|SOUTH COAST BIG CLUB 2 (1)||TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 5 (1)|
|Date : – Sunday 20th September 2020||Kick off : – 12.00|
|Competition : – Premier League||Venue : – St. Mary’s|
|Crowd : – 0,000|
|Referee : – David Coote (Nottinghamshire)||Linesmen : – Mr. Harry Lennard; Mr. Nick Hopton|
|Fourth official : – Keith Stroud|
|VAR : – Chris Kavanagh||VAR Assistant : – Richard West|
|Weather : Sunny throughout, but breezy inside stadium|
|SCBC kicked off and attacked the North Stand end in the first half|
|SOUTH COAST BIG CLUB||TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
|Manager||Ralph Hassenhutl||Manager||Jose Mourinho|
|Kit Supplier||Under Armour||Kit Supplier||Nike|
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|Kit Images courtesy of the brilliant Colours of Football website.|
|Ings 31m 22s||Son 45+1m 36s|
|Ings 89m 55s (p)||Son 46m 32s|
|Son 63m 45s|
|Son 72m 14s|
|Kane 81m 02s|
|Romeu (foul on Hojbjerg) 5
||Ndombele (foul on Adams) 45+1
|Adams (pull back on Lloris) 39
||Doherty (foul on Djenepo) 79
|Lo Celso (trying to stop free-kick being taken) 90+3|
|Stephens (foul on Lo Celso) 68
|1.||Alex McCARTHY||1.||Hugo LLORIS (c)|
|2.||Kyle WALKER-PETERS||2.||Matt DOHERTY|
|5.||Jack STEPHENS||6.||Davinson SANCHEZ|
|6.||Jan BENDAREK||15.||Eric DIER|
|3.||Ryan BERTRAND||33.||Ben DAVIES|
|17.||Stuart ARMSTRONG (23. Nathan TELLA 68)||5.||Pierre-Emile HOJBJERG|
|8.||James WARD-PROWSE (c)||8.||Harry WINKS|
|4.||Oriol ROMEU (20. Will SMALLBONE 55)|
|12.||Mousa DJENEPO||27.||Lucas MOURA (11. Erik LAMELA 61)|
|28.||Tanguy NDOMBELE (18. Giovani LO CELSO 46 )|
|9.||Danny INGS (p)
|10.||Che ADAMS (7. Shane LONG 80)
||10.||Harry KANE (23. Steven BERGWIJN 84)
|44.||Fraser FORSTER||12.||Joe HART|
|4.||Jannik VESTERGAARD||4.||Toby ALDERWEIRELD|
|29.||Jake VOKINS||17.||Moussa SISSOKO|
|14.||Michael OBAFEMI||24.||Serge AURIER|
The stereotypical game of two halves were on display at St. Marys this afternoon, as Spurs transformed from a timid first half team that allowed the South Coast Big Club to look just that, before they underwent the change in the interval and came out looking like a killing machine that earned a 5-2 away win, when in truth the score could have been anything and 9-4 in our favour wouldn’t have been an absurd final score-line.
Jose Mourinho’s decision to leave Dele Alli out of the squad was being questioned by the pundits before the game and his inclusion of Tanguy Ndombele in his place raised eyebrows. Toby also was out, but on the bench, while Davinson Sanchez came in to replace him alongside Eric Dier. Southampton were looking to respond to their first day defeat by Crystal Palace, with that being followed by a League Cup exit at the hands of Brentford.
It was a sunny afternoon in Hampshire and with the first attack of the match, Tottenham had the ball in the net. Dier’s long ball up the left sent Son away and although his cross was headed away, Doherty won a header for the loose ball and Harry Kane struck a falling volley from six yards out through McCarthy’s legs to put Spurs ahead in two and a half minutes. Well, it would have been, but VAR judged Son marginally offside and so it was back to 0-0.
Oriol Romeu put in a poor challenge on Hojbjerg and rightly got a yellow card and it might have warranted an orange card, if such a thing existed. However, it was a free-kick the other way that nearly saw SCBC score. It was played in from the left to the far post, where it bobbled around and dropped on the penalty spot for Che Adams to put a decent shot in that Hugo Lloris somehow smuggled over the bar. It was a very good save, but Adams did hit it straight at Hugo and it was the Spurs captain’s reflexes that did the trick to keep it goal-less with 10 minutes gone.
Five minutes later, Djenepo took Doherty on close to the dead ball line and put the ball into the goalmouth, where it come to Adams, who took a touch to out Ben Davies on the floor, but he delayed his shot and Ben stretched out a leg to deflect it for a corner. It was another free-kick after another five minutes that SCBC seized on a clearance and Djenepo to shoot from the edge of the box and the ball went out for a goal-kick off the foot of the post. A minute later, it was another disallowed goal. Kane put the ball away from Moura’s square ball, but Lucas had been offside when he received Doherty’s ball up the right wing.
Ben Davies won a header at the back, when the ball went up in the air and Tanguy Ndombele turned away from the pedestrian Ward-Prowse with a great bit of skill allowing him to play the ball out to Kane on the left. Harry’s first-time ball across the penalty area was to Son, who drove it back across McCarthy to level the score seconds before the end of added time. It was a goal that was desperately needed and it was a fine finish that equalled that of the Southampton goal-scorer.
A minute into the second half, Armstrong got in space on the left and his pull-back to Adams saw him shoot low, but again it was straight at Lloris. It was to prove costly, within just a minute, as Spurs took the lead. Hojbjerg cut a ball out on the right wing and played it inside to Lo Celso, who was on for Ndombele. He slipped it forward with a short pass to Kane and Harry moved it quickly through to Son. Stephens looked favourite to get to the ball 25 yards out, but Sonny nipped past him and left him lumbering behind as he runs in on goal and finished left-footed to McCarthy’s right.
Straight from the restart, Spurs were getting a lot of white shirts back behind the ball. Armstrong fired over the bar coming in from their right wing and Ward-Prowse struck a 25 yard shot at Hugo, before Romeu kicked Lo Celso’s ankle from behind, dicing with the referee who had already booked him for something similar. This precipitated Hassenhutl replacing him before he did get sent off, with the best comedy name for a Premier League footballer – Willie Smallbone.
With 54 minutes gone, Spurs looked to break away when Son won a header at the back and Kane picked up the ball ten yards inside his own half. Looking up, he tried to lob the keeper, but it finished way off target. Ings made headway into the Spurs area before pulling it back to Armstrong, whose low shot was kept out by Lloris’ legs, but the usual late flag put Ings offside at the start of the move. Lloris almost put Spurs in jeopardy, when he played a ball wide to Davinson Sanchez, but it was very tight to the dead ball line and he lost the ball, with Djenepo taking in on to dribble across the box, before Armstrong curled a shot over the bar. Then came the usual late flag for an off-side. With Adams striking a shot across goal and wide from 15 yards, the forward was wasteful once more.
Even in the final minute of added time, Davies freed Bergwijn on the left and his cross-field ball allowed Giovani a shot that was blocked for a corner.
The final whistle brought to the end a week in which Tottenham had won two matches – one more convincingly than the other – but from the depths of despair of the opening day loss at home to Everton, this was a breath-taking display of assists and finishing that will make Bale and Reguilon wonder why they were needed in the first place.
While the aggressive approach adopted by Hassenhutl’s side worked in the first half, with Spurs getting over-powered in midfield and the opposition creating chances, which they failed to capitalise on, but in the second, Mourinho had brought on Lo Celso, mainly to get around in midfield, which Ndombele for all his good work and passing, was not doing as effectively as the Argentinian can. With the SCBC defence playing high up the pitch, they were trying to deny Tottenham any space to break into, as exemplified by the goals ruled out for offside. They were close, but VAR and the linemen proved them to be correct. However, it is a dangerous game to play, as the decisions were hairline a lot of the time and Jose had spotted that our forwards could beat this trap by playing Son through and the SCBC defenders too slow to catch him once away from them.
Kane’s passing link-up with Son allowed the chances to start coming and the one before half-time was a harbinger of doom for the Saints, who sinned regularly by failing to “smell the danger” and give no pressure on the ball when it was being played forward. Hassenhutl’s intention to deny space by pressing hard had failed and he will be hard-pressed to get his players to tweak it in the short term, until they are at optimum fitness, which is a basic requirement to play this way.
Cashing in on the poor decision making and slowness of the back four, Spurs ran amok and wracked up a good score-line, only damaged by the laughable decision for the handball that gave Ings his second goal. Many more of these and he will be up there challenging for the Golden Boot again, but he might have to be chasing Heung-Min if he can stay clear of injury. It is a little bit frightening what the team might be able to achieve when Bale is added to the mix, but conversely, you have to hope that he doesn’t upset the balance of the side when they play this way.
It is a while before he will be fully fit and there are competitions to stay in until then. Starting at Orient on Tuesday.
Players ‘took the knee’ before kick-off. Shirts bore a “No Room For Racism” logo.
Harry Kane became the first player to assist the same team-mate for four goals in a Premier League Match. and the first English player to make four assists in a Premier League match.
Heung-Min Son scores his first hat-trick (and four goal haul) in the Premier League.
|Everton||5||West Bromwich Albion||2|
|Manchester United||1||Crystal Palace||3|
|Arsenal||2||West Ham United||1|
|Newcastle United||0||Brighton & Hove Albion||3|
Premier League Table 2020-21
|8||Brighton & Hove Albion||2||1||0||1||4||3||3||+1|
|10||Frank Lampard’s Chelsea||2||1||0||1||3||3||3||0|
|17||West Ham United London||2||0||0||2||1||4||0||-3|
|19||South Coast Big Club||2||0||0||2||2||6||0||-4|
|20||West Bromwich Albion||2||0||0||2||2||8||0||-6|