Southampton pile on the misery for Tottenham in Premier League
Spurs throw away lead for the second time in a week, losing 2-1 to jeopardise their bid to finish second on the table
Tottenham squandered a lead for the second time in a week to lose 2-1 to Southampton on Sunday, jeopardising their attempt to finish second in the English Premier League.
Steven Davis scored either side of half-time, after Son Heung-min put Spurs ahead in the 16th minute, to lift Southampton into sixth place and boost the team’s chances of qualifying for next season’s Europa League.
“Tottenham had a better start in the game but we fought back, and in the second half we deserved at least to score one,” said Southampton manager Ronald Koeman.
“It’s a great win for us, because to win here against Tottenham, one of the best teams in the league, is a big result.”
Spurs manager Maurico Pochettino said: “The first half we played very well, and we had more than 70 per cent possession. But we needed to be more solid and show more consistency – we lacked this today. I’m disappointed but we’re still fighting.”
Spurs’ title hopes ended last Monday after throwing away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at Chelsea. They are second with one game left – at Newcastle this coming weekend – and can still be overtaken by Arsenal or Manchester City.
Southampton moved above West Ham and are three points behind Manchester United.
Davis squeezed in the winner from the edge of the penalty area in the 72nd minute, soon after a drinks break for the heat, after exchanging passes with Dusan Tadic. The same players combined for the equaliser in the 31st, with Tadic reaching the byline and crossing for Davis to clip a low finish past Huge Lloris from close range.
Davis had only scored two goals all season before the game.
“We tried as much as we could,” Spurs playmaker Christian Eriksen said. “It’s been a long season and this defeat wasn’t because of [last] Monday. The last few games we haven’t managed to keep it going.”