Tottenham player ratings vs Southampton: Dele Alli does little to ease future fears, Winks his creative best

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Antonio Conte became the first Tottenham manager to go his first seven Premier League games without defeat but Spurs were left frustrated in a 1-1 draw against ten-man Southampton.

Spurs had three goals disallowed – the second from Harry Kane, harshly – as Saints clung on for a point.

The hosts started the better and deservedly led through James Ward-Prowse’s screamer but the game turned on its head shortly before half-time when Mohammed Salisu was sent off for a rash foul on Heung-min Son, earning Spurs a penalty.

Kane dispatched the spot-kick but saw a second-half goal ruled out by the VAR for a fractional offside, before a Fraser Forster own goal was also disallowed for a foul by Matt Doherty.

Dan Kilpatrick was at St. Mary’s to rate the Spurs players...

Hugo Lloris - 6

Powerless to keep out Ward-Prowse’s superb sliced effort and otherwise relatively untested.

Davinson Sanchez - 8

Brought the ball out from the back when possible and was assured defensively in another encouraging outing. Made a goal-saving block to deny Armando Broja in stoppage-time.

Eric Dier - 7

Looked tired, which was hardly surprisingly given the amount of minutes he has played. Was slow to release the ball and pickpocketed by Broja for Saints’ best chance of the second-half.

Ben Davies - 7

Scored the first of three disallowed Spurs goals on a solid return to side, although also involved in late mix-up which allowed Broja through on goal. Adds balance to Spurs’ back three.

Emerson Royal - 6

Got up and down the right flank but did not make an impact in the final third. His theatrics were the most entertaining part of his display.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg - 5

Looked exhausted and was responsible for a number of loose balls and poor decisions. Probably should have been rested, at least in the second-half.

Harry Winks - 8

Slow to settle but helped to turn the game on his head with a superb pass to release Son for the penalty. Unlocked Saints with a sublime pass for Kane’s goal, which probably should have stood, and looked the likeliest to create a late winner.

Sergio Reguilon - 6

Loose in possession but got up and down the left flank, forcing Kyle Walker-Peters on to the back foot. Felt like an accident waiting to happen after earning a yellow card for a rash lunge, and hooked at half-time.

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(REUTERS)

Dele Alli - 5

Uncomfortable in an unfamiliar role on the right on the front three and failed to make any meaningful impact. The showing won’t have helped his chances of staying at Spurs next month, but he will be frustrated to have played out of position.

Heung-min Son - 6

Burst into life with a run behind Saints’ back line to draw the foul from Salisu and turn the game. Created a fine chance for Doherty in the second-half but in common with many teammates and opponents he was leggy.

Harry Kane - 8

Scored for the third League game running with a thumping penalty and denied a brilliant second by the tightest of offside calls. Spurs’ standout player, along with Winks.

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(REUTERS)

Substitutes

Matt Doherty (Reguilon, 45’) - 7

Added energy in the second-half and nearly scored after bursting into the box, only to finish unconvincingly. Had further chances and also made a late chance for Bryan Gil.

Lucas Moura (Dele, 62’) - 7

Helped add a spark with his lively running and willingness to shoot but couldn’t prove the match-winner for the second time in two days.

Bryan Gil (Royal 77’) - 6

Played out of position at right wing-back but involved in a couple of lively attacks and nearly scored late winner with a fierce shot.

Not used: Gollini, Rodon, Tanganga, Ndombele, Skipp, White.

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