It showed the size of the task facing Ralph Hasenhuettl, the Austrian who watched from the stands after being hired earlier in the day by Southampton to replace the fired Mark Hughes.
Ralph Hasenhuttl began his reign as Southampton manager with a 1-0 defeat at Cardiff as makeshift striker Callum Paterson delivered again.
The Saints hit the frame of Hugo Lloris's goal on three separate occasions but gave the hosts a helping hand with Harry Kane, Lucas Moura and Son Hueng-min goals.
"I know there are no guarantees of winning and the only thing we have is to work on chances". Only two teams have allowed more goals than Cardiff, who have conceded 30 goals. "But I feel it was job done and I'm happy with the three points".
Spurs will travel to Leicester City on Sunday morning (Singapore time).
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En ciudades como La Paz, Cochabamba, Santa Cruz, Trinidad y Sucre se instalaron barricadas en las calles y bloquearon el tránsito, aunque la paralización de actividades no fue total.
Spurs did take the lead soon after when Kane got in front of his marker to sidefoot home Christian Eriksen's cross.
But Southampton fans should be fearful of one aspect of Hasenhuttl's managerial career. It's a bit back to the roots for me, previous year was maybe easier because I had a fantastic Champions League team, and we were on a very high level tactically.
Southampton are on the longest winless run in the Premier League this season with their last victory coming at Crystal Palace in September.
Tottenham have now won 11 and lost four of their 15 league games this season, meaning only Manchester United (17 in 2012-13) and Bolton Wanderers (18 in 2011-12) have opened a Premier League season playing more matches before their first draw of the campaign. The duo has combined for six of the club's 14 goals.
He admitted that he used Brighton midfielder Gross as a sounding board, saying: 'Pascal told me about the league, the clubs in the bottom of the league and (he said) it would be very interesting if I come here and try to take over a club here and perform with this club'.