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Match Report by John Ellis at Wembley
Premier League: Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Watford
Watford opened brightly in the first five minutes before Son lit up Wembley Stadium with a delightful turn and shot which curled just beyond the far post.
It took until the 15th minute before Spurs tested Foster but he was equal to the task with a sharp save down to his left.
A minute later saw Llorente, Eriksen and Son combining well but Son overran and a good opportunity was lost.
Son had though already added a lot more fizz to the team.
Watford pressed again but the Spurs defence held firm and on the break Llorente controlled the ball well and turned inside even better but his good work was let down by a poor cross field ball.
Spurs finally played to his strength and his header was cleared off the line.
Llorente was looking much better with Son as his partner alongside him.
Disaster struck in the 38th minute when Lloris came for a corner, realised he couldn’t get there, stopped and a soft header tumbled over the line to put Watford in front.
Son’s cross shot couldn’t quite be turned in at the far post by Aurier. Foster having been well schooled by Pulis immediately started his time wasting antics.
The half time whistle blew with Spurs staring down the barrel of a third successive Premier League home defeat.
Half time brought a lovely tribute to Bill Nicholson who would have celebrated his 100th birthday in the last week.
In the 52nd minute, a lovely cross found Llorente who steered the ball towards goal… Foster produced a tremendous reflex save to keep the ball out but the ball fell kindly for Llorente to surely tap home from less than a yard out but remarkably he somehow contrived to put the ball over the bar for what was a quite appalling miss…. oh my oh my oh my…
A combination of poor refereeing and Foster continually time wasting didn’t help the mood of the home fans…
In the 63rd minute Moura threw himself to the ground to win a free kick. The keeper saved a near post effort, the ball looped up in the air for Llorente to surely nod into the net! But no he missed the target completely again…unbelievable!
In the 68th minute, the ball just didn’t bounce kindly from rebounds and there was a feeling tonight was going to be another one of those nights…
Winks tried an effort not sure if meant from his own half which had Foster scrambling back towards his goal to turn over the bar.
Rose for the umpteenth time on the night wasted yet another cross..
Finally in the 80th minute Llorente bustled in the box, the ball fell to Son who took his time in controlling the ball before rifling the ball into the net for a well deserved equaliser 1-1!
In the 87th minute, the most unlikely of combinations produced a goal!!!! Rose finally found the right cross and Llorente finally found the right header to head the ball back across goal and into the net! 2-1 to Tottenham Hotspur! What a relief!!!
As Jimmy Greaves once said “its a funny old game” which is quite apt tonight of all nights on the clubs celebration of what would have been Bill Nicholson’s 100th birthday in the last week.
Quip of the night has to go to my youngest who immediately said “I am getting Llorente on the back of his shirt!
In the closing minutes Spurs did unto Watford what Watford did unto Spurs for a good hour or more – time waste and boy did they not like it. A ballboy got in on the act and tempers boiled over with the ball being punched out of the ballboy’s hands which brought a booking.
News came through of Chelsea being 4-0 down at Bournemouth and Liverpool drawing at home to Leicester.
It has been a wonderful midweek for Spurs who are now at seven points behind the leaders as much in the title race as the season of being seven points behind Leicester.
Also with only one of the other top six winning their midweek game a seven point gap has now opened up between Spurs and the rest.