Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says his side will learn from “suffering things against us” after Spurs drew against Watford, despite playing most of the second half with only 10 men.Spurs had defender Davinson Sanchez dismissed for elbowing Richarlison in the 52nd minute, but battled to secure an away point and move up to sixth in the Premier League.The hosts had taken the lead in the 13th minute when Christian Kabasele headed in from six yards from Tom Cleverley’s left-wing corner.
Watford thought they should have had a penalty when Richarlison appeared to be fouled, but it was not given, and less than a minute later Tottenham’s Son Heung-min finished off Christian Eriksen’s cross to equalise.After Sanchez’s red card, Abdoulaye Doucoure hit the post for the hosts with a 25-yard strike but Watford could not find a winning goal.Relive Watford’s game with Tottenham as it happenedReaction and analysis from Saturday’s Premier League matches”We’re in a period now that we are suffering things against us,” said Pochettino. “It is good for the group to try and learn. It is a long-term project. It will be good for the future. You want to win but in tough moments you learn.”I think it wasn’t intentional for Davinson to do what he did. I am not going to talk about the refereeing decision any more.”For me one of the first questions is about a controversial situation. My decision is not going to change it.”This was Tottenham’s fourth Premier League match without a victory, although they do climb above Burnley, who lost 1-0 at Leicester, while Watford remain eighth.Referee Atkinson makes the headlines againBoth managers might have felt they were hard done by as a thrilling encounter was marked by controversial incidents.Watford will feel aggrieved that Tottenham were given the chance to equalise in the first half after Richarlison looked to have been blocked off in the Spurs penalty area by Ben Davies.However, referee Martin Atkinson, who caused controversy on Wednesday by failing to send off Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet for what looked to be a professional foul on Stoke’s Mame Biram Diouf, waved play on.Tottenham quickly countered down the right through Kieran Trippier, who was repeatedly allowed to advance with the ball, and he released Eriksen, who slid in a low pass which Son tucked away from close range.
But Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino will also be unhappy with the decision to dismiss Sanchez seven minutes into the second half, although the defender caught Richarlison with his elbow just in front of the benches, near the halfway line. In a fiery encounter, Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Dele Alli were both on the receiving end of some tough challenges throughout the match, with four Watford players getting cautioned.Watford show their fighting spiritFor Watford, it is another impressive result in what has been a superb season so far since Marco Silva took over in the summer.The Hornets had only finished one place above the relegation zone in 2016-17 under Walter Mazzarri, but Silva, appointed manager in May, has helped transform the side into a hard-to-beat, physical, but talented team.This result is the third time this season that Watford have not lost against a top-six side, after also drawing 3-3 with Liverpool in August and beating Arsenal 2-1 in October.Silva, who was wanted as Everton boss before the Toffees appointed Sam Allardyce earlier this week, watched his team take the lead when Kabasele outjumped Kane to head the hosts in front.After Son’s equaliser and Sanchez’s dismissal, Watford came closest to taking the three points but Doucoure’s excellent 25-yard strike bounced off the inside of the post and away to safety.Man of the match – Abdoulaye Doucoure (Watford)
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Watford have never beaten Tottenham in the Premier League (drew three, lost six).Spurs have now kept just one clean sheet in their past seven Premier League games, after registering four shut-outs in the five games before that.Christian Eriksen provided his first Premier League assist since the opening weekend against Newcastle, ending a run of 13 appearances without one.Son Heung-Min has scored four and assisted two more in his last seven starts in all competitions for Tottenham.Christian Kabasele has scored two goals in 14 Premier League games this season, equalling his tally from last season in 16 appearances. All four of his goals in the competition have come from corner situations. Spurs have kept just one clean sheet in their last seven PL games, after registering four shut-outs in the five games before that.Tottenham been shown two red cards in their last 10 Premier League games, as many as in their previous 111 in the competition. ‘I want everybody with their feet on the floor’ – what they said
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Watford manager Marco Silva told BBC Sport: “We did everything to win, like Tottenham and it was a tough game for both teams.”It was 1-1 at half-time and a rough game in the second half. We know against Tottenham we can lose our balance in a counter-attack, but against 10 we tried everything and had chances to score.”In some moments in the last decision we need to do better. In the last cross and the last decision, it is not the best. “We need to keep going and nothing changes. In the last game against Manchester United [which Watford lost 4-2] we did our best and the players again showed good commitment and attitude. This is our way.”Everybody knows what our hope is – to remain a club in the Premier League. We have started well and everybody is enjoying it, but I want everybody with their feet on the floor. This game showed me we need to improve a lot and continue working hard.”
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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino told BBC Sport: “We deserved more. In the second half we played more than 40 minutes with one less and the team was brave and tried to win the game.”I am happy. In the last few weeks we have been frustrated but the face the team showed today was good. Sometimes you need to feel that frustration and learn.”It is so difficult to play with one less. The good thing is we did not concede and we were also close to scoring. We handled the game well during the second half and I was happy with the performance.”What’s next?For Watford, they play next on Saturday, 9 December with a trip to Burnley (15:00 GMT), before an away game at Crystal Palace on Tuesday, 12 December (20:00 GMT).Tottenham have three home games in a row, starting with a match on Wednesday (19:45 GMT) in the Champions League against Cypriot side Apoel Nicosia, although Spurs have already secured top spot in Group H and a place in the last 16. After that, Pochettino’s side have Premier League games against Stoke on Saturday, 9 December (15:00 GMT) and Brighton on Wednesday, 13 December (20:00 GMT).Line-upsMatch StatsLive TextLine-upsWatford1Gomes6Mariappa5Prödl27KabaseleBooked at 50minsSubstituted forCapoueat 64’minutes21Femenía16Doucouré8CleverleyBooked at 36minsSubstituted forGrayat 88’minutes22ZeegelaarBooked at 73mins37PereyraSubstituted forCarrilloat 67’minutes11RicharlisonBooked at 88mins9DeeneySubstitutes2Janmaat13Wagué18Gray23Watson28Carrillo29Capoue30KarnezisTottenham1Lloris2Trippier6SánchezBooked at 52mins5VertonghenBooked at 71mins33Davies15Dier19Dembélé23EriksenSubstituted forSissokoat 64’minutes20AlliSubstituted forWinksat 86’minutes7Son Heung-minSubstituted forLamelaat 77’minutes10KaneSubstitutes3Rose11Lamela13Vorm17Sissoko18Llorente24Aurier29WinksReferee:Martin AtkinsonAttendance:20,278Match StatsHome TeamWatfordAway TeamTottenhamPossessionHome51%Away49%ShotsHome6Away8Shots on TargetHome2Away2CornersHome7Away2FoulsHome16Away8Live TextPosted at Match ends, Watford 1, Tottenham Hotspur 1.Full TimePosted at 90’+5′ Second Half ends, Watford 1, Tottenham Hotspur 1.Posted at 90’+2′ Corner, Watford. Conceded by Erik Lamela.Posted at 90′ Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.Posted at 90′ Foul by Marvin Zeegelaar (Watford).BookingPosted at 88′ Richarlison (Watford) is shown the yellow card.Posted at 88′ Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 88′ Foul by Etienne Capoue (Watford).SubstitutionPosted at 88′ Substitution, Watford. Andre Gray replaces Tom Cleverley.Posted at 87′ Foul by Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur).Posted at 87′ Etienne Capoue (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.SubstitutionPosted at 86′ Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Harry Winks replaces Dele Alli.Posted at 86′ Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 86′ Foul by Tom Cleverley (Watford).Posted at 85′ Corner, Watford. Conceded by Eric Dier.Posted at 81′ Attempt saved. Etienne Capoue (Watford) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Cleverley.Posted at 79′ Foul by Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur).Posted at 79′ Troy Deeney (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.SubstitutionPosted at 77′ Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Erik Lamela replaces Son Heung-Min.Posted at 77′ Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Eric Dier tries a through ball, but Moussa Sissoko is caught offside.Posted at 75′ Corner, Watford. Conceded by Kieran Trippier.Posted at 75′ Attempt blocked. Richarlison (Watford) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by André Carrillo with a cross.Posted at 74′ Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Harry Kane tries a through ball, but Dele Alli is caught offside.BookingPosted at 73′ Marvin Zeegelaar (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Posted at 73′ Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Adrian Mariappa.Posted at 73′ Attempt blocked. Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Harry Kane.BookingPosted at 71′ Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Posted at 70′ Foul by Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur).Posted at 70′ Etienne Capoue (Watford) wins a free kick on the right wing.Posted at 70′ Delay over. They are ready to continue.Posted at 69′ Delay in match Heurelho Gomes (Watford) because of an injury.SubstitutionPosted at 67′ Substitution, Watford. André Carrillo replaces Roberto Pereyra.Posted at 66′ Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.Posted at 66′ Foul by Adrian Mariappa (Watford).Posted at 65′ Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.Posted at 65′ Foul by Sebastian Prödl (Watford).SubstitutionPosted at 64′ Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Moussa Sissoko replaces Christian Eriksen.SubstitutionPosted at 64′ Substitution, Watford. Etienne Capoue replaces Christian Kabasele.Posted at 63′ Abdoulaye Doucouré (Watford) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box following a corner.Posted at 63′ Corner, Watford. Conceded by Ben Davies.Show more updatesgoal
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