Andre Villas-Boas’ had looked the goods at times last week in their eventual 4-2 loss to Chelsea and it was an impressive start to today’s fixture with Bale heading home with vigour from Tom Huddlestone’s floated cross in the 15th minute.
Tottenham grabbed a second six minutes prior to the break when Dempsey scuffed home from close range after Jose Fonte had cleared Jermain Defoe’s effort off the line.
Rodriguez almost equalised for the home side three minutes after his goal with a half-volley that was kept out before Spurs held on for dear life with Southampton producing a number of late chances.
In the end though, Tottenham got the points to move to fourth as Southampton’s mediocre beginning to the season continued as they sit second bottom after nine outings.
St Mary’s Stadium, Southampton – 31,944
Yellow cards: SOU - nil
TOT - Sandro 65’, Jan Vertonghen 75’, Jake Livermore 90+3’