Tuesday 11 March 2014
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Steffen Iversen hit a hat-trick as Tottenham Hotspur put seven past Glenn Hoddle’s Southampton on the former Spurs midfielder’s return to White Hart Lane.
Hoddle could only look on as his side, who had twice taken the lead, were overwhelmed. The result, Spurs' first home win in four Barclays Premier League matches, lifted the north London club up two places to sixth while the Saints dropped a spot to 16th, four points clear of the relegation zone.
Chris Armstrong had missed a great chance to give Spurs the lead when Southampton went ahead in the 26th minute to spark a spell of six goals in 20 minutes. Hassan Kachloul played a precise through-ball, which was finished off by Jo Tessem from a tight angle.
Two minutes later the sides were level as Southampton centre-back Dean Richards, who was later to join Spurs, headed into his own net under pressure from Sol Campbell at a corner.
In the 33rd minute, the Saints were back in front when new signing Tahar El Khalej marked his debut by heading home a Marian Pahars free-kick. The goal feast continued six minutes later when Darren Anderton equalised after the Southampton defence had failed to clear a cross from David Ginola. And in the 41st minute Spurs went ahead for the first time when Armstrong scored with a brilliant half-volley.
In first-half stoppage time, Iversen made it 4-2 by slotting the ball into an empty net from 35 yards out after a mix-up between Saints goalkeeper Paul Jones and defender Francis Benali.
There were no goals in the first 18 minutes of the second half but Armstrong stretched the lead when he flicked Stephen Carr’s low cross over Jones. Iversen made it six in the 78th minute when he tapped in Mauricio Taricco’s centre and completed his hat-trick in the final minute after Ginola’s shot was not cleared.
“We’ve been struggling to score more than a goal a game this season but today we made the most of our chances,” Iversen said.
Hoddle said he was “shellshocked” by the result but his team bounced back to beat Aston Villa 2-0 in their next match and comfortably stayed up in 15th, 11 points clear of danger. Spurs finished 10th.