The game’s key moment arrived when Mohammed Salisu fouled Son Heung-min, earning a red card and conceding a penalty
Southampton put on a show of resilience in holding Tottenham to a draw despite playing with 10 men for over 50 minutes at St Mary’s.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side started admirably when James Ward-Prowse cut across a bouncing ball to volley a swerving shot past Hugo Lloris for a superb opener.
But Saints looked to have undone their fine work when Mohammed Salisu fouled Son Heung-min in the box to earn a second booking in 12 first-half minutes and allow Harry Kane to score from the penalty spot.
Spurs twice had the ball in the net after the break, with Kane seeing a strike ruled out by VAR for a narrow offside and Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster spared own-goal blushes when it was judged he was fouled by Matt Doherty.
Tottenham may feel aggrieved by the decision on Forster’s foul, but in truth they did not do enough after the break to pull and stretch a patched-up Saints back four, who repeatedly limited the visitors to crosses from wide areas.
The point means Spurs sit sixth in the table and Antonio Conte has become the first manager in the club’s history to remain unbeaten in his first seven league games.
But he expected more after Salisu’s red card and said his side “have to be disappointed”.
Hasenhuttl, on the other hand, punched the air on the final whistle and said there was “no chance to be more proud than today”.
Conte’s record, Southampton’s resolve
A foul was given against Matt Doherty when Forster – who made 10 saves on the day – turned the ball into his own net
Conte has now overseen four Tottenham wins and three draws in the league, and the likes of Pierre Emile-Hojbjerg explained before kick-off that the boss has called on players to raise their game technically, physically and in how they live as professionals away from the training ground.
Their effort could not be questioned in the second half at St Mary’s, with Doherty being denied by Forster, Son seeing a header held, and substitute Bryan Gil having a stinging shot tipped over in injury time.
If anything, Spurs simply took too long to build momentum with their one-man advantage, and…