A Tale of Two Goalies.
It was the best of Hugo, we’ve seen the worst of Hugo.
Next to me on the Bakerloo Line back from Wembley was a chap in a Lloris replica top. If I was him, after the performance from our skipper tonight, I’d have been running up and down the carriage yelling “Hugo! Hugo!” as our custodian, whilst not exactly saving our bacon, certainly rescued a few pork scratchings. And it’s great to see some form from someone who has attracted more than his fair share of doubters of late.
Watford played an energetic waiting game, relying on their midfield, Hughes, Capoué and Doucouré, to force and use possession, we relied on muscle memory mostly. Whilst not exactly going through the motions, we appeared a tad jaded.
Eriksen was deployed deeper than usual to assist Dier and Dembélé whilst Dele, Kane and Son played against their back four. Dele was the one of the trio who looked most like he might do anything useful, and he thankfully did. He scored the first after the keeper had fumbled a cross to Eriksen who squared for him to side foot home whilst early in the second half he played a delightful through ball in to Son’s path; Kane eventually netting from Trippier’s pass after a bit of penalty box bagatelle.
Before half-time Watford had opportunities to get back in to the game but after the interval (and Harry’s goal), we were far better and held out pretty comfortably despite the Hornets throwing on more attackers. The closest we came to increasing our lead was when the again excellent Vertonghen hit the post from a header, Kane had a goal disallowed for offside as well.
Our lead over Chelsea is back to five points. If we can shake off the torpor for long enough to get a good result at the Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon then anything other than a win for Chelsea against Liverpool in the evening game would confirm our top four place. Even if Chelski were to win, the Scousers would then be the team most in danger of being overtaken. If we don’t win at West Brom, and let’s face it, it’s not our favourite ground, then that’s another story.
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