|DATE||Saturday 6th February 2016|
|VENUE||White Hart Lane|
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|PREDICTION||Tottenham Hotspur - Watford -|
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Saturday 6th February 2016
White Hart Lane
Kick off 15:00
|Trippier 63m 42s||None|
Capoue (foul on Trippier) 60
|Crowd : 35,997||Weather : Chilly|
|Referee : Roger East (Wiltshire)||Assistant Referees : Mr, D. Eaton; Mr. M. Scholes|
|Fourth Official : Kevin Stroud|
|Tottenham kicked off and played towards the Park Lane end in the first half.|
|Game time : - 90 + 6 minutes.|
|Tottenham Hotspur :||kit||Watford :||kit|
Hugo LLORIS (c)
Erik LAMELA ( 7
Heung-Min SON 72)
Heurelho GOMES (c)
24 Odion IGHALO
|Manager : Mauricio Pochettino||Manager : Quique Sanchez Flores|
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Spurs moved into nose-bleed
territory in second place in the Premier League table with a 1-0
home win over Watford that was commanding in its execution and
impressive in its style.
Just before the interval, Nathan Ake flew into a tackle with Kieran Trippier and left the Spurs man on the deck. This was probably a fair tackle, but the Chelsea loanee could easily have been sent off for the second time this season against Tottenham, as he had already dived into a tackle on Trippier and only evasive action prevented him being seriously injured.
At half-time, Cliff Jones gave a heartfelt tribute to his Double winning team-mate Peter Baker, for whom there was a minute's applause before the game, which the Watford fans respectfully joined in with. As the teams came out for the start of the second half, Watford made two changes, as they have been on the end of a lesson about possession in the first half. By introducing Deeney, Flores probably hoped to upset Tottenham and force them into a formational change, but with Berhami also coming on, it allowed Spurs a little more room in midfield and far from getting Watford moving forward and giving it a go, it was Tottenham who were more offensive in their play.
Three early Trippier crosses ended with his third being volleyed at goal, but Chadli also took some of Britos with him and the central defender was left limping before he too had to be replaced, by the lumbering Prodl. The referee and linesman on the East Stand side both failed to spot a ball towards goal being reached by Kane and then Gomes went straight through him from behind in trying to grab the ball, knocking Kane to the floor. A more blatant penalty you couldn't wish to see, but the officials did not bat an eyelid. Prodl also fouled Kane in the box, as a cross came in, with Harry still trying to keep the ball alive by heading it back for a colleague, but the ball was cleared and no decision about the penalty was made by any of the men in green and black.
As Spurs were almost exclusively playing in Watford's last third, the chances were piling up, but so were the misses. Davies picked out Kane in the box with a delicate ball forward, but the ball would not sit for him nor Eriksen to get a shot off, but soon after, Kane hit a low shot that Gomes saved, but the ball popped up inside the six yard box and as Eriksen was about to get to it, the keeper's octopus arm stretched out to knock it away.
Cathcart defended a Trippier cross well by knocking it over his own bar with Chadli closing in behind him, then Dembele hit Prodl in the chest with a fierce drive and Capoue got a booking on his return to White Hart Lane for a foul on Trippier. The lanky Frenchman had been playing reasonably well, but failed to make much of a telling contribution to Watford's cause. He did nutmeg three players before playing a pass through to Ighalo, who was offside, but his overall performance may have provided a pointer as to why Pochettino let him go. Not a player who fitted in with the Argentine's philosophy I reckon. However, the resulting free-kick, which was taken by Lamela, went over the wall, but did not have enough pace on it to trouble Goes, who caught it under the crossbar.
On the hour, Mauricio decided to bring on Dele Alli for Chadli and he took up a position on the left of midfield in a like for like swap. However, it only took three minutes for Ali to make his mark in the game. After being involved in a move that passed through him, Kane and Eriksen to present Lamela a chance, which he was unable to lob over Gomes, Dele was instrumental in setting up the goal that gave Spurs the lead. It all started in our left back position, with Ben Davies keeping the ball in by volleying it back over his head and infield, where Christian Eriksen nodded the ball forward. Kane took a great touch, playing the ball wide to Dembele, who took the ball on and played in Alli wide on the left wing and he took on his man, getting to the dead ball line before playing it across the face of goal with the outside of his foot. The ball took out both Gomes and Capoue at the far post, who did not react quickly enough as Trippier came into knock the ball in from close range ahead of him. It was a good bit of reading of the game by the defender to take up a position in which a lot of chances come without a player being on the spot.
Any expected Watford response was not forthcoming and Tottenham looked the more likely to score. Lamela hit a shot wide when Spurs broke on the Hornets, but it was deflected for a corner, which produced a header from Dier that took a touch off a visiting player for another corner. That almost led to a goal for Wimmer, who mis-hit the low ball to him, but as Kane looked to make something of it, Nyom booted the ball away. Gomes then managed to save a low Son shot after he twisted and turned inside the box on the right and although the keeper was feet first making the stop, he got the ball over the bar somehow.
Wimmer was having a solid game and made an important interception by heading back to Lloris, when Deeney was lurking behind him. Kevin and Toby seemed to work well as a pairing and their use of the ball was generally very good. When Spurs worked the ball up the right, Eriksen made good space and put in a low ball that was a yard ahead of Alli as he closed in on it.
With under ten minutes remaining, Watford looked like they might have a chance, with a long ball for Deeney to chase over the top. Instead of taking it early, he chose to hold the ball up and play in Ighalo, but Dier got back to get in the way of his shot at the expense of a corner. Watson had come so close to scoring in the away game around this stage of the match, but this time he put it beyond everyone and it sailed out for a goal kick.
Son was again lively on the right and his cross was pushed out by Gomes, unconvincingly, with Eriksen's follow up shot being deflected wide. In the next attack, Alli lifted the ball over the defence for Davies to run onto and he got there first, but Gomes was close to him and blocked the ball, taking a boot in the midriff for his troubles. The keeper could do nothing to reach Eriksen's low ball into the box, but there was nobody on the end of it.
Watford looked to play long as injury time began, but Ighalo's overhead kick went well wide and a couple of crosses were dealt with by Alderweireld and Lloris to bring the game to an end with a clean sheet, three points and second place in the table !!
The visitors were poor and it is not surprising that there fall down the table has happened, with their attack looking feeble and the midfield battling to stop Spurs playing rather than creating anything of their own. As for Spurs, if it had not been for Gomes, it could have been a cricket score. Trippier and Davies tormented the Watford defence with their probing in wide positions and both players had chances to score, with Trippier's goal being the deciding factor in this match. All the team played well and gave Watford problems with their energy and movement, making it difficult for them to be effective and cause the Tottenham defence any worries.
It sets up next week's trip to Manchester City nicely, with Spurs jumping over them after their loss to Leicester City. A defining game of our season ? We will see.
Watford were originally
nicknamed "The Stags" ... not after the county badge that
incorporated a deer's head, but because their player got into
trouble after a particularly rowdy pre-wedding night drinking
session for one of their players in 1922.
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|Other scores during this week :|
|Aston Villa||2||Norwich City||0||Saturday|
|Manchester City||1||Leicester City||3||Saturday|
|Newcastle United||1||West Bromwich Albion||0||Saturday|
|Southampton||1||West Ham United||0||Saturday|
|Swansea City||1||Crystal Palace||1||Saturday|
|6||West Ham United||25||10||9||6||38||29||39||+9|
|14||West Bromwich Albion||25||7||8||10||22||32||29||-10|
Position before match :
Position after match : 2nd
Position after the weekend :
* Pub facts may not actually be true, but after a few pints everyone will think so.
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