Spurs held by 10-man Saints, Hammers smash Watford, Palace crush Norwich

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Ten-man Southampton have held on for a 1-1 English Premier League draw against Tottenham Hotspur at St Mary’s as Antonio Conte became the first manager to go unbeaten in his first seven league games in charge of Spurs.

James Ward-Prowse gave Saints a deserved lead midway through the first half, but the momentum swung in the visitors’ favour when Mohammed Salisu tripped Heung-min Son to concede a penalty and pick up a second yellow before the break.

Harry Kane dispatched the spot kick, and the England captain had a superbly taken second ruled out for a narrow offside in the second half as Conte’s side failed to find a way through the depleted hosts.

“My demands are very high because I am used to being competitive and to win – and, for sure, for me there is a big disappointment when we don’t win,” Conte said.

“I understand also the situation. Now for sure we have to work a lot and it won’t be easy to fight for something this season.

“We need to improve a lot. For sure it was an opportunity that we missed. When you have this type of situation you have to try to exploit, to try to get three points.”

West Ham’s 4-1 win at Watford meant that Tottenham dropped to sixth on 30 points, one point behind the Hammers and five behind fourth-placed Arsenal, but with two games in hand over both.

Asked how important the win was to make sure his side kept up with the Champions League contenders, West Ham manager David Moyes said: “We are not talking about the top four, you are.

“We are only talking about doing the best we can, challenging the top, trying to be in and around the top teams if we can.

“We enjoyed it when we were in the top four and now looking forward, wanting to get back in again.”

Southampton are 13th with 21 points.

Meanwhile, Crystal Palace moved up to ninth after Frenchman Odsonne Edouard scored and assisted two goals in a 3-0 win over struggling Norwich City at Selhurst Park.

Patrick Vieira’s side kept a clean sheet to move into the top half of the table with 23 points from 19 games.

Norwich remain rooted to the bottom of the standings after a fifth straight loss without scoring.

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