Southampton vs Tottenham: Spurs suffer 1-0 defeat at St Mary's Stadium

Southampton vs Tottenham: Spurs suffer 1-0 defeat at St Mary's Stadium

- Southampton vs Tottenham game ended in 1-0 victory for the hosts at St Mary's Stadium

- Jose Mourinho' side opened the New Year on low note after failing to pull a comeback

- Danny Ings' goal was the difference as Tottenham crashed into another disgraceful defeat

Southampton vs Tottenham ended in a disappointing 1-0 loss for Spurs as Jose Mourinho's men opened their New Year on defeat note at St Mary's Stadium.

The Premier League giants continued their torrid run of inconsistent form under the new boss and woefully failed to complement their last two victories with another win on Wednesday evening.

The hosts put up an early lead through Danny Ings and that goal was all the difference needed as Southampton secured an emphatic 1-0 victory over Spurs.

Ings fired into the net of the visitors in the 17th minute of the first half action after a beautiful assist from in-form Jack Stephens.

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Tottenham showed some resilience but their efforts proved abortive as Southampton's defence totally outsmarted Harry Kane-led attackline.

Mourinho made some tactical changes that saw Tanguy Ndombele subbed for Giovani Lo Celso in the 25th minute but that could not save the mess as the first half-ended with Spurs still the losing side.

Tottenham made some fantastic attempts and beautiful possessions in the second half but their hosts proved stubborn, forcing the trio of Moussa Sissoko Serge Aurier and Christian Eriksen booked for foul play.

Mourinho introduced Erik Lamela for obviously exhausted Harry Kane in the 74th minute but that was not enough to save Spurs from the beckoning embarrassment.

The match eventually ended in disgraceful 1-0 loss for the Portuguese manager and his boys with Danny Ings a hero after dashing Spurs' hope of taking a step up on the Premier League log.

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