Match Report: Watford vs Spurs
A frustrating night for Tottenham at Vicarage Road saw them come from behind to draw 1-1 with Watford. Spurs have had issues recently with conceding goals early on, meaning that they automatically start on the back-foot. Frustratingly, this match was no different and Kabasele scored for Watford on their first attack of the day. The goal came from a corner; Kabasele rose like a salmon against an inattentive Spurs defence to head Richarlison’s ball straight past Hugo Lloris.
The goal didn’t seem to shake Spurs who continued to press against the Hornets. In the 24th minute, Erisken found Son who had no trouble converting an equaliser for Spurs and similarly continuing his remarkable run of form. The goal somewhat unravelled the nerves of the Watford players, who struggled to maintain possession in the face of a high-pressing Tottenham. All hopes of a Spurs comeback seemed to wither away during the second half when Davinson Sanchez was presented with a red card for purposefully bringing his arm into the face of Richarlison. As Spurs went down to 10, Watford found more space in the Spurs half, and Doucoure had an excellent 25-yard shot denied by the inside of Lloris’s post. Tensions were elevated once more late on, as the Watford fans sounded accusations of an Eric Dier handball in the last minute, a moment that seemed to evade the attention of the referee. Tottenham go five premier league games without a win.
Watford vs Spurs Attendance
Vicarage Road: 20,278
Starting Line-ups: Watford v Spurs
Watford: Gomes, Mariappa, Prödl, Kabasele, Femenia, Doucouré, Cleverly, Zeegelaar, Pereyra, de Andrade, Deeney
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembélé, Eriksen, Alli, Son, Kane
“We did well because we did not concede chances. We were brave and we tried to go forward. The performance was very good under the circumstances… We dominated the first half, we were much much better and then we conceded a goal with their first chance. But the team was always fighting and trying to win. I am happy with the performance. We wanted to win but under the circumstances I am happy.”
Man of the Match
Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure was presented the Man of the Match award. He succeeded at cutting off the Tottenham Hotspur whilst almost scoring an absolute rocket that shook the post of Hugo Lloris.
What’s next for Tottenham Hotspur
Spurs will host Apoel Nicosia on Wednesday and Stoke City on Saturday.