Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

No Kane, no problem: Tottenham beats Southampton 2-1 in EPL

No Kane, no problem: Tottenham beats Southampton 2-1 in EPL

Pochettino has said that he is trying to get the best out of the Netherlands worldwide and admitted that his first goal from opening play against Millwall last week in the FA Cup came as a welcome relief.

It's all pretty respectful in fairness, but no doubt the likes of Heung-Min Son and Dele Alli are already motivated to make sure Kane's absence doesn't hurt the team and the more people doubt Spurs without their talismanic striker, surely the more those individuals will want to prove them wrong.

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris 6, Walker 6, Dier 6, Alderweireld 6, Vertonghen 6, Davies 6, Wanyama 7, Dembele 7, Dele 6, Eriksen 7, Son 6.

Southampton's strong, solid spine has for years permitted their full-backs to overlap and become key attacking players, and Cédric Soares and Ryan Bertrand are still excelling in this field - Spurs will have to be careful of them.

On changes to his side because of Kane's injury: "We hope things will be different this time but it was a different period, the team is different now. We allowed them to believe".

It was an examination that Spurs passed, demonstrating a clinical edge in the first-half and then riding ripples of Southampton pressure in the second-half.

"I think (Son's performance) was good". If Spurs' new recruitment team are looking for more sensible signings, though, the manager's former club would be a good place to start.

33' - GOAL! Tottenham 2-0 Southampton (Alli).

While Southampton were the last visiting team to win a top-flight game at the Lane - in the closing weeks of last season - they lost their own in-form forward, Manolo Gabbiadini, to injury after half-an-hour of this clash, having earlier fallen behind to Eriksen's fine strike.

Tottenham, in second, are now seven points clear of their sixth-placed rivals after beating Southampton 2-1 on Sunday, but the manager brushed off talk of Arsenal.

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"In the box he looks like a striker because he is more than clever, he has made his mark".

Spurs came closest to adding another goal as substitute Vincent Janssen led a counterattack and forced another good save from Forster.

- The only previous top-flight season than Spurs have remained unbeaten at home was 1964-1965 (21 games, 0 defeats).

Spurs have only once had a better overall record at this stage of a top-flight campaign - in their title-winning 1960-61 season.

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