Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Sinning Saints Are Put to the Sword by Hot Spurs; Southampton 1 TOTTENHAM 4

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Sinning Saints Are Put to the Sword by Hot Spurs; Southampton 1 TOTTENHAM 4

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DELE Alli's double spared Harry Kane's blushes as the midfielder helped Tottenham to an emphatic 4-1 win against 10-man Southampton.

Kane scored one but missed a penalty at St Mary's as two goals from Alli and another from substitute Son Heung-min sealed an impressive victory for Spurs.

Virgil van Dijk had earlier put Saints ahead within 73 seconds but Tottenham came back to lead after two headers from Kane and Alli.

Nathan Redmond was then sent off just before the hour by referee Mike Dean for denying Alli a goalscoring opportunity only for Kane to blaze the spot-kick over the bar.

The miss proved inconsequential, however, as substitute Son and then Alli sealed the win, which sends Tottenham back to within a point of Arsenal in fourth.

Oriol Romeu was back from suspension for Southampton while Mousa Dembele recovered from a foot problem to start for Spurs, whose only surprise selection was the missing Toby Alderweireld. The club said the Belgian had come down with a virus.

Alderweireld's absence meant Southampton fans could focus their dissatisfaction solely on Wanyama, the latest recruit to swap the south coast for White Hart Lane last summer.

Perhaps Wanyama's adrenaline was still pumping when he flew into an early challenge and moments later conceded a foul for a tug of the shirt.

James Ward-Prowse whipped in the free-kick and an unmarked Van Dijk jumped between Jan Vertonghen and Danny Rose to nod his side in front inside two minutes.

Spurs were rattled, struggling to cope with their opponents' speed out wide as Redmond motored past Dembele and drove just wide of the far post, before Sofiane Boufal tore down the left, his cross causing momentary panic as Vertonghen lashed the loose ball away from the arriving Jay Rodriguez.

If Southampton were all pace and penetration, Tottenham were more patient and precise and in the 19th minute, it paid dividends.

Dembele slid Moussa Sissoko in down the left and as the Frenchman's cross span up off Redmond, Alli reacted fastest, his glancing header nestling in the top right-hand corner.

The rest of the half was largely an exercise in attack against defence. …

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