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Southampton 1-2 Tottenham: 6 Things We Learned from Spurs' Victory over Saints

Frank WagnerCorrespondent IOctober 28, 2012

Southampton 1-2 Tottenham: 6 Things We Learned from Spurs' Victory over Saints

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    Tottenham got back to their winning ways in the Premier League with an important 2-1 victory in Southampton Sunday.

    The result was crucial for Spurs, as comes off the back of a tough home loss to Chelsea.

    So what can we gather from Tottenham's win? And what does it say about their chances going forward in this young season?

    Here are six things we learned about Spurs Sunday.

Friedel Is the Keeper of the Now

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    What a relief.

    As much as I would love to see Hugo Lloris get off to a running start at White Hart Lane, I am just happy to see some consistency at the position.

    After all, this is the first time in a month that the same keeper has played in consecutive matches.

    Sure, Friedel had his shaky moments in this match (poor distribution in first half, slow coming to cross in the second), but the American made a few nice saves and again proved an adequate option.

    This move further suggests that manager Andre Villas-Boas merely felt pressured into starting Lloris, captain of France's national team, before the international break.

    Now, don't get me wrong, I would have no problem if AVB turned to Lloris at some point in the near future.

    However, I see rotation as the worst possible move for the keeper position.

Clint Dempsey the Poacher

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    Clint Dempsey picked up his second goal for Tottenham much in the same way that he picked up the first.

    After Jermain Defoe's shot was saved on the line, Dempsey pounced and bungled the ball into the net. Just like against Manchester United, his goal proved to be the match-winner.

    Dempsey's opportunistic play will encourage others to take more shots on goal. When you have Defoe and Gareth Bale, this isn't a bad thing.

Gallas Relatively Solid

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    If you saw last week's match with Chelsea, you probably noticed that the weakest player on the park was Spurs' captain.

    The 35-year-old William Gallas put in one of the worst possible performances by a goal-scorer in that match. I mean, he was really at fault for the first three Chelsea goals, clearing poorly on the first two and caught sleeping on the third.

    Thankfully, Gallas put in a much better performance Sunday.

    Was he spectacular? No, but his play Sunday certainly puts his atrocious match against Chelsea last week in a different light.

    I'm still not convinced Gallas will keep his place in the starting lineup when the likes of Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Younes Kaboul return from injury, but he looks much less like a liability at the moment.

Bale and Lennon Continue Hot Form

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    The wing play is going pretty well for Spurs at the moment.

    After missing a start last week against Chelsea due to the birth of his baby, Gareth Bale returned to Tottenham with the same hot form with which he left.

    Bale opened the scoring against his former club with a beautiful header that bent its way into the bottom corner and continually posed a threat throughout the match.

    Meanwhile, Aaron Lennon also continued reminding us why he is one of the biggest x-factors in the world of football.

    When Lennon is on his form, his speed and craftiness makes him very tough to handle. His perfectly weighted ball for Defoe set up Spurs' second and winning goal.

    If Lennon can stay healthy, Spurs' play on the wings should make them extremely dangerous.

Huddlestone Steps Up

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    With Moussa Dembele out with an injury, Tom Huddlestone has had to step into the starting midfield.

    We all know Huddlestone's ability, but his struggle for fitness made this a shaky situation.

    Instead, Tom played a nice match, providing some incisive passing and chipping the cross that gave Tottenham their first goal.

    Huddlestone won't figure much into Spurs' starting lineup picture when Dembele recovers, but his performance Sunday provides some encouraging depth to the lineup.

Late-Match Woes

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    Apparently, the tone has already been set for this season. It doesn't matter who they're playing or how the match is going, Tottenham will struggle to finish the match.

    Spurs absolutely dominated the first half, jumping out to a 2-0 lead. There looked like no way back for Southampton.

    Instead, Tottenham let them back in with some sloppy play and had to sweat through the rest of the match.

    I don't mean to take anything away from Southampton; the Saints did very well to get back into the match and deserved their goal, if only because they refused to quit.

    However, AVB and Tottenham need to get better at closing matches like this if they hope to stay in the top four come the end of the season.

     

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