Southampton Defender Maya Yoshida Encouraged by Saints' Second Half Performance Against Tottenham


Spurs were just 8/15 to win the match before Harry Kane's injury, which also prompted their Premier League outright odds to drift from 14/1 to 20/1. They operate as a business and as a football team in a certain way and they recruit head coaches and players that fit those principles.

Last summer, Spurs signed four players, including Vincent Janssen, Georges-Kevin Nkoudou and Moussa Sissoko for a combined £57 million to pep up their attack.

"There are so many things to learn from this season for me, and last season as well", he said.

In the day's other games Manchester United moved up to fifth place with a 3-1 win over relegation-threatened Middlesbrough while Manchester City came from behind to draw 1-1 at home with Liverpool. I'm very happy with him and all the players, but I understand they are maybe not happy with some situations - different players. "He knows that's who I am", Alli said.

As for Southampton they have no fresh injuries to worry about but they'll continue to be without Charlie Austin, Jeremy Pied, Alex McCarthy, Matt Targett and Virgil van Dijk. On Sunday he scored his 15th Premier League goal of a remarkable season, playing nearly as a centre-forward for Mauricio Pochettino's team.

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Southampton failed to clear a loose ball and, as it ricocheted around the area, Steven Davis was adjudged to have brought down Dele Alli. And you'll argue, yes, they've only won three games but they're drawing too many and that's the difference and the problems that they're having.

Defender Yoshida felt that his side can take heart from their second-half display, but admitted the Saints' poor first-half is what cost them the game.

Spurs are unbeaten in their first 14 home top-flight league games of a season for the first time since 1964/65.

From the start, Spurs pressed: Kane's stand-in Son almost drew first blood with a minute on the clock when he chased down a ball by Eriksen and forced Fraser Forster in the Southampton goal to save at his near post.

Janssen was thrust into the spotlight early on in the season after Harry Kane injured his ankle the first time back in October. But not for the next eight or nine games if he is out for that long.