Spurs 2-0 Watford -report - 'Top-four finish in sight'

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Tottenham were far from their best against Watford on Monday night, but goals from Dele Alli and Harry Kane secured a crucial victory in the battle for Champions League qualification.

30th Apr 2018

After an uninspiring first 15 minutes, Spurs were handed a gift when Watford goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis somehow spilled the ball at the feet of Christian Eriksen. He cleverly played in Alli for a simple finish.

The visitors took advantage of some sloppy play from Mauricio Pochettino’s side and created a few clear-cut chances of their own before half-time. Hugo Lloris had to be on top form to keep out Andre Gray and Richarlison.

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Three minutes after the break, Spurs doubled their advantage through Kane. The striker initially slipped and missed his connection with Heung-min Son’s cross, but Kieran Trippier was on hand to play him in again for a tap-in.

Five points above Chelsea again

This was a vital result following a run of poor form. Tottenham were 10 points clear of Chelsea in early April, in part thanks to our impressive 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge. We’ve allowed our London rivals to close that gap in recent weeks.

The defeat to Manchester City and the draw at Brighton were made worse by last weekend’s FA Cup semi-final loss against Manchester United – those tentative league displays may have been excused had we progressed to a cup final.

With all of that in mind, beating Watford was an absolute must. I wish I could say it was never in doubt, but Spurs looked surprisingly fragile at times. Hopefully we’ll show a bit more steel at West Brom next weekend.

After that, we end the season with home games against Newcastle and Leicester. If Chelsea drop points against Liverpool, fourth place should be ours.

Lloris answers his critics

It was night of below par performances, with Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele particularly slack in midfield. Thankfully, Lloris was on hand to bail Tottenham out of trouble.

The Frenchman has made a number of high-profile errors in recent weeks, leading to questions marks over his consistency. But he put in a captain’s display on Monday, making fine reaction saves from Gray and Richarlison.

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Another player who continues to answer his critics is Dele Alli. After enduring a mixed season for the most part, the 22-year-old has come alive since his brace at Stamford Bridge, proving why he has always been a guaranteed starter under Pochettino.

Hughes is a star in the making

Watford really impressed me going forward. They are brave and expressive in possession, and I can see why they are above the group of inferior teams below them in the table.

Will Hughes is a player I’m particularly fond of. The midfielder has stood out to me since his Derby County days and I’ve kept an eye on him from a distance ever since.

His touch is excellent and he has a knack for getting into scoring positions. If he can get a consistent run of games next season, I think one of the ‘big six’ might consider a move for him.

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