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    Watford 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur: Match Report

    By Tom Regan

    Heung-min Son made sure the three points went back to N17 as his lovely late back-heel gave Tottenham a dramatic 2-1 victory against Watford. That’s now three wins on the trot, which sees the club move into third place, and if Manchester City lose to Leicester on Tuesday night, Spurs will stay there.
    Mauricio Pochettino changed his full-backs, switching from his usual 4-2-3-1 formation to a 3-4-2-1. Christian Eriksen was replaced by Tom Carroll who started between Erik Lamela and Dele Alli. Kieran Trippier and Danny Rose provided the width going forward, and Eric Dier sat alongside Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld in a back three.

    Alli played an early pass to Harry Kane, giving the striker a chance to burst into the area. He went down under a challenge, but nothing was given. Alli received an early booking for a foul on former Lilywhite Etienne Capoue, but managed to keep his discipline thereafter and still have a strong influence on the game.
    Kane controlled well from a throw-in, winning a couple of corners. At the other end, Watford earned a corner following an unusually poor clearance by Hugo Lloris, but Dier cleared well under pressure.

    The north Londoners took the lead when Alli intercepted from Craig Cathcart who was guilty of wanting too much time on the ball, and quickly fed Kane. Lamela was following up, and Kane released the Argentinian who beat the defence and fired low to the left of Heurelho Gomes for the opening goal.
    Kane won a header from a Tottenham break, feeding Lamela on his left. Lamela’s cross drifted wide across goal. Nathan Ake crossed from the left, finding Odion Ighalo, but the Nigerian couldn’t hit the target. Vertonghen found Alli with a pinpoint long pass, but Dele’s shot trickled wide.

    Lloris got down well to a shot from Jose Manuel Jurado after Carroll was disposed in midfield. Spurs then paid the price after they were caught out on the edge of the area. Deeney headed into the area, Dier was marking Ighalo, but Eric could not clear, and Ighalo came out of the situation with just Lloris to beat. He calmly slotted the ball in the back of the net to the delight of the home supporters.
    The Lilywhites won a corner through Rose. Lamela took, and the ball was cleared to Trippier who fired a good effort just wide of Gomes’ right post. Mousa Dembele hobbled off and had to be replaced just before the interval, with Eriksen taking his place.

    On 54 minutes, Lamela and Eriksen combined well to provide Kane an opportunity, but Gomes easily gathered. Trippier crossed well once more, but Kane headed wide.
    Quiche Sanchez Flores replaced Miguel Britos with Sebastian Prodl, but was then ruing his luck as his team went down to ten men as Ake was high and late on Lamela, subsequently resulting in a red card by referee Anthony Taylor. Deeney was booked for arguing the decision, and Ighalo also went into the book for a needless foul on Carroll by the touchline. With 22 minutes remaining, Carroll was replaced by Son Heung-min.

    Alderweireld received his first yellow of the campaign for a foul on Capoue. Watford had responded well despite being a man down, winning several corners.
    Lloris made a crucial save from a Ben Watson corner. The French shot-stopper saved the kick right on the line. Goal-line technology showed that the ball had not fully crossed the line, but it could not have been any closer to being a goal.

    The north Londoners were soon celebrating a wonderful last gasp victory in the 89th minute. Gomes had punched a Trippier cross straight back to the full-back, who hit a low cross to the near post, and Son’s delightful back-flick beat the keeper and scenes of jubilation followed with the visiting supporters behind the goal.
    The three points sees Pochettino’s side move up to third, with Manchester City playing Leicester on Tuesday. That’s now three wins on the trot, five points clear of Manchester United who drew at home to Chelsea who lie in 14th.

    The next league game is a trip to Goodison Park to face Everton, who will be hurting after a disappointing 4-3 home defeat by Stoke City.
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