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Tottenham boss Conte - “We should have exploited the situation against 10-man Southampton.”

Spurs failed to exploit 10-man Southampton, who put on a show of resilience in holding the visitors to a draw at St the Mary's.

FT: Southampton 1-1 Spurs

Antonio Conte has become the first manager in Spurs' history to be unbeaten in his first seven league games [Amazon Prime Screen Shot]
Antonio Conte has become the first manager in Spurs' history to be unbeaten in his first seven league games [Amazon Prime Screen Shot]

Tottenham manager Antonio Conte insists that his Lilywhites have to be disappointed that they didn’t take advantage against 10-man Southampton on Tuesday. Ralph Hasenhuttl's Saints started the game in flying colours as James Ward-Prowse’s volley swerved past goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to break the deadlock. But the hosts went down to 10 men when Mohammed Salisu fouled Son Heung-min in the 18-yard box to earn a second booking in the 12th minute and Harry Kane stepped up to level the score from the penalty spot. Conte’s side twice had the ball in the net in the second half, with Kane seeing goal ruled out by VAR for offside and Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster’s own-goal judged as a foul by Matt Doherty. Spurs continued to mount pressure on the Southampton defence but couldn’t find a way to secure a comeback win as they were repeatedly limited to crosses from the wings. The result means Conte has become the first manager in Spurs' history to be unbeaten in his first seven league games, and they currently sit in the sixth spot, five points behind north London rivals Arsenal with two games in hand.

Conte: 'We have to be disappointed'

Conte told BBC Sport: "We have to be disappointed because you have to exploit the situation against 10 men.

Harry Kane scored a penalty to level the score against Southampton [Amazon Prime Screen Shot]
Harry Kane scored a penalty to level the score against Southampton [Amazon Prime Screen Shot]

"To play after 44 hours is not easy because you need to recover from the last game. Maybe the fatigue caused bad decisions especially when we arrived in their box. It’s not easy to take a good result in this stadium. In the end we could do better. "I don’t want to comment on this decision or situation [to disallow a goal for a foul on the keeper]. There is the referee and the VAR. We have to accept the decision. "He [Harry Kane] played a good game. He could have scored twice. His performance was good. At the end he played a bit of fatigue like the whole team. It’s OK."

Dier: 'Keep things in perspective'

An overview of Southampton's St Marys' stadium [Amazon Prime Screen Shot]
An overview of Southampton's St Marys' stadium [Amazon Prime Screen Shot]

Spurs defender Eric Dier added: "Disappointed especially after they went down to 10 men we've got to win the game and we couldn't do that. "They defended very well and fought for each other but that doesn't matter from our side of it. We have to be able to break them down. We weren't good enough at doing that. "We've got to keep things in perspective. Everyone can see the progression. I'm enjoying learning how to play in this system."


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