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3 talking points as Tottenham Hotspur secure a late victory over Southampton

Tottenham Hotspur defeated Southampton in the Premier League after Son Heung-min scored the winning goal in injury time from the spot.

Ryan Mason picked up his first three points as Tottenham Hotspur manager after defeating Southampton 2-1 in the Premier League. The hosts pulled themselves back to secure a comeback after conceding an early goal from a corner that was tucked away by Danny Ings.

In the first half, Spurs seemed disorganised and were on the brink of conceding several more goals had not been for the heroics of Hugo Lloris. However, it all turned around for Tottenham, after Gareth Bale scored a goal from a tight angle to draw it all square. Son Heung-min then found the back of the net on a quick counter-attack but the goal was chalked off by VAR as Lucas Moura was offside and had interfered in the goal.

It seemed like the two sides would have to share the spoils but a late penalty in injury time helped Tottenham seal all three points. Son stepped up in Harry Kane‘s absence and found the back of the net. The fixture concluded by rewarding Ryan Mason his first win in charge and ending the club’s three-game winless streak in the Premier League.
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A POOR FIRST HALF FOR TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

Hugo Lloris pulled off a miraculous double save in the first few minutes to deny the visitors. The 2018 World Cup winner was shortly tested again by Southampton’s attack during the first half. The defence of Tottenham seemed switched off for the most part of the game and the goal scored by Danny Ing’s was the perfect example to prove the same.

The hosts were awful while defending in the first half and were equally poor going forward as well. Lucas Moura seemed like the only light of hope to get past the opponent’s defence. Meanwhile, the likes of Son Heung-min and Gareth Bale seemed more or less isolated in the first half. Especially the latter, who has often found drifting wide on the right flank and was barely involved in the build-up.

This has often been the case for Tottenham Hotspur this season as the team fails to stay motivated and consistent throughout the game. Under Jose Mourinho, the players would switch off in the second half which would result in failing to protect the lead. However, against the Saints under Mason, the players started off poor and were lucky to get away with a win.