Merciless Tottenham maul Watford 4-0 to keep pace with Chelsea

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. It's just important that I get the minutes under my belt and try to play as many games as I can.

"But nothing is yet done". We've been there nearly all season, we are showing we want to be there, we're playing very good and fighting for it and that's what we need keep doing.

He and the fans had to be patient for little more than half an hour before whiz kid Dele Alli came up with the magical goods again again.

Vincent Janssen has always been a figure of fun at White Hart Lane, having consistently disappointed and looked so unconvincing in front of goal.

"Jermaine, preparing for Football Focus in the BBC green room, instigated a frightful debate prior to the programme around who deserved to win the PFA Player of the Year".

Tottenham, who also hit the crossbar three times, were never likely to suffer defeat against a Watford side plagued by injuries as Walter Mazzarri shuffled his pack with Troy Deeney only on the bench due to fatigue. Last season, he set up Son's victor at Vicarage Road before scoring the only goal at White Hart Lane, and he bagged two assists for Kane in the 4-1 win on New Year's Day.

This time Son was left in oceans of space with the goal in his sights. Spurs do not tend to get frustrated, as the comeback at the Liberty proved, but Watford were making life tricky before his wonderful opening goal changed the course of the afternoon.

Son needed less than 10 second-half minutes to double his tally for the afternoon, sweeping home another Trippier cross at the back post.

You would have thought Spurs might have been merciful after that, but such are their lofty ambitions these days Pochettino sent on Kane instead of the sadly out of sorts Vincent Janssen to potentially rub even more salt into Watford's already painful wounds. "It will definitely go to the last day".

After the interval, Son volleyed home to complete his brace although he had further chances to complete his hat trick and add to the total in a one-sided contest in London. Only he knows how. If you don't show a strong mentality in 24, 25 players then you will not be able to rotate and give opportunities to others and they don't feel like an important part of the project, then it is so hard to win titles.

Ignore the modest sentiments afterwards.

Tottenham: Lloris 7, Trippier 8, Alderweireld 7, Vertonghen 7, Davies 7, Dier 7, Dembele 7, Son 8, Eriksen 8, Dele 8, Janssen 6.

Watford: Heurelho Gomes: 5, Daryl Janmaat: 6, Adrian Mariappa: 5, Craig Cathcart: 5, Jose Holebas: 5, M'Baye Niang: 7, Tom Cleverley: 7, Abdoulaye Doucore: 5, Nordin Amrabat: 5, Stefano Okaka: 5 Isaac Success: 6.

  • Julie Sanders