Full-time: Watford 1-4 Tottenham

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  • Dele Alli and Harry Kane both hit braces as Tottenham cruise past injury-stricken Watford at Vicarage Road
  • Younes Kaboul prods home an injury-time consolation goal with Watford's first shot on target
  • Spurs' fourth consecutive victory sees them rise to third ahead of a midweek clash with leaders Chelsea, although a win for Arsenal over Crystal Palace later this afternoon would knock them down to fourth
  • Kane matches Thierry Henry with 59 goals from his first 100 top-flight appearances
  • Already without a multitude of first-team players, the hosts lose both Juan Camilo Zuniga and Nordin Amrabat to injury
  • Watford slip below West Ham to 13th having won only one of their last seven matches

That is it for this particular live blog, but stay with IBTimes UK for live coverage of that all-London affair between Arsenal and Crystal Palace from the Emirates.

Goodbye for now.


Watford were always likely to find the going extremely tough today with so many players missing, but even Mazzarri will have been shocked by the ineptitude of their display.

The injury-plagued Hornets, who have won just one of their last seven matches, drop below West Ham to 13th due to an inferior goal difference. They travel to Stoke on Tuesday with an eight-point buffer to the bottom three that should at least ensure they are not dragged into any relegation dogfight.


That late goal takes a sliver of shine off the result, but a nevertheless dominant fourth successive victory for Tottenham that temporarily lifts them up to third. Arsenal can replace them with a win over Crystal Palace this afternoon.

Pochettino will also be thrilled that the game script allowed him to give the likes of goal-scorers Alli and Kane extra rest before that important clash with Chelsea on Wednesday night. 10 points now separate the London rivals.



Watford 1-4 Tottenham


A messy late consolation goal for Watford as a dangerous free-kick is inadvertently flicked on by Trippier at the front post before being scrambled in on the rebound by ex-Spurs centre-back Kaboul.

Very much a case of too little, too late.


Goal: Watford 1-4 Tottenham (Younes Kaboul)


Janssen beats the turf in frustration after being stopped in his tracks by a well-timed sliding challenge from Prodl.

Three minutes of added time for Watford to endure.



Ironic cheers from the home supporters greet a late Watford attack. They have been simply pitiful as an attacking force for the first 85 minutes of this match.

Dier hacks off the line after Lloris spills a cross following a brush from Sinclair. The referee had already blown for the foul.


Dier shoots over on the half-volley after Cathcart, who has been notably off the pace today following pre-match fears that he would not be fit, is booked for a late sliding tackle on Janssen.

That was quite a yelp from the Dutch striker, who does not appear to be injured.


Pochettino, who swapped Rose for Ben Davies a few minutes ago, uses his final available substitution to replace Kane with Vincent Janssen.

Mazzarri's third change sees former Tottenham midfielder Capoue make way for Christian Kabasele.

Harry Kane
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Two more chances for Son to add his name to the scoresheet, but the South Korean is dispossessed by Doucoure before blazing over. He was set up by Eriksen on both occasions.


Already hurt in an earlier collision with Wimmer, Amrabat, due to travel to the Africa Cup of Nations next week, sinks to the turf after clashing with Victor Wanyama.

He signals that he needs to be replaced and former Liverpool striker Jerome Sinclair eventually comes on in his place. Not sure that Mazzarri wanted to substitute the Moroccan winger initially.


Mason makes a good start to his Premier League career, tracking back well to thwart the danger posed by Son.


Obviously fearing a potential suspension, Mazzarri wisely takes off Holebas. Watford simply cannot afford to add to their existing list of absentees.

The former Greek international makes way for debutant Brandon Mason. This should prove quite the baptism of fire for the academy graduate.


Prodl treads on the back of Son's foot and earns a yellow card for his troubles.

Holebas, already on a booking, then brings down Trippier from behind. The Tottenham full-back looks to have landed heavily on his right shoulder and will require treatment.


With one eye no doubt firmly fixed on Wednesday's visit of leaders and London rivals Chelsea to White Hart Lane, Pochettino withdraws Alli and sends on young Harry Winks.

No hat-trick today for the 20-year-old, who has netted twice and also rattled the crossbar. Not a bad week's work.



Capoue is whistled for a push on Rose and Kane's deceptive low free-kick is pushed around the post by Gomes. Watford survive the subsequent corner.

Heurelho Gomes


Finally something resembling defending from Watford as Cathcart narrows the angle on Son, who was teed up by a pass from Kane, and forces him to fire a tricky left-footed shot over the top.


Watford attempt to launch a rare counter, but Eriksen nips in before Doucoure can attempt to pick out Deeney.


And there's your answer.

With the second period barely a minute old, Kane seizes on a sloppy clearance from Prodl and cuts inside Guedioura before sending in a cross towards the unmarked Alli.

The midfielder's first touch is poor, but he recovers to beat Gomes at the near post.

Back-to-back braces for Alli.

Dele Alli
Dele Alli
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Goal: Watford 0-4 Tottenham (Dele Alli)


The second half is off and running. Can an undermanned Watford muster some sort of response, or are rampant Tottenham set to run up a cricket score in Hertfordshire?


Complete and utter domination from Tottenham, who look set to start 2017 with a bang.

Depleted Watford have just not been at the races at any stage. They have a lot of work ahead to avoid this becoming a real humiliation.