Southampton comeback earns late point against Spurs

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By Jess AndersonBBC Sport

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Harry Kane scores for spursHarry Kane has scored 12 goals in 16 Premier League appearances against Southampton

A late James Ward-Prowse penalty earned Southampton a deserved point in a thrilling encounter as they came from behind against Tottenham at St Mary's.

A fragmented first half never really got going as both sides were forced into two substitutions apiece with Richarlison and Ben Davies coming off injured for Spurs and Saints' Armel Bella-Kotchap and Jan Bednarek also replaced.

Pedro Porro broke the deadlock, hammering a shot into the roof of the net just before half time.

Che Adams levelled 47 seconds into the second half, but Saints were staring at defeat with 15 minutes to go thanks to Harry Kane's header before a fine Ivan Perisic effort.

But Theo Walcott inspired Southampton's comeback with a slotted finish from Sekou Mara's header and Ward-Prowse completed it from the spot to secure a vital point.

Saints persevere to earn deserved point

A point does nothing to improve Southampton's position in the table as they remain rooted to the bottom, but it does highlight the improvements made under manager Ruben Selles.

They have managed just one win so far under the Spanish coach - against fellow strugglers Leicester in March - but this spirited second-half performance showed promising signs as they face a tough battle to stay in the Premier League.

Saints had to substitute both their central defenders inside 33 minutes with Mohammed Salisu replacing Bella-Kotchap and Ainsley Maitland-Niles returning to the fold after two weeks on the sidelines after Bednarek was taken to hospital with a suspected rib injury.

But the home side were rejuvenated in the second half with Adams' early goal putting Spurs on the back foot, and they were unlucky to concede the second goal to a quality Kane header.

Even trailing by two goals it was Southampton who had the chances as Walcott gave the St Mary's crowd hope, before Mara went close to an equaliser but was denied by Spurs keeper Fraser Forster.

Southampton were eventually rewarded for their tenacity when Pape Sarr made contact with Maitland-Niles in the box and Ward-Prowse drove a powerful penalty into the back of the net.

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Squad number31Player nameBazunu

Squad number2Player nameWalker-Peters

Squad number35Player nameBednarek

Squad number37Player nameBella-Kotchap

Squad number15Player namePerraud

Squad number17Player nameS Armstrong

Squad number8Player nameWard-Prowse

Squad number45Player nameLavia

Squad number24Player nameElyounoussi

Squad number32Player nameWalcott

Squad number10Player nameAdams

Squad number3Player nameMaitland-Niles

Squad number18Player nameMara

Squad number20Player nameSulemana

Squad number22Player nameSalisu

Squad number26Player nameAlcaraz

Tottenham Hotspur

Squad number20Player nameForster

Squad number17Player nameRomero

Squad number15Player nameDier

Squad number34Player nameLenglet

Squad number23Player namePorro

Squad number4Player nameSkipp

Squad number5Player nameHøjbjerg

Squad number33Player nameDavies

Squad number9Player nameRicharlison

Squad number7Player nameSon Heung-min

Squad number10Player nameKane

Squad number12Player nameEmerson Royal

Squad number14Player namePerisic

Squad number21Player nameKulusevski

Squad number29Player nameSarr



Formation 4-4-2

31Bazunu2Walker-Peters35BednarekSubstituted forMaitland-Nilesat 34'minutes37Bella-KotchapSubstituted forSalisuat 8'minutes15Perraud17S ArmstrongSubstituted forAlcarazat 70'minutes8Ward-Prowse45Lavia24ElyounoussiSubstituted forSulemanaat 70'minutesBooked at 87mins32Walcott10AdamsSubstituted forMaraat 70'minutes


1McCarthy3Maitland-Niles9A Armstrong12Onuachu18Mara20Sulemana22Salisu26Alcaraz27Diallo


Formation 3-4-2-1

20Forster17Romero15Dier34Lenglet23PorroSubstituted forEmerson Royalat 86'minutes4SkippBooked at 85mins5Højbjerg33DaviesSubstituted forPerisicat 37'minutes9RicharlisonSubstituted forKulusevskiat 5'minutesSubstituted forSarrat 86'minutes7Son Heung-min10Kane


6D Sánchez12Emerson Royal14Perisic16Danjuma21Kulusevski25Tanganga27Lucas Moura29Sarr40Austin

Live Text

Match ends, Southampton 3, Tottenham Hotspur 3.

Second Half ends, Southampton 3, Tottenham Hotspur 3.

Attempt missed. Clément Lenglet (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ivan Perisic with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Mohammed Salisu (Southampton).

Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Pape Sarr (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Goal! Southampton 3, Tottenham Hotspur 3. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

VAR Decision: Penalty Southampton.

Penalty Southampton. Ainsley Maitland-Niles draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Pape Sarr (Tottenham Hotspur) after a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt blocked. Mohammed Salisu (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse with a cross.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Pape Sarr.

Attempt blocked. Carlos Alcaraz (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Kamaldeen Sulemana (Southampton) is shown the yellow card.

Emerson Royal (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kamaldeen Sulemana (Southampton).

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Pape Sarr replaces Dejan Kulusevski.

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Emerson Royal replaces Pedro Porro.

Oliver Skipp (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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