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Pochettino takes blame for Hugo Lloris howler in 10-man win over Southampton

Harry Kane scores for Spurs

Yet while Aurier was sent off and Lloris committed a horrible mistake, Eriksen kept a cool head as he played a significant part in helping put Tottenham’s season back on track.

With the game goalless, his free-kick took a deflection and resulted in a chance for Kane, who slipped as he attempted to volley home from close range.

Saints fail to capitalise after Aurier dismissal

Southampton have found playing away from home a much more comfortable experience than performing at St Mary’s this season.

They arrived in north London seeking a fifth straight league and cup away win – and for spells they looked like they might extend that run.

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is frustrated with his side’s defeat at Tottenham

Despite losing Portugal defender Cedric Soares in the warm-up, which resulted in Jannik Vestergaard being promoted from the substitutes bench, they took the game to Spurs.

Without £15m striker Che Adams and Mali winger Moussa Djenepo, who had scored in the previous two league away wins, Southampton relied on Nathan Redmond’s pace to cause problems.

He teed-up a chance for Hojbjerg, who tested Lloris, before Ndombele scored – the first goal Southampton had conceded on their travels for more than six hours.

Aurier’s red card and Lloris’ howler saw the momentum swing in Southampton’s direction yet, after Kane had restored Tottenham’s lead, the visitors found themselves frustrated by the goalkeeper’s fine performance in the second half.

Man of the match – Son Heung-min (Tottenham)

Son Heung-min
Son Heung-min was involved in both Spurs’ goals and a constant menace

What they said

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino: “We needed to work a lot with 10 men. We showed our spirit, that is the way we need to work to work together.

“We have worked very hard for five years to put the club in the level that no-one expected. That is why now for some results that were not in the way people expected, we don’t give up, so we need to be strong to be stronger.

“I think it was completely unfair for Serge to be sent off, but I accept the decision of the referee.”

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl: “When you get the chance to come back twice and don’t take it, you must be frustrated.

“We tried to move them around, find space behind the last line. It’s tough but we had fantastic chances, Maya Yoshida’s header and shots outside the box but not enough to get Spurs struggling.

“I wasn’t happy with my subs today, it was not enough when we get weaker in the last 20 minutes instead of more pressure on the opponents. In the last 15 minutes was not enough.”

Spurs enjoy home rule over Saints – the stats

  • Tottenham have won eight of their past nine Premier League home games against Southampton, losing the other in May 2016.
  • Spurs won a Premier League game when having a player sent off for the first time since September 2017 against West Ham.
  • Southampton had 58.8% possession against Tottenham, the most by a non ‘big six’ side in an away league game against them since Everton in November 2014 (61.4%).
  • Since the start of last season, Southampton have both scored and conceded goals in 29 different Premier League games – only Arsenal (31) have done so in more.
  • Tottenham striker Harry Kane scored in his sixth consecutive Premier League appearance against Southampton – only Robin van Persie against Stoke (eight), Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink against West Ham (seven) and Romelu Lukaku against West Ham (7) have had longer scoring streaks against an opponent in the competition.
  • Tanguy Ndombele has scored more goals in his first five Premier League appearances for Tottenham (two) than he managed in 69 Ligue 1 appearances for Amiens and Lyon combined (one).
  • Serge Aurier became the first Tottenham player to be sent off in a Premier League home match since Kyle Naughton against Stoke in November 2014.

What’s next?

German champions Bayern Munich are in town on Tuesday as Tottenham look for their first Champions League Group B win (20:00 BST), while Southampton have a full week to prepare for Chelsea’s visit to St Mary’s on Sunday, 6 October (14:00 BST).

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