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Southampton 1, Tottenham Hotspur 1: Mauricio Pochettino tells Spurs to up their game or risk losing out on Champions League qualification

Southampton holds Tottenham in EPL

Relegation-threatened Southampton welcomed top hopefuls Tottenham to St Mary's Stadium for the big clash on Sunday in the Premier League.

Mauricio Pochettino's side now sit fifth in the Premier League, three points off fourth-placed Liverpool, who take on Swansea away on Monday night.

While Tottenham will regret the dropped points, Southampton delivered a fighting draw for its under-pressure boss Mauricio Pellegrino.

Saints have not won in the league since thrashing Everton 4-1 on November 26, but Pellegrino remains confident he can reverse the south coast club's fortunes. It's hard to say, we need to wait and assess him.

But there was no suggestion that the players were not playing for him as the home team started on the front foot, hunting down Spurs at every chance.

Not long afterwards Ben Davies swung in a corner, and that man yet again Harry Kane rose highest to power in a header to bring Spurs level. The game was even and full credit to Southampton because they fight and play well.

James Ward-Prowse has scored Southampton's last three goals in all competitions - he had previously gone 25 games without a goal. That means that Pochettino's squad must emerge victorious if they're going to keep pace.

Eric Dier struck the outside of the woodwork as Spurs responded well, before Kane converted his 21st Premier League goal of the season to erase Southampton's short-lived lead.

But following Tottenham's 1-1 draw at Southampton, Pochettino was not prepared to talk about Malcom.

Since 2012/13, Southampton [6.00] have W1-D1-L9 in 11 Premier League meetings with Tottenham and remained winless in five (W0-D1-L4) St. Mary's fixtures against the North Londoners since returning to the top-flight in 2012.

"If we are waiting now, it's because now we can not be too anxious to try to make quick deals".

"We had more possession but we needed to be more aggressive and create more chances, The performance wasn't great but the pitch didn't help". Unfortunately for us right now, it doesn't change our current situation and you could say that Saints should've tried harder to win as three points would've seen Saints go up to 14th and end a 10-game win less streak in the league.

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