Spurs 4-0 Watford: (match report)
It was another wonderful day at White Hart Lane as Spurs defeated Watford 4-0 in glorious fashion this afternoon. Mauricio Pochettino’s side saw out a tough opening 20 minutes, before dismantling the Hornets with a splendid performance, as they continue to keep the pressure on league leaders Chelsea. Fresh from their dramatic 3-1 victory over Swansea in midweek, Spurs were up against a well structured Watford side who were counter attacking our high pressing side. Nevertheless, we started the game brightly attacking with intent, and we came close just under ten minutes in, when Janssen received a pass on the edge of the penalty area. Before shrugging past Cathcart as he tried to place an effort from close range, which was met well by former Spurs goalkeeper Gomes as he pulled off a fine save to his left. Janssen came close to scoring again ten minutes later, after Trippier put in an inviting volleyed cross, which Janssen met at the far post, unfortunately for him it came of his chest before hitting the crossbar. Spurs’ dominance of the game was beginning to show, Watfords early bright spell began to flatten as Spurs took the lead on 33 minutes through the inform Dele Alli. After receiving a pass from Son, Alli curled the ball into the top right hand corner of the net, from close to 30 yards out as he left Gomes rooted to the spot, a truly sensational goal! Spurs were even hungrier to score after netting their first, and their high intensity style of play continued, just six minutes later the Lillywhites doubled their advantage. After Son’s shot was blocked, the ball came out to Dier on the edge of the box, the midfielder drove a low effort which flew into the back of the net, 2-0 to Spurs.
The crowd were elated as we pushed for our third of the game shortly before the interval, a player who had been forever present in the game had been Son, and he was to get our third of the game on the stroke of half time. Son loves a long shot, and he decided to have a go from 28 yards out, his low curling effort flew in between the left post, leaving Gomes with no chance, 3-0 to Spurs at the interval. After an ideal first half, Spurs were not content with their three goal advantage as they began the second half, Pochettino’s side were simply overwhelming Watford and they soon added to their advantage through Son. After being found at the far post by Trippier who whipped in a brilliant cross, son hit the ball first time, his volleyed finish hitting the back of the net, 4-0 to Spurs! We were in cruise control for the remainder of the game, we had well and truly deflated the visitors and we were desperately unlucky not to win by an even greater margin. Son went close to getting his first premier league hat-trick late on, after he flashed an effort narrowly past the post, whilst the recovered Harry Kane almost put the icing on the cake with a spectacular long range free kick in stoppage time, his effort crashing against the crossbar. The final score Spurs 4-0 Watford, another superb performance from our team, we were treated to a superb display as our great form continues, we’re certainly not letting Chelsea run away with the league title! COYS
Post match notes: Another brilliant team performance ensured that we recorded our 11th straight league win. There were some outstanding individual performances that caught my eye today and none more so than Son. The South Korean international has been in great form this season and after today’s game he is on 18 goals for the season, Son’s a great athlete and his hard working display had a profound impact on the game. Son was constantly looking for routes through to goal, his eagerness to shoot resulted in him scoring two very good goals, Son also set up Alli’s opener. On only his third league start of the season right back Kieran Trippier was so sharp, he put in a very solid defensive performance. But it was Trippier’s crossing which was his greatest asset, his expertly timed deliveries and anticipation created a whole host of chances, he done a very good job to assist Son for his second of the game. Our next game is against Bournemouth, next Saturday lunchtime. In other news, our under 18’s ran out 3-2 winners against Norwich this morning at Hotspur Way, a hat-trick from Reo Griffiths ensuring all three points for McDermott’s side.
My man of the match: The superb Son Heung-Min, the South Koreans fine goalscoring run continues, Son was excellent today his two goals and assist ensuring a vital three points.
Spurs (4-2-3-1): Lloris (c), Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele (Sissoko 74), Son (Onomah 88), Dele, Eriksen, Janssen (Kane 61). Substitutes (not used): Pau Lopez, Walker, Wimmer, Nkoudou.
Watford (3-4-3): Gomes (c), Mariappa, Cathcart, Holebas, Janmaat, Cleverley, Doucouré (Zuniga 59), Amrabat (Deeney 70), Niang, Okaka (Kabasele 84), Success. Substitutes (not used): Pantilimon, Capoue, Mason, Eleftheriou.
Goals: Spurs – Dele 32, Dier 39, Son 44, 55.
Yellow cards: Watford – Doucoure.
Referee: Anthony Taylor.