English Premier League

Spurs 2

  • Ndombele 24'
  • Kane 43'

Southampton 1

  • Ings 29'
    Intro & Team News

    Intro and Team News

    IBO Reporter - channonite

    |After the euphoria of giving Portsmouth a good old fashioned stuffing in the League Cup on Tuesday, it was back to normal Premier League business at the weekend, with the away game at Spurs. Except that all was not as it seemed. When the team sheets were released at 2pm the team looked decent. Gunn, Cédric, Bednarek, Yoshida, Bertrand, Romeu, Højbjerg, Ward-Prowse, Boufal, Redmond, Ings. I was quietly confident.

    By the time the team took the field just before 3pm the team turned out to be Gunn, Bednarek, Yoshida, Vestergaard, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Højbjerg, Bertrand, Boufal, Redmond, Ings. That didn't look so good and where was Cédric? Word was that he had got injured during the warm-up, but the Saints fans in the away end were late getting in, thanks to problems with the gates/entry system and no-one that I have spoken to actually saw the players until they took the field. Fair enough, but he had suffered some sort of injury, yes? After the match, Ralph said that he didn't know what had happened, other than he had been told that Cédric wouldn't couldn't play. In any case, Ralph had seen the Spurs team sheet and wanted to change formation to three CBs, which is why Vestergaard was brought into the team. Strange. Is there more of a story here? Although the injury seems to have been confirmed with Cédric subsequently posting a picture on Instagram of himself with his leg strapped up, but does that answer everything? Ralph's confused explanation only served to confuse, rather than clarify.

    Anyway, any remaining feel good factor disappeared in a game that I am sure the original line-up would have had a good chance of winning, even more so when Aurier idiotically got himself sent off, just after the half hour mark, by earning two yellow cards in rapid succession. It just didn't work out that way though.

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    A howler from Lloris enabled Danny Ings to score his third goal in two matches


    • 1 Lloris
    • 24 Aurier - Dismissed 31mins (two yellows)
    • 4 Alderweireld
    • 5 Vertonghen
    • 3 Rose
    • 8 Winks (Wanyama 90'+3)
    • 17 Sissoko
    • 28 Ndombele (Dier 78')
    • 23 Eriksen
    • 7 Son Heung-Min (Lamela 64')
    • 10 Kane


    • 11 Lamela
    • 12 Wanyama
    • 15 Dier
    • 20 Alli
    • 22 Gazzaniga
    • 27 Lucas Moura
    • 33 Davies


    • 28 Gunn
    • 35 Bednarek - Booked 82'
    • 3 Yoshida - Booked 68'
    • 4 Vestergaard (Armstrong 79')
    • 16 Ward-Prowse
    • 14 Romeu
    • 23 Højbjerg
    • 21 Bertrand
    • 19 Boufal (Long 88')
    • 22 Redmond
    • 9 Ings (Obafemi 83')


    • 7 Long
    • 17 Armstrong
    • 20 Obafemi
    • 38 Danso
    • 41 Lewis
    • 43 Valery

    Match Report
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    Once again Maya Yoshida was both pick of the defenders, but also a very real goal threat, with Lloris saving from a header in the second half

    Match Report

    IBO Reporter : channonite

    |The match report will appear here soon

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    Sofiane Boufal continues to impress, without actually managing to score. It will come though.

    Match Statistics

    Match Stats

    Referee: Graham Scott

    Attendance: 59,645


    • 41% Possession
    • 9 Shots
    • 4 Shots on Target
    • 2 Goals
    • 6 Corners
    • 5 Fouls
    • 4th in Premier League


    • 59% Possession
    • 14 Shots
    • 6 Shots on Target
    • 1 goal
    • 6 Corners
    • 16 Fouls
    • 14th in Premier League

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    Danny Ings is on a bit of a roll at the moment