By Dominic Toner
Tottenham attacker Christian Eriksen believes his side have matured from last season after holding on to beat Southampton at the weekend.
Spurs recorded a 2-1 home victory over the Saints thanks to first-half goals from Eriksen and Dele Alli, but had to hold off a comeback in the second period to secure the three points.
The north London club stay second in the Premier League table as a result and look in a strong position to earn a top four finish, with fifth-placed Manchester United seven points behind them.
Eriksen believes that the Southampton win shows they have managed to learn from last season and are now capable of holding on to leads.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side infamously let a two-goal lead slip against London rivals Chelsea last season in a 2-2 draw, which handed Leicester the Premier League title.
“The second half was a different game but we showed we’ve matured from last season where we only conceded one goal not two when we were 2-0 up,” Eriksen said, as quoted by the club’s official website. “We showed we’re capable of winning 2-1 in an ugly second half and we need to keep doing that.”
Spurs are enjoying another season competing at the top-end of the table under Pochettino and look in a good position to earn Champions League qualification, but it’s unlikely they can close the 10-point gap to runaway leaders Chelsea.
The north London club managed to battle past Southampton without the injured Harry Kane and Eriksen proved his worth to the side with a long-range goal.
The 25-year-old has now made 38 appearances this season across all competitions, scoring 10 goals and supplying 16 assists in return.
In other Tottenham news, Dermot Gallagher has delivered his verdict on two penalty calls against Southampton.