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SportSouthampton 2 Tottenham 1: Ward-Prowse brilliance leaves Spurs stunned

19:15  09 march  2019
19:15  09 march  2019 Source:   goal.com

Southampton Predicted XI: Tottenham Hotspur (H)

Southampton Predicted XI: Tottenham Hotspur (H) Southampton will be looking to push further away from the Premier League’s relegation zone on Saturday when they welcome Tottenham Hotspur to St Mary’s Stadium. The Saints are currently sat in 17th place on the table but have been playing well of late, and were unlucky to have suffered a 3-2 defeat away at Manchester United last weekend. Tottenham have struggled to develop form in the Premier League but progressed through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League with a 4-0 aggregate win over Borussia Dortmund in midweek. Ralph Hasenhuttl has a near-clean bill of health but is still without Danny Ings, who has not yet returned to full training.

Southampton 2 Tottenham 1 : Ward - Prowse brilliance leaves Spurs stunned .

SOUTHAMPTON scored twice in four minutes to seal a remarkable comeback and leave Tottenham ’s top-four hopes Then James Ward - Prowse curled in a stunning free kick in the 81st minute after Kyle Ward - Prowse once again showcased his dead ball abilities as he curled his effort into the top

Southampton 2 Tottenham 1: Ward-Prowse brilliance leaves Spurs stunned © Getty Images James Ward-Prowse celebrates against Tottenham

Tottenham have now gone four games without a win in the Premier League following a 2-1 defeat to Southampton at St Mary's Stadium.

Harry Kane's first-half goal looked likely to give the visitors all three points, as Mauricio Pochettino, serving a two-game touchline ban for confronting referee Mike Dean after losing to Burnley two weeks ago, watched from the stands.

But Yan Valery, who scored his first senior goal against Manchester United last week, scrambled home an equaliser with 14 minutes of normal time left before James Ward-Prowse's stunning free-kick snatched the win.

Saints player ratings: Tottenham (H)

Saints player ratings: Tottenham (H) James Ward-Prowse’s brilliant free kick gave Southampton a 2-1 victory over Tottenham and moved Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side two points clear of the relegation zone. The midfielder scored his second free kick in as many league games after last week’s strike against Manchester United, completing an unlikely turnaround at St. Mary’s after Harry Kane had given Spurs the lead. Maurizio Pochettino’s side were much the better side in the first half and went into the break deservedly leading.

Ward - Prowse has been a revelation under his new manager, with a call from England manager Gareth Southgate beckoning next week. Score prediction: Southampton 1 - 2 Tottenham . Spurs turned in a near-perfect Champions League away performance in Dortmund in midweek, though had Hugo Lloris

Southampton 2 -5 Spurs (Ings 90 pen). 86 min Ward - Prowse ’s free-kick is comfortably held by Lloris. Southampton 1 -5 Spurs (Kane 82). It’s five! Kane scores Tottenham ’s fifth goal. He moved towards the right wing and then reversed another stunning pass/cross to Son at the far post.

Some wayward shooting from Kane underlined a scrappy opening 20 minutes, before Maya Yoshida fortunately saw the ball strike the Southampton post when he cut out the England striker's cross.

Christian Eriksen then rattled the crossbar with a free-kick, but Kane at last broke the deadlock 26 minutes in, gathering Dele Alli's fine floated pass and slotting the ball beyond Angus Gunn for his 200th career goal.

Saints improved after the break and should have levelled through Nathan Redmond, the winger shooting into the side-netting after finding space to the right of Hugo Lloris' goal.

Redmond then wasted another good opening by clipping the outside of the net on the other side of the box, but Valery at last bundled in an equaliser when Danny Rose allowed Stuart Armstrong's cross to go through his legs.

Tottenham player ratings: Borussia Dortmund (A)

Tottenham player ratings: Borussia Dortmund (A) Tottenham most certainly proved some of their doubter’s wrong in their Round of 16 second-led tie against Borussia Dortmund. Tottenham came to Dortmund with a three nil lead and one foot in the next round of the Champions League. But with Dortmund not having yet lost a game at home before this tie and Tottenham only picking up one point from their last three games, this was always going to be tough for Tottenham. Dortmund needed at least three goals to have a chance of going through so came out all guns blazing in the first half. Their intensity and movement kept Spurs on their toes for the first 45 but Tottenham’s back line were on top form.

Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur Match Report, 3/9/19. Southampton 2 Tottenham 1 : Ward - Prowse brilliance leaves Spurs stunned . Ward - Prowse then completed the unlikely turnaround with a strike from 25 yards out that curled away from Lloris and into the net, just a week

Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur Match Report, 09/03/2019. Southampton 2 Tottenham 1 : Ward - Prowse brilliance leaves Spurs stunned . Ward - Prowse then completed the unlikely turnaround with a strike from 25 yards out that curled away from Lloris and into the net, just a week

Ward Prowse then completed the unlikely turnaround with a strike from 25 yards out that curled away from Lloris and into the net, just a week after a similar strike eluded David de Gea at Old Trafford.

What does it mean? Spurs looking shaky in top-four fight

Pochettino's side looked for all the world to be easing to three points in the first half, but they simply did not react to Southampton's improved display after the break and have now lost three of their last four in the top flight.

The manner of the defeat will concern their manager, not least because Manchester United will join them on 61 points if they beat Arsenal on Sunday.

Saints, though, are up to 16th in the table, with a two-point cushion to the relegation zone.

Wizardry from Ward-Prowse

His goal was spectacular - only Matt Le Tissier has scored more direct free-kicks in the Premier League for the club - but Ward-Prowse was excellent overall, completing 89.3 per cent of his attempted passes.

Romeu run ragged

Having had a good game at Old Trafford, this was not Oriol Romeu's finest outing. He offered next to no protection to the back four in a first half in which he was booked after 10 minutes for flooring Lucas Moura. He was hooked at the break.

What's next?

These two teams have three weeks off now, thanks to the FA Cup quarter-finals and the international break. Spurs next play against Liverpool at Anfield on March 31, while Saints meet Brighton and Hove Albion the day before.

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