Saturday May 4, 2013 Day 36 Finished White Hart Lane

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  1. Premier League - Bale stunner rescues win for poor Tottenham

    Premier League - Bale stunner rescues win for poor Tottenham

    Gareth Bale masked a horrid performance from Tottenham as his late goal proved enough to beat Southampton 1-0 at home. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Tottenham Hotspur
    • Southampton
    • - Don't forget UK users can watch highlights of this game from 00:01 on Monday morning.
    • 90+3' FULL TIME. Bale wins the game for Spurs despite a horrid performance from the home side. A great hit that could prove crucial in the race for fourth.
    • 90+2' Against his former side as well. Still, he's not Footballer of the Year, PFA Player of the Year and PFA Young Player of the Year for nothing.
    • 90+1' Bale has decided this match - as he has decided so many this season. I'm not saying Spurs are a one-man team, but today they have been a one-moment team.
    • 90' We will have four added minutes.
    • 88' Stat from Infostrada: "Gareth Bale scores his 20th PL goal of the season. Only Jurgen Klinsmann and Teddy Sheringham (both 21) have scored more PL goals in a season for Tottenham in the PL era."
    • 87' His 20th of the season, and against his former club. Spurs have been awful but Bale might have seen them over the line.
    • 86' GOAL! Tottenham 1-0 Southampton! Bale with another stunner for his 20th of the season! He comes inside from the right and belts a shot into the far corner.
    • 84' In comes the corner and Vertonghen heads down at the back post, but Boruc manages to punch away.
    • 83' A corner for Spurs as Puncheon turns the ball behind.
    • 82' Spurs want a penalty! Bale goes down under contact from Cork but it's unclear as to whether there was contact. Need another replay.
    • 80' A nervy moment for Boruc as he spills a corner from the right. He gets away with it though.
    • 79' A nervy moment for Boruc as he spills a corner from the right. He gets away with it though.
    • 78' If Southampton manage to lose this they will only be four points clear of relegation having played a game more than Wigan, who beat West Brom 3-2 today.
    • 77' Lallana tries to slip in Lambert with a neat pass but puts the ball just behind the striker. A wasted opportunity.
    • 76' The ball hits ref Mark Clattenburg. Cue cheers from the crowd.
    • 75' Stat from Opta: "Gareth Bale has scored more goals from outside the box (seven) than any other player in the Premier League this season."
    • 74' Tottenham haven't had a single shot on goal yet. Utterly bemusing.
    • 73' Davis hacks down Defoe as the striker gets away from him and it's a booking for the midfielder.
    • 72' Spurs make their final change as Gylfi Sigurdsson comes on for Dempsey.
    • 71' Assou-Ekotto goes into the book for a foul on the left touchline but Saints can't make anything of the free-kick.
    • 70' Credit to Soton for the way they have prevented Spurs from getting a grip on this match.
    • 68' CHANCE FOR SPURS! Adebayor lays the ball off to Dempsey with a lovely touch and the American fires the ball over the bar as he just fails to get his legs in the right position.
    • 67' Rodriguez threatens to get in behind but Bale tracks his man well and buys a foul for his side. Good play.
    • 66' Assou-Ekotto turns onto his right boot on the left flank but his high cross in to the box drops nicely for Boruc in the visiting goal.
    • 65' Here comes a change for Southampton and Guly is off injured to be replaced by Emmanuel Mayuka.
    • 64' Bale threatens to hit on the break but as he changes through the gears, Southampton regroup and halt the forward.
    • 63' It's genuinely bizarre how bad Spurs have been. So they know they are going for fourth place?
    • 62' Southampton have been by far the better side and White Hart Lane appears to be ever more frustrated.
    • 60' A change for Spurs as Emmanuel Adebayor comes on for Lennon.
    • 59' Another corner for Saints and after the ball pops out, Shaw lashes a shot off target.
    • 58' CHANCE FOR SAINTS! Lallana cuts in from the left and drills in a low shot that Huddlestone deflects behind for a corner at the near post.
    • 57' Lambert swings in the delivery and it curls in towards the back post, but doesn't do quite enough as Lloris sees it wide.
    • 56' Huddlestone drags down Lallana to concede a free-kick 40 yards from his own goal...
    • 55' Stat from Opta: "Saints have only lost one of their last seven league games (W3 D3) but that came in their last game against WBA."
    • 54' Guly almost slips a pass down the line for Lallana but it is cut out. Spurs looking vulnerable again.
    • 53' Well, Southampton have certainly had good chances. Clyne and Lallana both should have scored and Lambert hit the post.
    • 51' CHANCE FOR SAINTS! Lallana does superbly to flick the ball over Dawson and spin in behind the defender but with Lloris exposed, his effort off the end of his boot is far too weak and rolls into the arms of the keeper.
    • 50' Defoe makes a clever run in behind the defence but his team-mate can't pick him out.
    • 49' Bale absolutely smacks the ball against the angle of crossbar and post but the offside flag has already been raised. Still, a moment of concern for Southampton.
    • 48' Holtby dispossesses Davis in the centre circle to turn over possession to Tottenham but Bale can't get free from his cross. Play continues and Holtby robs Davis again.
    • 47' Bale gets his head to the ball from the corner but it spins over the bar. That's that for the first half: Southampton impressive, Tottenham terrible.
    • 46' KICK OFF
    • 45+3' HALF TIME. Bale gets his head to the ball from the corner but it spins over the bar. That's that for the first half: Southampton impressive, Tottenham terrible.
    • 45+2' Late corner for Spurs as a dramatic dive from Boruc fails to prevent the ball from going out...
    • 45+1' We will have two added minutes.
    • 45' Bale looks unimpressed when his cross is caught by Artur Boruc at his near post but no corner is given despite the keeper's momentum taking him dangerously close to the byline.
    • 44' Stat from Opta: "Tottenham have won nine and lost just two of their 11 previous Premier League home meetings with Southampton."
    • 43' Southampton's pressing has been energetic at times and they haven't been afraid to have a go at Spurs.
    • 41' Defoe is penalised for handball when pulling the ball down in the box and he doesn't look amused.
    • 40' Oh dear. That sums up Spurs so far. Holtby chips a ball down the line for Bale, who doesn't anticipate the pass and stays on his spot.
    • 38' Saints have been by far the better side in this first half. Plenty for Spurs to think about.
    • 36' SAINTS HIT THE WOODWORK! Lambert's low effort is tipped onto the post but the diving Lloris and when Soton put the ball back into the box he denies Hooiveld when saving the defender's header.
    • 35' A change for Spurs. Dembele has suffered a hamstring injury and Lewis Holtby is coming on.
    • 34' Rodriguez gets a shot away following a neat one-two with Lambert but while the ball flies over, he wins a free-kick from a tug of his shirt...
    • 33' Southampton bomb forward on the right but when the ball comes over from the wing, Lloris plucks it out of the air before Lambert has a chance to get his head on it.
    • 32' Southampton will be very pleased with their first half though. A draw today takes them onto that magic 40-point mark.
    • 31' Little to report as this game continues to have a rather lazy feel in the warm sun.
    • 29' Rodriguez tries to prise apart the Spurs defence but in the end he runs out of time and is unable to either find a team-mate or get a shot on goal.
    • 28' All the best stuff from Southampton so far. Spurs look a bit sluggish.
    • 27' Lallana gets in behind the Tottenham defence and has Lloris on his heels, but the offside flag is raised rather dubiously.
    • 26' From the resulting corner, Jay Rodriguez heads over at the back post.
    • 25' CHANCE FOR SAINTS! The visitors work the ball down the right flank and Guly do Prado delivers a low cross for Rickie Lambert, only for Michael Dawson to intervene and clear behind. He wanted offside but nothing was given.
    • 24' Cork gets away with a pretty blatant foul on Bale. Nothing nasty, just a touch cynical.
    • 23' Not the most exciting fare today. Clyne should have scored but otherwise there's been little of note in the penalty areas.
    • 22' Tottenham win the first corner of the match but the delivery from the right is headed away in the box.
    • 21' Stat from Opta: "Saints have made just nine attempts following fast breaks this season, a joint-low."
    • 20' DANGER FROM SPURS! Lennon cuts in from the right but Jack Cork is on hand to get his boot to a low cross from the England winger.
    • 19' Left-back Luke Shaw gets a talking to after a fairly blatant trip on Kyle Walker. Could have been a booking.
    • 18' Assou-Ekotto chips a ball down the line for Bale but while the Welshman hares after it quickly enough, he can't prevent the ball from going out.
    • 17' It's half-time around the Premier League grounds but not here - where kick-off was delayed by 30 minutes due to traffic problems.
    • 16' Saints are buzzing round the Spurs box with real intent here. They look up for it.
    • 15' Moussa Dembele fails to get a shot away following a free-kick from Huddlestone.
    • 14' Spurs look for a second as they will exploit some hesitant defending from the visitors but Defoe is prevented from getting boot on ball in the box.
    • 13' Clyne causes more problems when he tries to get away from Assou-Ekotto but when the cross comes in, Huddlestone is on hand to intercept.
    • 12' What a chance that was for the England Under-21 international. He really had to score it.
    • 11' HUGE CHANCE! Southampton waste a golden opportunity. Jos Hooiveld chips a ball over the top for Clyne, who races clear on goal. He tries to find the far corner with a volley off the laces but sends the ball just inches wide!
    • 9' Tom Huddlestone finds space in the centre-circle and tries to prise open the visiting defence, only to see his ball in for Clint Dempsey fail to find the American.
    • 8' Spurs are fighting Arsenal and Chelsea for a Champions League spot and the former visit QPR in today's late kick-off. A win takes Spurs one point above Arsenal.
    • 7' A tentative start at White Hart Lane. Bale hasn't been able to wreak any havoc just yet.
    • 6' Clyne fails to deal with a loose ball in the Soton box and eventually it drops for Defoe, who lashes a decent shot into the side netting.
    • 5' Nathaniel Clyne catches Benoit Assou-Ekotto with a kick from behind. Naughty.
    • 4' Stat from Opta: "Southampton have gone 281 minutes of away football in the top-flight without conceding a goal."
    • 3' Steven Davis wins a free-kick when Jan Vertonghen catches him a bit late. Adam Lallana delivers the ball but puts far too much on it as his cross soars out of play.
    • 2' Southampton come out of the blocks quickly but Spurs counter. A lively enough start as White Hart Lane resounds with song.
    • 1' KICK OFF! Mark Clattenburg blows his whistle and we are underway...
    • 15:30 The teams are in the tunnel and, after a 30-minute delay, we are finally near kick-off...
    • 15:25 Here's our report on a crazy, crazy conclusion to the Championship season. It genuinely was quite amazing. High drama as Hull win promotion on farcical final day
    • 15:20 All the other Premier League games have kicked off of course, and there's been a goal at Fulham v Reading. FOLLOW ALL GAMES LIVE
    • 15:15 Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas believes Southampton's youth academy is so good that it is comparable to Barcelona's famed La Masia school. Villas-Boas hails Saints' youth academy
    • 15:05 Mauricio Pochettino believes Gareth Bale is an "amazing player" and one who would not have left Southampton for Saturday's opponents Tottenham under the current regime. Pochettino wary of Bale threat
    • 15:00 Gareth Bale says he will forget any emotional attachment he has with Southampton and instead concentrate on making his 200th Tottenham appearance a winning one. Bale will put emotion to one side
    • 14:55 Bale has dominated the build-up, as you might expect against his former side, but on Thursday he was named the Footballer of the Year to add to the PFA Player of the Year and the PFA Young Player of the Year awards.
    • 14:50 By the way, there's been a ridiculous conclusion to the Championship season. Watford need to score to win promotion in the final few minutes. Follow LIVE here.
    • 14:45 Time for some stats from Opta: "Gareth Bale has scored in three successive Premier League games. Southampton have gone 281 minutes of away football in the top-flight without conceding a goal. No team has scored more PL goals from outside the area this season than Spurs (12)."
    • 14:40 Mauricio Pochettino: "We can always improve upon things and we are in that situation of always wanting to learn new things, with ambition and with a desire to keep on working, looking forward and learning new things. I am only thinking about the next three games and nothing else. We will have enough time to talk about next season's goals once we have achieved the goals we have set for ourselves this season."
    • 14:35 Due to traffic congestion this game will now be kicking off at 3.30pm. That's a THIRY-MINUTE delay to kick-off.
    • 14:30 Morgan Schneiderlin is out with injury for Saints while Maya Yoshida is forced to make do with a place on the bench. Luke Shaw is also in for the suspended Danny Fox. Scott Parker and Kyle Naughton are replaced by Aaron Lennon and Benoit Assou-Ekotto in the Spurs team.
    • 14:25 TEAMS: Spurs: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Dembele, Huddlestone, Dempsey, Bale, Defoe. Subs: Friedel, Caulker, Naughton, Carroll, Holtby, Sigurdsson, Adebayor. /// Southampton: Boruc, Clyne, Fonte, Hooiveld, Shaw, Cork, S. Davis, Guly, Lallana, Rodriguez, Lambert. Davis, Yoshida, Forren, Ward-Prowse, Mayuka, De Ridder, Puncheon.
    • 14:20 In fact, Spurs start the day in fifth place, two points below Arsenal though they have a game in hand over their rivals. Chelsea are a further point ahead having played the same number of games (34) as Tottenham.
    • 14:15 Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Premier League game between Spurs and Southampton at 3pm. Saints are safe, but Spurs are in the hunt for fourth.
  • Summary

    • 86' GOAL! Tottenham 1-0 Southampton! Bale with another stunner for his 20th of the season! He comes inside from the right and belts a shot into the far corner.
    • 82' Spurs want a penalty! Bale goes down under contact from Cork but it's unclear as to whether there was contact. Need another replay.
    • 68' CHANCE FOR SPURS! Adebayor lays the ball off to Dempsey with a lovely touch and the American fires the ball over the bar as he just fails to get his legs in the right position.
    • 58' CHANCE FOR SAINTS! Lallana cuts in from the left and drills in a low shot that Huddlestone deflects behind for a corner at the near post.
    • 51' CHANCE FOR SAINTS! Lallana does superbly to flick the ball over Dawson and spin in behind the defender but with Lloris exposed, his effort off the end of his boot is far too weak and rolls into the arms of the keeper.
    • 36' SAINTS HIT THE WOODWORK! Lambert's low effort is tipped onto the post but the diving Lloris and when Soton put the ball back into the box he denies Hooiveld when saving the defender's header.
    • 25' CHANCE FOR SAINTS! The visitors work the ball down the right flank and Guly do Prado delivers a low cross for Rickie Lambert, only for Michael Dawson to intervene and clear behind. He wanted offside but nothing was given.
    • 20' DANGER FROM SPURS! Lennon cuts in from the right but Jack Cork is on hand to get his boot to a low cross from the England winger.
    • 11' HUGE CHANCE! Southampton waste a golden opportunity. Jos Hooiveld chips a ball over the top for Clyne, who races clear on goal. He tries to find the far corner with a volley off the laces but sends the ball just inches wide!
    • 14:35 Due to traffic congestion this game will now be kicking off at 3.30pm. That's a THIRY-MINUTE delay to kick-off.
    • 14:25 TEAMS: Spurs: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Dembele, Huddlestone, Dempsey, Bale, Defoe. Subs: Friedel, Caulker, Naughton, Carroll, Holtby, Sigurdsson, Adebayor. /// Southampton: Boruc, Clyne, Fonte, Hooiveld, Shaw, Cork, S. Davis, Guly, Lallana, Rodriguez, Lambert. Davis, Yoshida, Forren, Ward-Prowse, Mayuka, De Ridder, Puncheon.
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