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Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Watford: Son Heung-min winner maintains Spurs' 100% start

By Steven SutcliffeBBC Sport
Son Heung-min scores for Tottenham
Son Heung-min has scored six goals in 10 Premier League appearances against Watford

Son Heung-min marked his 200th Premier League appearance with the winning goal as Tottenham maintained their 100% start to the season against Watford.

The result means Spurs will top the table heading into September's international break, while Watford are 12th.

It also sees Nuno Espirito Santo become just the second Tottenham boss to win his first three league games in charge of the club, with the last man to accomplish that feat being Arthur Rowe in 1949.

But they were made to work hard for their victory by an accomplished Watford side who were unfortunate to concede when Son's inswinging free-kick deceived goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann and found the bottom-right corner.

While Harry Kane was unusually quiet on his first top-flight start this term for Tottenham, Steven Bergwijn, Eric Dier and Dele Alli all had chances for the hosts.

However, Xisco Munoz's side offered plenty of attacking threat of their own.

Juraj Kucka twice failed to capitalise on good opportunities to score and Emmanuel Dennis also gave Spurs some uncomfortable moments.

Solid Spurs riding wave of positivity

Nuno Espirito Santo praises Spurs' spirit but admits there are 'things to improve'

There was a feeling of buoyancy as Spurs emerged before kick-off, with Kane in particular receiving a rousing reception from the home supporters.

And that positivity was still sweeping around the stadium at full-time with a 300th Premier League home win in the bag.

While newly promoted Watford are likely to have disparate objectives for the rest of the season, Spurs' victory and performance sets them up nicely for a challenging run of fixtures when the Premier League resumes.

London derbies against Crystal Palace, Chelsea and Arsenal are next on the agenda for Nuno's side.

And aside from the relief of keeping Kane - their main goalscoring threat - they also appear to have become more solid in defence since Nuno arrived in the summer.

Spurs are yet to concede a league goal this term and the way in which Dier and Davinson Sanchez both threw themselves in front of efforts that look destined to end up in their net underlined a new attitude to defending.

Watford show their worth

Hornets' performance 'very good' in defeat by Spurs - Xisco

Watford looked aggrieved to have gone into the interval trailing after holding Spurs at bay for much of the first period, and even without the likes of Troy Deeney they showed plenty of attacking intent.

Nigerian forward Dennis was particularly lively coming in off the left to present his marker Japhet Tanganga and the covering Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg with a number of problems.

Ismaila Sarr's pace was also an outlet on the opposite flank - with the Senegal international twice having chances to open the scoring early on.

The Hornets were also unfortunate to see Kucka's goal-bound effort blocked by Spurs defender Dier during a frenetic start.

Even after Spurs went ahead there always seemed a route back into the game for them, however Xisco will be conscious that for all their fine play, they mustered just two shots on target.

Player of the match

Son Heung-minSon Heung-min

with an average of 7.72

Tottenham Hotspur

  1. Squad number7Player nameSon Heung-min
    Average rating

    7.72

  2. Squad number27Player nameLucas Moura
    Average rating

    6.77

  3. Squad number11Player nameGil
    Average rating

    6.65

  4. Squad number20Player nameAlli
    Average rating

    6.58

  5. Squad number5Player nameHøjbjerg
    Average rating

    6.50

  6. Squad number25Player nameTanganga
    Average rating

    6.39

  7. Squad number23Player nameBergwijn
    Average rating

    6.38

  8. Squad number29Player nameSkipp
    Average rating

    6.34

  9. Squad number3Player nameReguilón
    Average rating

    6.29

  10. Squad number6Player nameD Sánchez
    Average rating

    6.23

  11. Squad number1Player nameLloris
    Average rating

    6.09

  12. Squad number15Player nameDier
    Average rating

    6.06

  13. Squad number10Player nameKane
    Average rating

    5.39

Watford

  1. Squad number19Player nameSissoko
    Average rating

    6.45

  2. Squad number23Player nameSarr
    Average rating

    6.17

  3. Squad number25Player nameDennis
    Average rating

    5.99

  4. Squad number33Player nameKucka
    Average rating

    5.82

  5. Squad number7Player nameKing
    Average rating

    5.75

  6. Squad number4Player nameEtebo
    Average rating

    5.63

  7. Squad number5Player nameTroost-Ekong
    Average rating

    5.60

  8. Squad number31Player nameSierralta
    Average rating

    5.60

  9. Squad number15Player nameCathcart
    Average rating

    5.54

  10. Squad number11Player nameMasina
    Average rating

    5.52

  11. Squad number26Player nameBachmann
    Average rating

    5.34

  12. Squad number2Player nameNgakia
    Average rating

    5.32

  13. Squad number8Player nameCleverley
    Average rating

    5.26

  14. Squad number29Player nameCucho Hernández
    Average rating

    5.18

Line-ups

Tottenham

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Lloris
  • 25Tanganga
  • 6D Sánchez
  • 15Dier
  • 3Reguilón
  • 5Højbjerg
  • 29SkippBooked at 85mins
  • 20AlliBooked at 61mins
  • 7Son Heung-minSubstituted forGilat 88'minutes
  • 10KaneBooked at 45mins
  • 23BergwijnSubstituted forLucas Mouraat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Doherty
  • 4Romero
  • 8Winks
  • 11Gil
  • 18Lo Celso
  • 19R Sessegnon
  • 22Gollini
  • 27Lucas Moura
  • 33Davies

Watford

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 26Bachmann
  • 15CathcartSubstituted forNgakiaat 51'minutes
  • 5Troost-Ekong
  • 31Sierralta
  • 11Masina
  • 4EteboBooked at 28mins
  • 23Sarr
  • 19SissokoBooked at 54minsSubstituted forCleverleyat 71'minutes
  • 33Kucka
  • 25DennisBooked at 90mins
  • 7KingSubstituted forHernándezat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Ngakia
  • 3Rose
  • 6Louza
  • 8Cleverley
  • 12Sema
  • 17Fletcher
  • 27Kabasele
  • 29Hernández
  • 35Elliot
Referee:
Andre Marriner
Attendance:
57,672

Match Stats

Home TeamTottenhamAway TeamWatford
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home15
Away9
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home10
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 1, Watford 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 1, Watford 0.

  3. Booking

    Emmanuel Dennis (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Emmanuel Dennis (Watford).

  6. Post update

    Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Cucho Hernández.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Francisco Sierralta.

  8. Post update

    Offside, Watford. Peter Etebo tries a through ball, but Ismaila Sarr is caught offside.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Tom Cleverley (Watford).

  11. Post update

    Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Lucas Moura tries a through ball, but Harry Kane is caught offside.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Bryan Gil replaces Son Heung-Min.

  13. Post update

    Davinson Sánchez (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Emmanuel Dennis (Watford).

  15. Booking

    Oliver Skipp (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Oliver Skipp (Tottenham Hotspur).

  17. Post update

    Ismaila Sarr (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Japhet Tanganga.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by William Troost-Ekong.

  20. Post update

    Davinson Sánchez (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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