Son Heung-min got Ryan Mason’s reign off to the perfect start after earlier having what he thought was the winner denied by a controversial offside call.
Spurs had fallen 1-0 behind to a wonderful Danny Ings header but Spurs’ second-half performance was much improved and a fantastic Gareth Bale goal and a late Son penalty was enough to seal all three points for Tottenham.
Son looked like he had won the game for Spurs in the 75th minute but had his effort ruled out after a VAR review and Tottenham showed great character in keeping the pressure on a tiring Saints team.
The South Korean’s disallowed goal came after the recalled Giovani Lo Celso had crossed perfectly for Son who swept in a powerful low effort beyond the diving Alex McCarthy.
The Spurs players all ran off to celebrate a goal that they thought had given them a 2-1 lead.
However, after an intervention by VAR referee David Coote went to the sidelines to review the incident and deemed Lucas Moura to be interfering with play and ruled the goal out. Much to the disgust of Spurs fans.
Many Spurs fan were making the point that even though Lucas Morua was in an off-side position the fact that McCarthy still dived for the ball and made no complaint about Moura’s position show the Brazilian was not interfering with play.
Tottenham felt hard done by once more later in the game when the ball struck the hand of Jannick Vestergaard only for the referee to determine his hand was by his side.
However, just moments later VAR ruled in Tottenham’s favour when Moussa Djenepo threw himself into a tackle on Sergio Reguilon.
Referee Coote at first thought the incident happened just outside the penalty area, however, on closer inspection, the foul was marginally inside the box.
The South Korean captain stood up in Harry Kane’s absence and buried the spot-kick to seal all three points and a perfect start for Mason in his first game in charge of Spurs much to the delight of the Tottenham faithful.
Spurs managed to hold out for the six minutes of injury time and close the gap on their European rivals. Tottenham have played one game more than the teams around them in the table but are now just two points off the Champions League spots.
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Chelsea and West Ham are both ahead of sixth-placed Spurs with 55 points compared to the Lilywhites 53 as the race for European football hots up.
Up next for Tottenham is a trip to Wembley to take on Manchester City in the League Cup Final and the chance for Spurs to end their 13 year wait for a trophy.