Tottenham Hotspurs ran out 4-1 winners when they beat Southampton at St Mary’s in what was a game where the score did not necessarily reflect the game.
Southampton had the perfect start to the game as Virgil Van Dijk put the hosts ahead in just the second minute of the game.
Spurs however hit back on the brink of the 20 minute mark as midfielder Dele Alli nodded the ball into the back of the net to level the two teams.
The first half ended 1-1 with Victor Wanyama having the best chance to take the lead for Spurs when his shot in the middle of the box was blocked in what was a relatively dull half barring the two goals.
The second half made up for any entertainment that wasn’t present in the first as Harry Kane put away his header to give Spurs the lead at 51 minutes.
José Fonte missed a header on the other hand and a few minutes later Nathan Redmond pushed Dele Alli causing him to fall in the box resulting in a red card shown to Redmond and a penalty awarded to Spurs.
Harry Kane stepped up to take the penalty but got it horribly wrong as the ball went flying over the crossbar in what was very reminiscent to the penalty Sergio Ramos missed in the 2012 Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich.
Saints tried desperately to get back into the game but the absence of Redmond meant that with 10 men on the pitch they were spread very thin.
This was eventually their downfall as Christian Eriksens long ball was deflected off Romeu to fall in the path of Son who put it past Fraser Forster to take the game away from the hosts.
Danny Rose made a god run in field just two minutes later to put Dele Alli in some space who made no mistake and took the lead to 4-1 as he celebrated his brace and the victory.
Spurs would have been hoping for an easier time against Southampton given their looming Chelsea fixture and yellow cards to Kyle Walker and Jan Vertonghen will mean that Pochettino’s depth will be tested this weekend as they are also without Toby Alderweireld.