Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Southampton: Davis double ruins Spurs' home finale

Tottenham Hotspur fell to a 2-1 defeat in their final home game of the season against Southampton.

Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Southampton: Davis double ruins Spurs' home finale
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Tottenham Hotpsur: Lloris; Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Dier, Mason (Chadli, min. 78); Lamela, Eriksen, Son (N'Jie, min. 65); Kane.
Southampton: Forster; Martina, Van Dijk, Fonte, Bertrand; Clasie (Romeu, min. 58), Wanyama; Mane (Pelle, min. 65), Davis, Tadic (Ward-Prowse, min. 86); Long.
SCORE: 1-0, min. 15, Kane. 1-1, min. 31, Davis. 1-2, min. 72, Davis.
REFEREE: Jon Moss (ENG). Booked Mane (min. 50), Romeu (min. 74).

Tottenham Hotspur may miss out on a spot in the top two as they lost 2-1 to Southampton in their final home game of the season.

Good start and bad finish

It appeared that Spurs had got over their disappointment of missing out on the Premier League title to Leicester City as they made a really bright start to this one. A good opening quarter of the game for Mauricio Pochettino's team was capped off with a 15th minute opener from Heung Min-Son.

It was a somewhat controversial goal as Erik Lamela played the ball into space on the right side of the box, where an offside Harry Kane was standing. However, he left it and Son ran onto the ball before rounding a hesitant Fraser Forster and cutting back inside to stroke into an empty net from three yards out.

Spurs were never in complete control of the game and they wouldn't make it to half-time with the lead intact. A simple ball was played in behind the right channel where Shane Long picked the ball up and fizzed across the box for Steven Davis, who hit it first time with his right foot and saw the ball squeeze under Hugo Lloris.

Then, with the game seemingly heading for a draw, Davis popped up again 20 minutes from time to win it. The Northern Ireland international picked it up on the left and played a one-two with Dusan Tadic on the edge of the box before guiding a shot into the bottom left corner with a slight deflection; which caught out Lloris for a second time.

It was a battling performance from both sides. | Image credit: Tottenham Hotspur
It was a battling performance from both sides. | Image credit: Tottenham Hotspur

Poor response to conceding

For the final home game of the season, this was a really flat performance from Spurs as their heads went down as soon as Davis made it 1-1. The second half was particularly poor for the Lillywhites as they struggled to create many chances and didn't look their usual solid way in defence.

Although they did have a golden opportunity just before half-time to get back in front and the change the course of the game. It was the only real opening of the game for Kane as he pinched the ball off Jose Fonte, who was trying to shepard the ball out on the left hand side. He then cut in and tried to beat Forster from the angle but the huge 'keeper stood up well and made the save.

The two chances of note they got in the second half were both from set-pieces and both fell to Belgians. First of all, with the game still level, Jan Vertonghen had a header back across goal flicked over the bar by Virgil Van Dijk following a Lamela corner.

Then came a golden chance right at the death to save their blushes in front of the home crowd. This time a low free kick from the left by Christian Eriksen deflected into the path of substitute Nacer Chadli just six yards out, but he was denied by a fine save from Forster and the Saints ran away with a deserved victory.

Spurs will now head to relegation-threatened Newcastle United on the final day needing at least a point, possibly more, to guarantee second place in the Premier League.