Icelandic star Gylfi Sigurðsson came off the bench to hit a stunning injury-time winner as Tottenham came from 2-0 to defeat Southampton.
The exciting Sunday lunchtime game was littered with defensive errors from start to finish, with Tottenham full-back Kyle Naughton being among the main culprits. Two errors in the first half allowed Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lallana to capitalise respectively and look like they would send their team into the break with a comfortable two-goal lead.
However, Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen managed to grab one back just before half-time following a mistake by Southampton’s Nathan Clyne.
In truth, Tottenham were woeful in the first half, but under fire manager Tim Sherwood, who has been heavily criticised for his histrionics on the sidelines and his somewhat arrogant manner in press interviews, must have said something right during the interval as his team came out with all guns blazing in the second half.
Sherwood brought on Icelandic forward Sigurdsson at the break and his team never looked back. Eriksen got on the end of the industrious Roberto Soldado’s cross to equalise shortly after the beginning of the second half, and from that point on there only looked like being one winner.
However, the London side had to wait until injury-time to claim all three points. Southampton’s defence failed to deal with a long ball up the pitch by French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, and the ball fell to Sigurdsson, who hammered it into the back of the net from about 20 yards out.
For now Sherwood maintains some faith from the Spurs fans, but is ‘up-and-at-em’ mentality and apparent lack of tactical awareness is unlikely to lead to him remaining in the job beyond the end of the current campaign.