Lallana 13′ Lambert 59′
Adebayor 25′, 64′ Hooiveld 54′ (og)
St.Mary’s - 22nd December, 2013
Referee : Chris Foy
Attendance : 31,455
No Crash this week, as he is away in Germany, so a change in style, with a more old school report.
Once again Gazzaniga was in goal, the rest of the team was pretty much as expected, with all the usual frailties in defence, including Fox at left back and the inexperienced Chambers at right back, with Hooiveld coupled with Lovren in the centre.
Temporary Spurs manager Tim Sherwood, who took charge for the 2-1 League Cup defeat at home to West Ham on Wednesday, picked an attacking line-up that included no recognised defensive midfielder.
After less than quarter of an hour, Fox passed to Lallana, who was allowed time to turn, run at goal and shoot low past goalkeeper Lloris. That prompted Sherwood to race down from his seat in the stands and take up a position on the touchline. He is nothing if not demonstrative.
Saints nearly doubled their lead after Danny Rose lost possession to Rickie Lambert. He passed to Lallana, who found JRod, only for the striker's curled shot to drift narrowly over.
Two minutes later, Spurs were level as Adebayor stretched to volley in Soldado's cross from the left wing for his first league goal this season.
Spurs then went ahead in fortunate circumstances early in the second half when Hooiveld scored an own goal. Eriksen played the ball to Rose, whose pull-back was prodded into the net by Hooiveld, the ball squirming underneath Gazzaniga.
Spurs then conceded the 18th goal in their last seven league matches and a wonderful goal to watch it was too. Lallana raced through and pulled the ball back to Lambert, who had the simple task of finding an empty net with Lloris stranded.
Before the game, only five teams had scored fewer league goals than Spurs, but they got their third of the afternoon and, as it turned out the winning goal, when Adebayor capitalised on some more indecisive Saints defending from a throw-in, to curl the ball past Gazzaniga.
After the match Pochettino said:
At 1-0, we had the game under control and we could've gone 2-0 ahead, but we conceded and practically gifted them a goal.
In the second half, we dressed up as Santa Claus and gave them many presents. We made many mistakes and when you make these mistakes, you are punished. We are obviously very angry.
At the beginning of the second half, we were controlling the game, but we conceded the second goal and it was hard to get back in the game. We were risking a lot.
We just have to keep on working as a team. Before we had a run of seven games winning and were looking up. Now we are on the wrong side and the only thing we can do is keep working.
Saints really have to cut out these ridiculous defensive errors, but in spite of everything we are still in 9th place after 17 games, just four points behind ManU in 8th place.
23rd December 2013
13 Fox (Gallagher 78')
18 Cork (Ward-Prowse 63' Booked)
08 Davis (Ramírez 69')
11 Lamela (Chadli 60')
19 Dembélé (Bentaleb 50')
09 Soldado (Defoe 85')
22 Sigurdsson Booked