Tottenham stay adrift of the Champions League puts and Watford proceed their ascent clear of the drop zone regardless of Troy Deeney’s stored penalty, after a fit that was once edged via the hosts however undermined via deficient completing resulted in stalemate.
Deeney’s spot-kick, stored via Paulo Gazzaniga, got here amid a flurry of second-half Watford possibilities, whilst Tottenham will have received it overdue on just for Érik Lamela to look a poked effort cleared off the road in stoppage time. There have been standout performances from Nathaniel Chalobah and Ismaïla Sarr, whilst Christian Eriksen emerged from the bench on the second one for what might be his remaining efficiency in a Spurs blouse.
The primary 1/2 was once a strongly contested affair, despite the fact that that was once most certainly the most productive that may be stated about it. Tottenham, with Lucas Moura in the course of the center and a bevy of lovable operators in the back of him, began brightly with flicks and tips, looking to pull Watford’s again 4 off form. That didn’t paintings in particular smartly, alternatively; underneath Nigel Pearson those Hornets don’t damage from formation frivolously.
Going ahead, Watford began slowly however grew in self belief and had been clearly at ease of their form. Key to the luck of Pearson’s 4-2-3-1 are the ball sporting talents of Sarr and Gerard Deulofeu. The latter started the fit most commonly doing defensive paintings, his process to stifle Tottenham’s auxiliary right-winger, Serge Aurier. The mere sight of the Spaniard tucking in and shutting down is extraordinary sufficient, however he did his paintings diligently too and Aurier’s danger receded.
The primary likelihood worthy of the title got here simply after the 1/2 hour when Nathaniel Chalobah just about scored from a nook. Deulofeu had received the kick, bursting past Toby Alderweireld who was once compelled right into a block. Chalobah took it quick and briefly gained the ball again at the nook of the Spurs space. He hit a primary time pass that was once excellent, too excellent actually, and most effective the straining finger pointers of Gazzaniga stopped it from moving into.
At this level within the recreation, Watford had been decidedly on best. The wingers had been doing their factor, Deeney was once successful his headers and Chalobah and Étienne Capoue had keep watch over of lawsuits within the centre of the pitch. On the other hand Spurs created the most productive likelihood of the 1/2 via riding immediately via that center, impressed via characteristically cheeky ability from Dele Alli. Enjoying simply in the back of Moura, he took a top move within the centre circle and regulated it with a back-heeled flick that looped over his personal head and set him loose to pressure ahead. Alli driven on, sized up the placement, and slipped a great via ball inside of Adam Masina for Moura to run directly to. However in a one-on-one duel with Ben Foster, the keeper received out, charging out to dam the Brazilian’s low right-footed shot.
There have been no adjustments from each side on the period however the recreation kicked off with a brand new vigour and emphasis on attacking. A number of possibilities adopted for each side. Abdoulaye Doucouré had the primary within the 48th minute, miscontrolling the ball simply yards from objective after a great flick from Deeney, and poking his shot simply extensive. A an identical destiny then occurred Sarr who scuffed at a shot when the ball dropped to him at the fringe of the six-yard field after extra excellent play from the Watford captain. Deeney had his personal effort deflected extensive within the 55th minute, too.
For Spurs, in the meantime, there have been alternatives at the counter. Simply ahead of the hour Alli must have executed higher with a header when picked out via a very good deep pass from Son Heung-min. Simply after the hour Lamela may have had a fair higher alternative. A pass coming once more from the suitable however this time to toes, the Argentinian had time to select his spot however hit his shot immediately down the center. Craig Dawson duly blocked it or even a VAR take a look at for handball may now not bail out Lamela.
Watford had been on best and Spurs must had been made to rue their misses when the hosts had been awarded a spot-kick within the 69th minute. Play was once bouncing out and in of the Tottenham penalty space as crosses had been half-cleared and photographs blocked. Deulofeu took his flip and did higher, his right-footed shot tempted Jan Vertonghen into blockading together with his hand. The Belgian was once booked and Deeney stepped up, however his effort was once underwhelming. Comfortable and coffee to Gazzaniga’s appropriate, the keeper driven it away. It was once Deeney’s 3rd leave out in his remaining six consequences.
José Mourinho then took motion, introducing Eriksen for Alli. The alternate additionally supposed Son swapped into the central placing function. A couple of mins later there was once additionally a debut for the midfielder Gedson Fernandes, on mortgage from Benfica. However whilst Tottenham upped their urgency, and started to take a extra direct method to beating Watford’s defence, the hosts held company.
Lamela’s poke, after a pass from Aurier, was once millimetres clear of crossing the road, however whilst small, that distance was once a very powerful sufficient.