Watford 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur: Hornets come from behind to claim hard-fought victory over Spurs


Spurs' 100 per cent start to the season ended at Vicarage Road while Watford's winning start carries on

Tottenhams 100 per cent winning start to the Premier League was ended after Watford completed a stunning 2-1 fightback win at Vicarage Road.

Second-half strikes from Troy Deeney and Craig Cathcart after Abdoulaye Doucoures own goal gave Spurs the lead also means the Hornets continue their perfect start to the 2018/19 campaign.

Deeney spearheaded Watfords heroic comeback while Jose Holebas got the assists for both of their goals

Both sides went into the game with 100 per cent winning starts so something was going to give and it was the visitors who seized the initiative in the first-half.

Their first chance came when Dele Alli latched on to Toby Alderweirelds searching ball but the England internationals looping header didnt quite creep into the goal.

Ten minutes later, Allis through ball found man of the moment Lucas Moura but the Brazilian could not quite get a shot away.

Alli then missed from point blank range following a well worked corner but his blushes were spared by the offside flag.

Spurs were left to rue their missed chances as the game got away from them in the second-half

Spurs were left to rue their missed chances as the game got away from them in the second-half

Watfords only attempt at goal saw Deeney head over Daryl Janmaats inviting cross but Alderweireld did well to put the striker off.

Spurs carried on their dominance after the interval and found their breakthrough goal when Doucoure inadvertently diverted in Mouras cutback into his own net after confusion in defence between Ben Foster and Christian Kabasele.

They had a great chance to double their lead on 65 minutes but Harry Kane couldnt find Moura with a through ball.

And the Hornets nearly made them pay a minute later when Deeney shrugged off Davinson Sanchez before his cross was headed onto the bar by Alderweireld.

The game switched from that moment and the hosts did get their goal when Deeney flicked Jose Holebas free-kick from the right into the corner of the net on 69 minutes.

Deeneys leveller helped Watford claim the famous win

Deeneys leveller helped Watford claim the famous win

This goal was the 100th game Deeney has scored in Watford colours making him only the fourth Hornets player to achieve that feat after Tommy Barnett, Ross Jenkins and Luther Blissett.

The closing stages were a scrap which certainly suited the home side more and the game was turned on its head when Cathcart powerfully headed Holebas corner from the left to send the Watford faithful into pandemonium.

Kane spurned a great chance to get his side a point on 86 minutes – the striker heading Kieran Trippiers cross over the bar as Watford claimed their first Premier League win over Spurs.


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