Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli proved there is life after Harry Kane for Tottenham as each player hit the target in a battling 2-1 victory over Southampton.
Kane’s absence meant Son Heung-min led the line but it was Spurs’ attacking midfielders who filled the void, with Eriksen breaking the deadlock before Alli won and then converted a penalty.
James Ward-Prowse cut the deficit for Southampton after half-time to spark hopes of a comeback but Tottenham held on to reduce the gap on Chelsea to 10 points and remain unbeaten at White Hart Lane this season.Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino on Dele Alli: “In the box he looks like a striker because he is more than clever, he has made his mark. Outside the box he is playing like a midfielder. Dele Alli always can surprise and you cannot guess with him. He has an unbelievable personality and character.”Southampton manager Claude Puel: “Two teams were at the same level. It was difficult for the two teams to find opportunities. Each team tried to play good football, without a lot of opportunities, but I think we stayed with a good spirit. A draw seems normal for me.”
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Star man – Mousa Dembele
Dembele was imperious in midfield, his driving runs and composure in possession invaluable to Tottenham throughout.
Spurs will hope Alli and Eriksen can continue their scoring form in Kane’s absence and Southampton now face a similar challenge after Manolo Gabbiadini hobbled off in the first half. Gabbiadini has been excellent for Saints in recent weeks and any extended absence will come as a huge blow.
Spurs have now won 10 successive league games at White Hart Lane, which is their longest run since October 1987 when they managed 14 in a row.
Player ratingsTottenham: Hugo Lloris: 6, Kyle Walker: 6, Eric Dier: 6, Toby Alderweireld: 5, Jan Vertonghen: 6, Ben Davies: 6, Mousa Dembele: 8, Victor Wanyama: 7, Dele Alli: 7, Christian Eriksen: 7, Son Heung-min: 6. Subs: Harry Winks (for Son, 75): 6, Kieran Trippier (for Walker, 78): 6, Vincent Janssen (for Eriksen, 86): 6.Southampton: Fraser Forster: 6, Cedric Soares: 6, Maya Yoshida: 6, Jack Stephens: 6, Ryan Bertrand: 7, Steven Davis: 6, Oriol Romeu: 6, James Ward-Prowse: 7, Dusan Tadic: 6, Nathan Redmond: 7, Manolo Gabbiadini: 6. Subs: Shane Long (for Gabbiadini, 32): 6, Sofiane Boufal (for Tadic, 69): 6, Jay Rodriguez (for Redmond, 80): 6.
Who’s up next?
Burnley v Tottenham (Premier League, April 1)
Southampton v Bournemouth (Premier League, April 1)