Tottenham 3-1 Southampton
TOTTENHAM banished their north London derby blues by rising to third in the Premier League with a comfortable win against Southampton.
Spurs bounced back from Sunday’s bruising 4-2 defeat at Arsenal, and climbed above both the Gunners and Chelsea.
New Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl watched from the stands and will have plenty of food for thought before he takes charge for the relegation battle at Cardiff on Saturday as his side floundered at the back.
Spurs made a flying start and Heung-min Son volleyed against an upright in the fifth minute before Harry Kane hit his 13th Spurs goal of the season four minute later.
The England captain slotted in Christian Eriksen’s cross after a short Kieran Trippier corner and the home side dominated despite Hugo Lloris touching a drive from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg on to a post.
Tottenham put the match out of sight by knocking in two swift goals after the break with Lucas Moura tapping in Trippier’s corner at the second attempt in the 51st minute and Son turning in Kane’s centre four minutes later.
Nathan Redmond hit the bar and Lloris made a superb double save to deny substitute Charlie Austin and James Ward-Prowse, before Austin scored an injury time consolation for the Saints.
They said it…
‘This manager change offers us a fresh start and, very quickly, Ralph emerged as our ideal candidate. As a coach, he embodies the passion, structure, communication skill set, work ethic and appetite for growth that we strive for’ — Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger on the appointment of new Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl (pictured)