No Kane but Spurs ready for Saints

Mar 20, 2017, 00:38
No Kane but Spurs ready for Saints

Janssen has struggled to play well for Tottenham this season and has not contributed much to the team.

So this was opportune timing for Eriksen and his manager Mauricio Pochettino, as the creative midfielder ended an eleven match streak without a goal to open the scoring here and ease the anxiety of Kane's absence.

"I think we're doing well". Van Dijk, McCarthy, Austin and Target.

Southampton: Forster 5, Cedric 6, Stephens 6, Yoshida 6, Bertrand 6, Romeu 6, Davis 5, Ward-Prowse 6, Tadic 5, Redmond 5, Gabbiadini 6.

Spurs said on Tuesday the injury is considered less serious than the one Kane sustained in September, when he damaged the same ankle ligaments and was out for seven weeks. "It's a great chance for them".

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Southampton has had enough time to rest and prepare well for this contest, after seeing the pitch for the last time back on March 4, against Watford, when they celebrated a crucial 3:4 win.

"He is very positive, joking about (coming back) after the global break, three to four weeks", Pochettino said. In the box he looks like a striker because he's very smart and outside the box he plays like a midfielder. It's a good thing for them and congratulations to them and to the club.

Southampton went in search of an equalizer and made Tottenham uncomfortable but failed to create clear openings.

Unfortunately for the visitors, the striker picked up an injury while attempting to convert the first of those chances, forcing him out of the game, moments before Alli gave the home side the comfort of a two-goal cushion.

52' - GOAL! Tottenham 2-1 Southampton (Ward-Prowse).

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The Italian is aiming to become only third player after Micky Quinn and Diego Costa to score in each of his first four Premier League appearances.

Southampton have won their last two Premier League games, netting four goals in each clash.

Spurs qualified for the Champions League but were dumped out in the group stage and were also eliminated from the Europa League. But not for the next eight or nine games if he is out for that long.

Tottenham and Southampton meeting on last December for the league time and also for the first time of the current season.

Spurs have only once had a better overall record at this stage of a top-flight campaign - in their title-winning 1960-61 season.

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