Tottenham progressed through to the fourth round of the FA Cup after an unconvincing 3-2 home win over Southampton.
Jose Mourinho’s side were hardly at the races for the majority of the clash, but went 1-0 up inside 12 minutes after Jack Stephens inadvertently guided Tanguy Ndombele’s effort into his own net.
The hosts didn’t capitalise on that momentum, and took their foot off the gas for the remainder of the half. Danny Ings came close to equalising, but rattled the crossbar from about 6 yards out. A chance that everyone would have expected him to convert given his red-hot form.
Spurs were eventually punished on the 34th minute, as Hugo Lloris could only parry Nathan Redmond’s effort into the path of Shane Long who duly converted from close range.
José Mourinho on #thfc 3-2 Southampton: "The best team lost. The best team on the pitch lost."— Daily Hotspur (@Daily_Hotspur) February 5, 2020
Whatever the ‘special one’ said at half-time did not resonate with his players, as they started the second half just as sloppy as they ended the first.
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Redmond was at the heart of all things positive for Southampton yet again in the 72nd minute. His lung-busting mazy run beat three Spurs players before finding Ings who made no mistake from the edge of the box, finishing beyond the outstretched Lloris into the bottom corner.
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Southampton’s lead lasted all of six minutes though, as Lucas Moura was allowed too much time on the edge of the Saint’s area and lashed his effort past Angus Gunn.
Lucas momentarily saving us from embarrassment— Jorge (@TottenhamSpur) February 5, 2020
It wasn’t until the 88th minute the game was offered it’s first shred of controversy, as referee David Coote deemed Gunn’s contact on Heu-Min Son to be enough to warrant a spot-kick which the South Korean made no mistake in scoring.
The last gasp penalty was the overriding talking point from a game in which the visitors can consider themselves very unfortunate to come away with defeat. Gunn seemed to make minimal contact with Son, the decision only reigniting the fierce debate that comes with VAR.
Southampton so unlucky— Tom Murray (@T214Murray) February 5, 2020
By far the better team and played some scintillating football, the goal from Ings absolutely brilliant.
To go away and dominate Spurs, Chelsea, Leicester, Arsenal, even Liverpool at times shows what a turnaround they have made.#saintsfc
The game was overshadowed by a nasty looking knee-injury on James Ward-Prowse after the midfielder tried to block a Ryan Sessegnon clearance. The incident left Shane Long and Sessegnon himself looking visibly distressed as Ward-Prowse received oxygen.