‘I don’t worry about my job’ – Pellegrino after Spurs draw extends Saints’ winless run
Tottenham missed the chance to move level on points with fourth-placed Liverpool in the Premier League as they were frustrated by struggling Southampton at St Mary’s.
The hosts took a deserved early lead as Spurs central defender Davinson Sanchez diverted Ryan Bertrand’s low cross into his own net.
The advantage lasted less than four minutes, though, with Harry Kane – the division’s top scorer – nodding home a straightforward header as the Saints defence failed to compete for Ben Davies’ corner.
Jack Stephens missed a glorious opportunity to restore Southampton’s lead before the break, but neither side could carve out the same quality of chance before a frantic finale.
As Tottenham rallied late on, Stephens made amends for his earlier error by blocking Erik Lamela’s goalbound shot with six minutes to go.
At the other end, 17-year-old debutant Michael Obafemi could not direct Dusan Tadic’s shot on goal with one of his first touches off the bench, before Sofiane Boufal and Kane wasted openings for their respective sides.
While the result extends Southampton’s run without a league win to 11 games, it may ease some of the pressure on manager Mauricio Pellegrino. His team are a point off 17th-placed Stoke in the table.
Tottenham, however, will be cut five points adrift of the top four if Liverpool beat Swansea on Monday.
More to follow.
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January 21, 2018 at 07:00PM