Belfast Telegraph

Ronald Koeman piles praise on Southampton double hero Steven Davis

Tottenham 1 - Southampton2

By Matt Gatward

Ronald Koeman hailed Steven Davis after the midfielder's double downed Tottenham and gave the Saints a chance of qualifying for the Europa League.

Spurs took a first-half lead through Son Heung-min before Northern Ireland skipper Davis equalised 14 minutes before half-time.

And Davis, who will lead his country out at the Euro 2016 finals in France, grabbed his second in the 72nd minute to give the Saints all three points.

Koeman said: "He made the difference. He played very well and showed good composure on the ball. Now we need one more win. It was a special season last season, this one can be even more special."

And Koeman was delighted with the win that means his Southampton side have now completed the full set of victories against all Premier League opponents during his time in charge.

"They were the better team at the start. They started at a furious pace. But we gave a good reaction in the game. We were dangerous," he added.

"They had good chances but we showed the belief and controlled the midfield in the second-half. We were dangerous, we know how to defend, have a good goalkeeper and after we went 2-1 up we were a bit lucky - but you need that. It was a great win, a big, big achievement. I'm very proud."

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, meanwhile, believes Tottenham must stop obsessing about finishing above Arsenal and focus on themselves.

"I don't care about Arsenal," Pochettino said. "I want to win the league and be on the top. Sure I want to be above them.

"The supporters and players feel the same but to try to improve and be bigger we need to look at us and not care what happens with our neighbours."

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Dier,Mason (Chadli 78), Son (N'Jie 65), Eriksen, Lamela, Kane.

Subs Not Used: Vorm, Wimmer, Carroll, Winks, Davies.

Goals: Son 16.

Southampton: Forster, Martina, Fonte, van Dijk, Bertrand, Wanyama, Clasie (Romeu 58), Mane (Pelle 65), Steven Davis, Tadic (Ward-Prowse 86), Long.

Subs Not Used: Cedric, Yoshida, Stekelenburg, Austin.

Booked: Mane, Romeu, Long.

Goals: Steven Davis 31,72.

Attendance: 35,748

Referee: Jon Moss (W Yorkshire).


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