Alli, Kane Score To Help Spurs Beat Watford
- Author: Julie Sanders May 01, 2018,
May 01, 2018, 17:06
They have lost five of their last seven in the league and are only six points above safety with two left to play.
Kane's celebrations were cut short by an assistants flag after Vertonghen had fashioned an opening, while substitute, Moussa Sissoko wasted a glorious opportunity after finding himself with a clear sight of goal.
It was a welcome goal for Kane, who had only scored twice in his previous eight games, with one of those efforts - the victor at Stoke on 7 April - controversially awarded to him by the Premier League goals accreditation panel after he claimed Eriksen's free-kick had touched his shoulder before going in.
Spurs have a reputation for choking in the big games and a week ago, they bottled it once again in the FA Cup after losing 2-1 to Manchester United though they had gone in front in the early minutes of the game. Nevertheless, Pochettino remained upbeat ahead of the Hornets visit, saying: "Our challenge is to move on after the semi-final and win these three points". "I feel good, I feel sharp".
The north London outfit will be eager to finish the 2017-18 season as high as possible in the table-third place is well within reach with Liverpool faltering domestically.
"I swear on my daughter's life that I touched the ball", Kane later said. "In my mind I'm trying to get to that 30 mark".
"We've got a game in hand over Liverpool and if we win that we jump above them as well". Hopefully we can secure that and go from there'.
Spurs were largely controlling affairs, however, they were indebted to goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, after the Frenchman raced from his goal to thwart Andre Gray's advances as Watford offered a threat of their own.
"It was a good night for us".
"We did what we needed to win the game and ease the pressure a bit and we did that".
Javi Gracia is yet to see his side either take a point, or score away from home since he took charge at the end of January, however, his reputation as a giant killer can be enhanced with an impressive scalp at England's national stadium.
Phew! For a minute there, it was looking like we might have to find something else to do on a wretched and rainy Monday.
"I think the team made a good game", Richarlison told ESPN Brasil. Maybe we didn't play the way we wanted to play and our performance wasn't right but most important was the three points.
More important than the Golden Boot right now is to be fit to feature in his first World Cup, as he tries to get some more games under his belt before the mega tournament.
"I think it's hard to keep playing at a high level and showing great performances during 10 months", replied Pochettino, when asked if the players were exhausted or had just suffered a hangover after the defeat to Jose Mourinho's side over a week ago.
Hugo Lloris is loyal and one of the most underrated goalkeepers in the world.
"This is massive. It puts us in a very good position fighting for the top four and that is the objective for the rest of the season". Both games could be losses and with some additional wins from some teams in the bottom, Watford could see themselves out. "They were disappointed after Manchester United", Pochettino added. Four of those goals came in one game - a memorable 4-1 win over Chelsea on 5 February.
Despite the poor run that Watford are now trapped inside, Javi Gracia continues to have the backing of many of Watford's fans. "I can't say more than that - the numbers talk for him". There were a lot of situations when I arrived but we have tried to improve the position in the Premier League.