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Eric Gomez: Last year was a very good year for boxing

Yahoo Sports' Kevin Iole sat down with the President of Golden Boy Promotions to discuss the GGG-Canelo rematch, the overall health of boxing, and the potential greatness of Jorge Linares.

Eric Gomez: Last year was a very good year for boxing

Yahoo Sports' Kevin Iole sat down with the President of Golden Boy Promotions to discuss the GGG-Canelo rematch, the overall health of boxing, and the potential greatness of Jorge Linares.

Eric Gomez: Last year was a very good year for boxing

Yahoo Sports' Kevin Iole sat down with the President of Golden Boy Promotions to discuss the GGG-Canelo rematch, the overall health of boxing, and the potential greatness of Jorge Linares.

Eric Gomez: Last year was a very good year for boxing

Yahoo Sports' Kevin Iole sat down with the President of Golden Boy Promotions to discuss the GGG-Canelo rematch, the overall health of boxing, and the potential greatness of Jorge Linares.

Eric Gomez: 2017 was a very good year for boxing

Yahoo Sports' Kevin Iole sat down with the President of Golden Boy Promotions to discuss the GGG-Canelo rematch, the overall health of boxing, and the potential greatness of Jorge Linares.

Eric Gomez: 2017 was a very good year for boxing

Yahoo Sports' Kevin Iole sat down with the President of Golden Boy Promotions to discuss the GGG-Canelo rematch, the overall health of boxing, and the potential greatness of Jorge Linares.

Eric Gomez: 2017 was a very good year for boxing

Yahoo Sports' Kevin Iole sat down with the President of Golden Boy Promotions to discuss the GGG-Canelo rematch, the overall health of boxing, and the potential greatness of Jorge Linares.

Eric Gomez: 2017 was a very good year for boxing

Yahoo Sports' Kevin Iole sat down with the President of Golden Boy Promotions to discuss the GGG-Canelo rematch, the overall health of boxing, and the potential greatness of Jorge Linares.

How to Watch Swansea City vs. Liverpool: Live Stream, TV Channel, Game Time

Liverpool aims to strengthen its top-four credentials in the Premier League when it travels to Wales to take on relegation-threatened Swansea City on Monday.

The Reds are two points clear of fifth-place Tottenham but can take advantage of Spurs' draw vs. Southampton and make that gap a five-point one if it can handle the struggling Swans. Swansea sits in last place in the Premier League with just 17 points from 23 games and will be hard-pressed to stop the pressing style of Jurgen Klopp's men and the star attacking trio of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah.

Liverpool, fresh off delivering Manchester City its first defeat of the season in a 4-3 thriller, will be eyeing its fifth straight win in the league as it hits the road to take on the bottom dweller. The Reds won the earlier meeting between the two sides on Boxing Day, routing Swansea 5-0 at Anfield.

Here's how to watch the match:

Time: 3 p.m. ET

TV: NBCSN

?Live Stream: You can watch the match live via FuboTV. Sign up here for a free seven-day trial.

World Boxing Super Series: An unmissable semi-final line-up that proves real unification fights can happen

World Boxing Super Series: An unmissable semi-final line-up that proves real unification fights can happen

World Boxing Super Series: An unmissable semi-final line-up that proves real unification fights can happen

World Boxing Super Series: An unmissable semi-final line-up that proves real unification fights can happen

Southampton 1 Tottenham 1: Harry Kane's 99th Premier League goal not enough for flu-affected Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur were laid low by a flu virus and then caught a cold as they were held to a draw by relegation-threatened Southampton despite Harry Kane moving to within one goal of his Premier League century. It was a frustrating result that means Spurs could fall five points behind fourth-placed Liverpool if Jurgen Klopp’s side win away to Swansea City on Monday evening, putting them in very real danger of missing out on Champions League qualification. The score-line does not, truly, help Southampton either as they remain in the bottom three and a point behind 17th place Stoke City. But they showed enough fight – and went agonisingly close to winning – to probably help manager Mauricio Pellegrino survive. At least a little longer. Afterwards Spurs midfielder Eric Dier claimed the race for the top four will “go down to the wire” but with his side’s next three league opponents being Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal these were points they could not afford to drop. And neither were they expected to. The Spurs squad were in Barcelona for warm weather training last week with captain Hugo Lloris and play-maker Christian Eriksen ruled out of this fixture because they were suffering from flu. Other players were affected and although manager Mauricio Pochettino later refused to say who, and stated it had not affected the performance, they were collectively below-par in a rain-sodden “battle” of an encounter. Southampton 1 - 0 Spurs (Davinson Sánchez, 15 min) Kane, though, had the chance late on to claim his 100th league goal, and the headlines once again, but dragged his low shot across goal and wide from a tight angle. A defeat would have been extremely tough on Southampton who had chances of their own and moments before Kane’s effort there was an even clearer opportunity for 17-year-old substitute Michael Obafemi, who had come on to make his debut, but who miscued badly in front of goal after meeting a Dusan Tadic cross. That again highlighted Southampton’s weakness up front and Pellegrino is desperately hoping that reinforcements will soon arrive, using the money brought in by the £75million sale of Virgil Van Dijk, and moves are being made for the £50million pair of Monaco’s Guido Carrillo and Spartak Moscow Quincy Promes. But the club’s hierarchy will also know that they have lost nine points now from leading positions at home - and that is more than any other other Premier League team. Damningly it is 11 league games without a win. Kane's equaliser was his 99th Premier League goal Credit: GETTY IMAGES Southampton were gifted the lead here, making a slick start which was capped when captain Ryan Bertrand overlapped down the left to collect Tadic’s measured pass and crossed low into the penalty area. The ball had already ricocheted around the Spurs box and this time Davinson Sanchez attempted to take more decisive action by intercepting – only to slide in, toe-poking the ball goal-wards with it rebounding off the near post and squirting over the line to beat the stranded, stand-in goalkeeper, Michel Vorm. It provoked a furious response. Dier drove a low shot against the outside of the post, after the ball broke to him from a corner with Bertrand denying Dele Alli as he attempted to turn, and then from another Ben Davies corner Kane simply brushed aside his marker, Jack Stephens, rose above Manolo Gabbiadini, and thumped a header emphatically into the net. The lead has lasted just 197 seconds. It remained remarkably open. Both teams felt they had to win, for their contrasting reasons, and Spurs almost claimed the lead when Davies drove the ball powerfully across the area and Moussa Sissoko side-footed a volley from inside the six-yard area that just flew wide. Southampton also went close when Stephens met a superb, in-swinging free-kick by James Ward-Prowse – and few English players deliver a more threatening set-piece - but the defender could not keep his header down with the ball skimming narrowly over the bar. Southampton vs Spurs shots on goal More chances came although eventually the stickiness of the pitch, the bone-jarring effort, slowed the game down while Spurs sorely lacked the clever guile of Eriksen to unpick their opponents. Nevertheless Alli and Kane went close and then Sissoko fought for possession, squaring to substitute Erik Lamela who poked a close-range shot that seemed destined to find the net but for Stephens’ lunge to deflect it wide. Could Southampton capitalise? The crowd roared them on – there were certainly no signs of dissent towards Pellegrino – and Sanchez did well to block a shot from Sofiane Boufal as he ran onto the area before another replacement, Obafemi, signed from Leyton Orient’s academy, had his chance. But they could not find the breakthrough as the ball skimmed off his boot. And neither, despite five minutes of added time, could Spurs who had come into this match having collected 13 points from a possible 15 including a 5-2 demolition of Southampton on Boxing Day. But they were out-of-sorts. 6:21PM Pellegrino post-match "I think the team responded really well, we cannot transform this performance in goals and goals is more points but obviously this is the attitude we need to show in the next game. Every single game for us is massive. "We knew even the second half when they play with the diamond, they were always dangerous but I think we had the space in wide areas and in this moment we have had a couple of chances especially on the right. They are an amazing team with top players and they don't need too many action to create problems." 6:12PM Pochettino says the result was fair "It was an even game, a difficult game, the pitch wasn't in the best condition which didn't help but for both teams to play in a good way. Tough game, lots of battles, fighting.  "I don't believe because we struggle a little bit to play. In possession we missed a link to play together, we made a lot of mistakes in possession and allowed them to play a little bit more. I think to win the game, we should do better and play better and our performance wasn't great. "I think we tried to receive in our offensive phase and link better Kane and Son with Dele in behind. It allowed us to be more aggressive in transition and use more our fullbacks going forward. I think we create but the result was fair. "The top four is not easy. We still have the possibility to fight. The fight to survive every ball you can feel they are aggressive, our performance wasn't great, if it was at the level we are normally used to do, our performance wasn't the best. "That is a rumour, I don't want to speak about rumour. I am happy with the players I've got. You know well it's very difficult this transfer window to add a player". 6:08PM Man of the Match  James Ward-Prowse wins Sky Sports' prize and I'd tend to agree with that. Jan Vertonghen was excellent for Spurs too. Dele Alli just doesn't look himself at the moment, as though he's getting frustrated with himself for his own failings and then rushing his play to make up for it. Second season syndrome, except this is third season syndrome. Without alliteration it's not as dramatic sounding. 5:55PM The stats that matter The most important is the score, obviously, but Spurs will look at this and think they should have done much better. Southampton vs Spurs shots on goal   5:53PM FULL TIME A fair result in a really scrappy game. 5:52PM 90 mins +4 End to end now. Southampton attack, run out of ideas, Spurs attack and run out of ideas.  5:50PM 90 mins +3 Wanyama tries to be a hero and shoots from 25 yards. It's absolutely dreadful. An X-Factor Christmas number one of a shot. 5:50PM 90 mins +2 Spurs are trying to stay patient as they work the defence. Davies tries a cross from wide left but hits the defending Ward-Prowse. Southampton are in their deep defensive shape, waiting to absorb these attacks and try to break. 5:48PM 90 mins Now Spurs pile on the pressure. Alli goes down in the area off the ball but is up again after an accidental tangle with Stephens. Trippier swings a corner to the back post, it's headed into the six yard box and cleared. Spurs keep the ball, work it quickly in tight areas all the way to Kane on the left! This is it! KANE SHOOTS... wide of the far post on his left foot. So close! 5:46PM 89 mins Southampton keep finding space down the Spurs left! Tadic is in again and he cuts back to Boufal... who should score! But he takes a touch before shooting and is blocked. What a waste!  5:44PM 87 mins Alli seems frustrated. He can't quite reach the ball after his first touch and he knocks Romeu to the floor while trying to get it, Southampton attack. Tadic is played in and controls beautifully on the half turn. He fires a cross into the area and the young lad! THE YOUNG LAD! Has shanked his shot wide. So close to a dream debut for Obafemi.  Miss: Southampton 1 - 1 Spurs (Michael Obafemi, 87 min)   5:42PM 84 mins The game is really scrappy. Nobody can make a forward pass without it cannoning back off a body in the way.  Spurs attack and manage to get in behind the Southampton defence. Is this it? Kane finds Sissoko, whose pass is blocked, he tries again, and Lamela reacts at the near post... but puts it wide.  Miss: Southampton 1 - 1 Spurs (Erik Lamela, 84 min) Dembele is replaced by Wanyama, guaranteeing at least one more yellow card worthy challenge in Spurs' midfield. 5:39PM 82 mins Possession: Southampton vs Spurs  Michael Obafemi comes on for Gabbiadini. He's a 17 year old youth academy graduate. He's going to score, isn't he? 5:38PM 81 mins Waaaaaaaaaaaay. Alli is played in behind the Southampton defence and he must be offside. He must be! And he is. Alli shoots anyway but puts the ball wide of the goal from about three yards, prompting cheers of approval from the home fans. 5:37PM 80 mins Lemina comes off for Steven Davis.  5:34PM 77 mins And here it comes! The ironic cheer as Mousa Dembele is booked. Southampton have a free-kick wide left, Ward-Prowse lines up the set piece and could actually bend this in to either corner if he fancied it. He goes for the cross and it's headed away. This game is getting so frustrating to watch now. It's foul after foul after foul as both teams try to stop the other from playing. A very physical match. 5:31PM 75 mins Dier goes on a 50 yard run across the pitch with the ball and finds Alli, who hits a lame cross to the Southampton defence. Spurs look good everywhere except the final third at the moment, they're really missing Christian Eriksen. 5:29PM 73 mins Aurier has sat down and might have an injury problem. Trippier comes on for him. That might give Spurs a burst of energy they need on the right for the final 20 minutes. 5:27PM 71 mins Spurs attack, find Davies on the left and his cross causes Southampton players to panic in attempts to clear. Kane shifts the ball onto his left foot to shoot but wins only a corner, and McCarthy catches that corner.  Suddenly the ball drops for Dembele on the edge of the box! He shoots, mis-hits and Alli has it in the box. Can he score? No! He's closed down and spins, tries to find Kane... but the chance is gone. Lamela comes on for Son. 5:24PM 68 mins Gabbiadini tries a shot from outside the Spurs box but puts it too close to Vorm again. Erik Lamela is getting ready to come on for Spurs. 5:22PM 66 mins Alli comes to life about 30 yards out, taking the ball on the half turn, striding forward and then firing a shot across goal from near the D. Just wide. Out: Southampton 1 - 1 Spurs (Dele Alli, 65 min) Hojberg comes off for Boufal. 5:20PM 63 mins The referee has to tell off Dier and Tadic for hustling and bustling in the penalty area from a corner. Davies swings it out from the left and Kane tries a volley on his left foot! He kicks the air and Southampton break... but then they lose the ball. Alli carries it into the final third and then he is tackled. And then Gabbiadini is sent through on goal and is offside! Soccer. 5:17PM 61 mins Possession: Southampton vs Spurs   5:17PM 60 mins Dembele carries the ball and has runners left and right but doesn't quite have the pace to get away from his marker and loses possession.  Davies links with Alli to get the ball in the box but the cross is cut out. Romeu is then booked for a sliding challenge on Alli. 5:14PM 57 mins Southampton are starting to open up the pitch with their passing and Spurs want to counter-attack quickly but keep giving the ball away. Sissoko is booked for a foul on Bertrand, arriving late to contest a 50/50.  5:12PM 55 mins I'm looking forward to the huge ironic cheer when Dembele is inevitably booked here. Lemina takes a sore one on the left wing and Sissoko puts the ball out straight away for him. It looks like he'll survive, which is good for everyone involved. Pellegrino talks to Stephens and then Hoedt separately how to adapt to Spurs' new shape. 5:10PM 53 mins Credit: REUTERS Gabbiadini goes down under a challenge from Vertonghen but doesn't complain, Southampton keep up the pressure until Spurs can play their way out from the back. Romeu is fouled by Dembele. It's a clear yellow card... I don't understand why he's not been booked yet. The Scott Brown of the Premier League.  5:06PM 50 mins Stephens is booked for a shirt pull on Kane, which is probably the right call. Ward-Prowse takes an early shot at goal when he might be away... Vorm saves. It's pretty end to end so far. Son is playing more through the middle in this half, quite close to Kane.  5:06PM 48 mins Spurs attack through the middle and straight away Son is nearly sent clean in on goal. The ball is moved back towards the goalkeeper and he isn't steady on his feet, having to get rid of the ball as soon as he can. Vertonghen then has to use pace and strength to make sure Southampton don't get in behind at the other end. Great defending. 5:02PM KICK-OFF 2 Spurs start the second half. 5:01PM Some half time stats Southampton vs Spurs shots on goal Southampton vs Spurs   4:46PM HALF TIME A fair result so far but Spurs still look like the better side here. Southampton have had their chances, Spurs seem capable of upping their level if they want to. 4:45PM 45 mins Kane takes down a cross from the left and has a half chance to shoot inside the area... but a defender's foot catches his and takes the ball.  4:42PM 42 mins Southampton have men over now! They're playing really well here and work a chance for Lemina, who places his shot just slightly too close to the goalkeeper. Attempt Saved: Southampton 1 - 1 Spurs (Mario Lemina, 41 min) Southampton's long passes from right to left look like they're causing Spurs a lot of bother. Aurier and Sanchez happen to be defending that side.  4:23PM 23 mins Tadic floats a chip to the back post when the shot is on and Spurs' giant centre-backs head it away for another corner. Ward-Prowse whips it in but Vorm punches away. 4:21PM 22 mins Possession: Southampton vs Spurs   4:21PM 21 mins Almost immediately after kick-off Alli bursts into the box and it looks like Kane is open for a tap in... but Alli is tackled for another corner. Southampton defend this one much better. Ward-Prowse delivers from the right but Vertonghen reacts best to the danger and puts it behind. The referee has to tell off Sanchez, Hoedt and Vorm as they shove each other. 4:19PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Who else but Harry Kane? It's his 99th Premier League goal. Southampton 1 - 1 Spurs (Harry Kane, 18 min) Southampton haven't looked great at set pieces and Kane uses his strength to hold off and then jump higher than Southampton's defence from the corner. 4:18PM 18 mins Dier hits the post! Almost an instant reply from Spurs as a corner is headed down by Vertonghen and then drilled at goal by Dier. Spurs win another corner. 4:16PM GOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLL! An own goal from Davinson Sanchez! Southampton 1 - 0 Spurs (Davinson Sánchez, 15 min) Just as I'm typing that he's not quite on his game, he slides in to deal with a cross at the six yard box and ends up deflecting it into his own net. He's really unlucky but Southampton deserve their lead. 4:14PM 15 mins Sanchez isn't quite on his game yet. He's made a couple of mistakes off and on the ball and has just handed possession straight to Southampton here. They're on the attack. 4:13PM 13 mins Credit: AP   4:12PM 12 mins That should be 1-0. Lemina plays Kane onside, the centre-backs don't realise and Alli has the entire box to run into. The ball is crossed in and he can't get enough on his header. Corner. 4:11PM 11 mins Dier tries a long ball into the box for Alli, who very nearly takes it down on his knee with his back to goal. His touch is a little off and Southampton can take the ball forward. Ward-Prowse is played in down the right with a great pass over the top of a defender, and his delivery is brilliant! But nobody reads it. Tadic follows up on the other flank and drills a low ball into the six yard box... but Gabbiadini can't reach it.  4:09PM 9 mins Southampton are attacking but Spurs keep breaking up play before anything too dangerous happens. Ward-Prowse tries a wonderstrike from 25 yards but slices his effort miles wide. Spurs work their way forward, Alli sprints to space at the back post and Aurier swings a cross in, but doesn't get enough lift and it's put behind for a corner.  4:05PM 6 mins Another chance for Southampton. Hojberg wins the ball from Son, hits a long pass out left and Tadic is there. He slides a pass across the area... and Gabbiadini doesn't seem to commit to the shot, and rather than sliding in, swings a boot at thin air. 4:03PM 3 mins Great run by Sissoko as he sprints from deep into the box and Aurier finds him with a smart pass round the corner of the full-back. Southampton win the ball back. 4:01PM 1 mins The Saints get the ball forward quickly, Gabbiadini turns Sanchez and shoots from 20 yards but Vorm saves. Attacking start! 4:00PM KICK-OFF Southampton get the game started! 3:56PM Here come the players They're out on the pitch in the rain. It's cold. It's wet. AND IT'S LIVE!   Credit: REUTERS   3:46PM Pochettino on Southampton "They stay at home in London and try to recover. I think yes, 100 per cent they feel well, maybe some players have some problems the last few days but no excuse we are going to try to play our best, to play well and win because the victory is important. It will be tough for both teams. "It's always special after five years it was today or yesterday we made our debut here against Everton, it will always be in my heart a special place for me and my family." 3:38PM Southampton want to buy two players And with £50million to spend on both, you'd think they'll be good. But who are these mysterious men? Jeremy Wilson has all the information here. 3:21PM Ben Davies says Denmark is why he's good at football Want to know more? You should read this and find out. 3:11PM It is not a nice day Credit: GETTY IMAGES The good thing is that since this isn't the 90s, the pitch will still be entirely playable and probably a bit quicker than normal. That will suit Spurs' passing game and might also mean that defenders are granted super power slide tackles and can glide along the floor for miles to win the ball back.  3:06PM No Lloris or Eriksen Both Huge and Christian, as they like to be called, are ill and miss out today. A big chance for the reserves to impress! If you can call them reserves, that is.  3:01PM Hello! Good afternoon and welcome to our liveblog for Southampton vs Spurs, where Mauricio Pochettino pays a visit to the stadium where first he made his name known in the Premier League. The Saints are doing absolutely fine at the moment which makes sense but isn't great news for their current manager, Mauricio Pellegrino, since Southampton seem to believe that even though they keep selling their best players, they should be progressing on the pitch. Spurs are in their traditional mid-season run of good form and Harry Kane is banging in goals all over the place. With Marco Silva suddenly available, it's not insane to suggest that Pellegrino might actually need his team to give an impressive performance - if not get a result - for him to keep his job. The Premier League is getting silly. Enough speculation. Who's actually playing today? Southampton Team news is in! Here's how #SaintsFC line-up to take on #THFC at St Mary's in the #PL: pic.twitter.com/CezUnwCJ6p— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) January 21, 2018 Spurs #THFC: Vorm, Aurier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Sissoko, Dele, Son, Kane (C). #COYSpic.twitter.com/FAJwpW5fp4— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 21, 2018

Southampton 1 Tottenham 1: Harry Kane's 99th Premier League goal not enough for flu-affected Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur were laid low by a flu virus and then caught a cold as they were held to a draw by relegation-threatened Southampton despite Harry Kane moving to within one goal of his Premier League century. It was a frustrating result that means Spurs could fall five points behind fourth-placed Liverpool if Jurgen Klopp’s side win away to Swansea City on Monday evening, putting them in very real danger of missing out on Champions League qualification. The score-line does not, truly, help Southampton either as they remain in the bottom three and a point behind 17th place Stoke City. But they showed enough fight – and went agonisingly close to winning – to probably help manager Mauricio Pellegrino survive. At least a little longer. Afterwards Spurs midfielder Eric Dier claimed the race for the top four will “go down to the wire” but with his side’s next three league opponents being Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal these were points they could not afford to drop. And neither were they expected to. The Spurs squad were in Barcelona for warm weather training last week with captain Hugo Lloris and play-maker Christian Eriksen ruled out of this fixture because they were suffering from flu. Other players were affected and although manager Mauricio Pochettino later refused to say who, and stated it had not affected the performance, they were collectively below-par in a rain-sodden “battle” of an encounter. Southampton 1 - 0 Spurs (Davinson Sánchez, 15 min) Kane, though, had the chance late on to claim his 100th league goal, and the headlines once again, but dragged his low shot across goal and wide from a tight angle. A defeat would have been extremely tough on Southampton who had chances of their own and moments before Kane’s effort there was an even clearer opportunity for 17-year-old substitute Michael Obafemi, who had come on to make his debut, but who miscued badly in front of goal after meeting a Dusan Tadic cross. That again highlighted Southampton’s weakness up front and Pellegrino is desperately hoping that reinforcements will soon arrive, using the money brought in by the £75million sale of Virgil Van Dijk, and moves are being made for the £50million pair of Monaco’s Guido Carrillo and Spartak Moscow Quincy Promes. But the club’s hierarchy will also know that they have lost nine points now from leading positions at home - and that is more than any other other Premier League team. Damningly it is 11 league games without a win. Kane's equaliser was his 99th Premier League goal Credit: GETTY IMAGES Southampton were gifted the lead here, making a slick start which was capped when captain Ryan Bertrand overlapped down the left to collect Tadic’s measured pass and crossed low into the penalty area. The ball had already ricocheted around the Spurs box and this time Davinson Sanchez attempted to take more decisive action by intercepting – only to slide in, toe-poking the ball goal-wards with it rebounding off the near post and squirting over the line to beat the stranded, stand-in goalkeeper, Michel Vorm. It provoked a furious response. Dier drove a low shot against the outside of the post, after the ball broke to him from a corner with Bertrand denying Dele Alli as he attempted to turn, and then from another Ben Davies corner Kane simply brushed aside his marker, Jack Stephens, rose above Manolo Gabbiadini, and thumped a header emphatically into the net. The lead has lasted just 197 seconds. It remained remarkably open. Both teams felt they had to win, for their contrasting reasons, and Spurs almost claimed the lead when Davies drove the ball powerfully across the area and Moussa Sissoko side-footed a volley from inside the six-yard area that just flew wide. Southampton also went close when Stephens met a superb, in-swinging free-kick by James Ward-Prowse – and few English players deliver a more threatening set-piece - but the defender could not keep his header down with the ball skimming narrowly over the bar. Southampton vs Spurs shots on goal More chances came although eventually the stickiness of the pitch, the bone-jarring effort, slowed the game down while Spurs sorely lacked the clever guile of Eriksen to unpick their opponents. Nevertheless Alli and Kane went close and then Sissoko fought for possession, squaring to substitute Erik Lamela who poked a close-range shot that seemed destined to find the net but for Stephens’ lunge to deflect it wide. Could Southampton capitalise? The crowd roared them on – there were certainly no signs of dissent towards Pellegrino – and Sanchez did well to block a shot from Sofiane Boufal as he ran onto the area before another replacement, Obafemi, signed from Leyton Orient’s academy, had his chance. But they could not find the breakthrough as the ball skimmed off his boot. And neither, despite five minutes of added time, could Spurs who had come into this match having collected 13 points from a possible 15 including a 5-2 demolition of Southampton on Boxing Day. But they were out-of-sorts. 6:21PM Pellegrino post-match "I think the team responded really well, we cannot transform this performance in goals and goals is more points but obviously this is the attitude we need to show in the next game. Every single game for us is massive. "We knew even the second half when they play with the diamond, they were always dangerous but I think we had the space in wide areas and in this moment we have had a couple of chances especially on the right. They are an amazing team with top players and they don't need too many action to create problems." 6:12PM Pochettino says the result was fair "It was an even game, a difficult game, the pitch wasn't in the best condition which didn't help but for both teams to play in a good way. Tough game, lots of battles, fighting.  "I don't believe because we struggle a little bit to play. In possession we missed a link to play together, we made a lot of mistakes in possession and allowed them to play a little bit more. I think to win the game, we should do better and play better and our performance wasn't great. "I think we tried to receive in our offensive phase and link better Kane and Son with Dele in behind. It allowed us to be more aggressive in transition and use more our fullbacks going forward. I think we create but the result was fair. "The top four is not easy. We still have the possibility to fight. The fight to survive every ball you can feel they are aggressive, our performance wasn't great, if it was at the level we are normally used to do, our performance wasn't the best. "That is a rumour, I don't want to speak about rumour. I am happy with the players I've got. You know well it's very difficult this transfer window to add a player". 6:08PM Man of the Match  James Ward-Prowse wins Sky Sports' prize and I'd tend to agree with that. Jan Vertonghen was excellent for Spurs too. Dele Alli just doesn't look himself at the moment, as though he's getting frustrated with himself for his own failings and then rushing his play to make up for it. Second season syndrome, except this is third season syndrome. Without alliteration it's not as dramatic sounding. 5:55PM The stats that matter The most important is the score, obviously, but Spurs will look at this and think they should have done much better. Southampton vs Spurs shots on goal   5:53PM FULL TIME A fair result in a really scrappy game. 5:52PM 90 mins +4 End to end now. Southampton attack, run out of ideas, Spurs attack and run out of ideas.  5:50PM 90 mins +3 Wanyama tries to be a hero and shoots from 25 yards. It's absolutely dreadful. An X-Factor Christmas number one of a shot. 5:50PM 90 mins +2 Spurs are trying to stay patient as they work the defence. Davies tries a cross from wide left but hits the defending Ward-Prowse. Southampton are in their deep defensive shape, waiting to absorb these attacks and try to break. 5:48PM 90 mins Now Spurs pile on the pressure. Alli goes down in the area off the ball but is up again after an accidental tangle with Stephens. Trippier swings a corner to the back post, it's headed into the six yard box and cleared. Spurs keep the ball, work it quickly in tight areas all the way to Kane on the left! This is it! KANE SHOOTS... wide of the far post on his left foot. So close! 5:46PM 89 mins Southampton keep finding space down the Spurs left! Tadic is in again and he cuts back to Boufal... who should score! But he takes a touch before shooting and is blocked. What a waste!  5:44PM 87 mins Alli seems frustrated. He can't quite reach the ball after his first touch and he knocks Romeu to the floor while trying to get it, Southampton attack. Tadic is played in and controls beautifully on the half turn. He fires a cross into the area and the young lad! THE YOUNG LAD! Has shanked his shot wide. So close to a dream debut for Obafemi.  Miss: Southampton 1 - 1 Spurs (Michael Obafemi, 87 min)   5:42PM 84 mins The game is really scrappy. Nobody can make a forward pass without it cannoning back off a body in the way.  Spurs attack and manage to get in behind the Southampton defence. Is this it? Kane finds Sissoko, whose pass is blocked, he tries again, and Lamela reacts at the near post... but puts it wide.  Miss: Southampton 1 - 1 Spurs (Erik Lamela, 84 min) Dembele is replaced by Wanyama, guaranteeing at least one more yellow card worthy challenge in Spurs' midfield. 5:39PM 82 mins Possession: Southampton vs Spurs  Michael Obafemi comes on for Gabbiadini. He's a 17 year old youth academy graduate. He's going to score, isn't he? 5:38PM 81 mins Waaaaaaaaaaaay. Alli is played in behind the Southampton defence and he must be offside. He must be! And he is. Alli shoots anyway but puts the ball wide of the goal from about three yards, prompting cheers of approval from the home fans. 5:37PM 80 mins Lemina comes off for Steven Davis.  5:34PM 77 mins And here it comes! The ironic cheer as Mousa Dembele is booked. Southampton have a free-kick wide left, Ward-Prowse lines up the set piece and could actually bend this in to either corner if he fancied it. He goes for the cross and it's headed away. This game is getting so frustrating to watch now. It's foul after foul after foul as both teams try to stop the other from playing. A very physical match. 5:31PM 75 mins Dier goes on a 50 yard run across the pitch with the ball and finds Alli, who hits a lame cross to the Southampton defence. Spurs look good everywhere except the final third at the moment, they're really missing Christian Eriksen. 5:29PM 73 mins Aurier has sat down and might have an injury problem. Trippier comes on for him. That might give Spurs a burst of energy they need on the right for the final 20 minutes. 5:27PM 71 mins Spurs attack, find Davies on the left and his cross causes Southampton players to panic in attempts to clear. Kane shifts the ball onto his left foot to shoot but wins only a corner, and McCarthy catches that corner.  Suddenly the ball drops for Dembele on the edge of the box! He shoots, mis-hits and Alli has it in the box. Can he score? No! He's closed down and spins, tries to find Kane... but the chance is gone. Lamela comes on for Son. 5:24PM 68 mins Gabbiadini tries a shot from outside the Spurs box but puts it too close to Vorm again. Erik Lamela is getting ready to come on for Spurs. 5:22PM 66 mins Alli comes to life about 30 yards out, taking the ball on the half turn, striding forward and then firing a shot across goal from near the D. Just wide. Out: Southampton 1 - 1 Spurs (Dele Alli, 65 min) Hojberg comes off for Boufal. 5:20PM 63 mins The referee has to tell off Dier and Tadic for hustling and bustling in the penalty area from a corner. Davies swings it out from the left and Kane tries a volley on his left foot! He kicks the air and Southampton break... but then they lose the ball. Alli carries it into the final third and then he is tackled. And then Gabbiadini is sent through on goal and is offside! Soccer. 5:17PM 61 mins Possession: Southampton vs Spurs   5:17PM 60 mins Dembele carries the ball and has runners left and right but doesn't quite have the pace to get away from his marker and loses possession.  Davies links with Alli to get the ball in the box but the cross is cut out. Romeu is then booked for a sliding challenge on Alli. 5:14PM 57 mins Southampton are starting to open up the pitch with their passing and Spurs want to counter-attack quickly but keep giving the ball away. Sissoko is booked for a foul on Bertrand, arriving late to contest a 50/50.  5:12PM 55 mins I'm looking forward to the huge ironic cheer when Dembele is inevitably booked here. Lemina takes a sore one on the left wing and Sissoko puts the ball out straight away for him. It looks like he'll survive, which is good for everyone involved. Pellegrino talks to Stephens and then Hoedt separately how to adapt to Spurs' new shape. 5:10PM 53 mins Credit: REUTERS Gabbiadini goes down under a challenge from Vertonghen but doesn't complain, Southampton keep up the pressure until Spurs can play their way out from the back. Romeu is fouled by Dembele. It's a clear yellow card... I don't understand why he's not been booked yet. The Scott Brown of the Premier League.  5:06PM 50 mins Stephens is booked for a shirt pull on Kane, which is probably the right call. Ward-Prowse takes an early shot at goal when he might be away... Vorm saves. It's pretty end to end so far. Son is playing more through the middle in this half, quite close to Kane.  5:06PM 48 mins Spurs attack through the middle and straight away Son is nearly sent clean in on goal. The ball is moved back towards the goalkeeper and he isn't steady on his feet, having to get rid of the ball as soon as he can. Vertonghen then has to use pace and strength to make sure Southampton don't get in behind at the other end. Great defending. 5:02PM KICK-OFF 2 Spurs start the second half. 5:01PM Some half time stats Southampton vs Spurs shots on goal Southampton vs Spurs   4:46PM HALF TIME A fair result so far but Spurs still look like the better side here. Southampton have had their chances, Spurs seem capable of upping their level if they want to. 4:45PM 45 mins Kane takes down a cross from the left and has a half chance to shoot inside the area... but a defender's foot catches his and takes the ball.  4:42PM 42 mins Southampton have men over now! They're playing really well here and work a chance for Lemina, who places his shot just slightly too close to the goalkeeper. Attempt Saved: Southampton 1 - 1 Spurs (Mario Lemina, 41 min) Southampton's long passes from right to left look like they're causing Spurs a lot of bother. Aurier and Sanchez happen to be defending that side.  4:23PM 23 mins Tadic floats a chip to the back post when the shot is on and Spurs' giant centre-backs head it away for another corner. Ward-Prowse whips it in but Vorm punches away. 4:21PM 22 mins Possession: Southampton vs Spurs   4:21PM 21 mins Almost immediately after kick-off Alli bursts into the box and it looks like Kane is open for a tap in... but Alli is tackled for another corner. Southampton defend this one much better. Ward-Prowse delivers from the right but Vertonghen reacts best to the danger and puts it behind. The referee has to tell off Sanchez, Hoedt and Vorm as they shove each other. 4:19PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Who else but Harry Kane? It's his 99th Premier League goal. Southampton 1 - 1 Spurs (Harry Kane, 18 min) Southampton haven't looked great at set pieces and Kane uses his strength to hold off and then jump higher than Southampton's defence from the corner. 4:18PM 18 mins Dier hits the post! Almost an instant reply from Spurs as a corner is headed down by Vertonghen and then drilled at goal by Dier. Spurs win another corner. 4:16PM GOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLL! An own goal from Davinson Sanchez! Southampton 1 - 0 Spurs (Davinson Sánchez, 15 min) Just as I'm typing that he's not quite on his game, he slides in to deal with a cross at the six yard box and ends up deflecting it into his own net. He's really unlucky but Southampton deserve their lead. 4:14PM 15 mins Sanchez isn't quite on his game yet. He's made a couple of mistakes off and on the ball and has just handed possession straight to Southampton here. They're on the attack. 4:13PM 13 mins Credit: AP   4:12PM 12 mins That should be 1-0. Lemina plays Kane onside, the centre-backs don't realise and Alli has the entire box to run into. The ball is crossed in and he can't get enough on his header. Corner. 4:11PM 11 mins Dier tries a long ball into the box for Alli, who very nearly takes it down on his knee with his back to goal. His touch is a little off and Southampton can take the ball forward. Ward-Prowse is played in down the right with a great pass over the top of a defender, and his delivery is brilliant! But nobody reads it. Tadic follows up on the other flank and drills a low ball into the six yard box... but Gabbiadini can't reach it.  4:09PM 9 mins Southampton are attacking but Spurs keep breaking up play before anything too dangerous happens. Ward-Prowse tries a wonderstrike from 25 yards but slices his effort miles wide. Spurs work their way forward, Alli sprints to space at the back post and Aurier swings a cross in, but doesn't get enough lift and it's put behind for a corner.  4:05PM 6 mins Another chance for Southampton. Hojberg wins the ball from Son, hits a long pass out left and Tadic is there. He slides a pass across the area... and Gabbiadini doesn't seem to commit to the shot, and rather than sliding in, swings a boot at thin air. 4:03PM 3 mins Great run by Sissoko as he sprints from deep into the box and Aurier finds him with a smart pass round the corner of the full-back. Southampton win the ball back. 4:01PM 1 mins The Saints get the ball forward quickly, Gabbiadini turns Sanchez and shoots from 20 yards but Vorm saves. Attacking start! 4:00PM KICK-OFF Southampton get the game started! 3:56PM Here come the players They're out on the pitch in the rain. It's cold. It's wet. AND IT'S LIVE!   Credit: REUTERS   3:46PM Pochettino on Southampton "They stay at home in London and try to recover. I think yes, 100 per cent they feel well, maybe some players have some problems the last few days but no excuse we are going to try to play our best, to play well and win because the victory is important. It will be tough for both teams. "It's always special after five years it was today or yesterday we made our debut here against Everton, it will always be in my heart a special place for me and my family." 3:38PM Southampton want to buy two players And with £50million to spend on both, you'd think they'll be good. But who are these mysterious men? Jeremy Wilson has all the information here. 3:21PM Ben Davies says Denmark is why he's good at football Want to know more? You should read this and find out. 3:11PM It is not a nice day Credit: GETTY IMAGES The good thing is that since this isn't the 90s, the pitch will still be entirely playable and probably a bit quicker than normal. That will suit Spurs' passing game and might also mean that defenders are granted super power slide tackles and can glide along the floor for miles to win the ball back.  3:06PM No Lloris or Eriksen Both Huge and Christian, as they like to be called, are ill and miss out today. A big chance for the reserves to impress! If you can call them reserves, that is.  3:01PM Hello! Good afternoon and welcome to our liveblog for Southampton vs Spurs, where Mauricio Pochettino pays a visit to the stadium where first he made his name known in the Premier League. The Saints are doing absolutely fine at the moment which makes sense but isn't great news for their current manager, Mauricio Pellegrino, since Southampton seem to believe that even though they keep selling their best players, they should be progressing on the pitch. Spurs are in their traditional mid-season run of good form and Harry Kane is banging in goals all over the place. With Marco Silva suddenly available, it's not insane to suggest that Pellegrino might actually need his team to give an impressive performance - if not get a result - for him to keep his job. The Premier League is getting silly. Enough speculation. Who's actually playing today? Southampton Team news is in! Here's how #SaintsFC line-up to take on #THFC at St Mary's in the #PL: pic.twitter.com/CezUnwCJ6p— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) January 21, 2018 Spurs #THFC: Vorm, Aurier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Sissoko, Dele, Son, Kane (C). #COYSpic.twitter.com/FAJwpW5fp4— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 21, 2018

Southampton 1 Tottenham 1: Harry Kane's 99th Premier League goal not enough for flu-affected Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur were laid low by a flu virus and then caught a cold as they were held to a draw by relegation-threatened Southampton despite Harry Kane moving to within one goal of his Premier League century. It was a frustrating result that means Spurs could fall five points behind fourth-placed Liverpool if Jurgen Klopp’s side win away to Swansea City on Monday evening, putting them in very real danger of missing out on Champions League qualification. The score-line does not, truly, help Southampton either as they remain in the bottom three and a point behind 17th place Stoke City. But they showed enough fight – and went agonisingly close to winning – to probably help manager Mauricio Pellegrino survive. At least a little longer. Afterwards Spurs midfielder Eric Dier claimed the race for the top four will “go down to the wire” but with his side’s next three league opponents being Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal these were points they could not afford to drop. And neither were they expected to. The Spurs squad were in Barcelona for warm weather training last week with captain Hugo Lloris and play-maker Christian Eriksen ruled out of this fixture because they were suffering from flu. Other players were affected and although manager Mauricio Pochettino later refused to say who, and stated it had not affected the performance, they were collectively below-par in a rain-sodden “battle” of an encounter. Southampton 1 - 0 Spurs (Davinson Sánchez, 15 min) Kane, though, had the chance late on to claim his 100th league goal, and the headlines once again, but dragged his low shot across goal and wide from a tight angle. A defeat would have been extremely tough on Southampton who had chances of their own and moments before Kane’s effort there was an even clearer opportunity for 17-year-old substitute Michael Obafemi, who had come on to make his debut, but who miscued badly in front of goal after meeting a Dusan Tadic cross. That again highlighted Southampton’s weakness up front and Pellegrino is desperately hoping that reinforcements will soon arrive, using the money brought in by the £75million sale of Virgil Van Dijk, and moves are being made for the £50million pair of Monaco’s Guido Carrillo and Spartak Moscow Quincy Promes. But the club’s hierarchy will also know that they have lost nine points now from leading positions at home - and that is more than any other other Premier League team. Damningly it is 11 league games without a win. Kane's equaliser was his 99th Premier League goal Credit: GETTY IMAGES Southampton were gifted the lead here, making a slick start which was capped when captain Ryan Bertrand overlapped down the left to collect Tadic’s measured pass and crossed low into the penalty area. The ball had already ricocheted around the Spurs box and this time Davinson Sanchez attempted to take more decisive action by intercepting – only to slide in, toe-poking the ball goal-wards with it rebounding off the near post and squirting over the line to beat the stranded, stand-in goalkeeper, Michel Vorm. It provoked a furious response. Dier drove a low shot against the outside of the post, after the ball broke to him from a corner with Bertrand denying Dele Alli as he attempted to turn, and then from another Ben Davies corner Kane simply brushed aside his marker, Jack Stephens, rose above Manolo Gabbiadini, and thumped a header emphatically into the net. The lead has lasted just 197 seconds. It remained remarkably open. Both teams felt they had to win, for their contrasting reasons, and Spurs almost claimed the lead when Davies drove the ball powerfully across the area and Moussa Sissoko side-footed a volley from inside the six-yard area that just flew wide. Southampton also went close when Stephens met a superb, in-swinging free-kick by James Ward-Prowse – and few English players deliver a more threatening set-piece - but the defender could not keep his header down with the ball skimming narrowly over the bar. Southampton vs Spurs shots on goal More chances came although eventually the stickiness of the pitch, the bone-jarring effort, slowed the game down while Spurs sorely lacked the clever guile of Eriksen to unpick their opponents. Nevertheless Alli and Kane went close and then Sissoko fought for possession, squaring to substitute Erik Lamela who poked a close-range shot that seemed destined to find the net but for Stephens’ lunge to deflect it wide. Could Southampton capitalise? The crowd roared them on – there were certainly no signs of dissent towards Pellegrino – and Sanchez did well to block a shot from Sofiane Boufal as he ran onto the area before another replacement, Obafemi, signed from Leyton Orient’s academy, had his chance. But they could not find the breakthrough as the ball skimmed off his boot. And neither, despite five minutes of added time, could Spurs who had come into this match having collected 13 points from a possible 15 including a 5-2 demolition of Southampton on Boxing Day. But they were out-of-sorts. 6:21PM Pellegrino post-match "I think the team responded really well, we cannot transform this performance in goals and goals is more points but obviously this is the attitude we need to show in the next game. Every single game for us is massive. "We knew even the second half when they play with the diamond, they were always dangerous but I think we had the space in wide areas and in this moment we have had a couple of chances especially on the right. They are an amazing team with top players and they don't need too many action to create problems." 6:12PM Pochettino says the result was fair "It was an even game, a difficult game, the pitch wasn't in the best condition which didn't help but for both teams to play in a good way. Tough game, lots of battles, fighting.  "I don't believe because we struggle a little bit to play. In possession we missed a link to play together, we made a lot of mistakes in possession and allowed them to play a little bit more. I think to win the game, we should do better and play better and our performance wasn't great. "I think we tried to receive in our offensive phase and link better Kane and Son with Dele in behind. It allowed us to be more aggressive in transition and use more our fullbacks going forward. I think we create but the result was fair. "The top four is not easy. We still have the possibility to fight. The fight to survive every ball you can feel they are aggressive, our performance wasn't great, if it was at the level we are normally used to do, our performance wasn't the best. "That is a rumour, I don't want to speak about rumour. I am happy with the players I've got. You know well it's very difficult this transfer window to add a player". 6:08PM Man of the Match  James Ward-Prowse wins Sky Sports' prize and I'd tend to agree with that. Jan Vertonghen was excellent for Spurs too. Dele Alli just doesn't look himself at the moment, as though he's getting frustrated with himself for his own failings and then rushing his play to make up for it. Second season syndrome, except this is third season syndrome. Without alliteration it's not as dramatic sounding. 5:55PM The stats that matter The most important is the score, obviously, but Spurs will look at this and think they should have done much better. Southampton vs Spurs shots on goal   5:53PM FULL TIME A fair result in a really scrappy game. 5:52PM 90 mins +4 End to end now. Southampton attack, run out of ideas, Spurs attack and run out of ideas.  5:50PM 90 mins +3 Wanyama tries to be a hero and shoots from 25 yards. It's absolutely dreadful. An X-Factor Christmas number one of a shot. 5:50PM 90 mins +2 Spurs are trying to stay patient as they work the defence. Davies tries a cross from wide left but hits the defending Ward-Prowse. Southampton are in their deep defensive shape, waiting to absorb these attacks and try to break. 5:48PM 90 mins Now Spurs pile on the pressure. Alli goes down in the area off the ball but is up again after an accidental tangle with Stephens. Trippier swings a corner to the back post, it's headed into the six yard box and cleared. Spurs keep the ball, work it quickly in tight areas all the way to Kane on the left! This is it! KANE SHOOTS... wide of the far post on his left foot. So close! 5:46PM 89 mins Southampton keep finding space down the Spurs left! Tadic is in again and he cuts back to Boufal... who should score! But he takes a touch before shooting and is blocked. What a waste!  5:44PM 87 mins Alli seems frustrated. He can't quite reach the ball after his first touch and he knocks Romeu to the floor while trying to get it, Southampton attack. Tadic is played in and controls beautifully on the half turn. He fires a cross into the area and the young lad! THE YOUNG LAD! Has shanked his shot wide. So close to a dream debut for Obafemi.  Miss: Southampton 1 - 1 Spurs (Michael Obafemi, 87 min)   5:42PM 84 mins The game is really scrappy. Nobody can make a forward pass without it cannoning back off a body in the way.  Spurs attack and manage to get in behind the Southampton defence. Is this it? Kane finds Sissoko, whose pass is blocked, he tries again, and Lamela reacts at the near post... but puts it wide.  Miss: Southampton 1 - 1 Spurs (Erik Lamela, 84 min) Dembele is replaced by Wanyama, guaranteeing at least one more yellow card worthy challenge in Spurs' midfield. 5:39PM 82 mins Possession: Southampton vs Spurs  Michael Obafemi comes on for Gabbiadini. He's a 17 year old youth academy graduate. He's going to score, isn't he? 5:38PM 81 mins Waaaaaaaaaaaay. Alli is played in behind the Southampton defence and he must be offside. He must be! And he is. Alli shoots anyway but puts the ball wide of the goal from about three yards, prompting cheers of approval from the home fans. 5:37PM 80 mins Lemina comes off for Steven Davis.  5:34PM 77 mins And here it comes! The ironic cheer as Mousa Dembele is booked. Southampton have a free-kick wide left, Ward-Prowse lines up the set piece and could actually bend this in to either corner if he fancied it. He goes for the cross and it's headed away. This game is getting so frustrating to watch now. It's foul after foul after foul as both teams try to stop the other from playing. A very physical match. 5:31PM 75 mins Dier goes on a 50 yard run across the pitch with the ball and finds Alli, who hits a lame cross to the Southampton defence. Spurs look good everywhere except the final third at the moment, they're really missing Christian Eriksen. 5:29PM 73 mins Aurier has sat down and might have an injury problem. Trippier comes on for him. That might give Spurs a burst of energy they need on the right for the final 20 minutes. 5:27PM 71 mins Spurs attack, find Davies on the left and his cross causes Southampton players to panic in attempts to clear. Kane shifts the ball onto his left foot to shoot but wins only a corner, and McCarthy catches that corner.  Suddenly the ball drops for Dembele on the edge of the box! He shoots, mis-hits and Alli has it in the box. Can he score? No! He's closed down and spins, tries to find Kane... but the chance is gone. Lamela comes on for Son. 5:24PM 68 mins Gabbiadini tries a shot from outside the Spurs box but puts it too close to Vorm again. Erik Lamela is getting ready to come on for Spurs. 5:22PM 66 mins Alli comes to life about 30 yards out, taking the ball on the half turn, striding forward and then firing a shot across goal from near the D. Just wide. Out: Southampton 1 - 1 Spurs (Dele Alli, 65 min) Hojberg comes off for Boufal. 5:20PM 63 mins The referee has to tell off Dier and Tadic for hustling and bustling in the penalty area from a corner. Davies swings it out from the left and Kane tries a volley on his left foot! He kicks the air and Southampton break... but then they lose the ball. Alli carries it into the final third and then he is tackled. And then Gabbiadini is sent through on goal and is offside! Soccer. 5:17PM 61 mins Possession: Southampton vs Spurs   5:17PM 60 mins Dembele carries the ball and has runners left and right but doesn't quite have the pace to get away from his marker and loses possession.  Davies links with Alli to get the ball in the box but the cross is cut out. Romeu is then booked for a sliding challenge on Alli. 5:14PM 57 mins Southampton are starting to open up the pitch with their passing and Spurs want to counter-attack quickly but keep giving the ball away. Sissoko is booked for a foul on Bertrand, arriving late to contest a 50/50.  5:12PM 55 mins I'm looking forward to the huge ironic cheer when Dembele is inevitably booked here. Lemina takes a sore one on the left wing and Sissoko puts the ball out straight away for him. It looks like he'll survive, which is good for everyone involved. Pellegrino talks to Stephens and then Hoedt separately how to adapt to Spurs' new shape. 5:10PM 53 mins Credit: REUTERS Gabbiadini goes down under a challenge from Vertonghen but doesn't complain, Southampton keep up the pressure until Spurs can play their way out from the back. Romeu is fouled by Dembele. It's a clear yellow card... I don't understand why he's not been booked yet. The Scott Brown of the Premier League.  5:06PM 50 mins Stephens is booked for a shirt pull on Kane, which is probably the right call. Ward-Prowse takes an early shot at goal when he might be away... Vorm saves. It's pretty end to end so far. Son is playing more through the middle in this half, quite close to Kane.  5:06PM 48 mins Spurs attack through the middle and straight away Son is nearly sent clean in on goal. The ball is moved back towards the goalkeeper and he isn't steady on his feet, having to get rid of the ball as soon as he can. Vertonghen then has to use pace and strength to make sure Southampton don't get in behind at the other end. Great defending. 5:02PM KICK-OFF 2 Spurs start the second half. 5:01PM Some half time stats Southampton vs Spurs shots on goal Southampton vs Spurs   4:46PM HALF TIME A fair result so far but Spurs still look like the better side here. Southampton have had their chances, Spurs seem capable of upping their level if they want to. 4:45PM 45 mins Kane takes down a cross from the left and has a half chance to shoot inside the area... but a defender's foot catches his and takes the ball.  4:42PM 42 mins Southampton have men over now! They're playing really well here and work a chance for Lemina, who places his shot just slightly too close to the goalkeeper. Attempt Saved: Southampton 1 - 1 Spurs (Mario Lemina, 41 min) Southampton's long passes from right to left look like they're causing Spurs a lot of bother. Aurier and Sanchez happen to be defending that side.  4:23PM 23 mins Tadic floats a chip to the back post when the shot is on and Spurs' giant centre-backs head it away for another corner. Ward-Prowse whips it in but Vorm punches away. 4:21PM 22 mins Possession: Southampton vs Spurs   4:21PM 21 mins Almost immediately after kick-off Alli bursts into the box and it looks like Kane is open for a tap in... but Alli is tackled for another corner. Southampton defend this one much better. Ward-Prowse delivers from the right but Vertonghen reacts best to the danger and puts it behind. The referee has to tell off Sanchez, Hoedt and Vorm as they shove each other. 4:19PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Who else but Harry Kane? It's his 99th Premier League goal. Southampton 1 - 1 Spurs (Harry Kane, 18 min) Southampton haven't looked great at set pieces and Kane uses his strength to hold off and then jump higher than Southampton's defence from the corner. 4:18PM 18 mins Dier hits the post! Almost an instant reply from Spurs as a corner is headed down by Vertonghen and then drilled at goal by Dier. Spurs win another corner. 4:16PM GOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLL! An own goal from Davinson Sanchez! Southampton 1 - 0 Spurs (Davinson Sánchez, 15 min) Just as I'm typing that he's not quite on his game, he slides in to deal with a cross at the six yard box and ends up deflecting it into his own net. He's really unlucky but Southampton deserve their lead. 4:14PM 15 mins Sanchez isn't quite on his game yet. He's made a couple of mistakes off and on the ball and has just handed possession straight to Southampton here. They're on the attack. 4:13PM 13 mins Credit: AP   4:12PM 12 mins That should be 1-0. Lemina plays Kane onside, the centre-backs don't realise and Alli has the entire box to run into. The ball is crossed in and he can't get enough on his header. Corner. 4:11PM 11 mins Dier tries a long ball into the box for Alli, who very nearly takes it down on his knee with his back to goal. His touch is a little off and Southampton can take the ball forward. Ward-Prowse is played in down the right with a great pass over the top of a defender, and his delivery is brilliant! But nobody reads it. Tadic follows up on the other flank and drills a low ball into the six yard box... but Gabbiadini can't reach it.  4:09PM 9 mins Southampton are attacking but Spurs keep breaking up play before anything too dangerous happens. Ward-Prowse tries a wonderstrike from 25 yards but slices his effort miles wide. Spurs work their way forward, Alli sprints to space at the back post and Aurier swings a cross in, but doesn't get enough lift and it's put behind for a corner.  4:05PM 6 mins Another chance for Southampton. Hojberg wins the ball from Son, hits a long pass out left and Tadic is there. He slides a pass across the area... and Gabbiadini doesn't seem to commit to the shot, and rather than sliding in, swings a boot at thin air. 4:03PM 3 mins Great run by Sissoko as he sprints from deep into the box and Aurier finds him with a smart pass round the corner of the full-back. Southampton win the ball back. 4:01PM 1 mins The Saints get the ball forward quickly, Gabbiadini turns Sanchez and shoots from 20 yards but Vorm saves. Attacking start! 4:00PM KICK-OFF Southampton get the game started! 3:56PM Here come the players They're out on the pitch in the rain. It's cold. It's wet. AND IT'S LIVE!   Credit: REUTERS   3:46PM Pochettino on Southampton "They stay at home in London and try to recover. I think yes, 100 per cent they feel well, maybe some players have some problems the last few days but no excuse we are going to try to play our best, to play well and win because the victory is important. It will be tough for both teams. "It's always special after five years it was today or yesterday we made our debut here against Everton, it will always be in my heart a special place for me and my family." 3:38PM Southampton want to buy two players And with £50million to spend on both, you'd think they'll be good. But who are these mysterious men? Jeremy Wilson has all the information here. 3:21PM Ben Davies says Denmark is why he's good at football Want to know more? You should read this and find out. 3:11PM It is not a nice day Credit: GETTY IMAGES The good thing is that since this isn't the 90s, the pitch will still be entirely playable and probably a bit quicker than normal. That will suit Spurs' passing game and might also mean that defenders are granted super power slide tackles and can glide along the floor for miles to win the ball back.  3:06PM No Lloris or Eriksen Both Huge and Christian, as they like to be called, are ill and miss out today. A big chance for the reserves to impress! If you can call them reserves, that is.  3:01PM Hello! Good afternoon and welcome to our liveblog for Southampton vs Spurs, where Mauricio Pochettino pays a visit to the stadium where first he made his name known in the Premier League. The Saints are doing absolutely fine at the moment which makes sense but isn't great news for their current manager, Mauricio Pellegrino, since Southampton seem to believe that even though they keep selling their best players, they should be progressing on the pitch. Spurs are in their traditional mid-season run of good form and Harry Kane is banging in goals all over the place. With Marco Silva suddenly available, it's not insane to suggest that Pellegrino might actually need his team to give an impressive performance - if not get a result - for him to keep his job. The Premier League is getting silly. Enough speculation. Who's actually playing today? Southampton Team news is in! Here's how #SaintsFC line-up to take on #THFC at St Mary's in the #PL: pic.twitter.com/CezUnwCJ6p— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) January 21, 2018 Spurs #THFC: Vorm, Aurier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Sissoko, Dele, Son, Kane (C). #COYSpic.twitter.com/FAJwpW5fp4— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 21, 2018

Southampton 1 Tottenham 1: Harry Kane's 99th Premier League goal not enough for flu-affected Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur were laid low by a flu virus and then caught a cold as they were held to a draw by relegation-threatened Southampton despite Harry Kane moving to within one goal of his Premier League century. It was a frustrating result that means Spurs could fall five points behind fourth-placed Liverpool if Jurgen Klopp’s side win away to Swansea City on Monday evening, putting them in very real danger of missing out on Champions League qualification. The score-line does not, truly, help Southampton either as they remain in the bottom three and a point behind 17th place Stoke City. But they showed enough fight – and went agonisingly close to winning – to probably help manager Mauricio Pellegrino survive. At least a little longer. Afterwards Spurs midfielder Eric Dier claimed the race for the top four will “go down to the wire” but with his side’s next three league opponents being Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal these were points they could not afford to drop. And neither were they expected to. The Spurs squad were in Barcelona for warm weather training last week with captain Hugo Lloris and play-maker Christian Eriksen ruled out of this fixture because they were suffering from flu. Other players were affected and although manager Mauricio Pochettino later refused to say who, and stated it had not affected the performance, they were collectively below-par in a rain-sodden “battle” of an encounter. Southampton 1 - 0 Spurs (Davinson Sánchez, 15 min) Kane, though, had the chance late on to claim his 100th league goal, and the headlines once again, but dragged his low shot across goal and wide from a tight angle. A defeat would have been extremely tough on Southampton who had chances of their own and moments before Kane’s effort there was an even clearer opportunity for 17-year-old substitute Michael Obafemi, who had come on to make his debut, but who miscued badly in front of goal after meeting a Dusan Tadic cross. That again highlighted Southampton’s weakness up front and Pellegrino is desperately hoping that reinforcements will soon arrive, using the money brought in by the £75million sale of Virgil Van Dijk, and moves are being made for the £50million pair of Monaco’s Guido Carrillo and Spartak Moscow Quincy Promes. But the club’s hierarchy will also know that they have lost nine points now from leading positions at home - and that is more than any other other Premier League team. Damningly it is 11 league games without a win. Kane's equaliser was his 99th Premier League goal Credit: GETTY IMAGES Southampton were gifted the lead here, making a slick start which was capped when captain Ryan Bertrand overlapped down the left to collect Tadic’s measured pass and crossed low into the penalty area. The ball had already ricocheted around the Spurs box and this time Davinson Sanchez attempted to take more decisive action by intercepting – only to slide in, toe-poking the ball goal-wards with it rebounding off the near post and squirting over the line to beat the stranded, stand-in goalkeeper, Michel Vorm. It provoked a furious response. Dier drove a low shot against the outside of the post, after the ball broke to him from a corner with Bertrand denying Dele Alli as he attempted to turn, and then from another Ben Davies corner Kane simply brushed aside his marker, Jack Stephens, rose above Manolo Gabbiadini, and thumped a header emphatically into the net. The lead has lasted just 197 seconds. It remained remarkably open. Both teams felt they had to win, for their contrasting reasons, and Spurs almost claimed the lead when Davies drove the ball powerfully across the area and Moussa Sissoko side-footed a volley from inside the six-yard area that just flew wide. Southampton also went close when Stephens met a superb, in-swinging free-kick by James Ward-Prowse – and few English players deliver a more threatening set-piece - but the defender could not keep his header down with the ball skimming narrowly over the bar. Southampton vs Spurs shots on goal More chances came although eventually the stickiness of the pitch, the bone-jarring effort, slowed the game down while Spurs sorely lacked the clever guile of Eriksen to unpick their opponents. Nevertheless Alli and Kane went close and then Sissoko fought for possession, squaring to substitute Erik Lamela who poked a close-range shot that seemed destined to find the net but for Stephens’ lunge to deflect it wide. Could Southampton capitalise? The crowd roared them on – there were certainly no signs of dissent towards Pellegrino – and Sanchez did well to block a shot from Sofiane Boufal as he ran onto the area before another replacement, Obafemi, signed from Leyton Orient’s academy, had his chance. But they could not find the breakthrough as the ball skimmed off his boot. And neither, despite five minutes of added time, could Spurs who had come into this match having collected 13 points from a possible 15 including a 5-2 demolition of Southampton on Boxing Day. But they were out-of-sorts. 6:21PM Pellegrino post-match "I think the team responded really well, we cannot transform this performance in goals and goals is more points but obviously this is the attitude we need to show in the next game. Every single game for us is massive. "We knew even the second half when they play with the diamond, they were always dangerous but I think we had the space in wide areas and in this moment we have had a couple of chances especially on the right. They are an amazing team with top players and they don't need too many action to create problems." 6:12PM Pochettino says the result was fair "It was an even game, a difficult game, the pitch wasn't in the best condition which didn't help but for both teams to play in a good way. Tough game, lots of battles, fighting.  "I don't believe because we struggle a little bit to play. In possession we missed a link to play together, we made a lot of mistakes in possession and allowed them to play a little bit more. I think to win the game, we should do better and play better and our performance wasn't great. "I think we tried to receive in our offensive phase and link better Kane and Son with Dele in behind. It allowed us to be more aggressive in transition and use more our fullbacks going forward. I think we create but the result was fair. "The top four is not easy. We still have the possibility to fight. The fight to survive every ball you can feel they are aggressive, our performance wasn't great, if it was at the level we are normally used to do, our performance wasn't the best. "That is a rumour, I don't want to speak about rumour. I am happy with the players I've got. You know well it's very difficult this transfer window to add a player". 6:08PM Man of the Match  James Ward-Prowse wins Sky Sports' prize and I'd tend to agree with that. Jan Vertonghen was excellent for Spurs too. Dele Alli just doesn't look himself at the moment, as though he's getting frustrated with himself for his own failings and then rushing his play to make up for it. Second season syndrome, except this is third season syndrome. Without alliteration it's not as dramatic sounding. 5:55PM The stats that matter The most important is the score, obviously, but Spurs will look at this and think they should have done much better. Southampton vs Spurs shots on goal   5:53PM FULL TIME A fair result in a really scrappy game. 5:52PM 90 mins +4 End to end now. Southampton attack, run out of ideas, Spurs attack and run out of ideas.  5:50PM 90 mins +3 Wanyama tries to be a hero and shoots from 25 yards. It's absolutely dreadful. An X-Factor Christmas number one of a shot. 5:50PM 90 mins +2 Spurs are trying to stay patient as they work the defence. Davies tries a cross from wide left but hits the defending Ward-Prowse. Southampton are in their deep defensive shape, waiting to absorb these attacks and try to break. 5:48PM 90 mins Now Spurs pile on the pressure. Alli goes down in the area off the ball but is up again after an accidental tangle with Stephens. Trippier swings a corner to the back post, it's headed into the six yard box and cleared. Spurs keep the ball, work it quickly in tight areas all the way to Kane on the left! This is it! KANE SHOOTS... wide of the far post on his left foot. So close! 5:46PM 89 mins Southampton keep finding space down the Spurs left! Tadic is in again and he cuts back to Boufal... who should score! But he takes a touch before shooting and is blocked. What a waste!  5:44PM 87 mins Alli seems frustrated. He can't quite reach the ball after his first touch and he knocks Romeu to the floor while trying to get it, Southampton attack. Tadic is played in and controls beautifully on the half turn. He fires a cross into the area and the young lad! THE YOUNG LAD! Has shanked his shot wide. So close to a dream debut for Obafemi.  Miss: Southampton 1 - 1 Spurs (Michael Obafemi, 87 min)   5:42PM 84 mins The game is really scrappy. Nobody can make a forward pass without it cannoning back off a body in the way.  Spurs attack and manage to get in behind the Southampton defence. Is this it? Kane finds Sissoko, whose pass is blocked, he tries again, and Lamela reacts at the near post... but puts it wide.  Miss: Southampton 1 - 1 Spurs (Erik Lamela, 84 min) Dembele is replaced by Wanyama, guaranteeing at least one more yellow card worthy challenge in Spurs' midfield. 5:39PM 82 mins Possession: Southampton vs Spurs  Michael Obafemi comes on for Gabbiadini. He's a 17 year old youth academy graduate. He's going to score, isn't he? 5:38PM 81 mins Waaaaaaaaaaaay. Alli is played in behind the Southampton defence and he must be offside. He must be! And he is. Alli shoots anyway but puts the ball wide of the goal from about three yards, prompting cheers of approval from the home fans. 5:37PM 80 mins Lemina comes off for Steven Davis.  5:34PM 77 mins And here it comes! The ironic cheer as Mousa Dembele is booked. Southampton have a free-kick wide left, Ward-Prowse lines up the set piece and could actually bend this in to either corner if he fancied it. He goes for the cross and it's headed away. This game is getting so frustrating to watch now. It's foul after foul after foul as both teams try to stop the other from playing. A very physical match. 5:31PM 75 mins Dier goes on a 50 yard run across the pitch with the ball and finds Alli, who hits a lame cross to the Southampton defence. Spurs look good everywhere except the final third at the moment, they're really missing Christian Eriksen. 5:29PM 73 mins Aurier has sat down and might have an injury problem. Trippier comes on for him. That might give Spurs a burst of energy they need on the right for the final 20 minutes. 5:27PM 71 mins Spurs attack, find Davies on the left and his cross causes Southampton players to panic in attempts to clear. Kane shifts the ball onto his left foot to shoot but wins only a corner, and McCarthy catches that corner.  Suddenly the ball drops for Dembele on the edge of the box! He shoots, mis-hits and Alli has it in the box. Can he score? No! He's closed down and spins, tries to find Kane... but the chance is gone. Lamela comes on for Son. 5:24PM 68 mins Gabbiadini tries a shot from outside the Spurs box but puts it too close to Vorm again. Erik Lamela is getting ready to come on for Spurs. 5:22PM 66 mins Alli comes to life about 30 yards out, taking the ball on the half turn, striding forward and then firing a shot across goal from near the D. Just wide. Out: Southampton 1 - 1 Spurs (Dele Alli, 65 min) Hojberg comes off for Boufal. 5:20PM 63 mins The referee has to tell off Dier and Tadic for hustling and bustling in the penalty area from a corner. Davies swings it out from the left and Kane tries a volley on his left foot! He kicks the air and Southampton break... but then they lose the ball. Alli carries it into the final third and then he is tackled. And then Gabbiadini is sent through on goal and is offside! Soccer. 5:17PM 61 mins Possession: Southampton vs Spurs   5:17PM 60 mins Dembele carries the ball and has runners left and right but doesn't quite have the pace to get away from his marker and loses possession.  Davies links with Alli to get the ball in the box but the cross is cut out. Romeu is then booked for a sliding challenge on Alli. 5:14PM 57 mins Southampton are starting to open up the pitch with their passing and Spurs want to counter-attack quickly but keep giving the ball away. Sissoko is booked for a foul on Bertrand, arriving late to contest a 50/50.  5:12PM 55 mins I'm looking forward to the huge ironic cheer when Dembele is inevitably booked here. Lemina takes a sore one on the left wing and Sissoko puts the ball out straight away for him. It looks like he'll survive, which is good for everyone involved. Pellegrino talks to Stephens and then Hoedt separately how to adapt to Spurs' new shape. 5:10PM 53 mins Credit: REUTERS Gabbiadini goes down under a challenge from Vertonghen but doesn't complain, Southampton keep up the pressure until Spurs can play their way out from the back. Romeu is fouled by Dembele. It's a clear yellow card... I don't understand why he's not been booked yet. The Scott Brown of the Premier League.  5:06PM 50 mins Stephens is booked for a shirt pull on Kane, which is probably the right call. Ward-Prowse takes an early shot at goal when he might be away... Vorm saves. It's pretty end to end so far. Son is playing more through the middle in this half, quite close to Kane.  5:06PM 48 mins Spurs attack through the middle and straight away Son is nearly sent clean in on goal. The ball is moved back towards the goalkeeper and he isn't steady on his feet, having to get rid of the ball as soon as he can. Vertonghen then has to use pace and strength to make sure Southampton don't get in behind at the other end. Great defending. 5:02PM KICK-OFF 2 Spurs start the second half. 5:01PM Some half time stats Southampton vs Spurs shots on goal Southampton vs Spurs   4:46PM HALF TIME A fair result so far but Spurs still look like the better side here. Southampton have had their chances, Spurs seem capable of upping their level if they want to. 4:45PM 45 mins Kane takes down a cross from the left and has a half chance to shoot inside the area... but a defender's foot catches his and takes the ball.  4:42PM 42 mins Southampton have men over now! They're playing really well here and work a chance for Lemina, who places his shot just slightly too close to the goalkeeper. Attempt Saved: Southampton 1 - 1 Spurs (Mario Lemina, 41 min) Southampton's long passes from right to left look like they're causing Spurs a lot of bother. Aurier and Sanchez happen to be defending that side.  4:23PM 23 mins Tadic floats a chip to the back post when the shot is on and Spurs' giant centre-backs head it away for another corner. Ward-Prowse whips it in but Vorm punches away. 4:21PM 22 mins Possession: Southampton vs Spurs   4:21PM 21 mins Almost immediately after kick-off Alli bursts into the box and it looks like Kane is open for a tap in... but Alli is tackled for another corner. Southampton defend this one much better. Ward-Prowse delivers from the right but Vertonghen reacts best to the danger and puts it behind. The referee has to tell off Sanchez, Hoedt and Vorm as they shove each other. 4:19PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Who else but Harry Kane? It's his 99th Premier League goal. Southampton 1 - 1 Spurs (Harry Kane, 18 min) Southampton haven't looked great at set pieces and Kane uses his strength to hold off and then jump higher than Southampton's defence from the corner. 4:18PM 18 mins Dier hits the post! Almost an instant reply from Spurs as a corner is headed down by Vertonghen and then drilled at goal by Dier. Spurs win another corner. 4:16PM GOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLL! An own goal from Davinson Sanchez! Southampton 1 - 0 Spurs (Davinson Sánchez, 15 min) Just as I'm typing that he's not quite on his game, he slides in to deal with a cross at the six yard box and ends up deflecting it into his own net. He's really unlucky but Southampton deserve their lead. 4:14PM 15 mins Sanchez isn't quite on his game yet. He's made a couple of mistakes off and on the ball and has just handed possession straight to Southampton here. They're on the attack. 4:13PM 13 mins Credit: AP   4:12PM 12 mins That should be 1-0. Lemina plays Kane onside, the centre-backs don't realise and Alli has the entire box to run into. The ball is crossed in and he can't get enough on his header. Corner. 4:11PM 11 mins Dier tries a long ball into the box for Alli, who very nearly takes it down on his knee with his back to goal. His touch is a little off and Southampton can take the ball forward. Ward-Prowse is played in down the right with a great pass over the top of a defender, and his delivery is brilliant! But nobody reads it. Tadic follows up on the other flank and drills a low ball into the six yard box... but Gabbiadini can't reach it.  4:09PM 9 mins Southampton are attacking but Spurs keep breaking up play before anything too dangerous happens. Ward-Prowse tries a wonderstrike from 25 yards but slices his effort miles wide. Spurs work their way forward, Alli sprints to space at the back post and Aurier swings a cross in, but doesn't get enough lift and it's put behind for a corner.  4:05PM 6 mins Another chance for Southampton. Hojberg wins the ball from Son, hits a long pass out left and Tadic is there. He slides a pass across the area... and Gabbiadini doesn't seem to commit to the shot, and rather than sliding in, swings a boot at thin air. 4:03PM 3 mins Great run by Sissoko as he sprints from deep into the box and Aurier finds him with a smart pass round the corner of the full-back. Southampton win the ball back. 4:01PM 1 mins The Saints get the ball forward quickly, Gabbiadini turns Sanchez and shoots from 20 yards but Vorm saves. Attacking start! 4:00PM KICK-OFF Southampton get the game started! 3:56PM Here come the players They're out on the pitch in the rain. It's cold. It's wet. AND IT'S LIVE!   Credit: REUTERS   3:46PM Pochettino on Southampton "They stay at home in London and try to recover. I think yes, 100 per cent they feel well, maybe some players have some problems the last few days but no excuse we are going to try to play our best, to play well and win because the victory is important. It will be tough for both teams. "It's always special after five years it was today or yesterday we made our debut here against Everton, it will always be in my heart a special place for me and my family." 3:38PM Southampton want to buy two players And with £50million to spend on both, you'd think they'll be good. But who are these mysterious men? Jeremy Wilson has all the information here. 3:21PM Ben Davies says Denmark is why he's good at football Want to know more? You should read this and find out. 3:11PM It is not a nice day Credit: GETTY IMAGES The good thing is that since this isn't the 90s, the pitch will still be entirely playable and probably a bit quicker than normal. That will suit Spurs' passing game and might also mean that defenders are granted super power slide tackles and can glide along the floor for miles to win the ball back.  3:06PM No Lloris or Eriksen Both Huge and Christian, as they like to be called, are ill and miss out today. A big chance for the reserves to impress! If you can call them reserves, that is.  3:01PM Hello! Good afternoon and welcome to our liveblog for Southampton vs Spurs, where Mauricio Pochettino pays a visit to the stadium where first he made his name known in the Premier League. The Saints are doing absolutely fine at the moment which makes sense but isn't great news for their current manager, Mauricio Pellegrino, since Southampton seem to believe that even though they keep selling their best players, they should be progressing on the pitch. Spurs are in their traditional mid-season run of good form and Harry Kane is banging in goals all over the place. With Marco Silva suddenly available, it's not insane to suggest that Pellegrino might actually need his team to give an impressive performance - if not get a result - for him to keep his job. The Premier League is getting silly. Enough speculation. Who's actually playing today? Southampton Team news is in! Here's how #SaintsFC line-up to take on #THFC at St Mary's in the #PL: pic.twitter.com/CezUnwCJ6p— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) January 21, 2018 Spurs #THFC: Vorm, Aurier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Sissoko, Dele, Son, Kane (C). #COYSpic.twitter.com/FAJwpW5fp4— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 21, 2018

Southampton 1 Tottenham 1: Harry Kane's 99th Premier League goal not enough for flu-affected Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur were laid low by a flu virus and then caught a cold as they were held to a draw by relegation-threatened Southampton despite Harry Kane moving to within one goal of his Premier League century. It was a frustrating result that means Spurs could fall five points behind fourth-placed Liverpool if Jurgen Klopp’s side win away to Swansea City on Monday evening, putting them in very real danger of missing out on Champions League qualification. The score-line does not, truly, help Southampton either as they remain in the bottom three and a point behind 17th place Stoke City. But they showed enough fight – and went agonisingly close to winning – to probably help manager Mauricio Pellegrino survive. At least a little longer. Afterwards Spurs midfielder Eric Dier claimed the race for the top four will “go down to the wire” but with his side’s next three league opponents being Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal these were points they could not afford to drop. And neither were they expected to. The Spurs squad were in Barcelona for warm weather training last week with captain Hugo Lloris and play-maker Christian Eriksen ruled out of this fixture because they were suffering from flu. Other players were affected and although manager Mauricio Pochettino later refused to say who, and stated it had not affected the performance, they were collectively below-par in a rain-sodden “battle” of an encounter. Southampton 1 - 0 Spurs (Davinson Sánchez, 15 min) Kane, though, had the chance late on to claim his 100th league goal, and the headlines once again, but dragged his low shot across goal and wide from a tight angle. A defeat would have been extremely tough on Southampton who had chances of their own and moments before Kane’s effort there was an even clearer opportunity for 17-year-old substitute Michael Obafemi, who had come on to make his debut, but who miscued badly in front of goal after meeting a Dusan Tadic cross. That again highlighted Southampton’s weakness up front and Pellegrino is desperately hoping that reinforcements will soon arrive, using the money brought in by the £75million sale of Virgil Van Dijk, and moves are being made for the £50million pair of Monaco’s Guido Carrillo and Spartak Moscow Quincy Promes. But the club’s hierarchy will also know that they have lost nine points now from leading positions at home - and that is more than any other other Premier League team. Damningly it is 11 league games without a win. Kane's equaliser was his 99th Premier League goal Credit: GETTY IMAGES Southampton were gifted the lead here, making a slick start which was capped when captain Ryan Bertrand overlapped down the left to collect Tadic’s measured pass and crossed low into the penalty area. The ball had already ricocheted around the Spurs box and this time Davinson Sanchez attempted to take more decisive action by intercepting – only to slide in, toe-poking the ball goal-wards with it rebounding off the near post and squirting over the line to beat the stranded, stand-in goalkeeper, Michel Vorm. It provoked a furious response. Dier drove a low shot against the outside of the post, after the ball broke to him from a corner with Bertrand denying Dele Alli as he attempted to turn, and then from another Ben Davies corner Kane simply brushed aside his marker, Jack Stephens, rose above Manolo Gabbiadini, and thumped a header emphatically into the net. The lead has lasted just 197 seconds. It remained remarkably open. Both teams felt they had to win, for their contrasting reasons, and Spurs almost claimed the lead when Davies drove the ball powerfully across the area and Moussa Sissoko side-footed a volley from inside the six-yard area that just flew wide. Southampton also went close when Stephens met a superb, in-swinging free-kick by James Ward-Prowse – and few English players deliver a more threatening set-piece - but the defender could not keep his header down with the ball skimming narrowly over the bar. Southampton vs Spurs shots on goal More chances came although eventually the stickiness of the pitch, the bone-jarring effort, slowed the game down while Spurs sorely lacked the clever guile of Eriksen to unpick their opponents. Nevertheless Alli and Kane went close and then Sissoko fought for possession, squaring to substitute Erik Lamela who poked a close-range shot that seemed destined to find the net but for Stephens’ lunge to deflect it wide. Could Southampton capitalise? The crowd roared them on – there were certainly no signs of dissent towards Pellegrino – and Sanchez did well to block a shot from Sofiane Boufal as he ran onto the area before another replacement, Obafemi, signed from Leyton Orient’s academy, had his chance. But they could not find the breakthrough as the ball skimmed off his boot. And neither, despite five minutes of added time, could Spurs who had come into this match having collected 13 points from a possible 15 including a 5-2 demolition of Southampton on Boxing Day. But they were out-of-sorts. 6:21PM Pellegrino post-match "I think the team responded really well, we cannot transform this performance in goals and goals is more points but obviously this is the attitude we need to show in the next game. Every single game for us is massive. "We knew even the second half when they play with the diamond, they were always dangerous but I think we had the space in wide areas and in this moment we have had a couple of chances especially on the right. They are an amazing team with top players and they don't need too many action to create problems." 6:12PM Pochettino says the result was fair "It was an even game, a difficult game, the pitch wasn't in the best condition which didn't help but for both teams to play in a good way. Tough game, lots of battles, fighting.  "I don't believe because we struggle a little bit to play. In possession we missed a link to play together, we made a lot of mistakes in possession and allowed them to play a little bit more. I think to win the game, we should do better and play better and our performance wasn't great. "I think we tried to receive in our offensive phase and link better Kane and Son with Dele in behind. It allowed us to be more aggressive in transition and use more our fullbacks going forward. I think we create but the result was fair. "The top four is not easy. We still have the possibility to fight. The fight to survive every ball you can feel they are aggressive, our performance wasn't great, if it was at the level we are normally used to do, our performance wasn't the best. "That is a rumour, I don't want to speak about rumour. I am happy with the players I've got. You know well it's very difficult this transfer window to add a player". 6:08PM Man of the Match  James Ward-Prowse wins Sky Sports' prize and I'd tend to agree with that. Jan Vertonghen was excellent for Spurs too. Dele Alli just doesn't look himself at the moment, as though he's getting frustrated with himself for his own failings and then rushing his play to make up for it. Second season syndrome, except this is third season syndrome. Without alliteration it's not as dramatic sounding. 5:55PM The stats that matter The most important is the score, obviously, but Spurs will look at this and think they should have done much better. Southampton vs Spurs shots on goal   5:53PM FULL TIME A fair result in a really scrappy game. 5:52PM 90 mins +4 End to end now. Southampton attack, run out of ideas, Spurs attack and run out of ideas.  5:50PM 90 mins +3 Wanyama tries to be a hero and shoots from 25 yards. It's absolutely dreadful. An X-Factor Christmas number one of a shot. 5:50PM 90 mins +2 Spurs are trying to stay patient as they work the defence. Davies tries a cross from wide left but hits the defending Ward-Prowse. Southampton are in their deep defensive shape, waiting to absorb these attacks and try to break. 5:48PM 90 mins Now Spurs pile on the pressure. Alli goes down in the area off the ball but is up again after an accidental tangle with Stephens. Trippier swings a corner to the back post, it's headed into the six yard box and cleared. Spurs keep the ball, work it quickly in tight areas all the way to Kane on the left! This is it! KANE SHOOTS... wide of the far post on his left foot. So close! 5:46PM 89 mins Southampton keep finding space down the Spurs left! Tadic is in again and he cuts back to Boufal... who should score! But he takes a touch before shooting and is blocked. What a waste!  5:44PM 87 mins Alli seems frustrated. He can't quite reach the ball after his first touch and he knocks Romeu to the floor while trying to get it, Southampton attack. Tadic is played in and controls beautifully on the half turn. He fires a cross into the area and the young lad! THE YOUNG LAD! Has shanked his shot wide. So close to a dream debut for Obafemi.  Miss: Southampton 1 - 1 Spurs (Michael Obafemi, 87 min)   5:42PM 84 mins The game is really scrappy. Nobody can make a forward pass without it cannoning back off a body in the way.  Spurs attack and manage to get in behind the Southampton defence. Is this it? Kane finds Sissoko, whose pass is blocked, he tries again, and Lamela reacts at the near post... but puts it wide.  Miss: Southampton 1 - 1 Spurs (Erik Lamela, 84 min) Dembele is replaced by Wanyama, guaranteeing at least one more yellow card worthy challenge in Spurs' midfield. 5:39PM 82 mins Possession: Southampton vs Spurs  Michael Obafemi comes on for Gabbiadini. He's a 17 year old youth academy graduate. He's going to score, isn't he? 5:38PM 81 mins Waaaaaaaaaaaay. Alli is played in behind the Southampton defence and he must be offside. He must be! And he is. Alli shoots anyway but puts the ball wide of the goal from about three yards, prompting cheers of approval from the home fans. 5:37PM 80 mins Lemina comes off for Steven Davis.  5:34PM 77 mins And here it comes! The ironic cheer as Mousa Dembele is booked. Southampton have a free-kick wide left, Ward-Prowse lines up the set piece and could actually bend this in to either corner if he fancied it. He goes for the cross and it's headed away. This game is getting so frustrating to watch now. It's foul after foul after foul as both teams try to stop the other from playing. A very physical match. 5:31PM 75 mins Dier goes on a 50 yard run across the pitch with the ball and finds Alli, who hits a lame cross to the Southampton defence. Spurs look good everywhere except the final third at the moment, they're really missing Christian Eriksen. 5:29PM 73 mins Aurier has sat down and might have an injury problem. Trippier comes on for him. That might give Spurs a burst of energy they need on the right for the final 20 minutes. 5:27PM 71 mins Spurs attack, find Davies on the left and his cross causes Southampton players to panic in attempts to clear. Kane shifts the ball onto his left foot to shoot but wins only a corner, and McCarthy catches that corner.  Suddenly the ball drops for Dembele on the edge of the box! He shoots, mis-hits and Alli has it in the box. Can he score? No! He's closed down and spins, tries to find Kane... but the chance is gone. Lamela comes on for Son. 5:24PM 68 mins Gabbiadini tries a shot from outside the Spurs box but puts it too close to Vorm again. Erik Lamela is getting ready to come on for Spurs. 5:22PM 66 mins Alli comes to life about 30 yards out, taking the ball on the half turn, striding forward and then firing a shot across goal from near the D. Just wide. Out: Southampton 1 - 1 Spurs (Dele Alli, 65 min) Hojberg comes off for Boufal. 5:20PM 63 mins The referee has to tell off Dier and Tadic for hustling and bustling in the penalty area from a corner. Davies swings it out from the left and Kane tries a volley on his left foot! He kicks the air and Southampton break... but then they lose the ball. Alli carries it into the final third and then he is tackled. And then Gabbiadini is sent through on goal and is offside! Soccer. 5:17PM 61 mins Possession: Southampton vs Spurs   5:17PM 60 mins Dembele carries the ball and has runners left and right but doesn't quite have the pace to get away from his marker and loses possession.  Davies links with Alli to get the ball in the box but the cross is cut out. Romeu is then booked for a sliding challenge on Alli. 5:14PM 57 mins Southampton are starting to open up the pitch with their passing and Spurs want to counter-attack quickly but keep giving the ball away. Sissoko is booked for a foul on Bertrand, arriving late to contest a 50/50.  5:12PM 55 mins I'm looking forward to the huge ironic cheer when Dembele is inevitably booked here. Lemina takes a sore one on the left wing and Sissoko puts the ball out straight away for him. It looks like he'll survive, which is good for everyone involved. Pellegrino talks to Stephens and then Hoedt separately how to adapt to Spurs' new shape. 5:10PM 53 mins Credit: REUTERS Gabbiadini goes down under a challenge from Vertonghen but doesn't complain, Southampton keep up the pressure until Spurs can play their way out from the back. Romeu is fouled by Dembele. It's a clear yellow card... I don't understand why he's not been booked yet. The Scott Brown of the Premier League.  5:06PM 50 mins Stephens is booked for a shirt pull on Kane, which is probably the right call. Ward-Prowse takes an early shot at goal when he might be away... Vorm saves. It's pretty end to end so far. Son is playing more through the middle in this half, quite close to Kane.  5:06PM 48 mins Spurs attack through the middle and straight away Son is nearly sent clean in on goal. The ball is moved back towards the goalkeeper and he isn't steady on his feet, having to get rid of the ball as soon as he can. Vertonghen then has to use pace and strength to make sure Southampton don't get in behind at the other end. Great defending. 5:02PM KICK-OFF 2 Spurs start the second half. 5:01PM Some half time stats Southampton vs Spurs shots on goal Southampton vs Spurs   4:46PM HALF TIME A fair result so far but Spurs still look like the better side here. Southampton have had their chances, Spurs seem capable of upping their level if they want to. 4:45PM 45 mins Kane takes down a cross from the left and has a half chance to shoot inside the area... but a defender's foot catches his and takes the ball.  4:42PM 42 mins Southampton have men over now! They're playing really well here and work a chance for Lemina, who places his shot just slightly too close to the goalkeeper. Attempt Saved: Southampton 1 - 1 Spurs (Mario Lemina, 41 min) Southampton's long passes from right to left look like they're causing Spurs a lot of bother. Aurier and Sanchez happen to be defending that side.  4:23PM 23 mins Tadic floats a chip to the back post when the shot is on and Spurs' giant centre-backs head it away for another corner. Ward-Prowse whips it in but Vorm punches away. 4:21PM 22 mins Possession: Southampton vs Spurs   4:21PM 21 mins Almost immediately after kick-off Alli bursts into the box and it looks like Kane is open for a tap in... but Alli is tackled for another corner. Southampton defend this one much better. Ward-Prowse delivers from the right but Vertonghen reacts best to the danger and puts it behind. The referee has to tell off Sanchez, Hoedt and Vorm as they shove each other. 4:19PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Who else but Harry Kane? It's his 99th Premier League goal. Southampton 1 - 1 Spurs (Harry Kane, 18 min) Southampton haven't looked great at set pieces and Kane uses his strength to hold off and then jump higher than Southampton's defence from the corner. 4:18PM 18 mins Dier hits the post! Almost an instant reply from Spurs as a corner is headed down by Vertonghen and then drilled at goal by Dier. Spurs win another corner. 4:16PM GOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLL! An own goal from Davinson Sanchez! Southampton 1 - 0 Spurs (Davinson Sánchez, 15 min) Just as I'm typing that he's not quite on his game, he slides in to deal with a cross at the six yard box and ends up deflecting it into his own net. He's really unlucky but Southampton deserve their lead. 4:14PM 15 mins Sanchez isn't quite on his game yet. He's made a couple of mistakes off and on the ball and has just handed possession straight to Southampton here. They're on the attack. 4:13PM 13 mins Credit: AP   4:12PM 12 mins That should be 1-0. Lemina plays Kane onside, the centre-backs don't realise and Alli has the entire box to run into. The ball is crossed in and he can't get enough on his header. Corner. 4:11PM 11 mins Dier tries a long ball into the box for Alli, who very nearly takes it down on his knee with his back to goal. His touch is a little off and Southampton can take the ball forward. Ward-Prowse is played in down the right with a great pass over the top of a defender, and his delivery is brilliant! But nobody reads it. Tadic follows up on the other flank and drills a low ball into the six yard box... but Gabbiadini can't reach it.  4:09PM 9 mins Southampton are attacking but Spurs keep breaking up play before anything too dangerous happens. Ward-Prowse tries a wonderstrike from 25 yards but slices his effort miles wide. Spurs work their way forward, Alli sprints to space at the back post and Aurier swings a cross in, but doesn't get enough lift and it's put behind for a corner.  4:05PM 6 mins Another chance for Southampton. Hojberg wins the ball from Son, hits a long pass out left and Tadic is there. He slides a pass across the area... and Gabbiadini doesn't seem to commit to the shot, and rather than sliding in, swings a boot at thin air. 4:03PM 3 mins Great run by Sissoko as he sprints from deep into the box and Aurier finds him with a smart pass round the corner of the full-back. Southampton win the ball back. 4:01PM 1 mins The Saints get the ball forward quickly, Gabbiadini turns Sanchez and shoots from 20 yards but Vorm saves. Attacking start! 4:00PM KICK-OFF Southampton get the game started! 3:56PM Here come the players They're out on the pitch in the rain. It's cold. It's wet. AND IT'S LIVE!   Credit: REUTERS   3:46PM Pochettino on Southampton "They stay at home in London and try to recover. I think yes, 100 per cent they feel well, maybe some players have some problems the last few days but no excuse we are going to try to play our best, to play well and win because the victory is important. It will be tough for both teams. "It's always special after five years it was today or yesterday we made our debut here against Everton, it will always be in my heart a special place for me and my family." 3:38PM Southampton want to buy two players And with £50million to spend on both, you'd think they'll be good. But who are these mysterious men? Jeremy Wilson has all the information here. 3:21PM Ben Davies says Denmark is why he's good at football Want to know more? You should read this and find out. 3:11PM It is not a nice day Credit: GETTY IMAGES The good thing is that since this isn't the 90s, the pitch will still be entirely playable and probably a bit quicker than normal. That will suit Spurs' passing game and might also mean that defenders are granted super power slide tackles and can glide along the floor for miles to win the ball back.  3:06PM No Lloris or Eriksen Both Huge and Christian, as they like to be called, are ill and miss out today. A big chance for the reserves to impress! If you can call them reserves, that is.  3:01PM Hello! Good afternoon and welcome to our liveblog for Southampton vs Spurs, where Mauricio Pochettino pays a visit to the stadium where first he made his name known in the Premier League. The Saints are doing absolutely fine at the moment which makes sense but isn't great news for their current manager, Mauricio Pellegrino, since Southampton seem to believe that even though they keep selling their best players, they should be progressing on the pitch. Spurs are in their traditional mid-season run of good form and Harry Kane is banging in goals all over the place. With Marco Silva suddenly available, it's not insane to suggest that Pellegrino might actually need his team to give an impressive performance - if not get a result - for him to keep his job. The Premier League is getting silly. Enough speculation. Who's actually playing today? Southampton Team news is in! Here's how #SaintsFC line-up to take on #THFC at St Mary's in the #PL: pic.twitter.com/CezUnwCJ6p— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) January 21, 2018 Spurs #THFC: Vorm, Aurier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Sissoko, Dele, Son, Kane (C). #COYSpic.twitter.com/FAJwpW5fp4— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 21, 2018

Southampton 1 Tottenham 1: Harry Kane's 99th Premier League goal not enough for flu-affected Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur were laid low by a flu virus and then caught a cold as they were held to a draw by relegation-threatened Southampton despite Harry Kane moving to within one goal of his Premier League century. It was a frustrating result that means Spurs could fall five points behind fourth-placed Liverpool if Jurgen Klopp’s side win away to Swansea City on Monday evening, putting them in very real danger of missing out on Champions League qualification. The score-line does not, truly, help Southampton either as they remain in the bottom three and a point behind 17th place Stoke City. But they showed enough fight – and went agonisingly close to winning – to probably help manager Mauricio Pellegrino survive. At least a little longer. Afterwards Spurs midfielder Eric Dier claimed the race for the top four will “go down to the wire” but with his side’s next three league opponents being Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal these were points they could not afford to drop. And neither were they expected to. The Spurs squad were in Barcelona for warm weather training last week with captain Hugo Lloris and play-maker Christian Eriksen ruled out of this fixture because they were suffering from flu. Other players were affected and although manager Mauricio Pochettino later refused to say who, and stated it had not affected the performance, they were collectively below-par in a rain-sodden “battle” of an encounter. Southampton 1 - 0 Spurs (Davinson Sánchez, 15 min) Kane, though, had the chance late on to claim his 100th league goal, and the headlines once again, but dragged his low shot across goal and wide from a tight angle. A defeat would have been extremely tough on Southampton who had chances of their own and moments before Kane’s effort there was an even clearer opportunity for 17-year-old substitute Michael Obafemi, who had come on to make his debut, but who miscued badly in front of goal after meeting a Dusan Tadic cross. That again highlighted Southampton’s weakness up front and Pellegrino is desperately hoping that reinforcements will soon arrive, using the money brought in by the £75million sale of Virgil Van Dijk, and moves are being made for the £50million pair of Monaco’s Guido Carrillo and Spartak Moscow Quincy Promes. But the club’s hierarchy will also know that they have lost nine points now from leading positions at home - and that is more than any other other Premier League team. Damningly it is 11 league games without a win. Kane's equaliser was his 99th Premier League goal Credit: GETTY IMAGES Southampton were gifted the lead here, making a slick start which was capped when captain Ryan Bertrand overlapped down the left to collect Tadic’s measured pass and crossed low into the penalty area. The ball had already ricocheted around the Spurs box and this time Davinson Sanchez attempted to take more decisive action by intercepting – only to slide in, toe-poking the ball goal-wards with it rebounding off the near post and squirting over the line to beat the stranded, stand-in goalkeeper, Michel Vorm. It provoked a furious response. Dier drove a low shot against the outside of the post, after the ball broke to him from a corner with Bertrand denying Dele Alli as he attempted to turn, and then from another Ben Davies corner Kane simply brushed aside his marker, Jack Stephens, rose above Manolo Gabbiadini, and thumped a header emphatically into the net. The lead has lasted just 197 seconds. It remained remarkably open. Both teams felt they had to win, for their contrasting reasons, and Spurs almost claimed the lead when Davies drove the ball powerfully across the area and Moussa Sissoko side-footed a volley from inside the six-yard area that just flew wide. Southampton also went close when Stephens met a superb, in-swinging free-kick by James Ward-Prowse – and few English players deliver a more threatening set-piece - but the defender could not keep his header down with the ball skimming narrowly over the bar. Southampton vs Spurs shots on goal More chances came although eventually the stickiness of the pitch, the bone-jarring effort, slowed the game down while Spurs sorely lacked the clever guile of Eriksen to unpick their opponents. Nevertheless Alli and Kane went close and then Sissoko fought for possession, squaring to substitute Erik Lamela who poked a close-range shot that seemed destined to find the net but for Stephens’ lunge to deflect it wide. Could Southampton capitalise? The crowd roared them on – there were certainly no signs of dissent towards Pellegrino – and Sanchez did well to block a shot from Sofiane Boufal as he ran onto the area before another replacement, Obafemi, signed from Leyton Orient’s academy, had his chance. But they could not find the breakthrough as the ball skimmed off his boot. And neither, despite five minutes of added time, could Spurs who had come into this match having collected 13 points from a possible 15 including a 5-2 demolition of Southampton on Boxing Day. But they were out-of-sorts. 6:21PM Pellegrino post-match "I think the team responded really well, we cannot transform this performance in goals and goals is more points but obviously this is the attitude we need to show in the next game. Every single game for us is massive. "We knew even the second half when they play with the diamond, they were always dangerous but I think we had the space in wide areas and in this moment we have had a couple of chances especially on the right. They are an amazing team with top players and they don't need too many action to create problems." 6:12PM Pochettino says the result was fair "It was an even game, a difficult game, the pitch wasn't in the best condition which didn't help but for both teams to play in a good way. Tough game, lots of battles, fighting.  "I don't believe because we struggle a little bit to play. In possession we missed a link to play together, we made a lot of mistakes in possession and allowed them to play a little bit more. I think to win the game, we should do better and play better and our performance wasn't great. "I think we tried to receive in our offensive phase and link better Kane and Son with Dele in behind. It allowed us to be more aggressive in transition and use more our fullbacks going forward. I think we create but the result was fair. "The top four is not easy. We still have the possibility to fight. The fight to survive every ball you can feel they are aggressive, our performance wasn't great, if it was at the level we are normally used to do, our performance wasn't the best. "That is a rumour, I don't want to speak about rumour. I am happy with the players I've got. You know well it's very difficult this transfer window to add a player". 6:08PM Man of the Match  James Ward-Prowse wins Sky Sports' prize and I'd tend to agree with that. Jan Vertonghen was excellent for Spurs too. Dele Alli just doesn't look himself at the moment, as though he's getting frustrated with himself for his own failings and then rushing his play to make up for it. Second season syndrome, except this is third season syndrome. Without alliteration it's not as dramatic sounding. 5:55PM The stats that matter The most important is the score, obviously, but Spurs will look at this and think they should have done much better. Southampton vs Spurs shots on goal   5:53PM FULL TIME A fair result in a really scrappy game. 5:52PM 90 mins +4 End to end now. Southampton attack, run out of ideas, Spurs attack and run out of ideas.  5:50PM 90 mins +3 Wanyama tries to be a hero and shoots from 25 yards. It's absolutely dreadful. An X-Factor Christmas number one of a shot. 5:50PM 90 mins +2 Spurs are trying to stay patient as they work the defence. Davies tries a cross from wide left but hits the defending Ward-Prowse. Southampton are in their deep defensive shape, waiting to absorb these attacks and try to break. 5:48PM 90 mins Now Spurs pile on the pressure. Alli goes down in the area off the ball but is up again after an accidental tangle with Stephens. Trippier swings a corner to the back post, it's headed into the six yard box and cleared. Spurs keep the ball, work it quickly in tight areas all the way to Kane on the left! This is it! KANE SHOOTS... wide of the far post on his left foot. So close! 5:46PM 89 mins Southampton keep finding space down the Spurs left! Tadic is in again and he cuts back to Boufal... who should score! But he takes a touch before shooting and is blocked. What a waste!  5:44PM 87 mins Alli seems frustrated. He can't quite reach the ball after his first touch and he knocks Romeu to the floor while trying to get it, Southampton attack. Tadic is played in and controls beautifully on the half turn. He fires a cross into the area and the young lad! THE YOUNG LAD! Has shanked his shot wide. So close to a dream debut for Obafemi.  Miss: Southampton 1 - 1 Spurs (Michael Obafemi, 87 min)   5:42PM 84 mins The game is really scrappy. Nobody can make a forward pass without it cannoning back off a body in the way.  Spurs attack and manage to get in behind the Southampton defence. Is this it? Kane finds Sissoko, whose pass is blocked, he tries again, and Lamela reacts at the near post... but puts it wide.  Miss: Southampton 1 - 1 Spurs (Erik Lamela, 84 min) Dembele is replaced by Wanyama, guaranteeing at least one more yellow card worthy challenge in Spurs' midfield. 5:39PM 82 mins Possession: Southampton vs Spurs  Michael Obafemi comes on for Gabbiadini. He's a 17 year old youth academy graduate. He's going to score, isn't he? 5:38PM 81 mins Waaaaaaaaaaaay. Alli is played in behind the Southampton defence and he must be offside. He must be! And he is. Alli shoots anyway but puts the ball wide of the goal from about three yards, prompting cheers of approval from the home fans. 5:37PM 80 mins Lemina comes off for Steven Davis.  5:34PM 77 mins And here it comes! The ironic cheer as Mousa Dembele is booked. Southampton have a free-kick wide left, Ward-Prowse lines up the set piece and could actually bend this in to either corner if he fancied it. He goes for the cross and it's headed away. This game is getting so frustrating to watch now. It's foul after foul after foul as both teams try to stop the other from playing. A very physical match. 5:31PM 75 mins Dier goes on a 50 yard run across the pitch with the ball and finds Alli, who hits a lame cross to the Southampton defence. Spurs look good everywhere except the final third at the moment, they're really missing Christian Eriksen. 5:29PM 73 mins Aurier has sat down and might have an injury problem. Trippier comes on for him. That might give Spurs a burst of energy they need on the right for the final 20 minutes. 5:27PM 71 mins Spurs attack, find Davies on the left and his cross causes Southampton players to panic in attempts to clear. Kane shifts the ball onto his left foot to shoot but wins only a corner, and McCarthy catches that corner.  Suddenly the ball drops for Dembele on the edge of the box! He shoots, mis-hits and Alli has it in the box. Can he score? No! He's closed down and spins, tries to find Kane... but the chance is gone. Lamela comes on for Son. 5:24PM 68 mins Gabbiadini tries a shot from outside the Spurs box but puts it too close to Vorm again. Erik Lamela is getting ready to come on for Spurs. 5:22PM 66 mins Alli comes to life about 30 yards out, taking the ball on the half turn, striding forward and then firing a shot across goal from near the D. Just wide. Out: Southampton 1 - 1 Spurs (Dele Alli, 65 min) Hojberg comes off for Boufal. 5:20PM 63 mins The referee has to tell off Dier and Tadic for hustling and bustling in the penalty area from a corner. Davies swings it out from the left and Kane tries a volley on his left foot! He kicks the air and Southampton break... but then they lose the ball. Alli carries it into the final third and then he is tackled. And then Gabbiadini is sent through on goal and is offside! Soccer. 5:17PM 61 mins Possession: Southampton vs Spurs   5:17PM 60 mins Dembele carries the ball and has runners left and right but doesn't quite have the pace to get away from his marker and loses possession.  Davies links with Alli to get the ball in the box but the cross is cut out. Romeu is then booked for a sliding challenge on Alli. 5:14PM 57 mins Southampton are starting to open up the pitch with their passing and Spurs want to counter-attack quickly but keep giving the ball away. Sissoko is booked for a foul on Bertrand, arriving late to contest a 50/50.  5:12PM 55 mins I'm looking forward to the huge ironic cheer when Dembele is inevitably booked here. Lemina takes a sore one on the left wing and Sissoko puts the ball out straight away for him. It looks like he'll survive, which is good for everyone involved. Pellegrino talks to Stephens and then Hoedt separately how to adapt to Spurs' new shape. 5:10PM 53 mins Credit: REUTERS Gabbiadini goes down under a challenge from Vertonghen but doesn't complain, Southampton keep up the pressure until Spurs can play their way out from the back. Romeu is fouled by Dembele. It's a clear yellow card... I don't understand why he's not been booked yet. The Scott Brown of the Premier League.  5:06PM 50 mins Stephens is booked for a shirt pull on Kane, which is probably the right call. Ward-Prowse takes an early shot at goal when he might be away... Vorm saves. It's pretty end to end so far. Son is playing more through the middle in this half, quite close to Kane.  5:06PM 48 mins Spurs attack through the middle and straight away Son is nearly sent clean in on goal. The ball is moved back towards the goalkeeper and he isn't steady on his feet, having to get rid of the ball as soon as he can. Vertonghen then has to use pace and strength to make sure Southampton don't get in behind at the other end. Great defending. 5:02PM KICK-OFF 2 Spurs start the second half. 5:01PM Some half time stats Southampton vs Spurs shots on goal Southampton vs Spurs   4:46PM HALF TIME A fair result so far but Spurs still look like the better side here. Southampton have had their chances, Spurs seem capable of upping their level if they want to. 4:45PM 45 mins Kane takes down a cross from the left and has a half chance to shoot inside the area... but a defender's foot catches his and takes the ball.  4:42PM 42 mins Southampton have men over now! They're playing really well here and work a chance for Lemina, who places his shot just slightly too close to the goalkeeper. Attempt Saved: Southampton 1 - 1 Spurs (Mario Lemina, 41 min) Southampton's long passes from right to left look like they're causing Spurs a lot of bother. Aurier and Sanchez happen to be defending that side.  4:23PM 23 mins Tadic floats a chip to the back post when the shot is on and Spurs' giant centre-backs head it away for another corner. Ward-Prowse whips it in but Vorm punches away. 4:21PM 22 mins Possession: Southampton vs Spurs   4:21PM 21 mins Almost immediately after kick-off Alli bursts into the box and it looks like Kane is open for a tap in... but Alli is tackled for another corner. Southampton defend this one much better. Ward-Prowse delivers from the right but Vertonghen reacts best to the danger and puts it behind. The referee has to tell off Sanchez, Hoedt and Vorm as they shove each other. 4:19PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Who else but Harry Kane? It's his 99th Premier League goal. Southampton 1 - 1 Spurs (Harry Kane, 18 min) Southampton haven't looked great at set pieces and Kane uses his strength to hold off and then jump higher than Southampton's defence from the corner. 4:18PM 18 mins Dier hits the post! Almost an instant reply from Spurs as a corner is headed down by Vertonghen and then drilled at goal by Dier. Spurs win another corner. 4:16PM GOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLL! An own goal from Davinson Sanchez! Southampton 1 - 0 Spurs (Davinson Sánchez, 15 min) Just as I'm typing that he's not quite on his game, he slides in to deal with a cross at the six yard box and ends up deflecting it into his own net. He's really unlucky but Southampton deserve their lead. 4:14PM 15 mins Sanchez isn't quite on his game yet. He's made a couple of mistakes off and on the ball and has just handed possession straight to Southampton here. They're on the attack. 4:13PM 13 mins Credit: AP   4:12PM 12 mins That should be 1-0. Lemina plays Kane onside, the centre-backs don't realise and Alli has the entire box to run into. The ball is crossed in and he can't get enough on his header. Corner. 4:11PM 11 mins Dier tries a long ball into the box for Alli, who very nearly takes it down on his knee with his back to goal. His touch is a little off and Southampton can take the ball forward. Ward-Prowse is played in down the right with a great pass over the top of a defender, and his delivery is brilliant! But nobody reads it. Tadic follows up on the other flank and drills a low ball into the six yard box... but Gabbiadini can't reach it.  4:09PM 9 mins Southampton are attacking but Spurs keep breaking up play before anything too dangerous happens. Ward-Prowse tries a wonderstrike from 25 yards but slices his effort miles wide. Spurs work their way forward, Alli sprints to space at the back post and Aurier swings a cross in, but doesn't get enough lift and it's put behind for a corner.  4:05PM 6 mins Another chance for Southampton. Hojberg wins the ball from Son, hits a long pass out left and Tadic is there. He slides a pass across the area... and Gabbiadini doesn't seem to commit to the shot, and rather than sliding in, swings a boot at thin air. 4:03PM 3 mins Great run by Sissoko as he sprints from deep into the box and Aurier finds him with a smart pass round the corner of the full-back. Southampton win the ball back. 4:01PM 1 mins The Saints get the ball forward quickly, Gabbiadini turns Sanchez and shoots from 20 yards but Vorm saves. Attacking start! 4:00PM KICK-OFF Southampton get the game started! 3:56PM Here come the players They're out on the pitch in the rain. It's cold. It's wet. AND IT'S LIVE!   Credit: REUTERS   3:46PM Pochettino on Southampton "They stay at home in London and try to recover. I think yes, 100 per cent they feel well, maybe some players have some problems the last few days but no excuse we are going to try to play our best, to play well and win because the victory is important. It will be tough for both teams. "It's always special after five years it was today or yesterday we made our debut here against Everton, it will always be in my heart a special place for me and my family." 3:38PM Southampton want to buy two players And with £50million to spend on both, you'd think they'll be good. But who are these mysterious men? Jeremy Wilson has all the information here. 3:21PM Ben Davies says Denmark is why he's good at football Want to know more? You should read this and find out. 3:11PM It is not a nice day Credit: GETTY IMAGES The good thing is that since this isn't the 90s, the pitch will still be entirely playable and probably a bit quicker than normal. That will suit Spurs' passing game and might also mean that defenders are granted super power slide tackles and can glide along the floor for miles to win the ball back.  3:06PM No Lloris or Eriksen Both Huge and Christian, as they like to be called, are ill and miss out today. A big chance for the reserves to impress! If you can call them reserves, that is.  3:01PM Hello! Good afternoon and welcome to our liveblog for Southampton vs Spurs, where Mauricio Pochettino pays a visit to the stadium where first he made his name known in the Premier League. The Saints are doing absolutely fine at the moment which makes sense but isn't great news for their current manager, Mauricio Pellegrino, since Southampton seem to believe that even though they keep selling their best players, they should be progressing on the pitch. Spurs are in their traditional mid-season run of good form and Harry Kane is banging in goals all over the place. With Marco Silva suddenly available, it's not insane to suggest that Pellegrino might actually need his team to give an impressive performance - if not get a result - for him to keep his job. The Premier League is getting silly. Enough speculation. Who's actually playing today? Southampton Team news is in! Here's how #SaintsFC line-up to take on #THFC at St Mary's in the #PL: pic.twitter.com/CezUnwCJ6p— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) January 21, 2018 Spurs #THFC: Vorm, Aurier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Sissoko, Dele, Son, Kane (C). #COYSpic.twitter.com/FAJwpW5fp4— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 21, 2018

Eddie Hearn speaks out on boxing's war against drugs after Joseph Parker brands Anthony Joshua the 'King of Steroids'

Eddie Hearn speaks out on boxing's war against drugs after Joseph Parker brands Anthony Joshua the 'King of Steroids'

Eddie Hearn speaks out on boxing's war against drugs after Joseph Parker brands Anthony Joshua the 'King of Steroids'

Eddie Hearn speaks out on boxing's war against drugs after Joseph Parker brands Anthony Joshua the 'King of Steroids'

Eddie Hearn speaks out on boxing's war against drugs after Joseph Parker brands Anthony Joshua the 'King of Steroids'

Eddie Hearn speaks out on boxing's war against drugs after Joseph Parker brands Anthony Joshua the 'King of Steroids'

Eddie Hearn speaks out on boxing's war against drugs after Joseph Parker brands Anthony Joshua the 'King of Steroids'

Eddie Hearn speaks out on boxing's war against drugs after Joseph Parker brands Anthony Joshua the 'King of Steroids'

Eddie Hearn speaks out on boxing's war against drugs after Joseph Parker brands Anthony Joshua the 'King of Steroids'

Eddie Hearn speaks out on boxing's war against drugs after Joseph Parker brands Anthony Joshua the 'King of Steroids'

How to Watch Southampton vs. Tottenham: Live Stream, TV Channel, Game Time

Tottenham is eyeing a place in the Premier League's top four, but it can't lose focus of the task at hand at St. Mary's on Sunday vs. Southampton.

Spurs enter the match in top form, unbeaten in five straight league games (4-0-1) since a 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Manchester City. Harry Kane is atop the league's scoring charts again with 20 goals, and he'll lead the line against the Saints, who are wallowing just a point clear of the drop zone and have not won a game in the league since Nov. 26–a span of 10 matches.

Tottenham will hope for a repeat of Boxing Day, when it beat Southampton handily in a 5-2 rout at Wembley Stadium.

Here's how to watch the match:

Time: 11 a.m. ET

TV: NBCSN

?Live Stream: You can watch the match live on FuboTV. Sign up here for a free seven-day trial.

Bellator 192: Rory MacDonald battles through horrific leg injury to defeat Douglas Lima; Sonnen outpoints 'Rampage' Jackson

We expected epic. And we got it. After all, this was Rory MacDonald, who has signed his life away to cage wars. MacDonald, that overly-quiet man who piques our curiosity, upright, tight and incredibly polite,  but like a coiled spring when  he unleashes his alter-ego, came through an horrific-looking leg injury, showing an incredible depth of will, to claim the Bellator welterweight title here in Inglewood on Saturday night.  But boy did the 29 year old 170b title challenger have to dig deep with a superhuman effort in his five-round decision victory over incumbent champion Douglas Lima. Bellator really have found a dream signing. The exhausting, see-sawing title fight provided the backdrop to the launch of Bellator's 2018 heavyweight tournament, which has seen heavy investment and signings as the fight league looks to crown its first heavyweight king since it was bought by the entertainment giants.  MacDonald overcame third and early fourth-round signs of his opponent's ascendancy, as Lima cleverly used command of range, and a powerful jab and right hand punctuating through the air at the challenger's face. But he proved decisively that there are no demons - mentally or physically - after his two brutal wars with Robbie Lawler which left him needing almost a year off, and corrective surgery on his nose. He took the decision 48-47, 49-45 ad 49-46. Indeed, it had been MacDonald who unveiled at Paramount Pictures this week a new 'Red King' brand with sponsors Everlast, the Canadian exercising an aspect of free agency allowed by Bellator-signed fighters. He lived up to the billing from the fight sport brand with aplomb, bringing a display of courage and heart which showed an unshakeable self-belief. MacDonald's broken shin Credit:  Lucas Noonan/Bellator MMA It was the stuff warriors are made of. And destroyed by. With a horribly mis-shapen shin bone for two rounds, MacDonald urged his swollen, bloody frame onwards at Lima for two rounds to cap a glorious night in his career. MacDonald was carried like an armchair by two of his cornermen from the combat arena after the contest and taken directly to the hospital. There was just a momentary pause as he came together for a photograph with his opponent. It was a touching moment. Canadian MacDonald expressed with alacrity that a boyhood dream had been fulfilled, and for a man who rarely shows emotion, there was genuine delight at an ambition having been fulfilled.  It looks, moreover, that there may well be a homecoming defence. Bellator's CEO Scott Coker confirmed soon afterwards that the belt could be defended in the new champion's homeland. MMA in Canada certainly needs a shot in the arm, and this unforgettable effort from MacDonald may well be the reward. Bellator has been seven times to Canada, but not for four years.  As the heavyweight tournament got underway, Chael Sonnen battled through three tough rounds against Rampage Jackson, taking the decision in the first encounter of seven which will punctuate 2018, add which could lead to fights in the Middle East, Japan and across the USA.  Six heavyweights from Bellator tournament   Credit: Lucas Noonan/Bellator MMA  The fight itself was preceded by plenty of fanfare, the Stars and Stripes and a parade of the other six combatants - Matt Mitrione, the tournament favourite with the bookies, Ryan Bader, 'King' Mo Lawal, Fedor Emilianenko, Frank Mir and Roy Nelson.      Sonnen stood with Rampage for much of the contest, was taken up in the air and dropped by Jackson's trademark slam, and admitted afterwards that he was hurt at every brushstroke from the ageing MMA legend 30lbs heavier.    Come the last two minutes of the fight, and by now frustrated and behind on points, Rampage bent down and tapped the canvas with his finger telling Sonnen to engage. But the lighter man was just too smart, or wise, or even fearful, to be drawn in. A knockout for Rampage, to be fair, would have brought the circular walls down in this iconic music and sports venue.  Sonnen got the nod - 29-28 on all three judges' cards. I caught a moment with Rampage as he slid up on the slope past the great musical names on the walls of The Forum, The Who, U2, Bob Dylan, The Doors... and into the night. Every artist has their time. Rampage was silent, those huge shoulders loped over, his entourage in tow. Out into the night, indeed, and one wonders, maybe, competitively for the last time...  His conqueror Sonnen admitted afterwards that it was straight back to the drawing board, and at the age of 40 and having had his first heavyweight contest, next up for him will be the winner of Fedor Emilianeko and Frank Mir, which will take place in Chicago on April 28. And on May 12, 'King' Mo Lawal will face Ryan Bader in San Jose.  There are even harder nights ahead for Sonnen. Fedor and Frank are monsters. Or at least they have been. Rampage, for Sonnen, is simply an appetizer of sorts. "Every time he touched me, it hurt. He's a really mean guy. I'm happy it's over," said Sonnen. "I've got to get better; I've got to make changes."  Sonnen also reserved great praise for newly-installed champion MacDonald, calling him "great". "It was an inspiring performance," he offered. MacDonald, did, indeed, have the crowd baying for him after the massive brick like shape grew from his shin bone, after Lima's brutal kicks.     But after another Saturday night tentpole event, Bellator fighters will lick their wounds, get stapled and stitched, with another group heading down to Temecula for an event on Friday. And by the time the American Sonnen fights again, it is likely to be August, or later, barring any injuries to Mir or his opponent, the great Russian fighter whose fans include President Putin and POTUS Donald Trump, and who is considered the greatest of all time in the sport.  Chael Sonnen defeats Rampage Jackson on points at Bellator 192  Credit: Lucas Noonan/Bellator MMA The fight league's CEO Coker also revealed post-event that Cheick Kongo and Javy Ayala have been added as substitutes in the heavyweight tournament. Elsewhere on the card, the former 155lb champion Michael Chandler, an old school fighter by nature with real high fighting IQ, showed all his wares in a terrific performance, defeating Goiti Yamauchi on points. Chandler, though, is in no rush to fight for the Bellator lightweight belt he lost to Brent Primus at Madison Square Garden, New York, last summer.    The Body Shop boys, featherweight Aaron Pico and Joey Davis, featherweight and welterweight respectively, lived up to the name of their team and gym with finishes to the torso with perfection. Davis, out of Compton, a former unbeaten - 133-0 - Division II wrestler, enacted a spinning back kick finish on rival Ian Butler, crumpling his opponent in just 39 seconds. Pico picked the perfect punch with a left hook liver shot against Shane Kruchten a second round ending which saw his opponent collapse. The victor strutted like a matador.      Khonry Gracie, 20, son of Royce Gracie, the winner of the very first UFC tournament in Denver, Colorado in 1993, suffered a loss on his professional debut to Devon Brock. One can only imagine the pressure on the young man's broad shoulders being the son of a figure genuinely considered and treated as MMA royalty. Also confirmed as the event headed into its denouement this weekend, is a match-up between Ana Julaton and Heather Hardy, both formidable forces in the world of women's boxing, who switched to MMA. Hardy and Julaton both lost late last year, but created a beef as flyweight MMA fighters and will meet on Feb 16 in Connecticut, at Bellator 194, headlined by heavyweights Mitrione and Nelson.   Both Hardy and Julaton have won world titles as boxers. They will fight each other at MMA next, and will then take to the ring in a second leg, in a boxing match.        This was the first Bellator MMA event on Paramount, the re-branded SPIKE television station, owned by VIACOM which bought Bellator MMA for its network three years ago, and continues to back its growth, roster, and galvanising ambition. "Bellator will remain a cornerstone of the Paramount Network," said Jon Slusser, senior vice president of specials and sport. "It feels like a new beginning, a new start. We are excited about this launch and have great ambition for the sport on our broader network."  A win for the network, and the industry. But the biggest triumph at The Forum lay at the feet of MacDonald. As Sonnen pithily put it: How can you not have the greatest respect for a man capable of doling out "a one-legged ass-whupping" ? That's what we witnessed, and the night belonged to  the 'Red King'. He lived up to his billing. And some. 

Bellator 192: Rory MacDonald battles through horrific leg injury to defeat Douglas Lima; Sonnen outpoints 'Rampage' Jackson

We expected epic. And we got it. After all, this was Rory MacDonald, who has signed his life away to cage wars. MacDonald, that overly-quiet man who piques our curiosity, upright, tight and incredibly polite,  but like a coiled spring when  he unleashes his alter-ego, came through an horrific-looking leg injury, showing an incredible depth of will, to claim the Bellator welterweight title here in Inglewood on Saturday night.  But boy did the 29 year old 170b title challenger have to dig deep with a superhuman effort in his five-round decision victory over incumbent champion Douglas Lima. Bellator really have found a dream signing. The exhausting, see-sawing title fight provided the backdrop to the launch of Bellator's 2018 heavyweight tournament, which has seen heavy investment and signings as the fight league looks to crown its first heavyweight king since it was bought by the entertainment giants.  MacDonald overcame third and early fourth-round signs of his opponent's ascendancy, as Lima cleverly used command of range, and a powerful jab and right hand punctuating through the air at the challenger's face. But he proved decisively that there are no demons - mentally or physically - after his two brutal wars with Robbie Lawler which left him needing almost a year off, and corrective surgery on his nose. He took the decision 48-47, 49-45 ad 49-46. Indeed, it had been MacDonald who unveiled at Paramount Pictures this week a new 'Red King' brand with sponsors Everlast, the Canadian exercising an aspect of free agency allowed by Bellator-signed fighters. He lived up to the billing from the fight sport brand with aplomb, bringing a display of courage and heart which showed an unshakeable self-belief. MacDonald's broken shin Credit:  Lucas Noonan/Bellator MMA It was the stuff warriors are made of. And destroyed by. With a horribly mis-shapen shin bone for two rounds, MacDonald urged his swollen, bloody frame onwards at Lima for two rounds to cap a glorious night in his career. MacDonald was carried like an armchair by two of his cornermen from the combat arena after the contest and taken directly to the hospital. There was just a momentary pause as he came together for a photograph with his opponent. It was a touching moment. Canadian MacDonald expressed with alacrity that a boyhood dream had been fulfilled, and for a man who rarely shows emotion, there was genuine delight at an ambition having been fulfilled.  It looks, moreover, that there may well be a homecoming defence. Bellator's CEO Scott Coker confirmed soon afterwards that the belt could be defended in the new champion's homeland. MMA in Canada certainly needs a shot in the arm, and this unforgettable effort from MacDonald may well be the reward. Bellator has been seven times to Canada, but not for four years.  As the heavyweight tournament got underway, Chael Sonnen battled through three tough rounds against Rampage Jackson, taking the decision in the first encounter of seven which will punctuate 2018, add which could lead to fights in the Middle East, Japan and across the USA.  Six heavyweights from Bellator tournament   Credit: Lucas Noonan/Bellator MMA  The fight itself was preceded by plenty of fanfare, the Stars and Stripes and a parade of the other six combatants - Matt Mitrione, the tournament favourite with the bookies, Ryan Bader, 'King' Mo Lawal, Fedor Emilianenko, Frank Mir and Roy Nelson.      Sonnen stood with Rampage for much of the contest, was taken up in the air and dropped by Jackson's trademark slam, and admitted afterwards that he was hurt at every brushstroke from the ageing MMA legend 30lbs heavier.    Come the last two minutes of the fight, and by now frustrated and behind on points, Rampage bent down and tapped the canvas with his finger telling Sonnen to engage. But the lighter man was just too smart, or wise, or even fearful, to be drawn in. A knockout for Rampage, to be fair, would have brought the circular walls down in this iconic music and sports venue.  Sonnen got the nod - 29-28 on all three judges' cards. I caught a moment with Rampage as he slid up on the slope past the great musical names on the walls of The Forum, The Who, U2, Bob Dylan, The Doors... and into the night. Every artist has their time. Rampage was silent, those huge shoulders loped over, his entourage in tow. Out into the night, indeed, and one wonders, maybe, competitively for the last time...  His conqueror Sonnen admitted afterwards that it was straight back to the drawing board, and at the age of 40 and having had his first heavyweight contest, next up for him will be the winner of Fedor Emilianeko and Frank Mir, which will take place in Chicago on April 28. And on May 12, 'King' Mo Lawal will face Ryan Bader in San Jose.  There are even harder nights ahead for Sonnen. Fedor and Frank are monsters. Or at least they have been. Rampage, for Sonnen, is simply an appetizer of sorts. "Every time he touched me, it hurt. He's a really mean guy. I'm happy it's over," said Sonnen. "I've got to get better; I've got to make changes."  Sonnen also reserved great praise for newly-installed champion MacDonald, calling him "great". "It was an inspiring performance," he offered. MacDonald, did, indeed, have the crowd baying for him after the massive brick like shape grew from his shin bone, after Lima's brutal kicks.     But after another Saturday night tentpole event, Bellator fighters will lick their wounds, get stapled and stitched, with another group heading down to Temecula for an event on Friday. And by the time the American Sonnen fights again, it is likely to be August, or later, barring any injuries to Mir or his opponent, the great Russian fighter whose fans include President Putin and POTUS Donald Trump, and who is considered the greatest of all time in the sport.  Chael Sonnen defeats Rampage Jackson on points at Bellator 192  Credit: Lucas Noonan/Bellator MMA The fight league's CEO Coker also revealed post-event that Cheick Kongo and Javy Ayala have been added as substitutes in the heavyweight tournament. Elsewhere on the card, the former 155lb champion Michael Chandler, an old school fighter by nature with real high fighting IQ, showed all his wares in a terrific performance, defeating Goiti Yamauchi on points. Chandler, though, is in no rush to fight for the Bellator lightweight belt he lost to Brent Primus at Madison Square Garden, New York, last summer.    The Body Shop boys, featherweight Aaron Pico and Joey Davis, featherweight and welterweight respectively, lived up to the name of their team and gym with finishes to the torso with perfection. Davis, out of Compton, a former unbeaten - 133-0 - Division II wrestler, enacted a spinning back kick finish on rival Ian Butler, crumpling his opponent in just 39 seconds. Pico picked the perfect punch with a left hook liver shot against Shane Kruchten a second round ending which saw his opponent collapse. The victor strutted like a matador.      Khonry Gracie, 20, son of Royce Gracie, the winner of the very first UFC tournament in Denver, Colorado in 1993, suffered a loss on his professional debut to Devon Brock. One can only imagine the pressure on the young man's broad shoulders being the son of a figure genuinely considered and treated as MMA royalty. Also confirmed as the event headed into its denouement this weekend, is a match-up between Ana Julaton and Heather Hardy, both formidable forces in the world of women's boxing, who switched to MMA. Hardy and Julaton both lost late last year, but created a beef as flyweight MMA fighters and will meet on Feb 16 in Connecticut, at Bellator 194, headlined by heavyweights Mitrione and Nelson.   Both Hardy and Julaton have won world titles as boxers. They will fight each other at MMA next, and will then take to the ring in a second leg, in a boxing match.        This was the first Bellator MMA event on Paramount, the re-branded SPIKE television station, owned by VIACOM which bought Bellator MMA for its network three years ago, and continues to back its growth, roster, and galvanising ambition. "Bellator will remain a cornerstone of the Paramount Network," said Jon Slusser, senior vice president of specials and sport. "It feels like a new beginning, a new start. We are excited about this launch and have great ambition for the sport on our broader network."  A win for the network, and the industry. But the biggest triumph at The Forum lay at the feet of MacDonald. As Sonnen pithily put it: How can you not have the greatest respect for a man capable of doling out "a one-legged ass-whupping" ? That's what we witnessed, and the night belonged to  the 'Red King'. He lived up to his billing. And some. 

Bellator 192: Rory MacDonald battles through horrific leg injury to defeat Douglas Lima; Sonnen outpoints 'Rampage' Jackson

We expected epic. And we got it. After all, this was Rory MacDonald, who has signed his life away to cage wars. MacDonald, that overly-quiet man who piques our curiosity, upright, tight and incredibly polite,  but like a coiled spring when  he unleashes his alter-ego, came through an horrific-looking leg injury, showing an incredible depth of will, to claim the Bellator welterweight title here in Inglewood on Saturday night.  But boy did the 29 year old 170b title challenger have to dig deep with a superhuman effort in his five-round decision victory over incumbent champion Douglas Lima. Bellator really have found a dream signing. The exhausting, see-sawing title fight provided the backdrop to the launch of Bellator's 2018 heavyweight tournament, which has seen heavy investment and signings as the fight league looks to crown its first heavyweight king since it was bought by the entertainment giants.  MacDonald overcame third and early fourth-round signs of his opponent's ascendancy, as Lima cleverly used command of range, and a powerful jab and right hand punctuating through the air at the challenger's face. But he proved decisively that there are no demons - mentally or physically - after his two brutal wars with Robbie Lawler which left him needing almost a year off, and corrective surgery on his nose. He took the decision 48-47, 49-45 ad 49-46. Indeed, it had been MacDonald who unveiled at Paramount Pictures this week a new 'Red King' brand with sponsors Everlast, the Canadian exercising an aspect of free agency allowed by Bellator-signed fighters. He lived up to the billing from the fight sport brand with aplomb, bringing a display of courage and heart which showed an unshakeable self-belief. MacDonald's broken shin Credit:  Lucas Noonan/Bellator MMA It was the stuff warriors are made of. And destroyed by. With a horribly mis-shapen shin bone for two rounds, MacDonald urged his swollen, bloody frame onwards at Lima for two rounds to cap a glorious night in his career. MacDonald was carried like an armchair by two of his cornermen from the combat arena after the contest and taken directly to the hospital. There was just a momentary pause as he came together for a photograph with his opponent. It was a touching moment. Canadian MacDonald expressed with alacrity that a boyhood dream had been fulfilled, and for a man who rarely shows emotion, there was genuine delight at an ambition having been fulfilled.  It looks, moreover, that there may well be a homecoming defence. Bellator's CEO Scott Coker confirmed soon afterwards that the belt could be defended in the new champion's homeland. MMA in Canada certainly needs a shot in the arm, and this unforgettable effort from MacDonald may well be the reward. Bellator has been seven times to Canada, but not for four years.  As the heavyweight tournament got underway, Chael Sonnen battled through three tough rounds against Rampage Jackson, taking the decision in the first encounter of seven which will punctuate 2018, add which could lead to fights in the Middle East, Japan and across the USA.  Six heavyweights from Bellator tournament   Credit: Lucas Noonan/Bellator MMA  The fight itself was preceded by plenty of fanfare, the Stars and Stripes and a parade of the other six combatants - Matt Mitrione, the tournament favourite with the bookies, Ryan Bader, 'King' Mo Lawal, Fedor Emilianenko, Frank Mir and Roy Nelson.      Sonnen stood with Rampage for much of the contest, was taken up in the air and dropped by Jackson's trademark slam, and admitted afterwards that he was hurt at every brushstroke from the ageing MMA legend 30lbs heavier.    Come the last two minutes of the fight, and by now frustrated and behind on points, Rampage bent down and tapped the canvas with his finger telling Sonnen to engage. But the lighter man was just too smart, or wise, or even fearful, to be drawn in. A knockout for Rampage, to be fair, would have brought the circular walls down in this iconic music and sports venue.  Sonnen got the nod - 29-28 on all three judges' cards. I caught a moment with Rampage as he slid up on the slope past the great musical names on the walls of The Forum, The Who, U2, Bob Dylan, The Doors... and into the night. Every artist has their time. Rampage was silent, those huge shoulders loped over, his entourage in tow. Out into the night, indeed, and one wonders, maybe, competitively for the last time...  His conqueror Sonnen admitted afterwards that it was straight back to the drawing board, and at the age of 40 and having had his first heavyweight contest, next up for him will be the winner of Fedor Emilianeko and Frank Mir, which will take place in Chicago on April 28. And on May 12, 'King' Mo Lawal will face Ryan Bader in San Jose.  There are even harder nights ahead for Sonnen. Fedor and Frank are monsters. Or at least they have been. Rampage, for Sonnen, is simply an appetizer of sorts. "Every time he touched me, it hurt. He's a really mean guy. I'm happy it's over," said Sonnen. "I've got to get better; I've got to make changes."  Sonnen also reserved great praise for newly-installed champion MacDonald, calling him "great". "It was an inspiring performance," he offered. MacDonald, did, indeed, have the crowd baying for him after the massive brick like shape grew from his shin bone, after Lima's brutal kicks.     But after another Saturday night tentpole event, Bellator fighters will lick their wounds, get stapled and stitched, with another group heading down to Temecula for an event on Friday. And by the time the American Sonnen fights again, it is likely to be August, or later, barring any injuries to Mir or his opponent, the great Russian fighter whose fans include President Putin and POTUS Donald Trump, and who is considered the greatest of all time in the sport.  Chael Sonnen defeats Rampage Jackson on points at Bellator 192  Credit: Lucas Noonan/Bellator MMA The fight league's CEO Coker also revealed post-event that Cheick Kongo and Javy Ayala have been added as substitutes in the heavyweight tournament. Elsewhere on the card, the former 155lb champion Michael Chandler, an old school fighter by nature with real high fighting IQ, showed all his wares in a terrific performance, defeating Goiti Yamauchi on points. Chandler, though, is in no rush to fight for the Bellator lightweight belt he lost to Brent Primus at Madison Square Garden, New York, last summer.    The Body Shop boys, featherweight Aaron Pico and Joey Davis, featherweight and welterweight respectively, lived up to the name of their team and gym with finishes to the torso with perfection. Davis, out of Compton, a former unbeaten - 133-0 - Division II wrestler, enacted a spinning back kick finish on rival Ian Butler, crumpling his opponent in just 39 seconds. Pico picked the perfect punch with a left hook liver shot against Shane Kruchten a second round ending which saw his opponent collapse. The victor strutted like a matador.      Khonry Gracie, 20, son of Royce Gracie, the winner of the very first UFC tournament in Denver, Colorado in 1993, suffered a loss on his professional debut to Devon Brock. One can only imagine the pressure on the young man's broad shoulders being the son of a figure genuinely considered and treated as MMA royalty. Also confirmed as the event headed into its denouement this weekend, is a match-up between Ana Julaton and Heather Hardy, both formidable forces in the world of women's boxing, who switched to MMA. Hardy and Julaton both lost late last year, but created a beef as flyweight MMA fighters and will meet on Feb 16 in Connecticut, at Bellator 194, headlined by heavyweights Mitrione and Nelson.   Both Hardy and Julaton have won world titles as boxers. They will fight each other at MMA next, and will then take to the ring in a second leg, in a boxing match.        This was the first Bellator MMA event on Paramount, the re-branded SPIKE television station, owned by VIACOM which bought Bellator MMA for its network three years ago, and continues to back its growth, roster, and galvanising ambition. "Bellator will remain a cornerstone of the Paramount Network," said Jon Slusser, senior vice president of specials and sport. "It feels like a new beginning, a new start. We are excited about this launch and have great ambition for the sport on our broader network."  A win for the network, and the industry. But the biggest triumph at The Forum lay at the feet of MacDonald. As Sonnen pithily put it: How can you not have the greatest respect for a man capable of doling out "a one-legged ass-whupping" ? That's what we witnessed, and the night belonged to  the 'Red King'. He lived up to his billing. And some. 

Bellator 192: Rory MacDonald battles through horrific leg injury to defeat Douglas Lima; Sonnen outpoints 'Rampage' Jackson

We expected epic. And we got it. After all, this was Rory MacDonald, who has signed his life away to cage wars. MacDonald, that overly-quiet man who piques our curiosity, upright, tight and incredibly polite,  but like a coiled spring when  he unleashes his alter-ego, came through an horrific-looking leg injury, showing an incredible depth of will, to claim the Bellator welterweight title here in Inglewood on Saturday night.  But boy did the 29 year old 170b title challenger have to dig deep with a superhuman effort in his five-round decision victory over incumbent champion Douglas Lima. Bellator really have found a dream signing. The exhausting, see-sawing title fight provided the backdrop to the launch of Bellator's 2018 heavyweight tournament, which has seen heavy investment and signings as the fight league looks to crown its first heavyweight king since it was bought by the entertainment giants.  MacDonald overcame third and early fourth-round signs of his opponent's ascendancy, as Lima cleverly used command of range, and a powerful jab and right hand punctuating through the air at the challenger's face. But he proved decisively that there are no demons - mentally or physically - after his two brutal wars with Robbie Lawler which left him needing almost a year off, and corrective surgery on his nose. He took the decision 48-47, 49-45 ad 49-46. Indeed, it had been MacDonald who unveiled at Paramount Pictures this week a new 'Red King' brand with sponsors Everlast, the Canadian exercising an aspect of free agency allowed by Bellator-signed fighters. He lived up to the billing from the fight sport brand with aplomb, bringing a display of courage and heart which showed an unshakeable self-belief. MacDonald's broken shin Credit:  Lucas Noonan/Bellator MMA It was the stuff warriors are made of. And destroyed by. With a horribly mis-shapen shin bone for two rounds, MacDonald urged his swollen, bloody frame onwards at Lima for two rounds to cap a glorious night in his career. MacDonald was carried like an armchair by two of his cornermen from the combat arena after the contest and taken directly to the hospital. There was just a momentary pause as he came together for a photograph with his opponent. It was a touching moment. Canadian MacDonald expressed with alacrity that a boyhood dream had been fulfilled, and for a man who rarely shows emotion, there was genuine delight at an ambition having been fulfilled.  It looks, moreover, that there may well be a homecoming defence. Bellator's CEO Scott Coker confirmed soon afterwards that the belt could be defended in the new champion's homeland. MMA in Canada certainly needs a shot in the arm, and this unforgettable effort from MacDonald may well be the reward. Bellator has been seven times to Canada, but not for four years.  As the heavyweight tournament got underway, Chael Sonnen battled through three tough rounds against Rampage Jackson, taking the decision in the first encounter of seven which will punctuate 2018, add which could lead to fights in the Middle East, Japan and across the USA.  Six heavyweights from Bellator tournament   Credit: Lucas Noonan/Bellator MMA  The fight itself was preceded by plenty of fanfare, the Stars and Stripes and a parade of the other six combatants - Matt Mitrione, the tournament favourite with the bookies, Ryan Bader, 'King' Mo Lawal, Fedor Emilianenko, Frank Mir and Roy Nelson.      Sonnen stood with Rampage for much of the contest, was taken up in the air and dropped by Jackson's trademark slam, and admitted afterwards that he was hurt at every brushstroke from the ageing MMA legend 30lbs heavier.    Come the last two minutes of the fight, and by now frustrated and behind on points, Rampage bent down and tapped the canvas with his finger telling Sonnen to engage. But the lighter man was just too smart, or wise, or even fearful, to be drawn in. A knockout for Rampage, to be fair, would have brought the circular walls down in this iconic music and sports venue.  Sonnen got the nod - 29-28 on all three judges' cards. I caught a moment with Rampage as he slid up on the slope past the great musical names on the walls of The Forum, The Who, U2, Bob Dylan, The Doors... and into the night. Every artist has their time. Rampage was silent, those huge shoulders loped over, his entourage in tow. Out into the night, indeed, and one wonders, maybe, competitively for the last time...  His conqueror Sonnen admitted afterwards that it was straight back to the drawing board, and at the age of 40 and having had his first heavyweight contest, next up for him will be the winner of Fedor Emilianeko and Frank Mir, which will take place in Chicago on April 28. And on May 12, 'King' Mo Lawal will face Ryan Bader in San Jose.  There are even harder nights ahead for Sonnen. Fedor and Frank are monsters. Or at least they have been. Rampage, for Sonnen, is simply an appetizer of sorts. "Every time he touched me, it hurt. He's a really mean guy. I'm happy it's over," said Sonnen. "I've got to get better; I've got to make changes."  Sonnen also reserved great praise for newly-installed champion MacDonald, calling him "great". "It was an inspiring performance," he offered. MacDonald, did, indeed, have the crowd baying for him after the massive brick like shape grew from his shin bone, after Lima's brutal kicks.     But after another Saturday night tentpole event, Bellator fighters will lick their wounds, get stapled and stitched, with another group heading down to Temecula for an event on Friday. And by the time the American Sonnen fights again, it is likely to be August, or later, barring any injuries to Mir or his opponent, the great Russian fighter whose fans include President Putin and POTUS Donald Trump, and who is considered the greatest of all time in the sport.  Chael Sonnen defeats Rampage Jackson on points at Bellator 192  Credit: Lucas Noonan/Bellator MMA The fight league's CEO Coker also revealed post-event that Cheick Kongo and Javy Ayala have been added as substitutes in the heavyweight tournament. Elsewhere on the card, the former 155lb champion Michael Chandler, an old school fighter by nature with real high fighting IQ, showed all his wares in a terrific performance, defeating Goiti Yamauchi on points. Chandler, though, is in no rush to fight for the Bellator lightweight belt he lost to Brent Primus at Madison Square Garden, New York, last summer.    The Body Shop boys, featherweight Aaron Pico and Joey Davis, featherweight and welterweight respectively, lived up to the name of their team and gym with finishes to the torso with perfection. Davis, out of Compton, a former unbeaten - 133-0 - Division II wrestler, enacted a spinning back kick finish on rival Ian Butler, crumpling his opponent in just 39 seconds. Pico picked the perfect punch with a left hook liver shot against Shane Kruchten a second round ending which saw his opponent collapse. The victor strutted like a matador.      Khonry Gracie, 20, son of Royce Gracie, the winner of the very first UFC tournament in Denver, Colorado in 1993, suffered a loss on his professional debut to Devon Brock. One can only imagine the pressure on the young man's broad shoulders being the son of a figure genuinely considered and treated as MMA royalty. Also confirmed as the event headed into its denouement this weekend, is a match-up between Ana Julaton and Heather Hardy, both formidable forces in the world of women's boxing, who switched to MMA. Hardy and Julaton both lost late last year, but created a beef as flyweight MMA fighters and will meet on Feb 16 in Connecticut, at Bellator 194, headlined by heavyweights Mitrione and Nelson.   Both Hardy and Julaton have won world titles as boxers. They will fight each other at MMA next, and will then take to the ring in a second leg, in a boxing match.        This was the first Bellator MMA event on Paramount, the re-branded SPIKE television station, owned by VIACOM which bought Bellator MMA for its network three years ago, and continues to back its growth, roster, and galvanising ambition. "Bellator will remain a cornerstone of the Paramount Network," said Jon Slusser, senior vice president of specials and sport. "It feels like a new beginning, a new start. We are excited about this launch and have great ambition for the sport on our broader network."  A win for the network, and the industry. But the biggest triumph at The Forum lay at the feet of MacDonald. As Sonnen pithily put it: How can you not have the greatest respect for a man capable of doling out "a one-legged ass-whupping" ? That's what we witnessed, and the night belonged to  the 'Red King'. He lived up to his billing. And some. 

Errol Spence (L) strengthened his reputation as one of the best of boxing's rising stars with a TKO over Lamont Peterson during their IBF Welterweight title fight

Errol Spence (L) strengthened his reputation as one of the best of boxing's rising stars with a TKO over Lamont Peterson during their IBF Welterweight title fight

Errol Spence (L) strengthened his reputation as one of the best of boxing's rising stars with a TKO over Lamont Peterson during their IBF Welterweight title fight

Errol Spence (L) strengthened his reputation as one of the best of boxing's rising stars with a TKO over Lamont Peterson during their IBF Welterweight title fight (AFP Photo/AL BELLO)

Spence stops Peterson in 1st welterweight title defense

Errol Spence Jr., right, punches Lamont Peterson during the sixth round of an IBF welterweight championship boxing match Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in New York. Spence won in the eighth round. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Spence stops Peterson in 1st welterweight title defense

Lamont Peterson reacts as the referee stops his IBF welterweight championship boxing match against Errol Spence Jr. during the eighth round Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in New York. Spence won the bout. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Spence stops Peterson in 1st welterweight title defense

Errol Spence Jr., left, punches Lamont Peterson during the fifth round of an IBF welterweight championship boxing match Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in New York. Spence stopped Peterson in the eighth round. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Spence stops Peterson in 1st welterweight title defense

Errol Spence Jr., right, hits Lamont Peterson during the second round of an IBF welterweight championship boxing match Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in New York. Spence stopped Peterson in the eighth round. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Errol Spence Jr., left, punches Lamont Peterson during the fifth round of an IBF welterweight championship boxing match Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in New York. Spence stopped Peterson in the eighth round. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Lamont Peterson reacts as the referee stops his IBF welterweight championship boxing match against Errol Spence Jr. during the eighth round Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in New York. Spence won the bout. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Errol Spence Jr., right, hits Lamont Peterson during the second round of an IBF welterweight championship boxing match Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in New York. Spence stopped Peterson in the eighth round. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Errol Spence Jr., right, punches Lamont Peterson during the sixth round of an IBF welterweight championship boxing match Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in New York. Spence won in the eighth round. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Errol Spence Jr. golpea a Lamont Peterson en el sexto round de la pelea por el título welter de la Federación Internacional de Boxeo el sábado 20 de enero de 2018 en Nueva York. Spence ganó en el octavo asalto. (AP Foto/Frank Franklin II)