Watford 2-1 Tottenham: Hornets Maintain Dream Start

Craig Cathcart’s header secured all 3 points in an incredible comeback victory for Watford against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

The Hornets join Liverpool and Chelsea at the top of the league in a start to the season that could have only been dreamed of weeks ago. Gracia’s side can now enjoy the international break before war breaks out again against Manchester United in two weeks time, a game they can go into beaming with confidence.

The game started with Spurs dominating the ball without providing much cutting edge in the final third. Watford’s defence stood strong and were in large parts untroubled before Dele Allis looping header almost caught Ben Foster out.

The uneventful first half turned out to be calm the storm before an utterly exhilarating second half. After defending so resolutely, the Hornets’ defence were left kicking themselves when a mix up in the box led to an unfortunate attempted touch by Abdoulaye Doucoure finding the bottom corner to the despair of the scrambling Ben Foster.

However, after finding themselves behind, the goal acted as a catalyst for a spectacular comeback that was fuelled by the likes of Cathcart and inspirational captain Troy Deeney flying in to challenges and getting in Spurs players faces. The hard work paid off when Jose Holebas’ freekick was expertly glanced in by Deeney ahead of the Spurs high line. The momentum was now completely on Watford’s side and the comeback was complete from Cathcart’s bullet header from a corner. The Hornets were able to see out the game largely untroubled, although a quiet Harry Kane’s poor header should have made the Hornets pay.

Watford now head into the international break in the best shape possible. This win sums up the spirit and belief this side has, allowing me as a Watford fan to go into each game with confidence that I’ve never had in the Premier league.

Watford

  • 26 Foster
  • 2 Janmaat
  • 15 Cathcart
  • 27 Kabasele
  • 25 Holebas
  • 16 Doucoure
  • 29 Capoue
  • 19 Hughes
  • 37 Pereyra
  • 18 Gray
  • 9 Deeney

Spurs

  • 13 Vorm
  • 4 Alderweireld
  • 6 Sanchez
  • 5 Vertonghen
  • 19 Dembele
  • 2 Trippier
  • 23 Eriksen
  • 20 Alli
  • 33 Davies
  • 27 Lucas Moura
  • 10 Kane
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