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Sigurdsson gives Spurs 3-2 win over Southampton

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 23, 2014 at 1:58 pm •  Published: March 23, 2014

LONDON (AP) — Gylfi Sigurdsson drove in a stoppage-time goal to complete Tottenham's fight back from two goals down to beat Southampton 3-2 in the Premier League on Sunday and stay in touch with the Champions League places.

Mistakes by Kyle Naughton had allowed Southampton to establish a two-goal lead through Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lallana inside 28 minutes. But Christian Eriksen reduced the deficit from close range in the 31st minute from Naughton's cross and he slotted in the equalizer a minute into the second half.

Eriksen turned provider in stoppage time to allow second-half substitute Sigurdsson to produce the winner from distance and ensure Tottenham returned to fifth place, six points behind Arsenal, which has a game in hand in the fourth Champions League qualification place.

"It takes real guts, character and spirit to do that and we showed that today," Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood said. "Brilliant."

But Southampton's hopes of Europa League qualification were dented by its third loss in five matches, with Mauricio Pochettino's side ninth.

"We had a very good game overall ... it was a heavy punishment for the way we played today," Pochettino said through a translator.

"It's clear we made some mistakes that are difficult to accept and we need to improve individually."

Tottenham's prospects of rejoining Europe's elite had been put in jeopardy by back-to-back losses to Chelsea and Arsenal, and the relief at the comeback for Sherwood was clear.

After starting the game in the stands following struggles to control his emotions recently, Sherwood launched himself down the touch-line pumping his fists to celebrate Tottenham replicating the outcome of his first match in charge in December — a 3-2 win over Southampton.

Although Tottenham has an English manager at the helm, where once the north London club prided itself in sending out a team packed with Englishmen, now it's Southampton championing homegrown talent.

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