Other Tottenham teams in other seasons might have left Southampton with a point and felt fairly proud of it.
However, for this Tottenham team, fighting to get back into the Champions League places, this sodden draw was a serious disappointment.
Tottenham's Harry Kane scores their first goal. Photo: Reuters/Matthew Childs
Spurs had won six of their last eight league matches before yesterday, including battering Saints 5-2 at Wembley on St Stephen's Day when almost everything they tried came off. ทางเข้าสโบ
But it did not go like that yesterday as Spurs produced one of their most disappointing performances in months, creating almost nothing and recording just two shots on target all afternoon.
Harry Kane's equaliser, a header from a corner, came on 17 minutes.
That should have signalled Spurs taking control, but they were stuck in first gear all afternoon and it was only when Mauricio Pochettino started to make changes, in the final 20 minutes, that his team played with any threat.
Southampton's Steven Davis and Ryan Bertrand in action with Tottenham's Harry Kane. Photo: Reuters/David Klein
The real reason it went wrong for Spurs is that they did not have Christian Eriksen, who was missing \with flu. Lobotomise To take Eriksen off the pitch is effectively to lobotomise this Tottenham team. He is their influential conductor, directing all of their best moves.
The Dane was replaced by Moussa Sissoko, the exact opposite of a like-for-like change. The result was that Spurs' game was far more about getting the ball down the channels, and putting crosses into the box, without ever going anywhere.
Under heavy rain, on an awful pitch, against a team fighting for its life, Saints snuck into the lead by exploiting the space in behind Serge Aurier.
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