Harry Kane scores but Spurs held by Southampton

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Harry Kane scores but Spurs held by Southampton

Tottenham Hotspur missed a chance to move into the top four of the Premier League table courtesy of a 1-1 draw with struggling Southampton at St Mary’.

A Davinson Sanchez own goal gave the home side a surprise lead, but that lasted just three minutes before Harry Kane restored parity with a header from close range.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side could not go on to find a winner, though, as Spurs remain two points outside the Champions League places and could end the gameweek even further adrift should Liverpool beat Swansea City on Monday night.

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Southampton, meanwhile, saw their winless streak stretch to 11 games and remain in the relegation zone, but the result will be a satisfactory one for the under-fire Mauricio Pellegrino as his side closed to within one point of safety.

The Saints had dropped into the bottom three courtesy of Stoke City’s win over Huddersfield Town on Saturday, but they started the better and brought the first save from Michel Vorm – in for the unwell Hugo Lloris – after only 11 seconds when Manolo Gabbiadini turned and shot from 20 yards.

It was down the left flank that Southampton were getting the most joy during the opening exchanges, but both Gabbiadini and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg failed to make the most of separate low crosses into the box when they could not get anything on the ball.

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A similar delivery did provide a deserved opener for Southampton soon enough, though, with Ryan Bertrand bursting down the left flank before sliding a cross into the box which Sanchez inadvertently turned into his own net when trying to cut the ball out.

Spurs were quick to hit back, though, and a snapshot from Eric Dier struck the outside of the post before Kane restored parity just three minutes after falling behind.

The England international brought up Premier League goal number 99 by shaking off the marking of Jack Stephens before climbing highest to meet a Ben Davies corner inside the area and plant a header past Alex McCarthy from close range.

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