Tottenham Hotspur enjoyed their best and most fluid attacking performance in recent weeks against Southampton today, but only in the first half.
Spurs were knocking on the door of the Saints goal from minute one, carving chance after chance after chance.
After missing some golden opportunities and hitting the post twice, Spurs finally took the lead through their main man Harry Kane.
Spurs went into the halftime break one goal to the good, but in all honesty, the game should have been dead and buried by that point.
After the break, Tottenham came out as if they thought the game was won, taking their foot off the pedal and allowing the home side to claw their way back in.
Southampton were the better side in the second half and deserved their eventual breakthrough after a dreadful Danny Rose defensive error.
The Saints didn’t stop there though, as James Ward-Prowse whipped a late free kick into the top corner to take all three points.
Spurs have now picked up just the single point from their last possible twelve, and face a tough fight to even retain a top four spot.
Poch said (Football London): “I think it’s good now [that we’re in a battle for the top four] that people are going to realise our real level and stop with the perception. I am a little bit worried about the change from the first half to the second is mental. It’s about arrogance in a bad way.
“I am so critical of myself and of course with my team because I think if you want to be a real contender and in the end in the top four you want to fight for big things we cannot arrive here and say the arrogance to be in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, fantastic, if you play like you did in the first half and then continue to play in the second half, but in the second half we played…In the first half we played like the quarter-finals, or the best eight teams in Europe, but in the second half we need to watch the game, analyse, and be critical of ourselves. It’s impossible to perform here and in the second half perform in the opposite way. It’s so tough to analyse and describe the situation. I am so, so, so disappointed. The worse thing is that we are now going to have three weeks ahead, it will be difficult to take off feeling of today.”
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