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Harry Kane scores for Tottenham against Southampton
Harry Kane's 99th Premier League goal was not enough to take all three points

Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino said he was not concerned by speculation about his position after a 1-1 draw with Tottenham extended his side's winless run in the Premier League to 11 games.

Saints, who have not won in the league since the 4-1 victory over Everton on 26 November, have not been on such a run since 1998.

"I don't worry about my job because I am happy doing the job. It is part of our life," said Argentine Pellegrino, who has been at St Mary's since June.

"In Argentina we say that the job is the electric chair - it is not easy to stay in the seat."

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Saints are on right path - Pellegrino

Sunday's result means Tottenham missed the chance to move level on points with fourth-placed Liverpool.

The hosts took a deserved early lead as Spurs central defender Davinson Sanchez diverted Ryan Bertrand's low cross into his own net.

The advantage lasted less than four minutes, though, with Harry Kane - the division's top scorer - nodding home a straightforward header as the Saints defence failed to compete for Ben Davies' corner.

Jack Stephens missed a glorious opportunity to restore Southampton's lead before the break, but neither side could carve out the same quality of chance before a frantic finale.

As Tottenham rallied late on, Stephens made amends for his earlier error by blocking Erik Lamela's goalbound shot with six minutes to go.

At the other end, 17-year-old debutant Michael Obafemi could not direct Dusan Tadic's shot on goal with one of his first touches off the bench, before Sofiane Boufal and Kane wasted openings for their respective sides.

Southampton are a point off 17th-placed Stoke in the table.

Tottenham, however, will be cut five points adrift of the top four if Liverpool beat Swansea on Monday.

Saints' lapse holds them back

Mauricio Pellegrino
Pellegrino's side are five points behind their 2016-17 total at the same stage

Southampton's performance showed both the reasons behind their rotten form and why their general play has merited more.

Even before Sanchez poked the ball into the back of his own net, Manolo Gabbiadini had tested Michel Vorm from distance and come close to getting a telling touch to Tadic's cross.

Tottenham's equaliser did nothing to sap their attacking energy and enthusiasm either, with Stephens heading past the angle of post and bar from James Ward-Prowse's vicious delivery.

Intelligent in possession and organised without the ball, it was the sort of display that had secured a point at Manchester United and come within a few minutes of beating Arsenal during their winless run.

But it had been undermined by a horrendous lapse in concentration.

Just 197 seconds after Saints took the lead, Kane eased aside Stephens, rose above Gabbiadini and planted a header past a rooted Alex McCarthy from five yards.

Reports before the match claimed Monaco striker Guido Carrillo and Spartak Moscow winger Quincy Promes are in Pellegrino's sights as he seeks to reinvest the windfall from Virgil van Dijk's £75m move to Liverpool.

To invest in more firepower, rather than a commanding defensive figure similar to their departed Dutchman, might be the gamble that decides the Argentine's future.

Alli still searching for his groove

Dele Alli
Dele Alli finished with 75% passing accuracy, the second-worst in the Tottenham team

With Tottenham short of the scintillating form that had sliced apart Everton last weekend, manager Mauricio Pochettino brought Son Heung-Min into the centre of his attack, just behind Kane, from the left wing at half-time.

When the South Korean's guile could not unpick the lock, he was replaced by Erik Lamela with 20 minutes remaining.

The problem may have been the man left on the pitch, however.

Son touch map
Son's first-half touches were mainly restricted to the left wing in the first half (left), before he moved more centrally in the second half (right)

Dele Alli has scored two goals in his past 16 matches and, without the ill Christian Eriksen alongside him, was again ineffectual in the playmaking role.

The 21-year-old admitted in December that he was struggling to recreate the stellar form of his previous two campaigns.

Pochettinho, while admitting a saturated St Mary's surface did not help, was not happy with the tempo his side set in attack.

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Tottenham's performance wasn't great - Pochettino

"We needed to move the ball quicker and create more," he said.

"A few players were affected last week with illness but it's not an excuse.

"The result is the result because football punishes us for not using the ball."

As the run-in gathers pace and the World Cup looms, both he and England counterpart Gareth Southgate will hope Alli can rediscover his form soon.

Man of the match - Ryan Bertrand (Southampton)

Ryan Bertrand and Harry Kane
Ryan Bertrand (right) created the opener with an electric burst down the left and did his part in keeping Harry Kane quiet

Worst dry run since 1998 - the stats

  • Southampton are winless in their past 11 Premier League games, their longest such run without a victory since October 1998, also 11 games, and their longest across a single season since March 1995.
  • Since losing five consecutive top-flight trips to Southampton between 2000 and 2005, without scoring, Spurs are unbeaten in their past six league visits to St Mary's.
  • The Saints have lost nine points from leading positions at St Mary's this season; more than any other Premier League side on home soil.
  • Kane has netted 11 goals in his past six starts in all competitions for Tottenham.
  • Kane has scored six goals in his past five Premier League games against Southampton, including three in his past three at St Mary's.
  • Aged 17 years and 199 days, Obafemi became the second youngest player to make a Premier League appearance for Southampton after Luke Shaw, who was 17 years and 116 days old.

'It is not easy to stay in the seat' - what they said

Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino: "We have to continue in this way, the spirit and the commitment on the pitch was very good. Against these types of team you can lose in a minute, everything can change but we were there until the end.

"We are in trouble in the table but in three or four weeks it can change. Between 10 or 11 teams there are just a few points and that will stay the same.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino: "The game was even, we had more possession but we needed to be more aggressive and create more chances, The performance wasn't great but the pitch didn't help.

"You must give credit to the opponent, but I am not happy with our performance.

"It is temporary that Southampton are in the relegation zone, for sure they will push up the table. It is two points we are going to miss at the end of the season because it is so tough between six or seven teams.

On possible transfer-window business: "It is not easy to add a player who can help for three months. It is very difficult. For some clubs it is easier but it is not easy for us."

What's next

Southampton meet Watford in the FA Cup on Saturday before returning to league action with a home match against Brighton on Wednesday, 31 January.

Tottenham are away to Newport in the FA Cup on Saturday, before playing Manchester United at home on Wednesday, 31 January.

Line-ups

Southampton

  • 13McCarthy
  • 2Cédric Soares
  • 5StephensBooked at 48mins
  • 6Hoedt
  • 21Bertrand
  • 14RomeuBooked at 60mins
  • 18LeminaSubstituted forDavisat 80'minutes
  • 16Ward-Prowse
  • 23HøjbjergSubstituted forBoufalat 65'minutes
  • 11Tadic
  • 20GabbiadiniSubstituted forObafemiat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Davis
  • 19Boufal
  • 22Redmond
  • 26Pied
  • 35Bednarek
  • 44Forster
  • 61Obafemi

Tottenham

  • 13Vorm
  • 24AurierSubstituted forTrippierat 72'minutesBooked at 78mins
  • 6D Sánchez
  • 5Vertonghen
  • 33Davies
  • 15Dier
  • 19DembéléBooked at 75minsSubstituted forWanyamaat 85'minutes
  • 17SissokoBooked at 57mins
  • 20Alli
  • 7Son Heung-MinSubstituted forLamelaat 70'minutes
  • 10Kane

Substitutes

  • 2Trippier
  • 11Lamela
  • 12Wanyama
  • 18Llorente
  • 21Foyth
  • 22Gazzaniga
  • 37Walker-Peters
Referee:
Kevin Friend
Attendance:
31,361

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthamptonAway TeamTottenham
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home10
Away17
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home2
Away9
Fouls
Home8
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Southampton 1, Tottenham Hotspur 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Southampton 1, Tottenham Hotspur 1.

Attempt blocked. Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko with a cross.

Attempt missed. Victor Wanyama (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko.

Foul by Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur).

Oriol Romeu (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Dele Alli.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Cédric Soares.

Attempt blocked. Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko.

Attempt blocked. Sofiane Boufal (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dusan Tadic.

Foul by Davinson Sánchez (Tottenham Hotspur).

Dusan Tadic (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Cédric Soares (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt missed. Michael Obafemi (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Dusan Tadic.

Foul by Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur).

Oriol Romeu (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Victor Wanyama replaces Mousa Dembélé.

Attempt missed. Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Michael Obafemi replaces Manolo Gabbiadini.

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Harry Kane tries a through ball, but Dele Alli is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Steven Davis replaces Mario Lemina.

Booking

Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur).

Sofiane Boufal (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur).

Oriol Romeu (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mario Lemina (Southampton).

Booking

Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur).

Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur).

Sofiane Boufal (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Kieran Trippier replaces Serge Aurier because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Serge Aurier (Tottenham Hotspur) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Erik Lamela replaces Son Heung-Min.

Attempt missed. Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Dele Alli.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Jack Stephens.

goal

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2Man Utd24165349163353
3Chelsea24155445162950
4Liverpool23138254282647
5Tottenham24136547222545
6Arsenal24126645311442
7Leicester249783632434
8Burnley249781921-234
9Everton2477102639-1328
10Watford2475123344-1126
11West Ham2468103042-1226
12Bournemouth2467112536-1125
13Crystal Palace2467112237-1525
14Huddersfield2466121941-2224
15Newcastle2465132234-1223
16Brighton2458111733-1623
17Stoke2465132550-2523
18Southampton24410102435-1122
19West Brom24311101931-1220
20Swansea2345141435-2117
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