Published: Tue, May 01, 2018
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Tottenham 2-0 Watford: Pochettino's men rated and slated

Tottenham 2-0 Watford: Pochettino's men rated and slated

Mauricio Pochettino's men were in control from then on, with a seemingly minor injury that forced Mousa Dembele off the only blot on the victory as Watford remain six points above third-bottom Southampton, who have a game in hand.

The Lillywhites who were without a win in their last two league games had seen the lead between them and fifth-placed Chelsea reduced to two points following the Blues' 1-0 win against Swansea on Saturday.

Regardless of what their final position might be, they now look to be odds-on to return to European football's leading club event again next term.

"I think it was a good night for us", Pochettino told Sky Sports. Maybe we didn't play the way we wanted to play and our performance wasn't right but most important was the three points.

But Tottenham extended that gap to five points with just three games to play thanks to an ultimately routine win against a Watford side still not quite safe from relegation. We tried but I think Watford was a very hard opponent.

"There was massive pressure on us to take the three points".

Moussa Sissoko was on course to make it three a minute to added time, but went over the top from a good position.

For Watford, the end of the season can not come quickly enough as they are now winless in seven and still not mathematically safe, sitting six points clear of the drop zone.

"We are in a very good situation".

Dele Alli scored his first home goal of the season from a defensive blunder, where goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis failed to handle a cross from Christian Eriksen after 16 minutes.

That should have been the platform for the hosts to kick on and take the game by the scruff of the neck, but they were reliant on goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to keep their lead in tact. "There is no doubt about that".

Tottenham have not lost in the top flight this season when opening the scoring and, though captain Hugo Lloris was required to maintain their advantage, Kane gave Watford a mountain to climb with his 48th-minute effort, moving him onto 27 league goals - four behind Liverpool's Mohamed Salah.

Nevertheless, Pochettino was clear in his praise for the England forward who, while taking his goal well, still looked a little short of sharpness. "What more can you say about him. he's a fantastic striker and I'm happy he scored again".

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