‘No excuses’ – Ramon Vega hits out at one key Spurs shortcoming against Southampton

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Ramon Vega has suggested Tottenham should have been more clinical in the 1-1 draw against 10-man Southampton. 

In what was Tottenham’s first Premier League game away from home in 51 days, Antonio Conte’s men produced an uninspiring display and it was eventually a case of two points dropped. 

Southampton came out the blocks fast, pressing Spurs intently and were rewarded for their efforts on 25 minutes through a fierce effort from James Ward-Prowse. 

Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side then had an uphill battle on their hands when Spurs were awarded a penalty after Mohammed Salisu brought down Heung-min Son and was handed a second yellow card. 

Harry Kane stepped up and dispatched the spot-kick to give Spurs a rather undeserved equaliser heading into the interval. 

Spurs sought to find a breakthrough in the second half, with Kane having a goal ruled out for a contentious offside following an excellent pass through from Harry Winks. 

Conte’s side then thought they had the lead again when Fraser Forster turned into his own net, but referee Anthony Taylor deemed Matt Doherty to have fouled the Southampton goalkeeper. 

Spurs continued to push for that elusive go-ahead goal but ultimately could not breach a dogged Saints outfit, meaning the points were shared at St Mary’s. 

Former Spurs defender Vega believes the tight fixture turnaround may have played a part in what was a blunt performance, but admits there should be ‘no excuses’ for not being more clinical against 10 men. 

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Spurs really missed the chance to secure three points here – especially against 10 men for a whole half. Some decisions may not have gone the side’s way, but they really should have been able to find a breakthrough with some of the chances that came their way. 

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