Tottenham Hotspur ignore Harry Kane absence, beat Southampton FC 2-1

Claude Puel delivers verdict on Tottenham attack ahead of Southampton clash
Claude Puel delivers verdict on Tottenham attack ahead of Southampton clash
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20 March, 2017

Although the absence of Harry Kane could be a worry for Spurs, Southampton are yet to keep a clean sheet away from home in their last 25 away games against Tottenham.

Striker Charlie Austin is close to resuming training after a shoulder injury and defender Jeremy Pied is also making good progress after a knee operation and could train next week. But it had to be said that for all their latent menace they did not have a moment when they advertised the equaliser. Kieran Trippier and Son Heung-Min have both been a success but neither gets in the first XI when everyone is fit. He's very smart. Outside the box, he plays like a midfielder.

The tension was growing as Southampton continued to threaten, with Vincent Janssen brought on with four minutes to go as Eriksen made way to give Spurs more of a focal point up top.

Straight from the Saints chance, Spurs went down the other end and doubled their lead from the penalty spot.

Spurs will instead be aiming for a Premier League-high finish of second place, while also ending their wait for silverware in the FA Cup after booking their spot in the semi-finals with their resounding win over Millwall last weekend. They generally do such a good job of limiting their opponents that Forster isn't worked often - that may be for the best.

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On Kane's prediction, Pochettino added: "We don't know". We are finding our best.

Tottenham managed to record a 2-1 victory over Southampton at White Hart Lane and move to within 10 points of the Blues, who defeated Stoke 2-1 on Saturday to extend their advantage at the time.

Alli's first half penalty helped Spurs to a crucial 2-1 Premier League win, their first league game since Harry Kane injured his ankle last Sunday.

Like Pochettino's Tottenham, Southampton are a club with a clear philosophy. The last time the Spurs suffered a loss at home was when Southampton visited the London side in May of past year. "It was a unusual game, a odd first half - we conceded two goals without coming under pressure".

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