Harry Kane and Dele Alli both scored as Tottenham Hotspur cruised to a 2-0 victory over Southampton at St Mary's on Saturday.
Southampton 0 Tottenham Hotspur 2
Mane misses hat-trick of chances
Kane opens scoring
Spurs double lead through Alli
Alli booked for foul on Juanmi
Tottenham Hotspur cruised to a 2-0 victory over Southampton at St Mary's during their Premier League clash on Saturday afternoon.
Southampton started the better of the two sides with a flurry of chances for Saido Mane, but it was Tottenham who struck first through striker Harry Kane.
Dele Alli then doubled the lead on the stroke of half-time for the visitors as the Saints were left stunned and Ronald Koeman's side never recovered with Spurs cruising to an easy away victory.
Southampton opened the game at a roaring pace as Koeman's men attempted to hit Tottenham early, but, Mane saw a hat-trick of chances go begging after a flurry of opportunities fell to the 23-year-old.
Dusan Tadic's low cross from the edge of the box found Mane – which was the pick of the bunch – but his effort was too close to Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris, who dived low to save.
Tottenham struggled to get anything going as the Saints dominated possession, but, eventually Mauricio Pochettino's men broke to force a corner. Christian Eriksen's set-piece summed up the visitors afternoon with half an hour gone as the corner evaded everyone and flew out for a Southampton throw in.
Tadic and Mane continued to wreak havoc within the Spurs back line but failed to make Tottenham pay with their early chances as the visitors grew into the game, and centre-half Toby Alderweireld saw a header land on the roof of the Saints net as he threatened to notch against his old side.
Spurs then made Southampton pay for their early wayward finishing with two quick-fire goals before half-time, first Harry Kane put the visitors ahead in his 100th appearance for the club with a quality finish in the 40th minute after some clever play from Erik Lamela and Moussa Dembele fed the ball to Kane who slotted home after bursting past Virgil van Dijk.
Then, Dele Alli took advantage of some lacklustre defending just three minutes later, a Kyle Walker cross caused the Saints defence to freeze in unison to allow Alli to calmly slot home with Southampton's appeals for offside falling on deaf ears as the hosts were left stunned with just two minutes to the break.
Koeman's men started the second period much like the first on the front foot with Mane again causing havoc but never threatening to pull a goal back for the Saints with Spurs in complete control soaking up pressure with ease.
Southampton responded to Tottenham's dominance by introducing Shane Long and Juanmi, for Tadic and Steven Davies just after the 65 minute mark.
The desired effect, though, appeared missing for the hosts as Spurs continued to frustrate the Saints by winning needless free-kicks with the groans growing louder at St Mary's.
Alli then picked up a yellow card for a foul on Juanmi with 15 minutes remaining, and Kane almost sealed all three points as Eriksen provided a lovely delivery that just evaded the outstretching striker which forced Southampton into their final change with James Ward-Prowse replacing Jordy Clasie.
Spurs responded by replacing Eriksen with Nacer Chadli, and Kane with Son Heung-Min as Pochettino's men saw the game out in a match they were rarely threatened.