Superb Spurs fight back against Southampton

Tottenham snatch win in stoppage time to keep their lingering hopes of a top-four finish alive

PUBLISHED : Monday, 24 March, 2014, 12:15am
UPDATED : Monday, 24 March, 2014, 12:15am

Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a stoppage-time winner after Christian Eriksen's double as Tottenham Hotspur stormed back from 2-0 down to beat Southampton 3-2 in the Premier League on Sunday.

Sigurdsson converted Denmark midfielder Eriksen's lay-off to keep alive Spurs lingering hopes of a top-four finish. They are fifth on 56 points, six behind fourth-placed Arsenal, having played one more match.

Sigurdsson told the BBC: "After we started the game like we did, there is a lot of character in the team shown in the way we bounced back. It's better to be 1-0 or 2-0 down and come back and win 3-2 at home."

We got a little speech at half-time and in the second half we were new guys
Christian Eriksen

Eriksen said: "We got a little speech at half-time and in the second half we were new guys. We tried to play like the manager wanted. We showed it way more in the second half than the first half."

Southampton dominated the opening period with some delightful one-touch football and two mistakes from Spurs right back Kyle Naughton enabled the visitors to take a 2-0 lead after 28 minutes.

Jay Rodriguez pounced on a loose ball after Naughton misjudged a clearance in the sunshine from goalkeeper Artur Boruc, allowing Rodriguez to impress watching England manager Roy Hodgson.

Rodriguez, one of four Saints players chasing a place in Hodgson's World Cup squad, placed a perfect angled shot wide of Spurs goalie Hugo Lloris for his 15th goal of the season after 19 minutes.

Saints doubled their lead after Naughton's next mistake when he failed to clear on the edge of his own box with Adam Lallana eventually planting the ball past Lloris for their second.

Another mistake, this time from right back Nathaniel Clyne, allowed Spurs back into the game four minutes later when he let a cross from Naughton under his studs, allowing the ball to run on to Eriksen who slammed in from close range.

Within a minute of the restart, Spurs were level when Roberto Soldado outmuscled defender Dejan Lovren before crossing for Eriksen to score from point-blank range.

Sigurdsson, a half-time substitute for Moussa Dembele, rounded off with the winner from a low drive with time running out.