Southampton 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur: Sandro helps Spurs hold out for narrow away win
Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Sandro put in a strong performance to help Spurs hold out for a 2-1 win over Southampton at St. Mary's Stadium this afternoon.
Gareth Bale, who left Southampton in 2007, powered home a 15th-minute header to open the scoring, before Clint Dempsey added a second before half-time.
Spurs completely dominated in all areas throughout the first 45 minutes but the game was a tale of two halves as Southampton significantly improved after the break
Jay Rodriguez set up an enthralling final 20 minutes by smashing home from a tight angle and the former Burnley striker could have grabbed an equaliser moments later with a left-footed effort that went wide of the post.
The Saints onslaught continued as Lambert's close-range effort was well-blocked by William Gallas and Morgan Schneiderlin’s long-range shot almost decapitated the heroic Sandro in stoppage time.
Despite the St Mary's crowd roaring the home side on, Spurs managed to cling on to claim three points.
The win has moved Tottenham into a Champions League spot but Southampton are second from bottom and their 26 goals conceded is by far the poorest in the Premier League.
Sandro was one of the most consistent performers throughout the 90 minutes, having helped sweep the ball around the pitch in the first-half and then was a key barrier in front of the defence in the second.
Fellow Brazilian Guly Do Prado came on for Steven Davis in the 78th-minute but failed to make any impact.