Tottenham moved up to third in the Premier League standings as they eased past an injury-ravaged Watford side 4-1 at Vicarage Road on New Year’s Day.
- Watford 1 Tottenham 4
- Kane kicks off scoring on 27 minutes
- Kane adds a second six minutes later
- Alli gets in on the act after 41 minutes
- Alli nets his second a minute after restart
- Kaboul nets a late consolation goal
Harry Kane opened the scoring with a clever finish just inside Heurelho Gomes’ near post on 27 minutes before touching home an excellent Kieran Trippier cross barely six minutes later.
Deli Alli then added a third when he reacted quickest to a defensive lapse to fire under Gomes and put the result beyond doubt at the end of a one-side first-half.
And any hope the hosts may have had of starting the second half on the front foot was put to bed when Alli netted his second a minute into the second 45 minutes.
But there was a very late consolation for former Spurs defender Younes Kaboul in stoppage time.
Having started with nine first-choice players unavailable, Odion Ighalo replaced Juan Zuniga moments before the start of this tie after the Colombian pulled up in the warm-up with an ankle problem.
And not surprisingly, it was Tottenham who bossed the tie from the off, with Son the first to set his sights on goal. The Korean striker picked up a straight ball forward from Christian Eriksen before cutting inside and firing a curling effort into Gomes’ arms.
Calls for a penalty on 11 minutes were ignored despite Eriksen’s shot clearly hitting the raised arm of Etienne Capoue inside the box after the Dane had latched onto a good low cutback from Danny Rose from the left-hand side.
Kane then bent a decent effort just wide of the right-hand post after picking up a good pass from Kevin Wimmer and playing a neat one-two with Rose.
Watford enjoyed a spell of possession with 17 minutes played, their efforts culminating in a good ball forward from Capoue to Troy Deeney, but Spurs stopper Hugo Lloris was out quickly to smother the ball.
A Kane ball into the box for Alli was well cut out by Kaboul on 22 minutes before Rose came storming into the area and blasting over, with his weaker right foot
Kane so nearly got on the end of an Eric Dier knockdown in the box from Toby Alderweireld’s ball forward, but Capoue was on had to clear before Eriksen fired a stinging drive just over Gomes in the Watford goal.
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Alli then hit the corner of the crossbar with Gomes beaten after another good break forward for Spurs.
Kane, though, was on hand to steer home moments later from a tight angle from the right-hand side after a super pass in behind the Watford defence from Kieran Trippier from wide right of the box, this from a quickly-taken throw.
Alli then tried to scoop the ball up to Kane in the box but Sebastian Prodl made a vital interception with Spurs looking hungry for a second – which duly came as Kane expertly dispatched a super cross from the right from Trippier as he got between the two Watford centre-backs to get a strong foot to the ball.
A Nordin Amrabat shot inside the Spurs box was blocked by Rose in a rare foray forward for the Hornets before a Capoue free-kick on 36 minutes was poorly dealt with by the Spurs defence, with Kane ultimately doing well to get to the ball ahead of Deeney at the back post.
An Eriksen free-kick from the left was side-footed just wide past the left post by Son with Gomes stranded while Alli reacted quickest to a fluffed clearance from Kaboul to reach the ball ahead of Capoue and slot the ball in the far post to give Spurs a commanding lead five minutes before the half-time break.
There as no respite for Watford at the start of the second half as Alli made it four just a minute in with a neat finish at the near post on the left-hand side after a superb cross into the box from Kane, who had been gifted a terrible clearance from Kaboul. Alli took one touch to bring the ball down before squeezing it under Gomes.
Deeney was unable to turn inside the box after a Amrabat cross was played just in behind the striker, for a half-chance for the struggling Hornets.
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Son then fired wide from the left on 52 minutes after good ball through from Kane as Ighalo blasted his effort from the left-hand side well wide just seconds later.
Gomes tipped a Kane free-kick wide of the left-hand post with the game winding down while Watford were called back for offside when Deeny appeared to be through on goal after a long ball forward.
Son blasted over when in space following a good Eriksen into his path as Gomes did well to scoop away a Son delivery with Spurs substitute Vincent Janssen in a good position.
Dier then fired over on the turn as Lloris got both hands to a volleyed cross from Kaboul from a well-worked free-kick before Watford finally stemmed the one-way traffic with a very late consolation goal.
A whipped-in free-kick was pounced on by Kaboul, who appeared to divert the ball over the line a couple of times with Spurs scrambling to clear before the ball finally ended up clearly in the back of the net.
And Ighalo came close to adding a second for Watford with the last kick of the game but Deeney’s low cross from the right just bypassed the onrushing player.