Garth Crooks claims Spurs would have lost to Southampton if not for one player

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BBC football pundit Garth Crooks has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur would have lost to Southampton on Saturday if not for one player.

Crooks, who played for Spurs between 1980-1985 believes that the North London outfit have Harry Kane to thank for ending their poor run of form.

Spurs headed into the Premier League clash against the Saints having failed to win their three previous matches.

Kane once again proved to be the match winner when he was on hand to beat Angus Gunn with a low effort following a brilliant counter attack involving Heung-min Son and Christian Eriksen.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side piled the pressure on themselves when Serge Aurier was sent off in the first half and was followed by Hugo Lloris’ moment of madness to allow Danny Ings to level the score.

Crooks believes that Kane is one of the very few players which the club can rely on in a crisis and he kept his nerve to ensure that the winless streak was ended ahead of tomorrow’s match against Bayern Munich.

The victory meant that Spurs have now won their last two matches at the new stadium.

He told the BBC: “Spurs would have lost this game if it were not for the calmness of Kane. For large parts of the win against Southampton, Tottenham’s performance descended into chaos.

“Serge Aurier’s game fell apart during 10 minutes of madness, followed by Hugo Lloris’s peculiar rendition of the Cruyff turn on his own goalline. Really, have you ever seen anything like it?

“What Southampton made of all this I can only imagine. The sad thing for the Saints is that they could not take advantage of it. Thank goodness Spurs have Kane – one of the few players they can rely on in a crisis.”


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