Watford and Tottenham performed out a fiery encounter on Saturday as either side left the sport with some extent apiece.
Heung-Min Son cancelled out Christian Kabasele’s opener within the first half, earlier than Davinson Sanchez’s 52nd minute crimson card for an overzealous foul on Richarlison left Spurs hanging on for almost all of the second half.
Either side stay within the high half of the league, with Watford staying eighth whereas Tottenham climbed a spot to sixth with a busy fixture schedule looming for all Premier League groups.
Listed here are 4 issues we realized following the sport at Vicarage Highway.
1. Tottenham’s Defence Seems to be Shaky With out Toby Alderweireld
Since Toby Alderweireld limped out of Tottenham’s Three-1 Champions League tie towards Actual Madrid on November 1st, the Belgian has didn’t function in any video games since.
In Tottenham’s newest sport, the duo of Davinson Sanchez and Jan Vertonghan had some questionable moments towards a thriving Watford assault. Watford scored with an unchallenged Christian Kabasele header within the 13th minute, with the Tottenham defence showing to lack a frontrunner to marshal the back-line.
To compound this, Davinson Sanchez bought himself sent-off, which means that Spurs will probably be with out two first-choice centre-backs for at the very least the following three video games.
2. Abdoulay Doucoure Continues to Impress
Watford have been greater than good worth for his or her level at Vicarage Highway on Saturday, with the Frenchman on the coronary heart of all their optimistic play.
The midfielder nearly received the sport for the Hornets however his curling effort cannoned again off the put up in what would’ve been one other long-range effort so as to add to his assortment.
Doucoure has impressed all through the primary half of this season, scoring 5 Premier League objectives from midfield, while his all motion fashion of play has been a significant factor for Watford at present occupying eighth place within the Premier League.
Three. Naivety on Present For Davinson Sanchez
The £40m Colombian has been a revelation for Tottenham this season, including real tempo and assertiveness to an already enviable defence, but on Saturday the 21-year-old confirmed he nonetheless has room to study.
The centre-back was despatched off for a raised elbow towards Richarlison within the 52nd minute of the sport, leaving his facet a person down for almost all of the second half.
Regardless of not costing his facet any additional factors, Sanchez will now must serve a three-game ban and with out Toby Alderweireld, Spurs will probably be hoping Sanchez learns to tone down his over-exuberance within the deal with sooner or later.
four. Toothless Tottenham Lacked a Chopping Edge
Tottenham managed to safe some extent which, after happening to 10-men, they might have taken and run.
The reality of the matter is that it was one other sport that Spurs seemed a shadow of the attacking facet that put reigning Champions League champions Actual Madrid to the sword.
Harry Kane had a quiet afternoon and if that occurs, there are few gamers who step as much as take the sport to their opponents.
Dele Alli has seemed out of kinds in latest weeks, and though Heung-Min Son scored from a Christian Eriksen help (his first within the league for the reason that opening day), this will probably be a fear for Mauricio Pochettino that Spurs seemed out of concepts and creativity.