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    Watford 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur: Late Son goal sinks 10-man Hornets

    By Alex Easley
    Tottenham players celebrate with the away fans after Son's last minute winner at Vicarage Road.
    Heung-Min Son came on as a substitute and scored a late winner to secure a 2-1 win for Tottenham over 10-man Watford at Vicarage Road on Monday afternoon.

    Boss Mauricio Pochettino set his side up to counter attack and it paid off with 17 minutes gone when Erik Lamela slotted past ex-Spurs goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes.

    Watford equalised before the break when in-form Odion Ighalo fought his way past Eric Dier and poked home his 30th goal of 2015 beyond Hugo Lloris.

    The home side went a man down just past the hour mark when Chelsea loanee Nathan Ake was shown a straight red card for a high challenge on Lamela.
    Referee Anthony Taylor had no choice but to send Nathan Ake (second left) off for a poor tackle on Erik Lamela.
    South Korean Son flicked a sublime back-heel through the legs of Gomes and into the net to send the away fans into delirium as the win sees Tottenham leapfrog Manchester City into 3rd in the league table.

    Watford’s recent wins at home, including that 3-0 victory over Liverpool, made Pochettino decide to set his team in a 3-4-3 formation and catch the opposition on the counter.

    Kieran Tripper and Danny Rose came in to replace Kyle Walker and Ben Davies respectively, while Tom Carroll started in place of Christian Eriksen allowing Eric Dier to slot in at centre-back meanwhile the hosts brought in Ake and Ikechi Anya.

    The visitors' shape frustrated Quique Sanchez Flores’ side in the first period and that opened up space for Dele Alli, who stole the ball ahead of Craig Cathcart for Lamela to break away and side-foot the ball past Gomes.

    Watford struggled to create any real chances of note at the other end as another former Spur, Etienne Capoue, sent two efforts wide of the goal.

    But, after a long ball was headed into the box, somewhat hopeful, by Troy Deeney, Ighalo controlled well before using his strength and then nut-megging Dier to level the score at 1-1 on 42 minutes.
    Watford striker Odion Ighalo runs away in delight after scoring to level the game at 1-1 before half-time.
    Danish international Christian Eriksen replaced Mousa Dembele just before the break, with Dembele hobbling off on his troubled ankle.

    Ake was then dismissed when his stamp missed the bouncing ball and instead found the upper leg of Lamela, but replays showed referee Anthony Taylor made the right decision despite boos from the home crowd.

    For a long while it looked as though Tottenham would not be able to take advantage and instead Watford seemed to put more pressure on the away rear-guard.

    The Hornets hought they had scored the winner when an in-swinging corner was saved on the line superbly by Lloris, but goal-line technology confirmed that not all the ball crossed the line.

    With just one minute left of normal time, Son skilfully beat Gomes at the near post from Tripper’s cross to give Tottenham all three points.
    Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son celebrate in front of the Tottenham fans after Son's flick beat Gomes.


    Watford: Gomes, Britos, Cathcart, Watson, Anya, Jurado, Ake, Capoue, Abdi, Deeney, Ighalo

    Subs used: Nyom, Prodl, Behrami

    Tottenham: Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Dier, Vertonghen, Rose, Dembele, Carroll, Lamela, Alli, Kane

    Subs used: Chadli, Eriksen, Son

    MAN OF THE MATCH: Kieran Trippier
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