Tottenham made a hard-fought win over Southampton that ensured they remain second in the table heading into the international break after they overcame the absence of leading scorer Harry Kane to secure a win.
The win extends Tottenham’s club-record run of successive home Premier League wins to 10, the same number of points by which they trail leaders Chelsea.
Goals from Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli – the latter a penalty – in an effective display underlined that Spurs are more than just their talismanic 24-goal striker While Southampton lost in-form striker Manolo Gabbiadini to injury in the first half but gave a good account of themselves in the second, at the start of which James Ward-Prowse scored from close range.
But they were unable to gain parity as Tottenham’s stubborn backline and industrious central midfield held them at bay.
The defeat leaves the Saints 10th in the table and needing an improbable 30 points from the 33 left available to them in their remaining 11 games to match last season’s tally of 63.
Prior to Sunday’s match, Spurs had won just three of nine top-flight games without Kane this campaign, during which they had managed just eight goals.
However, one of those victories was the impressive 2-0 triumph over Manchester City in October, illustrating that there are goals elsewhere in this talented Spurs side – a fact Eriksen and Alli demonstrated on Sunday with their 10th and 17th goals of the campaign respectively.
Southampton have beaten Tottenham just once in their last nine league meetings and have enjoyed just three victories in 17 Premier League visits to White Hart Lane.
Having lost 4-1 at home to Pochettino’s Spurs in December and 3-0 at Ronald Koeman’s Everton the following month, Southampton will be glad to see the back of sides managed by their former bosses for this season.