Heung-min Son starts up front in Harry Kane's absence

Tottenham Hotspur cemented their position in the top four with a hard fought 2-1 victory over Southampton at White Hart Lane this afternoon.

It looked as though Southampton should have had a penalty in first-half added time when Davies chopped down Tadic, but the referee waved play on as Mauricio Pochettino's side reached the break with a two-goal cushion.

James Ward-Prowse pulled one back for Southampton shortly after the restart, but Tottenham secured a win that puts them 10 points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea in second place.

The 20-year-old former MK Dons player has now been involved in 17 goals this season (three assists).

Tottenham are now Chelsea's closest challengers in the Premier League table, with the Lilywhites now second and 10 points behind the leaders.

They can ill-afford a similar slump this time around, with Chelsea already 10 points clear at the top of the table, and Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United breathing down their necks in the race for Champions League qualification. In the Round 22 Southampton played again on the road against Sunderland and scored 4 goals as well, which should be a decent indication of what we can expect come Sunday.

Spurs were without the injured Harry Kane but took only fourteen minutes to open the scoring, with Christian Eriksen cutting in from the right and slotting into the far corner after a smart turn from Moussa Dembele.

The north Londoners doubled their advantage when Dele Alli converted from the penalty spot after Steven Davis had brought the England midfielder down in the area in the 33rd minute. I think the team fully deserves all the praise.

In fact, Spurs have not lost when Alli has scored this season in all competitions.

A previously confident Spurs side faced a nervy second half and failed to reassert their dominance as Southampton sought a second goal, but the equaliser did not arrive as Claude Puel's men failed to turn their momentum into genuine chances.

Son sliced wide as Tottenham went back on the offensive, while Lloris gathered Shane Long's rising strike at the other end.

"The second half was better and also interesting because we recovered well".

The England global stepped up to take the spot kick himself and sent Forster the wrong way to make it 11 goals in his last 12 Premier League appearances.

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