We hosted Watford in what was an extremely blustery affair as the wind proved pivotal in deciding the outlay of the match, as long balls became a normality,with the away side using them to uproot us in our quest for victory.
The game itself had an added incentive after Manchester City fell to a three one defeat at the hands of table toppers Leicester in the early kick off, which meant a win for the lilywhites this afternoon would send us to second in the league table. The first half started with Spurs playing quick and crisp attacking football against a highly structured and defensively minded Watford side. The hornets limited are chances in the opening stages of the game as they heavily congested the midfield in order to thwart our creativity in the middle of the park. However, Mousa Dembele was immense as a deep lying midfielder, making some key interceptions and forward driving runs, as his sheer strength overwhelmed the Watford midfield. Another key performer in the opening stages was Kieran Trippier as he was impeccable both in defending and attacking as he searched out Harry Kane with his pin point crosses. Our biggest chance of the first half came on the half hour mark as Ben Davies reached a fine pass and surged forward in to the box as he hit his effort with some venom as it was deflected narrowly wide of the left post. A few minutes afterwards Davies found himself again in a good position after a golden touch to bring down the ball in the same position in the box his attempt was however clasped by former Spurs goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes. Shortly before the end of the first half Harry Kane came close after he was superbly picked out by Eric Dier’s wonderful cross in, although Kane was unable to keep his volley in the box down, the scoreline remained 0-0 at the break.
The second half brought with it a revised approach for Spurs and we started it with a sparkle as the chances came in, Trippier was again continuing his promising runs up the right flank and feeding in inviting crosses. And it was Tripper who broke the deadlock in the 64th minute, the recent introduction of Dele Alli brought with it a new edge to the game and the 19 year old assisted Trippier.Alli sprinted down the left wing after some superb midfield work by Dembele, Alli took the ball with great skill and picked out the unmarked Trippier who he assisted with a delightful outside of the boot pass from the edge of the byline and Trippier hammered home with the instinctive technique of a striker, 1-0 Spurs. We continued to improve after taking the lead and we were unfortunate not to have doubled our lead after Son’s close range effort was saved in style by Gomes. The pressure didn’t stop as every Spurs player played sublimely in their respective positions, the defence was magnificent and Trippier was undoubtedly the man of the match. In addition the central defensive partnership of Wimmer and Alderweireld proved as effective as a brick wall as the inform Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney didn’t have a sniff of a chance.
The atmosphere was fantastic from the fans as it spurred the players on to a special win. That win moves us up to second 5 points adrift of the leaders Leicester, it sounds surreal but feels fantastic. Every, Spurs fan is in awe of our play our tenacity and most importantly of the excellence of Mauricio Pochettino,who is providing the platform for winners a squad full of talent and a future so bright one must not dare envisage the success that can come with it as the brightness can overwhelm you. We played arguably one of our greatest performances of the season it could have been 3 or 4 nil but it doesn’t matter as the lads were performing out of their skin, and have put the doubters to bed. Spurs are title contenders and no one can argue with
that now, 6 wins on the trot. COYS⚽️