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Flurry of early second-half goals see Spurs up 3-2

Dec 22, 2013, 9:56 AM EDT

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Goals are flying in at St. Mary’s, as Southampton score at both ends to get the scoreline at 3-2.

Jas Hooiveld picked up an own-goal, handing Tottehnam a comeback lead at St. Mary’s in the 54th minute.

However, an incisive counter-attack by Southampton brought it back level just six minutes later.

Finally, Emmanuel Adebayor found himself on the ball in the attacking box soon after and cashed in for a double.

Just nine minutes after the halftime break, Danny Rose played a one-two with Christian Eriksen, and the former sent in a close-range cross across the face of goal.

Southampton center back Hooiveld and goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga both went for the ball, and the defender’s attempt to cut out the cross instead tapped the ball into the net.

It’s a fitting reward for Spurs, who came blasting out of the gates in the second half.

Unfortunately, Saints have played fantastic on the counter, and they made Spurs pay for the pressure.

Jack Cork found Adam Lallana making a run down the middle, and it caught the visiting defense completely out of position, forcing Hugo Lloris out of his goal.  With nobody to cover, Lallana cut back for a wide open Ricky Lambert who sent the ball into the open net.

It brought St. Mary’s to life, but Spurs would soon quiet the crowd again.  Adebayor took a deflected ball and pounced, crashing a shot past Gazzaniga for another lead.

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