Tottenham returned to winning ways on Wednesday night after beating Southampton 3-1 at the national stadium. Much of the game was played at a pedestrian pace with Spurs' victory never really being in doubt, following an early Harry Kane strike.
The first goal came as a result of some clever movement from Tottenham's number ten as Kane converted a low Christian Eriksen cross.
After going behind early on, Southampton responded well with the next best chance of the half falling the way of
Key Talking Point
Tottenham did what they would have set out to do in this game, displaying excellent bounce-back-ability following their crushing derby defeat last time out. Despite being far from their sparkling best, Spurs secured the crucial three points and got their festive schedule well and truly back on track.
Starting XI: Lloris (8); Trippier (6), Foyth (6), Alderweireld (7), Rose (8); Winks (7), Dier (6), Son (7), Lucas (6), Eriksen (8); Kane (9).
Substitutes: Sissoko (5), Alli (5), Skipp (4)
Star Man: Harry Kane
The Tottenham and England captain was crucial once more for his side, as he opened the scoring and assisted Son's goal in the second half. Admittedly, this will not be the toughest examination of Kane's goalscoring prowess, but he will be relieved to jot his name on yet another Premier League scoresheet, keeping him in touch with the league's best.
Honourable mention: Hugo Lloris
The World Cup winner made a string of world class saves to keep his side in this game. With Tottenham taking their foot off the pedal in the second half, barring the Frenchman's impressive display the scoreline could have told a very different story on Wednesday night.
Worst Player: Eric Dier
After a derby day of mixed emotions for the 24-year-old, Dier looked far from his energetic best and was missing for large parts of the game. Unable to effectively break up Southampton's play, the holding midfielder cruised through this tie without contributing anything of real importance. Must improve if he is to maintain his spot in the starting XI over Christmas.
Key Talking Point
Southampton's new manager
Starting XI: McCarthy (6); Soares (7), Stephens (5), Yoshida (5), Targett (4); Davis (7), Hojbjerg (7), Ward-Prowse (6), Armstrong (6), Redmond (5); Gabbiadini (6).
Substitutes: Austin (7), Romeu (4).
Source : 90min