Tottenham’s top four hopes were dealt a blow as Southampton came from behind twice to earn all three points
Tottenham’s loss against Southampton on Wednesday, according to Antonio Conte, is more proof that the club has to improve in a number of areas.
Spurs lost a 3-2 lead at home against Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side.
Spurs had an early Christian Romero goal disallowed for offside, but they would go ahead after just 18 minutes. Jan Bednarek moved in and deflected the ball into his own net after Lucas Moura produced a superb reverse pass towards Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, drawing the ball back toward Son Heung Min.
The Saints didn’t stay down for long, with the equaliser arriving in the 23rd minute following what can only be described as a comedy of errors from Spurs at the back.
Armando Broja guided home Romain Perraud’s pull back from the left with a first time finish from eight yards after the North London side failed to clear their lines on many occasions, with Ben Davies and Davinson Sanchez both making blunders.
After regaining parity, Southampton came within a whisker of grabbing the lead on many occasions, but a combination of bad finishing, strong goalkeeping, and the woodwork kept them at bay.
Incredibly, they got ahead in nearly similar conditions just three minutes later. Another fantastic first-time pass from Ward-Prowse was greeted by Che Adams, who went home with the Spurs defence nowhere in sight.
“It was a pity because in the first half we struggled against them but in the second half we played well and scored a goal,” Conte said.
“We have to try to improve in this aspect. I know very well that this team is young, many players have to play to get the experience especially in this league. I knew there was a lot of job to go.”