Tottenham Hotspur moved up into second place in the Barclays Premier League following their dominant display against Watford, which earned them a 1-0 win. A goal from Kieran Tripper earned Spurs their sixth successive win in all competitions for the first time since 1995.
For the home side, the first half was an incredibly frustrating one, as despite all Spurs’ possession they were unable to break down a resolute Watford defence, seeing just a few chances fall their way. The first real clear-cut opportunity of the game fell to Tottenham’s left-back Ben Davies, who’d caused a nuisance for Watford down the left hand, the Welsh international found himself in space inside the Watford penalty area, however, his effort at goal was well blocked by Cameroonian Allan Nyom and deflected wide. Just minutes later, the Welshman was again causing Watford problems, this time, Davies saw his effort from close range expertly denied by former Spurs keeper Heurelho Gomes and the ball was then scrambled away to safety by the Watford defence. Spurs continued to push for the opener, with Lamela delivering a well-placed free-kick which picked out the head of the unmarked Nacer Chadli, who headed well wide of the mark. 5 minutes from the end of the half, Eric Dier delivered in a delightful ball which Harry Kane met with his head first time but was unable to direct the ball past Gomes.
Tottenham continued their tirade on the Watford goal into the second-half. In the opening 10 minutes, Spurs had two very controversial decisions both go against them, as referee Roger East twice waved away appeals for a penalty as Harry Kane was taken out inside the Watford penalty area first by Gomes and then by Prodl. After feeling dizzy during the midweek game against Norwich City, Dele Alli had been placed on the bench for this game, however, the introduction of the 19-year-old completely change the fortunes of the home side. Just 3 minutes after Alli came on to replace Nacer Chadli, Spurs finally found the back of the net and took the lead through Keiran Trippier. Substitute Dele Alli delivered in a low cross from the right-hand side of the penalty area, the cross evaded the whole of the Watford defence allowing for Keiran Trippier to tap the ball home at the back post into an empty net, sealing a crucial 1-0 victory for Tottenham.
Next up for Spurs is a stern test as they travel north to take on fellow title contenders Manchester City at the Etihad stadium.