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Kane, who has 19 league goals this season but faces several weeks out, was hardly missed in the first half particularly as South Korea's Son Heung-min slotted in seamlessly to the sole striker's role in Tottenham's 3-5-2-1 formation.

Meanwhile, Saints manager Claude Puel felt his side should have been given a penalty by referee Andre Marriner in a game which he believes should been a draw.

Ward-Prowse celebrated his England call-up by scoring seven minutes into the second half after Alderweireld failed to clear a Ryan Bertrand cross.

Even with Harry Kane out injured, the Dutchman can not get a start - he has been that disappointing.

Dembele and Walker combined brilliantly from a corner before Eriksen's cross was flicked on for Son, but his header was easily saved. We didn't have a lot of opportunities, but neither did Tottenham.

Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur). Southampton's goal, shortly after half-time, involved a collector's item: a mistake from Alderweireld.

First, a poor pass by Dier allowed Southampton to attack and Dusan Tadic cut back for Gabbiadini, but he could only fire into the side netting.

The visitors were nearly immediately punished as Alli beat Steven Davis to a bouncing ball in the Southampton area and was felled by the Saints captain, leading referee Andre Marriner to award a penalty. Alli steps up himself and goes straight down the middle to double Tottenham's lead, with Forster having dived to his left early.

Gabbiadini suffered an injury in the buildup to his attempt and was replaced by Shane Long - and soon afterwards Tottenham had a 2-0 lead.

14' - GOAL! Tottenham 1-0 Southampton (Eriksen).

Southampton felt aggrieved not have been awarded a penalty of their own shortly before the break when Ben Davies brought Tadic down.

Son was the man to make way with Alli moving up top and the north Londoners putting five in the midfield.

Spurs though defended really well after that and they managed to see out the victory to remain 10 points behind leaders Chelsea in second place.

It would prove to be the start of a nightmare few minutes for Southampton, who conceded a penalty shortly afterwards when Steven Davis - a two-goal hero on Southampton's last visit to White Hart Lane - caught Alli just inside the area.

Janssen won Spurs two free-kicks deep into stoppage time as the seconds ticked away and there was a universal sigh of relief when the final whistle was blown.

"It was important to us to get that feeling - win the game, score goals and keep our position in the table with three very important points".

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