Southampton 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur; 10-men Saints hold on at St. Mary's
Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane (centre) appeals to referee Simon Hooper (left) after a foul on Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster (not pictured) during the Premier League match at St Mary's Stadium, Southampton. Picture date: Tuesday December 28, 2021. (Photo by Andrew Matthews/PA Images via Getty Images)

The Video Assistant Referee played a big role in Tottenham’s away draw to Southampton at St. Mary’s.

An incorrect offside decision to rule out Harry Kane’s second goal of the day saw Spurs earn one disappointing point against the Saints, who played with 10 men for over 50 minutes of the game.

Despite the controversial draw, Antonio Conte made history by becoming the first manager in Club’s history to go undefeated in his first seven league games.

Story of the game

James Ward-Prowse half-volley put Southampton into the lead but just a few minutes later Spurs would find the equalizer thanks to Kane's penalty. 

The penalty came following a Mohammed Salisu foul on Heung-min Son as he ran into the box on to a Harry Winks' pass. 

The Saints defender saw a second yellow card and exited the game leaving his team with only 10 men.

Salisu had already picked up a yellow card for a foul on Emerson Royal earlier in the game.

Early in the second half,  Kane's second goal of the game was ruled out by VAR despite being in line with the last defender.

Tottenham carried on pressing by bringing Lucas Moura and Bryan Gil into the game but the 10 men of Southampton held on to the draw at home. 

Conte's statement on VAR

''Yeah, I think Harry (Kane) scored twice, one a penalty and then the second goal. I think that I don't want to comment on the referee decision or the VAR decision,'' the Italian manager said.

''They are there to try to do their best. We hope every time that they make the best decision.

For sure it was an opportunity that we missed. When you have this type of situation you have to try to exploit, to try to get three points.''

Spurs are now sixth in the Premier League table with 30 points while having two games in hand on fifth place West Ham (31pts) and fourth place Arsenal (35pts), respectively.