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FULL TIME! Watford 0-1 Tottenham
Last-gasp heartbreak once again the Premier League on New Year’s Day!
Conte’s unbeaten PL record comes to 8 and now are only 2 points to the top 4.
GOAL!!!!!!!!! Watford 0-1 Tottenham (Sanchez, 90+6)
Watford’s resistance is broken!
Son’s free-kick is whipped into a dangerous area and the yellow shirts are static.
Sanchez is on the move and he flicks a header past Bachmann to send Spurs on the way to victory.
90′: The situation appears to have been stabilised and the players are staying out on the pitch.
it looks like the action will be back underway shortly…
86′: The referee has stopped the game as the medical teams from both sides race over to the stand.
It looks like a fan is in need of some medical attention here…
Unfortunately it seems like a member of the crowd has been taken ill as the paramedics rush across the pitch to treat the supporter. This has become an ever-increasing occurrence at games this season as the players come across to take on board some fluid and instructions.
The home fans in the Graham Taylor Stand were very quick to get referee Rob Jones’ attention.
81: NO PENALTY! Watford break forward on the counter and the race is on between Joao Pedro and Lloris.
there are huge shouts from the Watford fans for a penalty but Lloris definitely gets to the ball first.
There’s a VAR check but it is quickly over! Good goalkeeping from the Frenchman.
62′: BOOKED! Oh dear, Rob Jones. You can see it in his eyes he wishes he hadn’t blown. Joao Pedro is brilliant as he escapes Skipp and weaves his way past Sanchez…
But Jones goes back to a shirt tug from Skipp, despite Pedro winding up for a shot. Skipp is booked, but it’s of little consolation to Watford.
Decent free-kick position…
52: SAVE! Spurs are trying to blow Watford’s door down, huffing and puffing, as Kane darts from one end of the box to the other before eventually getting a left-footed shot away that is tipped over by Bachmann!
51′: SAVE! Reguilon is looking dangerous each time he comes forward as a lovely stepover from Kane allows Hojbjerg’s pass to carry through to the marauding left-back but the move loses all momentum when he opts to cut inside instead of shoot.
Moura does just that moments later from the right but it draws a routine save from Bachmann.
47′: CLOSE! Spurs straight on the front foot as Son wriggles clear of Ekong inside the box to set up Reguilon for the shot and a slight deflection off Sissoko takes it into the side-netting!
HALF TIME! Well, the good news for Watford is that they are level, and halfway to a first clean sheet of the season. But the bad news is that it’s virtually been one-way traffic, and there are one or two jeers from the home fans.
Harry Kane has had the game’s best chance as he fired wide when Skipp sniped in to dispossess Louza but Conte won’t be too happy at the number of chances created given Tottenham’s dominance in truth.
39’Big chance missed for Kane…And he knows it.
27: NO PENALTY! This is clumsy from Ekong as Moura’s lofted pass is chested down by Kane before he goes to ground having been barged in the back by the Watford centre-back.
Replays showed Kane might well have been offside but either way, the game continues.
Ekong was, in the words of Dermot Gallagher, “running a huge risk”…
25: CLOSE! Back come Tottenham as moments after Reguilon isn’t quite found by Lucas’ cross, Hojbjerg sets up the Spanish left-back for a rasping effort that forces a fine two-handed save from Bachmann! Best effort so far…
19: SAVE! Harry Kane is back doing Harry Kane things.
We’ve seen him find the top corner so often from this range, as a brilliant swivel inside the Watford box sets him up for the right-foot curler but he doesn’t quite connect as he wanted as Bachmann gathers at the second attempt.
17′: CHANCE! First real opening and unsurprisingly it comes from a bit of a mix-up in the Watford defence as Cathcart and Ekong appear to get in each other’s way when dealing with Lucas’ cross.
Ekong’s header out is straight to Hojbjerg, whose rising right-foot piledriver clears the bar!
10′: It just keeps on coming back towards the Watford goal at the moment as the hosts struggle to get out. There’s a nice shape to this Spurs side and they are looking very comfortable.
Royal’s deep cross was just over Kane’s head a few moments ago, while Ekong made a crucial interception to thwart Son.
3: SHOT! We all love Emmanuel Dennis don’t we, and Nigeria’s loss certainly looks set to be Watford’s gain over the coming month or so, as he is released by King in the inside right channel.
A nice trick takes him away from Davies before cutting back inside but his left-foot shot is tame and easily fielded by Lloris.
1: KICK OFF! Packed house here at Vicarage Road with Tottenham in town. The visitors are in a light shade of purple.
Nice touch before kick-off as Moussa Sissoko’s name is cheered by the travelling fans. He responds by applauding them.
The players take a knee and we’re up and running.
Tottenham travel to Watford in the Premier League on New Year’s Day.
Tottenham could move to within two points of the top four later today with a win away to Watford at Vicarage Road.
Spurs are unbeaten in the Premier League under Antonio Conte with their last top-flight defeat coming in Nuno Espirito Santo’s last match in charge against Manchester United.
Perhaps most important in recent weeks has been the return to form of Harry Kane with the talismanic striker finding the net in each of the last two matches.
He will be looking to continue that good form against Claudio Ranieri’s men, who have conceded 35 goals in just 17 matches this season.
Countdown to kick-off
Watford returned to Premier League action this week after having had three fixtures postponed due to Covid-19, but their defensive frailties were still on display during that chastening 4-1 home loss to West Ham.
Two goals conceded in each half, and soundly beaten. In fact, the Hornets have let in 18 goals before the break in the league this term. Crikey.
With Tottenham still unbeaten under Antonio Conte, but those two dropped points at Southampton almost feeling like a defeat, it won’t get much easier for Ranieri. Another tough assignment awaits.
Harry Kane is back in the goals, and Conte has already brought improvements at both ends of the pitch. Spurs have scored nine more goals than they’ve conceded, significantly boosting their goal difference.
Dennis features for hosts. Kane & Son lead line for the visitors as Lucas and Skipp start with Winks on bench. LIVE UPDATES
Watford: Bachmann, Troost-Ekong, Sierralta, Cathcart, Masina, Sissoko, Sema, Kucka, Louza, King, Dennis.
Subs: Ngakia, Cleverley, Joao Pedro, Gosling, Fletcher, Tufan, Hernandez, Angelini, Morris.
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Sanchez, Dier, Davies, Emerson, Skipp, Hojbjerg, Reguilon, Lucas Moura, Kane, Son.
Subs: Doherty, Winks, Gil, Rodon, Lo Celso, Alli, Gollini, Tanganga, Ndombele.