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Watford 1-4 Tottenham Hotspur

Harry Kane scores against Watford
Harry Kane beat two Watford defenders to the ball to volley home his second

Harry Kane and Dele Alli scored two goals apiece as Tottenham thrashed lacklustre Watford to move into the Premier League's top four for the first time since October.

Spurs dominated from the off at Vicarage Road - having 13 shots in the first half alone - and seconds after Alli struck the bar, Kane coolly finished a well-weighted Kieran Trippier pass.

The same duo combined for the second, Kane stealing between two static defenders to prod home Trippier's fine cross from six yards.

It was the England striker's 59th goal in his first 100 Premier League appearances, matching Arsenal legend Thierry Henry.

Alli made it 3-0 by passing low into the net after Younes Kaboul skewed the ball into his path, then arrived unmarked to finish Kane's cross for his fifth goal in three matches.

Watford, who did not have a shot on target until Kaboul bundled home a late consolation, drop to 13th having won just once in seven matches.

Spurs' fourth successive win briefly took them third, before Arsenal moved back ahead of them with victory over Crystal Palace.

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Dele Alli
Alli's goals came on an otherwise quiet day for the midfielder, who only had 33 touches and completed just 56% of his passes

Having won at Southampton by the same scoreline on Wednesday, Tottenham have scored four goals in consecutive away games for the first time since October 1960 - the season they did the Double.

Their 10-point deficit on leaders Chelsea, whom they host on Wednesday, will temper any title talk, but there can be no doubt Spurs are in menacing mood.

Trippier, in for the suspended Kyle Walker, impressed on just his third league appearance of the season and underlined the strength in depth at White Hart Lane.

Action zones
Tottenham repeatedly used Kieran Trippier on the right flank, and his early quality was telling

The former Burnley player was a constant outlet - having more than 100 touches - and his early assists allowed Kane to show the ruthlessness of his finishing.

Had Son Heung-Min been more clinical with any of his five shots, the damage could have been worse.

But boss Mauricio Pochettino will be thrilled with a 100% record over a busy festive period in which his side secured their first league away wins since September.

What's happened to Watford and Ighalo?

Odion Ighalo
Ighalo has one league goal this season, 12 fewer than at the same stage in 2015-16

It is easy to praise Tottenham, but Watford's early defensive offering was non-existent.

Manager Walter Mazzarri has stressed he will use the transfer window to find cover for as many as eight first-teamers out injured.

But his side can have no excuse for their dire defensive work against Spurs - the third time this season they have been three goals down at half-time.

With 34 goals conceded, 14 more than at this stage last season, holes at the back need plugging urgently, but there are also problems at the other end of the pitch.

Odion Ighalo, drafted in after Camilo Zuniga limped out of the warm-up, was peripheral, with just 23 touches, only two more than 68th-minute Spurs substitute Ben Davies. He and Troy Deeney have contributed 10 goals between them this season, 14 fewer than at the same stage in 2015-16.

The Hornets next face Stoke and Middlesbrough. Their fans could be looking over their shoulders at the bottom three by mid-January, unless they can find some form.

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Kane scores
Kane had limited thinking time but lifted the ball over former Spurs keeper Heurelho Gomes for his first goal
  • No player has been involved in more Premier League goals on New Year's Day than Harry Kane's six (four goals and two assists) - level with Andrew Cole and Steven Gerrard (both five goals and one assist)
  • Spurs were three goals up at half-time for the first time in a Premier League away game since March 1997 v Sunderland
  • This was the first time the Hornets had let in four goals in a Premier League game at Vicarage Road
  • Watford have never beaten Tottenham in a Premier League match, drawing twice and losing five

'One of the best this season' - manager quotes

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Mazzarri bemoans Watford injuries

Watford manager Walter Mazzarri: "Zuniga was the 10th player to get injured, five or six are starting 11, we had four under-23s in the 18 players that we brought today. Unfortunately this is the situation."

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino: "We played very good, to a very high standard. The first half was one of the best we've played this season. I'm very happy because it was a difficult game, and the team responded."

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Spurs' best half of the season - Pochettino

Man of the match - Harry Kane

Harry Kane
Kane showed composure for his first, desire to convert his second and the presence of mind to pick out Alli for Tottenham's fourth goal. He made Watford's defenders pay heavily for what was undeniably a poor showing.

What next?

Tottenham will try to end Chelsea's 13-game winning streak when they host Antonio Conte's side in a 20:00 GMT kick-off on Wednesday. Watford have a day less to recover as they travel to Stoke for a 20:00 GMT kick-off on Tuesday.

Line-ups

Watford

  • 1Gomes
  • 15CathcartBooked at 83mins
  • 5PrödlBooked at 63mins
  • 4Kaboul
  • 7N AmrabatSubstituted forSinclairat 75'minutes
  • 29CapoueSubstituted forKabaseleat 79'minutes
  • 17Guédioura
  • 25HolebasBooked at 44minsSubstituted forMasonat 68'minutes
  • 16Doucouré
  • 24Ighalo
  • 9Deeney

Substitutes

  • 19Sinclair
  • 27Kabasele
  • 30Pantilimon
  • 32Mason
  • 35Stewart
  • 38Rowan
  • 39Folivi

Tottenham

  • 1Lloris
  • 15Dier
  • 4Alderweireld
  • 27Wimmer
  • 12Wanyama
  • 16Trippier
  • 23Eriksen
  • 20AlliSubstituted forWinksat 61'minutes
  • 3RoseSubstituted forDaviesat 68'minutes
  • 10KaneSubstituted forJanssenat 77'minutes
  • 7Son Heung-Min

Substitutes

  • 9Janssen
  • 13Vorm
  • 17Sissoko
  • 19Dembélé
  • 29Winks
  • 33Davies
  • 38Carter-Vickers
Referee:
Michael Oliver
Attendance:
20,882

Match Stats

Home TeamWatfordAway TeamTottenham
Possession
Home34%
Away66%
Shots
Home6
Away19
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home0
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Watford 1, Tottenham Hotspur 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Watford 1, Tottenham Hotspur 4.

Attempt blocked. Abdoulaye Doucouré (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jerome Sinclair.

Goal!

Goal! Watford 1, Tottenham Hotspur 4. Younes Kaboul (Watford) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner following a set piece situation.

Attempt saved. Younes Kaboul (Watford) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur).

Jerome Sinclair (Watford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Eric Dier tries a through ball, but Vincent Janssen is caught offside.

Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jerome Sinclair (Watford).

Foul by Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur).

Jerome Sinclair (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is too high following a set piece situation.

Booking

Craig Cathcart (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Vincent Janssen (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Craig Cathcart (Watford).

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Christian Kabasele replaces Etienne Capoue.

Attempt missed. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Brandon Mason (Watford).

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Vincent Janssen replaces Harry Kane.

Attempt missed. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Christian Eriksen.

Foul by Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur).

Troy Deeney (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Jerome Sinclair replaces Nordin Amrabat because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Nordin Amrabat (Watford) because of an injury.

Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Craig Cathcart (Watford).

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Ben Davies replaces Danny Rose.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Brandon Mason replaces José Holebas.

Offside, Watford. Younes Kaboul tries a through ball, but Odion Ighalo is caught offside.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur) because of an injury.

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Kieran Trippier tries a through ball, but Son Heung-Min is caught offside.

Booking

Sebastian Prödl (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sebastian Prödl (Watford).

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Harry Winks replaces Dele Alli.

Offside, Watford. Sebastian Prödl tries a through ball, but Troy Deeney is caught offside.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea19161242132949
2Liverpool19134246212543
3Arsenal19124341192240
4Tottenham19116237142339
5Man City19123439211839
6Man Utd19106329191036
7Everton197662523227
8West Brom197572523226
9Southampton196671922-324
10Bournemouth197392631-524
11Burnley1972102129-823
12West Ham196492333-1022
13Watford196492334-1122
14Stoke195682232-1021
15Leicester195592431-720
16Middlesbrough194691722-518
17Crystal Palace1944112935-616
18Sunderland1942131735-1814
19Hull1934121641-2513
20Swansea1933132144-2312
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