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Saturday 18 November 2017

Watford v Tottenham - The story of the match

Harry Kane gave Watford a torrid time
Harry Kane gave Watford a torrid time

Harry Kane and Dele Alli scored twice each to fire Tottenham to a thumping 4-1 victory over Watford and into the Premier League's top four.

Spurs were three up at half-time thanks to Kane's double and Alli's first, before the latter capitalised on some more dreadful Watford defending to secure an emphatic win at Vicarage Road. Younes Kaboul added a late consolation for the Hornets.

The result means Mauricio Pochettino's men climb above Manchester City on goal difference and carry valuable momentum into Wednesday's crunch clash at home to Chelsea.

Antonio Conte's league leaders, who sit 10 points clear of Tottenham, head to White Hart Lane chasing a Premier League record 14th consecutive victory.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"He can finish can Harry Kane. Knows what to do at the moment of truth. Like all real prolific goal scorers, he's always calm and nerveless" - Gary Lineker, who knows a thing or two about those attributes.

STAR MAN

Harry Kane. Kane has looked back to his blistering best in recent weeks and he proved it here by scoring twice and setting up another in an emphatic Spurs win. When Kane is fit and firing, Tottenham are twice the side and Chelsea will know he is the man to stop at White Hart Lane on Wednesday.

DAY TO FORGET

Watford's defence. When Tottenham are at full pelt, they are a handful for any side, but the Hornets' rearguard did not help themselves. Craig Cathcart, Younes Kaboul and Jose Holebas were all at fault for the goals and Walter Mazzarri must find a way of making his side harder to beat if the Hornets are to remain clear of a relegation fight.

STAT ATTACK

Kane now has 59 goals in 100 Premier League appearances.

RATINGS

Watford

Heurelho Gomes 6

Nordin Amrabat 5

Younes Kaboul 4

Sebastian Prodl 4

Craig Cathcart 3

Jose Holebas 4

Adlene Guedioura 4

Etienne Capoue 5

Abdoulaye Doucoure 5

Troy Deeney 5

Odion Ighalo 5

Substitutes

Brandon Mason (for Holebas, 68) 6

Jerome Sinclair (for Amrabat, 75) 5

Christian Kabasele (for Capoue, 79) 6

Tottenham

Hugo Lloris 5

Kieran Trippier 8

Eric Dier 6

Toby Alderweireld 7

Kevin Wimmer 7

Danny Rose 7

Victor Wanyama 6

Dele Alli 9

Christian Eriksen 8

Harry Kane 9

Heung-min Son 7

Substitutes

Harry Winks (for Alli, 60 mins) 7

Ben Davies (for Rose, 68 mins) 6

Vincent Janssen (for Kane, 77) 6

WHO'S UP NEXT?

Stoke v Watford (Premier League, January 3)

Tottenham v Chelsea (Premier League, January 4)

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