Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Southampton: Spurs player ratings as they drop points for the third successive game

Frustrating game for the men in lillywhite as they drop three valuable points as Steven Davis scored two for Southampton. Here's how we rated the North London club today.

Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Southampton: Spurs player ratings as they drop points for the third successive game
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Mauricio Pochettino's men could not come out victorious in their last home game of what is a remarkable season for the team. Heung-Min Son propelled Tottenham Hotspur into the lead but a brace from midfielder Steven Davis allowed Southampton to snatch all three points.

The Tottenham team looked fatigued in the second half and were clearly struggling. It has become a regular occurence for Spurs to drop points in the second half of the game in the last three games, but this tie was the first that saw them drop all three.

Today is a day that will not be remembered fondly by the Tottenham faithful.

Day to forget for Lloris and the back four

Hugo Lloris: 5. Today was only the sixth time Lloris has conceded two goals in a Premier League match and he will be kicking himself for it. Davis' second goal looked to be a soft one to concede and with every point being crucial at this point in the season, Lloris and company with not be happen with themselves.

Kyle Walker: 6. Walker looked energetic and fast when Tottenham used him as an outlet in the first half, but once the second half came around he looked fatigued and not up for the challenge of Saido Mané and Ryan Bertrand who were lively all game. Although he tried to make forward runs into the opposing half, his attacking abilities were held back by his defensive duties.

Toby Alderweireld: 6. Alderweireld is renound for his cross-field passing but his superb passing ability could not be put to use today. He was given a torrid time by Shane Long and Dusan Tadic as they were always looking for an extra goal. This game was one of the toughest the Belgian had to play in a Spurs shirt, but it wasn't all doom and gloom as he picked up the One Hotspur player of the season award after the game for his magnificent performances throughout the season.

Jan Vertonghen: 6. Again, very much like his fellow Belgian defender, Vertonghen had a very frustrating game as he was not allowed to play from the back because players like Sadio Mané and Shane Long were always pressing very high up the field. Vertonghen's presence was not felt at many corner kicks, and he did not impact the game much going forward.

Danny Rose: 5. Rose did not venture deep into the oppositions half as much as we have seen him do so much this season and I feel this limited Tottenhams attacking prowess during the match. However, he carried out his defensive duties very well when he was called upon. The English full-back was another player who looked very tired in the second half, and this can almost definitely be attributed to the style of play Pochetinno insists on playing.

Ryan Mason stars in a double-pivot alongside Eric Dier

Ryan Mason: 5. Mason was drafted into the midfield after Mousa Dembélé picked up a suspension and was unable to play. The midfielder's touch let him down on multiple occasions during the match, and it is clear why if the chance is there, Dembélé will start before him. Today was Mason's first start for a while, and you could see that he was struggling to keep up with the pace of the other players.

Eric Dier: 7. Dier produced some more crunching tackles that got the crowd going at White Hart Lane. The young English prospect should have arguably been given red at Stamford Bridge but he escaped with only a yellow card and was eligible for this fixture. Dier did not have a terrible game but he was still not able to keep Tottenham in a position where they would come out victorious.

Unsuccesful day for the attackers of Tottenham Hotspur

Erik Lamela: 7. The Argentinian looked lively today, and it almost felt like he was driving the team on at stages in the game. Lamela has truly blossomed under Mauricio Pochetinno and although he did not produce that crucial goal or assist today, it is an indicator of how far he has come under the watchful eye of his fellow Argentinian.

Christian Eriksen: 5. Eriksen did not have a fruitful game today, as the movement of forward players was not spotted by him on multiple occasions during the match. The Danish international has been on fine form recently but today will not go down in the history books alongside his great performances of late.

Heung-Min Son: 8. Son grabbed the first goal in the match as he showed off his close control and rounded Fraser Forster to slot home into an empty net. The South Korean made darting runs into the heart of the Southampton today but unfortunately only found the back of the net once. Son tired in the second half and was eventually substituted off for Clinton N'jie in the 65th minute.

Harry Kane: 5. Kane has showed week in, week out that he is not only a proven goal scorer but a hard worker. Kane still worked hard and gave his all but today was not one of his best games for the London club. However, the Premier League's top goal scorer could not find many chances in front of goal today as he was marshalled all game by Jose Fonte and Virgil Van-Dijk, who was superb today.