New Southampton coach Ralph Hasenhuttl was shown first-hand the task he has facing himself and the South coast side has he watched them torn apart by a well drilled Tottenham side that won 3-1 at Wembley last night.
The 51 year who will take over from this morning saw his side go a goal down within the opening ten minutes when England skipper Harry Kane (Pictured), who was only this week named in the worlds top 10 at the Ballon d’Or awards, lost his marker to tap in Christian Eriksen’s low cross.
With a Tottenham side coming of the back of a derby defeat to Arsenal at the weekend, this was never going to be an easy game for the visitors who have struggled to find the points this year. With that in mind they competed well for large parts of the game showing the new boss there is hope at the end of the tunnel and realistically could have gone in level at the break, only for the woodwork and some excellent goal keeping from Hugo Lloris.
It was a four minute spell just after the break that Hasenhuttl would be most concerned about, as he watched his defence crumble as they conceded two goals from two school boy errors.
The first one came in the 51st minute when Brazilian forward Lucas Moura lost his marker with easy before sending a rocket into the back of the net from seven yards out and minutes later Son Heung-min put the game out of Southampton’s reach with his fourth of the season, another close range effort of the back off some excellent work from Harry Kane.
The visitors did mange to score a late consolation goal in injury time when Charlie Austin finally finding a way past the impressive Lloris.
The result see’s Tottenham take advantage of Chelsea surprise defeat to Wolves and Arsenals draw at old Trafford to leapfrog into third with 33 points as they close in on second placed Liverpool who are six points in front, while Southampton remain in the relegation zone with only nine points to their name this season.