Smash and grab: Southampton had less than 30% possession at White Hart Lane but scored with their only two shots on target to win

Saints' victory means they climb to sixth and are still in with a chance of a Europa League spot with one game remaining.

Centre-back Virgil van Dijk, who recently signed a new six-year deal, showed why there may be interest from bigger clubs with an accomplished performance to keep Kane at bay and 12 clearances in the match.

Victor Wanyama made his presence felt in the middle of the park, producing a match-high seven tackles and three interceptions, while playmaker Tadic has now been involved in eight goals in their last four games.

Man of the match - Virgil van Dijk

Virgil van Dijk
Van Dijk celebrated a new contract this week with a towering performance at the back for Southampton

What they said:

'Tottenham need to think like a big club'

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino: "We are still in a great position and if we look back to the start of the season we all should be proud. We need to look at ourselves, not at our neighbour.

"We need to think like a big club, not worrying about what's happening in another house. We need to change that mentality, to be strong, to be a big club."

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman: "It's a great win for us, because to win here against Tottenham, one of the best teams in the league, is a big result.

"If we can win next week at home we will have 63 points - a really fantastic achievement by the team. We like to play in Europe, and it's important for the clubs and the players."

What next?

'Great win' at Spurs delights Koeman

Tottenham will look to end the season on a high when they travel to Newcastle in their last game of the season on Sunday (15:00 BST), while Southampton end their campaign at home to Crystal Palace on the same day.

The stats you need to know:

  • Tottenham have now recorded their highest tally of goals in a Premier League season (68).
  • Son Heung-min scored in back-to-back Premier League games for the first time.
  • Since he made his debut in August 2014, only Cesc Fabregas (25) and Mesut Ozil (23) have more Premier League assists than Dusan Tadic (19).
  • Southampton midfielder Steven Davis netted his first ever Premier League double in this game.



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Lloris
  • 2Walker
  • 4Alderweireld
  • 5Vertonghen
  • 3Rose
  • 15Dier
  • 8MasonSubstituted forChadliat 78'minutes
  • 7Son Heung-minSubstituted forN'Jieat 65'minutes
  • 23Eriksen
  • 11Lamela
  • 10Kane


  • 13Vorm
  • 14N'Jie
  • 22Chadli
  • 27Wimmer
  • 28Carroll
  • 29Winks
  • 33Davies


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 44Forster
  • 15Martina
  • 6José Fonte
  • 17van Dijk
  • 21Bertrand
  • 12Wanyama
  • 4ClasieSubstituted forRomeuat 58'minutesBooked at 74mins
  • 10ManéBooked at 50minsSubstituted forPellèat 65'minutes
  • 8Davis
  • 11TadicSubstituted forWard-Prowseat 86'minutes
  • 7LongBooked at 83mins


  • 2Cédric Soares
  • 3Yoshida
  • 14Romeu
  • 16Ward-Prowse
  • 19Pellè
  • 22Stekelenburg
  • 28Austin
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Match Stats

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Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 1, Southampton 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 1, Southampton 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jan Vertonghen following a corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Fraser Forster.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  6. Post update

    Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Jose Fonte (Southampton).

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Shane Long.

  9. Post update

    Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Shane Long (Southampton).

  11. Post update

    Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Graziano Pellè (Southampton).

  13. Post update

    Foul by Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur).

  14. Post update

    Steven Davis (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Eriksen.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by James Ward-Prowse.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Southampton. James Ward-Prowse replaces Dusan Tadic.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Shane Long (Southampton) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Graziano Pellè with a headed pass.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kyle Walker with a cross.

  20. Booking

    Shane Long (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

As It Stood

4Man City371981070403065
5Man Utd36189944311363
7West Ham361514761471459
14Crystal Palace37119173847-942
15West Brom371012153347-1442
20Aston Villa3738262772-4517
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