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J. Hernández
K. Sema
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D. Sánchez
Son Heung-Min
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T. Cleverley
I. Louza
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Bryan Gil
Lucas Moura
O. Skipp
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Shots On Target 4 9
Total Passes 251 715
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Though their second-half showing will have offered some encouragement to Watford, they remain dangerously close to the drop zone before the Premier League pauses for the FA Cup third round. Spurs, meanwhile, must take this momentum into three successive cup ties over the next fortnight, as they look to secure some elusive silverware under their highly decorated new coach.
By the finest of margins, Tottenham win to continue their impressive form under Conte, while consigning struggling Watford to a sixth straight defeat. Their first-half dominance rarely looked like opening up a resolute home side, and Spurs were even threatened on the counter by the Hornets' improved attacking play after the break, but they now rise to fifth in the table. In the end, it took a rare moment of quality to finally unlock the door, as Son's late free-kick put the ball on a plate for Sanchez's winner.
J. Hernández
K. Sema
90' + 9' Sema is brought off, and Hernandez has just seconds to make an improbable impact.
90' + 8' Kane is denied by Bachmann, as his close-range header lacks power and is fielded centrally.
Son Heung-Min
90' + 6' A wonderful whipped set-piece by Son offers an invitation for Sanchez to turn home what will surely be the winning goal.
90' + 6' SPURS LEAD! Finally, Spurs go in front, as Son whips an inswinging free-kick in from the left flank with pace, and Sanchez gets to it with a flick-header which finds the back of the net! Watford 0-1 Tottenham!
90' + 5' Only Lloris remains inside the Spurs half, as the visitors pile forward in pursuit of an elusive goal.
90' + 3' The ball is dropped back into play, as eight minutes of stoppage time is indicated by the officials. Can Watford hold on?
T. Cleverley
I. Louza
90' + 1' Louza has put in a good shift in the Hornets' engine room but now comes off, with Cleverley brought on in his place.
Bryan Gil
Lucas Moura
90' + 1' Conte has taken the chance to make another change, as Moura departs and Gil comes on with the aim of finding a late winner.
89' Applause ripples out from the stands, as the medical situation seems to be in hand. The referee has gathered the ball and play looks set to get back under way.
87' During the stoppage in play, Ranieri is animatedly describing to Pedro exactly what he requires from him in the final few minutes. The other players are still milling about on the pitch and no doubt hoping for a quick resumption should the affected fan be safe and well.
85' Dramatically, the game is brought to a halt as it reaches a crescendo, with an apparent emergency in the stands causing medical staff to sprint across the pitch to help.
G. Lo Celso
83' Conte rolls the dice again, as Reguilon is brought off, and after several weeks on the sidelines, Lo Celso is back in action.
81' The VAR concurs with the referee's on-pitch judgement, so Watford will not have a spot-kick!
80' PENALTY? On the break, Pedro flies through on goal, but his progress is ended just inside the box by Lloris, who challenges low down at his feet. That looks a close call, but it seems as though no action will be taken.
78' Watford have everyone behind the ball, as Spurs turn the screw. The Hornets massed bodies, though, repel their visitors yet again and the clock is running down to a hard-earned point.
76' From a Spurs corner, the ball bobbles around dangerously on the edge of the box, finally dropping to Son on the left side of the box. However, the striker slices his shot off target, to the cheers of the home fans.
74' Louza is back on his feet after some attention from the medics, and Davies - who concedes just a free-kick - is somewhat fortunate to escape further censure.
73' Davies slides in with a reckless challenge, and Louza is flipped into the air - coming crashing to the turf and ending up lying in a heap.
71' SAVE! From a delicious clipped cross by Moura out on the right, Son slips off the defender's shoulder and latches onto the ball with a volley which Bachmann is once more equal to. Another good stop to add to his growing catalogue!
H. Winks
O. Skipp
70' Spurs make a personnel change in midfield, as Skipp makes way for Winks.
68' A dissatisfied Conte appears to be losing patience on the touchline, and Tottenham changes are surely afoot.
66' CLOSE! Son improvises a flick towards goal following Emerson's miscued strike from the right, but it evades the far post and Watford survive. It was a clever effort, but still Spurs can't break through.
64' Watford have increased their share of possession, passing accuracy and duels won since the break, demonstrating their greater grip on this game.
62' After earning the set-piece opportunity, an awful free-kick by Pedro flies well over the Tottenham crossbar and into the stands.
O. Skipp
Yellow Card
61' For repeatedly pulling back the advancing Pedro, who was haring through on goal, Skipp goes into the referee's notebook.
60' Pedro embarks on a mazy run, dancing through the Spurs defence, as both Skipp and Sanchez take a hold of the Brazilian's shirt on more than one occasion. That will be a free-kick to Watford just on the edge of the box.
57' With a dipping free-kick from well out on the left, Louza almost picks out a couple of advancing yellow shirts in the box, but Sanchez intervenes and concedes a corner.
54' SUPER STOP! Lloris goes one better than Bachmann by unfurling himself to full length and palming away a goalbound King drive from the left! That was a rare threat from Watford, who look increasingly confident on the counter.
52' SAVE! Kane takes a pass from Son, holds off a defender, turns and strikes at goal with his left foot from 25 yards. His effort causes Bachmann to scramble across his goal and tip the ball over.
50' Inadvertently, the unfortunate Reguilon gets in the way of a Kane blast from 20 yards out on the left and the ball bounces away to safety. Spurs have started to slowly turn up the pressure.
49' Sanchez is forced to head behind and concede a corner following a free-kick by Louza, however the second set-piece comes to nothing for Watford.
47' Having received the ball from Kane, a thrusting run by Reguilon ends with the full-back bundling through two challenges to reach the byline and shoot harmlessly into the side-netting.
João Pedro
E. Dennis
46' Ranieri has made a half-time switch up front, as Dennis - who has been involved in 13 goals for Watford this term - comes off to be replaced by Joao Pedro.
46' Watford get us back under way for the second half!
Having conceded in each of their last 27 Premier League games - the longest run without a clean sheet by any club since a run of 29 by Burnley - history suggests that Watford will struggle to continue their resistance until the final whistle today.
A combination of Watford's dogged determination and Tottenham's lack of clarity in the final third sees the sides go in at the interval goalless, which will please the home team far more than their visitors. Kane's miss and a possible penalty appeal were among precious few moments when Spurs could have broken the deadlock, so Conte will surely look to freshen things up after the break. Ranieri, meanwhile, will hope his players can withstand another 45 minutes of pressure to secure at least a point.
45' Son flips in a free-kick from the right, and though it is headed away at the near post, Dier has apparently been hauled down by Kucka in the box. However, the referee or the VAR are not interested and play goes on.
43' Keeping the pitch as narrow as possible, Watford have done well in crowding out Tottenham's advances, forcing Kane to drop deeper and even pop up on the right wing. Great commitment from Ranieri's men so far.
41' Emerson earns a free-kick near the halfway line, as Sema mistimes his tackle, allowing Spurs to build another attack.
39' Emerson crosses with the outside of his foot to pick out Hjobjerg in the middle, but Bachmann easily collects the ball from the midfielder's header.
37' Wincing, Louza is back on his feet unaided and limps back into the action.
36' Louza loses out in a crunching challenge with Hjobjerg, and is down on the turf, looking like he might need some medical attention.
34' The hosts are showing great discipline, considering their recent defensive record. It has helped that the midfield is effectively shielding their back four, particularly out wide.
32' With Watford dropping back again, Spurs have now increased their possession share to nearly three-quarters, but their final ball has been lacking precision and they've fluffed a couple of presentable opportunities.
30' WIDE! It opens up for Kane after Bachmann and Louza contrive to lose the ball in dangerous territory, but the England striker steps onto the ball and fires wide of the right-hand post! That was a good chance, presented on a platter, but still Spurs are frustrated.
28' Still looking to secure a lead today, Tottenham have won just two of their last 10 away league games against Watford, and are winless in their last three visits to Vicarage Road since a 4-1 win exactly five years ago today.
26' SHARP STOP! Having found some space on the left side of the area, Reguilon fires off a powerful shot at goal, which Bachmann flings himself to his left in order to tip away. An excellent strike by the full-back, but it was an equally fine save.
24' Bachmann is proactive in starting a quick counter, and at the move's end, Sema drives in a low shot which is comfortably fielded by Lloris.
22' Son is presented with the ball after some committed closing down on the halfway line, and starts a counter-attack. Though its momentum peters out in the end, Spurs are now camped back inside the Watford half.
20' Louza drops a dangerous free-kick in behind the Spurs defence from the right, but it just evades the yellow shirts trying to make contact and goes behind for a goal-kick.
19' SAVE! Bachmann is forced into action, as Kane turns in familiar fashion on the left side of the box and powers in a shot which is just too centrally placed to cause serious concern.
17' CHANCE! Following a lofted ball in by Moura, a Cathcart header only finds Hojbjerg on the edge of the area, but the Danish midfielder skews his strike just over Bachmann's bar. He had time there, but hurried it a little.
15' Cathcart, covering at right-back today, gives away a free-kick on a rare foray into the Spurs half. Soon, Watford are sucked back into their defensive third.
13' Twice in succession, Moura has crosses blocked on the edge of the box, as Tottenham heap more pressure on the home goal.
11' Reflecting their dominance since the opening few minutes, Spurs have had 70 per cent of the ball so far.
9' Skipp tries to slalom through the deep Watford defence, but is blocked out and Spurs recycle the ball. The visitors are completely on top now.
8' Watford are up against precedent today, having won just one of their last 17 league games against Tottenham - losing 10 times during that period. The Hornets have also won their first league game in just one of the last 10 calendar years, losing eight.
6' Tottenham have tried to smother their hosts' early enthusiasm, as they pass the ball around crisply without threatening to break.
4' Kucka limps away from a challenge with Reguilon, but after a few moments seems to have recovered.
2' A neat throughball by King picks out Dennis 30 yards from goal, and the Watford striker dribbles mazily through a couple of Spurs challenge only to scuff his shot straight at Lloris. Still, a bright start from the hosts.
1' We are under way at Vicarage Road!
The players are now out on the pitch, with kick-off just moments away!
Following Tuesday's disappointing draw, Conte also alters his lineup, as Moura and Skipp come in to the Spurs side; Winks and Alli start on the bench. Lo Celso has overcome a calf problem and could play for the first time in eight weeks if he appears as a substitute. However, injured trio Steven Bergwijn, Cristian Romero and Ryan Sessegnon remain sidelined.
Ranieri opts to make three changes from the XI that started Tuesday's defeat to West Ham, as Troost-Ekong, Louza and Sema come in to the Watford side. Leading scorer Dennis is available today - and throughout January - as the in-form striker has now been excluded from Nigeria's Africa Cup of Nations squad. Meanwhile, Cleverley has recovered from a hamstring strain to make the bench, but Kiko Femenia misses out - as does his fellow full-back Danny Rose, who remains absent with a knee problem.
SUBS: Pierluigi Gollini, Joe Rodon, Matt Doherty, Harry Winks, Bryan Gil, Giovani Lo Celso, Tanguy Ndombele, Japhet Tanganga, Dele Alli.
TOTTENHAM (3-4-3): Hugo Lloris; Davinson Sanchez, Eric Dier, Ben Davies; Emerson, Oliver Skipp, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Sergio Reguilon; Lucas Moura, Harry Kane, Son Heung-Min.
SUBS: Vincent Angelini, James Morris, Dan Gosling, Joao Pedro, Tom Cleverley, Ashley Fletcher, Ozan Tufan, Juan Hernandez, Jeremy Ngakia.
WATFORD (4-1-4-1): Daniel Bachmann; Craig Cathcart, William Troost-Ekong, Francisco Sierralta, Adam Masina; Moussa Sissoko; Ken Sema, Imran Louza, Juraj Kucka, Joshua King; Emmanuel Dennis.
Much improved since installing their own Italian coach, Antonio Conte, Tottenham were frustrated by Southampton in midweek, when they came away with a draw despite Saints playing the second half with 10 men. Nonetheless, Spurs sit seventh in the Premier League pecking order - just five points behind fourth-placed rivals Arsenal, with three games in hand. They have, however, won just six of their past 22 away league matches ahead of today's game, including one of their last six.
The only side without a Premier League clean sheet this season, Watford are on a streak of five successive defeats, having conceded an average of three goals per game during that dire run. Defeat today would equal the club's top-flight record of six losses in a row. Though the Hornets took the lead against West Ham on Tuesday, they went on to suffer a 4-1 home defeat to end 2021 on a down note. That leaves Claudio Ranieri's men 17th in the table - only two points clear of 18th-placed Burnley, who have two games in hand.
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