Opinion: Why that was the perfect win against Southampton

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Tottenham Hotspur have another three points on the board, but they certainly did it the hard way against the Saints.

After bossing the game and going 1-0 up through Tanguy Ndombele, Spurs shot themselves in the foot… twice.

First Serge Aurier picked up two yellow cards, receiving his marching orders with plenty still to go in the first half.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, Hugo Lloris then tried to dribble past the Southampton striker, with the latter simply bundling the ball home for 1-1.

Spurs managed to break away and score a superb second through Kane, before defending their way to a hard-earned three points.

So, how could this possibly be a perfect win?

In hindsight, I am happy to see Aurier sent off. Not only will he be banned for the next match, but maybe people will now remember why he hasn’t ever been first choice at Spurs. He is a liability and will always throw the club under the bus through his lack of natural defensive intelligence.

While Hugo Lloris’ mistake was embarassing, Spurs still won the match and it will guarantee that he doesn’t try that again any time soon. I’d rather him do it in a win against the Saints than a narrow loss against a big six team. Apart from that error, he actually played really well.

Finally, the red card and Lloris mistake seemed to act as a bombshell for the Spurs lads. It woke them up and we finally saw some desire and effort from the team. They now need to transfer this energy into each and every game this season.

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  1. Any keeper can make such a mistake and Aurier is anything but a liability at Tottenham. He has been playing well and if rusty to-day he didn’t deserve to be red carded. I’d have to watch ti again but that was my distinct impression and if Pochettino thinks so too and verifies that then perhaps it’s possible for Totteneham to make an appeal? The team showed real determined fight against a good Southampton side and came out deservedly on top. We move on but I have always maintained Eriksen is too inconsistent as a chief play maker in the side. I feel Pochettino must realize that too though he is picked because of his capabilities on his good days when he can be a game changer. Aurier is still the best right full back available and I wouldn’t write him off over an edgy display and an unlucky dismissal.

    • i agree with you that second card was not deserved the ref was clearly duped and considering the ball went out before and was not called Serge was just purely unlucky. Not defending him but i think fans are being way too hard on him this time around.


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