Tottenham beat Southampton, who had Nathan Redmond sent, 4-1 regardless of falling back and later on a stunning charge miss out on from Harry Kane
Tottenham Hotspur had actually been required to wait and, as every one of their top-six competitors won on Boxing Day or Tuesday, it may have felt quite tortuous. When they lastly got their joyful program under method they made it count and how.
Mauricio Pochettinos group shook off a second-minute concession to Virgil van Dijk and a typically careless begin to produce a program of strength, where Dele Alli scored two times and both Mousa Dembl and Christian Eriksen sparkled around him. Danny Rose was likewise exceptional.
Southampton played the last 33 minutes with 10 guys after Nathan Redmonds sending-off for a nasty on the goal-bound Alli and they were overwhelmed.
The visitors might even manage to miss out on a charge in faintly comic situations Harry Kane raising his kick high over the crossbar after Redmonds red-card offense and they will remember it remained in this component last December that they stimulated their title charge with a remarkable 2-0 win .
This efficiency was much more appealing. Kane had actually put them in front early in the 2nd half, after Allis first-half equaliser, and they turned the screw as soon as Southampton were a male down. The alternative, Son Heung-min, raced on to an Eriksen pass to drill house the 3rd it was the most scientific of surfaces and Alli provided the scoreline an emphatic feel with his 2nd 2 minutes later on.
The penalty/red-card double whammy, provided after substantial consideration by the referee, Mike Dean, was the significant talking point. It was a slick Tottenham counter-attack including Eriksen and Moussa Sissoko that had actually got Alli away and the chasing Redmond plucked him from behind prior to they went into the location.
The Southampton winger then stumbled into Alli inside package to make even more, less apparent contact however it was still adequate to knock the Tottenham gamer from his stride. Alli sent his shot wide as he went to ground. There was a significant time out as Dean considered his alternatives, followed by a grow when he flashed the red card.
Claude Puel, the Southampton supervisor, stated the choice was a little tough and hard to accept as it was merely 2 gamers defending the ball and he firmly insisted that it had actually eliminated his groups possibilities. On the other hand Pochettino was entitled to explain that Tottenham had actually not just been 2-1 up at the time however were well in control. And there was little doubt that Redmond had actually dedicated a last-man nasty on Alli at some time.
The charge brought tones of David Beckhams definitive miss out on at Euro 2004 for England versus Portugal. When Kane planted his standing foot beside the area he unintentionally developed a divot underneath the ball and, in turn, he got badly below the shot.
Kane stated he had actually discovered prior to the video game there was a relaid spot of lawn simply on the charge area while he likewise tweeted that if theres any NFL groups searching for a kicker in the future, take a look at my video game tonight.
He might manage to joke. Alli broached Tottenham having actually made a huge declaration and no one might disagree.
The only frustration for Pochettino remained in the yellow cards that Kyle Walker and Jan Vertonghen gathered which will suggest they are suspended for the journey to Watford on New Years Day. Since of an infection will be readily available to return, the supervisor is confident Toby Alderweireld missing here.
Pochettino saluted the character of his group and it was significant in exactly what was a return win. Van Dijk had actually got in between Vertonghen and Rose to head house from James Ward-Prowses free-kick and for the very first 15 minutes or two Southampton called the tune.
It signified Tottenhams inflammation that Vertonghen left his hand throughout Jay Rodriguezs face as if he indicated it after making a clearance; the Southampton striker made no difficulty and Dean took no action.
Southampton pushed hard at the start and Redmond fizzled one low shot inches past Hugo Lloriss far post.