|OPPONENTS||Southampton at St. Marys|
|COMPETITION||FA Cup Fourth Round|
|DATE||Saturday 25th January 2020|
Just three and a half weeks on from our New Years Day defeat at St.
Mary's, Spurs return to the scene of the crime hoping to do a bit
better this time. Having to do it without Harry Kane and with
Southampton hitting a bit of form won't help. Neither will
Jose Mourinho having written some of the pre-match team talk for the
home team, with his spat with one of the Southampton back-room staff
ending with him allegedly calling the goalkeeping coach an idiot.
With Danny Ings in good scoring form and being put forward as the striker to take Harry Kane's place at Euro 2020, Spurs will need to be a good deal tighter in defence to prevent a repeat of the first game of the decade. Southampton players have suddenly clicked into Hassenhutl's style of play, which features a hard press and everyone getting back behind the ball when possession is lost. It has been mentioned that Soares' absence might mean that Ward-Prowse has to drop into the left back role, which will leave the Saints finding a replacement for his energy in midfield. It may also leave the Saints a little more vulnerable on that flank, as he is used to doing defensive work from midfield, but the discipline of playing as a full back is very different.
Spurs will approach this game with more understanding of how Southampton will function having been at their ground so recently. With different personnel, there may be the tools necessary to play against them in a different way, with Lamela and Lo Celso running with the ball at them, putting a different emphasis on how the home team cope with that. It will be a test of Mourinho's tactical nous, to change our style within a short period of time and to adapt without Harry Kane, whose injury on the South Coast has left Spurs without a focus of the attack.
Hopefully, Jose will come up
with a way to get something from this game, which I fear will see
each side cancel each other out and require a replay to settle.
It won't be ideal, playing another game, but if it takes a home game
to go through, then I'll take that.
|PREDICTION||Southampton 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1|
HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -
Harry Winks will have his ankle injury assessed before the game, while Harry Kane (hamstring), Ben Davies (ankle) and Moussa Sissoko (knee) are all definitely out of contention for the FA Cup tie at Southmapton
SOUTHAMPTON TEAM NEWS
|FA Cup Fourth Round||Kick off 15:00|
Tottenham Hotspur 1 (0)
Boufal 86m 42s
Son 57m 44s
|Crowd : 29,282||Weather : Dry, but dank|
|Referee : Peter Bankes||Assistant Referees : Mr. Neil Davies; Mr. Derek Eaton|
|Fourth Official : John Brooks|
|Video Assistant Referee : Jon Moss||Video Assistant Referee Assistant : Ed Smart|
|Southampton kicked off and played towards the Northam Stand end in the first half.|
|Game time : - 90 + 8 minutes.|
Bertrand (raised arm on Lo Celso) 77
Bednarek (foul on Son) 77
|Southampton :||kit||Tottenham Hotspur :||kit|
Hugo LLORIS (c)
24 Serge AURIER
4 Toby ALDERWEIRELD
6 Davinson SANCHEZ
39 Japhet TANGANGA
8 Harry WINKS
30 Gedson FERNANDES (11 Erik LAMELA 56)
20 DELE Alli (15 Eric DIER 88)
18 Giovani LO CELSO
7 Heung-Min SON
27 Lucas MOURA
|Manager : Ralph Hassenhutl||Manager : Jose Mourinho|
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When it looked as though Spurs were going to progress to Round Five, back came Southampton to grab a late equaliser and almost upset the apple cart by pushing for a winner. Heung-Min Son's goal had given Tottenham the lead just before an hour of the game and they looked likely to get a second until Ralph Hassenhutl made an attacking change that handed the impetus back to the home side and it led to Sofiane Boufal's 87th minute equaliser to take the tie to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for a replay.
Tottenham's movement and passing, first time in a lot of moves especially in the first half, proved difficult for Southampton to cope with. While the home team had a good chance from a quickly taken free-kick that caught Spurs out and allowed Danny Ings to hook the ball past Hugo Lloris, Taphet Tanganga had read the situation well and cleared off the line with a flying header. Spurs on the other hand had good chances to open the scoring in the first period. A flowing move saw Son freed on the left by Dele, but breaking into the box, he pulled his left foot shot narrowly wide of the far post with just nine minutes gone. When Toby's raking pass forward was chested down by Lucas Moura in the area, he looked odds on to score, but he slipped and as Southampton cleared, Danso was on the floor and Son fell over him. Play continued and Dele dragged the ball back under the sole of his foot for Lo Celso to run onto and shoot low into the net. Almost immediately, the linesman's flag was raised (an unusual occurrence) and the goal was ruled out, as it had flicked Son's heel as he got up and tried to avoid the ball coming his way. It was an unfortunate touch, but the right one when looked at again. Another slick move form back to front saw Dele pass left to Lucas, who put his shot just wide of the same far post that Son missed thanks to Gunn's outstretched leg.
Spurs should have been comfortably ahead at the break and it caused a little concern among the Tottenham faithful that we had let so many chances slip away. Would it come back to haunt us ? It looked like it might at the start of the second half, when Obafemi wriggled away on the right of the box and put a low ball into Ings, who met it with a deft touch at the near post, but the ball missed the far post by as much as Son's in the first half.
Within minutes, a Spurs goal came and it was a cracking goal, with Lo Celso making a strong run with the ball on the right - beating six players after he took the ball from Toby in his own penalty area, holding players off and then playing it infield to Lamela and then on to Son on the left. Getting to the 18 yard line, he hit a shot across Gunn and inside the keeper's left hand post. Southampton were exposed on their right and there was three on one, so it was good to see us take advantage of it. VAR looked at both an offside (he wasn't) and a foul by Dele on Danso as they came together on the edge of the box (it wasn't) before the goal was allowed.
It wasn't long after that Spurs started to get after Southampton and Son had another good opening, striking another left foot shot, but this time flashing it over the bar from the left side. There seemed more fluidity about Tottenham after Lamela came on, looking to keep the ball going forward, but Southampton looked to force a way back into the game. A couple of corners hinted that the game was not quite over yet, but they were defended well and when they had the chance to move it upfield, they made good ground.
Hassenhutl brought on Boufal for Danso, which looked to be a positive move, but it required a shuffle in the Saints side and when they were trying to move the ball around in midfield, it left them open when Spurs won possession. The home side were pushing on and when Redmond shifted the ball to make enough space to stand a cross up for Ings at the far post, the striker managed to put his header wide. Tottenham were struggling to cope with the shape that Southampton had adopted, but Redmond looked to get into the box and when he did, luckily, he passed straight to Harry Winks. The winger was getting room and while Spurs could have broken when the ball was turned over, the way we were giving the ball away, it looked like it would be a tough five minutes. And that was exactly what happened. Aurier lost the ball inside his own half, it was moved to Ings, who set up Boufal to strike the ball past Lloris from the penalty spot. It was a needless goal to give away with the game clock running down.
There was a late shout for a penalty when the ball hit Tanganga's arm in the box, but it also appeared that Ings had used his arm before it got to Japhet. It hen hit Sanchez's arm after that but VAR didn't review it much to Haassenhutl's annoyance after the game.
Spurs had a late central free-kick but Lo Celso fired it over and Southampton were given one on their left wing, which Bertrand played in, but Spurs stood firm and defended it. So, another game with the replay falling in the winter break, denying Mourinho more time to work with the side. We are still in the hat I suppose, but this was a chance to finish the game off, but it is becoming one of our failings in not killing teams off. If we had held onto the ball better we could have taken the game to them, but we don't seem to be able to do it like we could under Pochettino.
Will the transfer window improve things ? Well, Eriksen's absence spoke volumes as to where he will be next month, but rumours of incoming players will help flesh out the squad and cover the injuries we are suffering.
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|How the players did|
|Hugo Lloris||Solid game, with little to do ... other than .... Got laittle lost when the quick Saints free-kick gave Ings a first half chance.|
|Serge Aurier||Good, but gave the ball away for their goal. Needs to not over-play when we need to wrap up games.|
|Toby Alderweireld||Another good game, winning lots of headers and bombing long passes forward to find our runners up front.|
|Davinson Sanchez||Looked shaky and it might be a confidence thing, as he is not getting a run of games. Struggled with Ings.|
|Japhet Tanganga||A strong performance in his unaccustomed left back role. Vital header off the line from Ings' shot in the first half.|
|Giovani Lo Celso||Star man. Getting in tackles and mazy running with the ball to create chances, Gio is a must to be signed next week|
|Harry Winks||Tigerish performance in midfield, although not one of his best. Surprised to see him in the starting line-up though after Wednesday's ankle injury.|
|Gedson Fernandes||Good performance, showing some good footwork and positional sense, but still feeling his way a bit.|
|Dele Alli||Looked strong and his direct running caused Southampton problems.|
|Heung-Min Son||Scored one and could have had another (not the one that was ruled out for offside). Tended to get caught offside, when he didn't need to, as he had the run on the Southampton defenders.|
|Lucas Moura||Worked hard and had a good chance in the first half.|
|Erik Lamela||Made an impact immediately when he came on. Never looks that assure din possession, but seems to know what he is doing and had an assist for Son's goal.|
|Eric Dier||Jose wanted him on before the Southampton goal was scored, but added a bit of strength to the side in the closing stages.|
|What you thought|
|Other scores in this round :|
|Northampton Town||0||Derby County||0||Friday|
|Queens Park Rangers||1||Sheffield Wednesday||2||Friday|
|Coventry City||0||Birmingham City||0||Saturday|
|Newcastle United||0||Oxford United||0||Saturday|
|West Ham United London||0||West Bromwich Albion||1||Saturday|
|Tranmere Rovers||0||Manchester United||6||Sunday|
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