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Played
May 4, 2013 4:30 PM SAST
White Hart Lane — London
Referee:‬ P. Dowd‎
Attendance:‬ 36190‎
 
86′ Gareth Bale
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Tottenham 1-0 Southampton

Gareth Bale's venomous shot in the 86th minute secured all three points for the home side, who had struggled to break down the resilient Saints until the Welshman's late heroics

By Husmukh Kerai at White Hart Lane

  • Hugo Lloris
    6
    2
    3.00

    Hugo Lloris

    Kept Spurs level in the first half with a great double save, first to deny Lambert from a free kick and then to hold on to Davis' header. Did his second half work with minimum fuss.

  • Jan Vertonghen
    5
    1
    2.50

    Jan Vertonghen

    A solid display from the Belgium international. Came out top in a number of challenges, especially against Rodriguez, but rarely surged forward out of defence in the manner in which we know he can.

  • Michael Dawson
    4
    1
    2.50

    Michael Dawson

    Saved the hosts on a few occasion with some last-ditch defending and organised the Spurs defence well overall.

  • Kyle Walker
    4
    3
    2.00

    Kyle Walker

    His combination with Lennon on Tottenham's right-hand side wasn't as effective as it perhaps should have been. Defensively he didn't have much to do with most of Southampton's threat coming on the opposite flank.

  • Benoit Assou-Ekotto
    3
    6
    1.50

    Benoit Assou-Ekotto

    Struggled on his return to the starting line-up. Both Do Prado and Clyne got forward often down his flank and it looked like Southampton's best chance of hurting Spurs throughout the match.

  • Tom Huddlestone
    2
    4
    2.50

    Tom Huddlestone

    Looked for Jermain Defoe early with long passes from deep in midfield and more often than not his passes were on the money. As expansive as his play often was, he struggled against the mobility and pressing of the Saints midfield.

  • Aaron Lennon
    2
    4
    2.00

    Aaron Lennon

    Made a fine return to first team action after several weeks on the sidelines but faded badly as the match went on. Was hauled off early in the second half.

  • Gareth Bale
    9
    2
    3.00

    Gareth Bale

    Made an uncharacteristically muted start to the game out on the left-hand side where he barely featured throughout the entire game. But the PFA Player of the Year did what he does best late on, sending a sweetly struck drive past Boruc from the edge of the box to secure all three points.

  • Mousa Dembélé
    6
    2
    2.50

    Mousa Dembélé

    Did more work in the defensive third than going forward before being forced off with an injury late in the first half.

  • Clint Dempsey
    2
    6
    1.00

    Clint Dempsey Flop of the Match

    Had an anonymous afternoon in the Spurs midfield an struggled to have any impact in the first half. Wasted what few chances came his way and offered virtually zero attacking threat.

  • Jermain Defoe
    4
    1
    2.00

    Jermain Defoe

    Had an early first half chance which he dragged wide but found life hard against Southampton's impressive centre-back pairing.

Substitutions

  • Gylfi Sigurdsson
    5
    1
    2.50

    Gylfi Sigurdsson

    Replaced the ineffectual Dempsey with 20 minutes left to play and showed plenty of urgency going forward.

  • Lewis Holtby
    3
    2
    1.50

    Lewis Holtby

    Replaced the injured Dembele just before half-time but found it hard getting into the rhythm of the game. His passing was sloppy at times and he was occasionally caught in possession in the final third.

  • Emmanuel Adebayor
    3
    0
    2.50

    Emmanuel Adebayor

    Came on for Lennon as Villas-Boas desperately tried to turn the tide in his side's favour.

  • Artur Boruc
    2
    0
    2.50

    Artur Boruc

    Had little to do in the first half but performed well when he was called into action after the break. Not a lot he could about Bale's effort in the 86th minute, though.

  • Nathaniel Clyne
    2
    0
    3.50

    Nathaniel Clyne

    Got forward well early on but wasted a glorious chance on the break with a rash half-volley which sailed wide from close range. He was a constant attacking threat on the visitor's right flank.

  • Jos Hooiveld
    2
    0
    3.50

    Jos Hooiveld

    His distribution from the back was impressive early on and he also had Defoe under wraps in their physical tussles in the first half. His partnership with Fonte was at times outstanding.

  • Jose Rocha Fonte
    4
    1
    4.00

    Jose Rocha Fonte Top of the Match

    Had a brilliant first half in which he snuffed out Jermain Defoe's attacking threat several times. Also dealt with Adebayor comfortably when Spurs switched to two upfront.

  • Luke Shaw
    1
    1
    3.50

    Luke Shaw

    The young left-back left a lasting impression with an accomplished display up against Aaron Lennon.

  • Steven Davis
    1
    1
    2.50

    Steven Davis

    Should have perhaps done better with a close range header in the first half which he directed straight at Lloris. Battled admirably in the middle of the park to keep the likes of Holtby and Dempsey quiet.

  • Jack Cork
    2
    1
    3.00

    Jack Cork

    Broke up numerous Tottenham attacks with his reading of the game in a fine first half performance. Put in a disciplined display which showed more experience than one would expect from someone at his age.

  • Adam Lallana
    1
    1
    3.00

    Adam Lallana

    The talented midfielder put in a no frills shift in the first period, playing it short and simple and keeping his side ticking in possession. Showed a bit more flair after the break and could have even got on the scoresheet.

  • Guilherme Do Prado
    2
    0
    2.50

    Guilherme Do Prado

    Ventured forward bravely in the first half and almost found Lambert with a low cross which would have almost certainly resulted in a goal.

  • Rickie Lambert
    1
    1
    2.50

    Rickie Lambert

    Held up the play for Saints on a couple of occasions but failed to dictate the game from the front as he usually does. Went close with a free kick which was touched onto the post by Lloris.

  • Jay Rodriguez
    2
    0
    2.50

    Jay Rodriguez

    Didn't see a lot of the ball but used it well when he was given the chance with some fine touches in the final third. His off-the-ball movement was also impressive at times.

Substitutions

  • Jason Puncheon
    1
    0

    Jason Puncheon

    Came on as a late substitute for Lallana but never really had much of a chance to influence the game.

  • Emmanuel Mayuka
    2
    0
    2.50

    Emmanuel Mayuka

    Came on as a fresh pair of legs just after the hour mark and kept busy by hustling and rushing the Spurs midfield into mistakes.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
LFC
29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
LFC
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Man City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man Utd
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
15 0