Mauricio Pochettino impressed with resolve of Tottenham Hotspur
Dec 29 2016 by Dustin Murphy
"It is always hard against a good team like Southampton to get positive things here, to take three points at St. Mary's". They are four points below Arsenal.
"The first day, I remember my first game back there, they prepared the orange day to try to upset me".
Tottenham have 33 points over 17 matches played so far.
"After yesterday's result (Liverpool's 4-1 win over Stoke) and the others (on Monday), when the big teams won, it was very important for us to win the game for our belief", Pochettino said. But they have played one match fewer than the Red Devils.
However, the fixture marks the return of Pochettino, who left for White Hart Lane in 2014, with the Argentinian facing a hostile reception when he first returned to St Mary's.
Ward-Prowse sent in a risky curling free-kick from the left and van Dijk rose above his marker to plant a head into the corner.
"In the first 10 minutes we struggled to manage the game but we started to show our character and in the second half we were much, much, much better", Pochettino said.
"They paid £5m for him". The Spurs are the slightest favorites at bet365 Sports at 2.70, while the Saints are at 2.87.
Saints were trying to block off access to the wings but when Spurs did get a bit of action out wide on 19 minutes it brought with it an equaliser.
Dembele slid Moussa Sissoko in down the left and as the Frenchman's cross span up off Redmond, Alli reacted fastest, his glancing header nestling in the top right-hand corner.
A Christian Eriksen corner in the 52nd was met at the near post by Kane and finished with a snap header.
Harry Kane is normally Mr Reliable from the penalty spot. Nevertheless Redmond was sent off.
Spurs were completely out of sorts in the opening quarter of an hour and they were harried into numerous mistakes, although Kane had a chance on five minutes when he hit a snap-shot over the crossbar from just outside the area.
Even for that reprieve, Saints never looked like getting back into and rode their luck as Eriksen struck the bar.
Southampton were quite happy to sit back and soak up the pressure, with the hope of catching Spurs on the break.