Tottenham secured their first win in five Premier League games as a solitary Christian Eriksen strike sealed a 1-0 win over Southampton at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
The Dane struck five minutes before the break for Mauricio Pochettino’s side, as the new Spurs manager came up against his former employees for the first time.
It was three vital points picked up by Spurs, against a Saints side who were enjoying their best start to a Premier League season.
Ronald Koeman’s team had won their last four in a row in the league but Eriksen’s goal proved to be the difference in North London.
After playing out a 1-1 draw with Besiktas in the Europa League on Thursday evening, the home side showed much more energy, working tirelessly off the ball - something Pochettino likes to impose on his sides.
Jan Vertonghen had an early opportunity from a corner with his header looping towards the far corner only for Ryan Bertrand to clear off the line.
Tottenham’s attacking quartet showed glimpses of their quality in attack and Eriksen nearly finished off a perfect move, but Saints stopper Fraser Forster was up to the task, tipping his effort round the post.
Southampton could have quite easily taken the lead midway through the first half had Sadio Mane been anticipating a mistake from Kyle Naughton at the far post, only for the full-back to react swiftly and get the block in.
With both sides having chances to breakthrough, it was Spurs who struck the decisive blow after a wonderful passage of play.
Neat build-up from Nacer Chadli and Eriksen saw the latter find space and fire past Forster into the bottom corner.
Chadli had the chance to double the lead late in the first half after a terrific through ball from Emmanuel Adebayor, but he was denied his fifth league goal of the season by the post after sliding the ball past Forster.
A very evenly contested game in North London saw attempts few and far between but when they did come, it was the Saints who had the better of them as the game entered the second-half.
Victor Wanyama’s sweetly struck strike was superbly saved by Hugo Lloris after the ball broke to the Kenyan in the centre of the box.
The Saints had a golden chance to take a point back to the South Coast late on but Mane was guilty of missing a wonderful opportunity.
Bertrand’s tantalising cross from the left found the unmarked Mane, however the Senegalese striker somehow managed to miss from inside the six-yard box.
Saints were left to rue their missed chances as Spurs hung on to claim the victory.
They head into the international break with momentum as they put themselves back into the top six, with Pochettino coming out on top against his old club.
Spurs: Lloris, Naughton (Dier 32), Vertonghen, Kaboul ©, Rose, Capoue, Mason, Lamela (Kane 90), Eriksen (Dembele 82), Chadli, Adebayor
Not Used: Soldado, Vorm, Townsend, Fazio
Saints: Forster, Bertrand, Fonte, Alderweireld, Clyne, Davis, Wanyama (Long 76), Schneiderlin, Tadic, Mane, Pelle
Not Used: Davis, Cork, Gardos, Reed, Mayuka, Targett
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