Spurs sink Saints to go fourth

Tottenham piled the pressure on Southampton boss Nigel Adkins with a hard-fought 2-1 victory at St Mary's.

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Gareth Bale: Opened scoring for Tottenham in their 2-1 victory against Southampt

Gareth Bale: Opened scoring for Tottenham in their 2-1 victory against Southampt

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The hosts showed early sparkle before first-half goals from Gareth Bale - returning to haunt his former club - and Clint Dempsey put the visitors in control.

Jay Rodriguez responded after the break but it wasn't enough to prevent the hosts suffering their seventh defeat of the season whilst Spurs are back in the top four.

Despite their early intent, Nigel Adkins' men almost became architects of their own downfall when Maya Yoshida's mistimed header fell to Aaron Lennon but the England winger fired wide.

It was Welsh international Bale, playing for the first time since the birth of his child, who soon made amends, planting a firm header beyond Artur Boruc following Tom Huddlestone's cross (15).

The visitors sensed an opportunity to score a second and it came when Jermain Defoe beat Boruc, before Jose Fonte's clearance allowed Dempsey to tap in.

The home side emerged after the break with renewed promise, lively forward Jason Puncheon leading the charge with a booming volley before Yoshida headed wide after Brad Friedel failed to handle Danny Fox's delivery.

Already reinvigorated, the introduction of Emmanuel Mayuka breathed new life into Saints and they were rewarded on 66 minutes courtesy of Rodriguez.

Fonte was the architect, his cute back-heel from Adam Lallana's corner falling to the former Burnley striker, who rifled the ball home from close range.

Southampton pressed relentlessly for a second but Rodriguez fired off target and William Gallas recovered brilliantly to block Rickie Lambert's effort.

SouthamptonTeam StatisticsTottenham Hotspur
1Goals2
01st Half Goals2
2Shots on Target4
6Shots off Target7
7Blocked Shots1
2Corners3
15Fouls10
3Offsides5
0Yellow Cards3
0Red Cards0
81.7Passing Success87.2
19Tackles14
89.5Tackles Success85.7
52.3Possession47.7
58.9Territorial Advantage41.1
471Total Passes446
26Total Crosses14
146Lost Balls144
48Recoveries49
45.61st Half Poss.54.4
57.72nd Half Poss.42.3

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