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Southampton comeback earns late point against Spurs

Published on: 18 March 2023

Harry Kane has scored 12 goals in 16 Premier League appearances against Southampton

A late James Ward-Prowse penalty earned Southampton a deserved point in a thrilling encounter as they came from behind against Tottenham at St Mary's.

A fragmented first half never really got going as both sides were forced into two substitutions apiece with Richarlison and Ben Davies coming off injured for Spurs and Saints' Armel Bella-Kotchap and Jan Bednarek also replaced.

Pedro Porro broke the deadlock, hammering a shot into the roof of the net just before half time.

Che Adams levelled 47 seconds into the second half, but Saints were staring at defeat with 15 minutes to go thanks to Harry Kane's header before a fine Ivan Perisic effort.

But Theo Walcott inspired Southampton's comeback with a slotted finish from Sekou Mara's header and Ward-Prowse completed it from the spot to secure a vital point.

Saints persevere to earn deserved point

A point does nothing to improve Southampton's position in the table as they remain rooted to the bottom, but it does highlight the improvements made under manager Ruben Selles.

They have managed just one win so far under the Spanish coach - against fellow strugglers Leicester in March - but this spirited second-half performance showed promising signs as they face a tough battle to stay in the Premier League.

Saints had to substitute both their central defenders inside 33 minutes with Mohammed Salisu replacing Bella-Kotchap and Ainsley Maitland-Niles returning to the fold after two weeks on the sidelines after Bednarek was taken to hospital with a suspected rib injury.

But the home side were rejuvenated in the second half with Adams' early goal putting Spurs on the back foot, and they were unlucky to concede the second goal to a quality Kane header.

Even trailing by two goals it was Southampton who had the chances as Walcott gave the St Mary's crowd hope, before Mara went close to an equaliser but was denied by Spurs keeper Fraser Forster.

Southampton were eventually rewarded for their tenacity when Pape Sarr made contact with Maitland-Niles in the box and Ward-Prowse drove a powerful penalty into the back of the net.

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Player of the match

AlcarazCarlos Alcaraz

with an average of 6.75

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Squad number10Player nameAdamsAverage rating


Squad number20Player nameSulemanaAverage rating


Squad number32Player nameWalcottAverage rating


Squad number17Player nameS ArmstrongAverage rating


Squad number18Player nameMaraAverage rating


Squad number3Player nameMaitland-NilesAverage rating


Squad number45Player nameLaviaAverage rating


Squad number22Player nameSalisuAverage rating


Squad number2Player nameWalker-PetersAverage rating


Squad number15Player namePerraudAverage rating


Squad number31Player nameBazunuAverage rating


Squad number35Player nameBednarekAverage rating


Squad number24Player nameElyounoussiAverage rating


Squad number37Player nameBella-KotchapAverage rating


Squad number8Player nameWard-ProwseAverage rating


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Squad number23Player namePorroAverage rating


Squad number7Player nameSon Heung-minAverage rating


Squad number21Player nameKulusevskiAverage rating


Squad number20Player nameForsterAverage rating


Squad number4Player nameSkippAverage rating


Squad number14Player namePerisicAverage rating


Squad number17Player nameRomeroAverage rating


Squad number5Player nameHøjbjergAverage rating


Squad number33Player nameDaviesAverage rating


Squad number15Player nameDierAverage rating


Squad number34Player nameLengletAverage rating


Squad number9Player nameRicharlisonAverage rating


Squad number12Player nameEmerson RoyalAverage rating


Squad number29Player nameSarrAverage rating


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Formation 4-4-2

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    1McCarthy3Maitland-Niles9A Armstrong12Onuachu18Mara20Sulemana22Salisu26Alcaraz27Diallo


Formation 3-4-2-1

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    20Forster17Romero15Dier34Lenglet23PorroSubstituted forEmerson Royalat 86'minutes4SkippBooked at 85mins5Højbjerg33DaviesSubstituted forPerisicat 37'minutes9RicharlisonSubstituted forKulusevskiat 5'minutesSubstituted forSarrat 86'minutes7Son Heung-min10Kane


    6D Sánchez12Emerson Royal14Perisic16Danjuma21Kulusevski25Tanganga27Lucas Moura29Sarr40Austin

Referee:Simon HooperMatch StatsHome TeamSouthamptonAway TeamTottenhamPossessionHome50%Away50%ShotsHome19Away17Shots on TargetHome7Away3CornersHome10Away3FoulsHome13Away8Live Text Post update

Match ends, Southampton 3, Tottenham Hotspur 3.

90'+9'Full Time

Second Half ends, Southampton 3, Tottenham Hotspur 3.

90'+9'Post update

Attempt missed. Clément Lenglet (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ivan Perisic with a cross following a set piece situation.

90'+8'Post update

Foul by Mohammed Salisu (Southampton).

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Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90'+7'Post update

Attempt missed. Pape Sarr (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

90'+3'Post update

Goal! Southampton 3, Tottenham Hotspur 3. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

90'+2'Post update

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

90'+1'Post update

VAR Decision: Penalty Southampton.

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Penalty Southampton. Ainsley Maitland-Niles draws a foul in the penalty area.

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Penalty conceded by Pape Sarr (Tottenham Hotspur) after a foul in the penalty area.

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Attempt blocked. Mohammed Salisu (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse with a cross.

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Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Pape Sarr.

90'Post update

Attempt blocked. Carlos Alcaraz (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.


Kamaldeen Sulemana (Southampton) is shown the yellow card.

87'Post update

Emerson Royal (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87'Post update

Foul by Kamaldeen Sulemana (Southampton).


Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Pape Sarr replaces Dejan Kulusevski.


Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Emerson Royal replaces Pedro Porro.


Oliver Skipp (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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