Tottenham Hotspur missed out on the possibility to maneuver as much as third within the Premier League after James Ward-Prowse’s stoppage-time penalty earned struggling Southampton a dramatic 3-3 draw.
Spurs had appeared set to clinch all three factors at St Mary’s after maiden strikes by Pedro Porro and Ivan Perisic have been sandwiched by Harry Kane’s twenty third purpose of the marketing campaign.
Ruben Selles’ bottom-of-the-table facet had scored solely twice of their earlier 5 league appearances however confirmed the identical battle that noticed them lately take factors off Chelsea and Manchester United to return again from 3-1 down to spice up their survival hopes.
Ward-Prowse’s late penalty, after Pape Sarr had fouled Ainsley Maitland-Niles within the space, added to second-half efforts by Che Adams and Theo Walcott to earn Saints a share of the spoils.
Tottenham have been unchanged from their win over Nottingham Forest, which meant one other alternative for Richarlison however he left the pitch after 5 minutes with an harm to see his hapless season take one other flip for the worst.
Saints have been required to make a substitution of their very own quickly after with Armel Bella-Kotchap compelled off with an harm to his proper arm and the hosts ought to have already got been forward by this level.
Adams fired vast from shut vary within the third minute from Ward-Prowse’s scuffed effort after Stuart Armstrong noticed a low strike blocked by Clement Lenglet.
Following a stop-start opening at St Mary’s, the competition settled down with Southampton dominate in possession however the guests continued to create the higher alternatives and Porro sliced two good openings over.
It was not lengthy earlier than the harm curse returned with Jan Bednarek encountering a problem round his rib space on the half-hour mark.
Bednarek initially continued earlier than he was compelled off and Ben Davies turned the fourth enforced substitute of the primary half when he suffered an harm to his proper leg within the thirty eighth minute.
While Saints’ new centre-back pairing of Mohammed Salisu and Maitland-Niles have been getting accustomed to one another, Spurs pounced to interrupt the impasse in first-half stoppage-time.
Son Heung-min noticed Porro in house on the appropriate and handed the ball into the trail of the January recruit, who took a contact and thundered an effort in off the crossbar to open his account for Tottenham.
It took 43 seconds for Adams to degree for Southampton after half-time and turn into the primary Southampton ahead to attain within the Premier League this 12 months.
Romeo Lavia break up Lenglet and Perisic with a perfectly-weighted ball into Walcott, who squared for Adams to slip in for his tenth purpose of the season in all competitions.
Ward-Prowse clipped the roof of the guests’ internet with a free-kick minutes later earlier than Kane signalled his intentions by sending a curled effort over after carrying the ball from inside his personal half.
Southampton didn’t heed that warning and with 65 minutes performed, Kane scored for the seventh time at St Mary’s.
Substitute Dejan Kulusevski floated a ball to the again put up the place Kane powered house a header for his twenty third purpose of the season.
When Perisic opened his account for Spurs in his thirty sixth look with a half-volley past Gavin Bazunu within the 74th minute, the factors appeared wrapped up for the guests.
Yet Selles’ facet had different concepts and Walcott lowered the deficit from Sekou Mara’s knock down three minutes later to arrange a dramatic finale.
Former Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster thwarted Mara from close-range quickly after however the hosts wouldn’t be denied.
Tottenham substitute Sarr caught Maitland-Niles within the space following a nook and Ward-Prowse, who noticed his final spot-kick in opposition to Leicester saved, made no mistake this time and fired into the nook to earn Southampton a valuable level.