Tottenham Hotspur put the disappointment of losing the north London derby behind as they faced Southampton at Wembley. The Saints were playing under the tutelage of their caretaker manager Kelvin Davis with their new manager Ralph Hasenhuttl watching from the stands. However, from the result of this match, it could be said that the Austrian mastermind has an arduous job in his hands.
Spurs looked to put the pressure on the visitors from the word go, and their strategy paid off in the 9th minute as Harry Kane opened the scoring, nudging the ball into the net from the corner kick. Southampton skipper Pierre-Emile Højbjerg hit the woodwork from a long ranger later in the first half as Stuart Armstrong could not pick up the rebound, reflecting the current crisis that the South Coast club is going through at the moment.
The north London club, meanwhile, picked up two more goals in the second half as Lucas Moura and Heung Min Son scored in the gap of four minutes to put the game beyond their opponents. Charlie Austin scored one in the last minute, which was too little too late for his side. Here is how the Tottenham Hotspur players were rated from their win against Southampton.
Hugo Lloris: 6
Didn’t have much to do except the occasional regulation saves as most of the action happened at the other end of the pitch. Could do nothing much to prevent Austin from spoiling his clean sheet.
Kieran Trippier: 7
Brilliant composure from the right back as he delivered one lethal cross after another into the box.
Juan Foyth: 6
A solid defensive effort from the young Argentine as he kept his side out of harm’s way.
Toby Alderweireld: 6
Looked to keep the pressure on the opposition strikers and made some excellent blocks and interceptions.
Danny Rose: 6
Good job by the Englishman as he kept beating the opposition defenders with his pace and also tracked back well.
Eric Dier: 7
Composed as ever. Made some superb passes and built the game from the back.
Harry Winks: 6
Partnered Dier well in the midfield and kept the pressure on the opponents with his interceptions.
Lucas Moura: 7
Superb on the attack as the Brazilian looked lethal from the word go. Scored the second goal to put the match beyond the Saints.
Christian Eriksen: 7
Looked to make life as difficult as possible with his shot-making and brilliant footwork for the defenders.
Heung Min Son: 8
Mature decision making and fearlessness reflected in his game once again as Son sealed the match with the third goal.
Harry Kane: 8
An absolute fox in the box! Scored the first goal smoothly and kept taking shots on the goal whenever he got even a little bit of space.
Moussa Sissoko: 6
Did well in whatever limited time he got on the pitch with crucial blocks and passes.
Dele Alli: NA
Played too little to warrant a rating
Oliver Skipp: NA
Played too little to warrant a rating.