PLAYER RATINGS: Spurs 1-0 Watford

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Dom Le Roy

Hugo Lloris: 7 (out of 10)

Kieran Trippier: 9

Toby Alderweireld: 7

Kevin Wimmer: 7

Ben Davies: 8

Eric Dier: 7

Mousa Dembele: 8

Erik Lamela: 6

Christian Eriksen: 8

Nacer Chadli: 6

Harry Kane: 7

Substitutes

Dele Alli (for Chadli, 61): 7

Son Heung-min (for Lamela, 72): 7

Tom Carroll (for Eriksenm, 90): 5

STAR PLAYER

Kieran Trippier: Trippier has not been a first-team regular this season but the former Burnley man was handed a starting berth ahead of Kyle Walker and made the most of it with an energetic display down the right, which he capped with a second-half winner and his first goal for the club.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

Delle Alli coming off the bench: Alli was left out of the starting team after feeling dizzy against Norwich in midweek but, with the score 0-0, Pochettino threw on the midfielder on the hour. Within four minutes he had initiated the breakthrough, sliding across a sumptuous pass for Trippier to slot home.

VIEW FROM THE BENCH

Spurs were guilty of spurning a number of decent chances before Trippier finally found the net, but Pochettino was a calm presence on the touchline and he will be delighted to move second in the table with a tricky month of fixtures to come. Watford have now won only once in eight matches and Quique Sanchez Flores’ side never looked like ending that run here.

WHO’S UP NEXT

Manchester City v Tottenham (Premier League, Sunday, February 14)

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Surely even the ardent Lamela fans must now see he continues to be the weak link in an excellent Spurs team. he is not up to the standard needed.

    • > chadli the weak link

      I think that is a fair call for this season. In the past his goal input has made him worth while.

      I think neither Chadli nor Lamela are up to the standard needed to be first choice to start in the PL – if we want top prize and we want to compete well in the CL. They are good enough to deputise in matches in which we are winning by a good margin and in some cup games. Is that sufficient? I would say not.

  2. Tough away game next week against Man City. Are we able to get a good result out of this game? I think MC will bounce back against us after they stumbled against Leicester City. So if we are serious about top 4 or even challenging for the title, then our players need to fight and win every ball at the Etihad stadium come next Sunday. Just look at how Leicester come up against ManC today. They play one or two touch quick possession football and break up the ManC defence, thus they scored. We need to learn from that and cannot afford to be complacent in all the games. Our building-up play and attack in front of goal has to be quicker in order to open up teams who park their bus in the park. But for next week, it will be a different case. ManC will go all out and attack us once the whistle goes, so it is very important for us to control the midfield and keep hold of possession of the ball. Dembele, Dier and Alli will have a big part to play in this game and they are the ones who can determine whether can we snatch homeall 3 points. COYS, you can do it this season by fighting and winning every ball liked a champion until the last minute, showing us your ‘NEVER SAY DIE’ and ‘NEVER GIVE UP’ attitude. To DARE is to DO, to DARE is to ‘FIGHT’.

  3. Well won game, full backs fantastic, utterly dominant, I think they got about 25 touches between the lot of them today ;-] Man C will be tough and it'll be fine to just get draw, it won't be as easy for us as it is for Leicester to beat them. LC are ducking flying

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