Spurs cut Chelsea gap to four points

Here's what we learned from 90 minutes in north London that suggested the title race is still alive.

Watford remain 10th but struggled as manager Walter Mazzarri rested captain Troy Deeney. The opportunity of a rare start against an injury-hit team, at a point when first-choice striker Kane is returning to fitness and in a match Spurs dominated, was one he could not waste. "Sign him up", the Watford supporters chanted for Niang through the first half.

Watford's cavalier attitude - perhaps virtual safety from relegation had taken the pressure off - made for a consistently interesting game to watch but put it at near-constant risk of conceding. It's all about Tottenham and the club's collective success. If not, you start to spend time away from reality. Josh King scored his 13th league goal of the season in response. Part of that was down to Spurs' adjustments and it was with a sense of inevitability that Watford eventually fell behind.

The Senegal global scored the game's only goal in the 44th minute with a fine long range effort. A flowing counter-attack began by Moussa Dembele ended with the ball at the feet of Alli who curled an unstoppable shot past former Spurs keeper Heurelho Gomes for his 16th league goal of the season.

Son then made it 4-0 in the 55th minute, finishing on the volley at the back post from Trippier's cross.

Excuse the pun, but Watford were well and truly caught out again just nine minutes into the second half with a fourth Spurs goal that can only be described as poetry in motion.

After half-time it was much the same story, with Watford only threatening in isolated moments, and Son further confirmed Spurs' dominance by meeting Kieran Trippier's ideal cross with a lovely half-volley at the far post.

It is important that you know that we use players and managers as a topic a lot in football but football for me, the team or the squad always means a lot.

Alli still has a long way to go to emulate the feats of that trio but should he continue his current form and Tottenham reel in Premier League leaders Chelsea he would be a favourite for the Player of the Season award.

"Now it's hard to stop your mind to think about these things which are of course important but our focus is to be ready to win the next game".

It amounted to a far more assured route to victory for Mauricio Pochettino's side than the remarkably frantic midweek comeback at Swansea City and cut Chelsea's advantage at the summit to four points, at least until Antonio Conte's men face Bournemouth in Saturday's late kick-off.

  • Julie Sanders