Alan Smith grades Tottenham performance, reveals what was impressive
By Will Butcher
Alan Smith believes Tottenham’s desire to win without Harry Kane was a credit to their performance against Southampton on Sunday.
Spurs secured their 17th Premier League win of the season at White Hart Lane with a narrow 2-1 victory over the Saints, thanks to goals from Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli.
Former Arsenal striker Smith graded Spurs’ performance on Sky Sports’ website as an ‘A’ and was majorly impressed with their ability to triumph without Kane.
“When Spurs went 2-0 up I thought they would go on and add to that in the second half,” Smith said. “But to Southampton’s credit they replied after the break and Spurs had to battle.
“They never looked like they wouldn’t get three points but to win without Harry Kane and seal a 10th league home win in a row was impressive.”
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Spurs took the lead through playmaker Eriksen, who slammed home a left-footed effort from outside the penalty area into the corner of Fraser Forster’s net.
England international Alli doubled Spurs’ lead, after being brought down by Saints midfielder Steven Davis in the penalty area during the first half.
Alli dusted himself off before sending England teammate Forster the wrong way to score his 17th goal of the season in all competitions.
Spurs held on to a narrow win despite the absence of Kane, who suffered ankle injury last time out against Millwall in the FA Cup.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side were tested throughout the second half after James Ward-Prowse got a goal back to make it 2-1, but the scoreline remained the same until the final whistle.
Spurs stay in second place and 10 points behind league leaders Chelsea, but have consolidated their place after Liverpool and Man City drew.
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