5 things we learned from the cup win against Watford


And the Spurs go stumbling on! Yet another sub-par performance by Spurs this evening as they scraped their way through the Carabao Cup third round on penalties.

Despite enjoying the majority of possession Spurs found themselves 1-0 down after an Isaac Success goal from a much-weakened Watford side.

Spurs them clawed their way back into the lead through a Dele Alli penalty and a Lamela break away chip, before ex-Spur Etienne Capoue levelled things at the death.

We take a look at five things we learned from the game:

Spurs can win at pens, that’s good to know

Without the likes of Kieran Trippier, Eric Dier and Harry Kane, who all scored in a shootout for England in the summer, fans were a little trembly as the cup game ended at 2-2 in Milton Keynes this evening.

However, there was nothing to be nervous about, as Son, Lamela, Llorente and Alli all stepped up confidently to slot their pens away, with Paulo Gazzaniga pulling off two class saves.

A good experience for the boys to go through.

Dele Alli can lead

On his return to his old stomping ground, and with a number of key men out injured or rested for the evening, it seemed only fitting that Dele would captain the side.

It wasn’t his most complete performance, but let’s not forget that he’s just come back from injury. Alli played well in flashes, and captained us to a great win.

Not only did he score the penalty to level the game at 1-1, but he also won it. He then confidently stepped up to slot home the winning penalty on a perfect evening for the young man.

No Kane, no problem

With Tottenham’s star man out, and no recognisable centre forward in the starting line up, it seemed as if Tottenham would struggle to find the net this evening.

Despite a lack of creativity, Spurs managed to carve out a few decent chances, and took two of them, which is no worse than they have been doing with Kane in the side.

Gazzaniga is above Vorm

That’s it. It’s final. Surely. Gazzaniga is above Vorm in the pecking order. Another fine performance for the young man in only his third Tottenham game.

Not only did he make a good number of routine stops throughout the game, he stepped up to save two penalties in the shootout which effectively won Spurs the game.

Lamela is putting the pressure on Eriksen

Tottenham fans know that Christian Eriksen has been below par so far this season, with a lack of flare and creativity coming from the Great Dane.

However, perhaps his form will improve now that Lamela is lighting a fire under his starting position. The Argentinian winger has five goals in five games, and shows no signs of stopping.

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  1. The meat of the game was dominated by same old Spurs like watching paint dry – too slow, passing back or diagonally across field, losing the ball and not getting it back. It was only in the final third that they came to life and managed a penalty and a good goal from Lamela. Now, this is time after time that they play this way so we can be assured that winning games will not happen often. They never learn and it is blatantly obvious what is wrong with the team; they seem frightened to play and take games by the scruff…


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