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Result: Tottenham Hotspur beat Watford to strengthen grip on top four

Result: Spurs strengthen grip on top four
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Dele Alli and Harry Kane score the goals as Tottenham Hotspur strengthen their grip on a Premier League top-four spot with a 2-0 win over Watford at Wembley.

Tottenham Hotspur moved a step closer to securing Champions League football at their new stadium with a 2-0 victory over Watford at Wembley this evening.

Goals from Dele Alli and Harry Kane ended Spurs's three-match winless run in all competitions and re-established the five-point gap back to rivals Chelsea in fifth.

The opening 45 minutes was the tale of two goalkeepers, with Watford's Oscar Karnezis gifting Spurs the opening goal before Hugo Lloris made a string of fine saves.

Karnezis spilled a Kieran Trippier cross into the path of Christian Eriksen, who scooped the ball square to Alli for a simple touch-and-finish from the centre of the box.

If Watford were not the better side in the first half than they at least created the better chances, with Etienne Capoue releasing Andre Gray on 26 minutes for a toe-poke which brought a strong save from Lloris.

Will Hughes and Abdoulaye Doucoure combined nicely 10 minutes later to fashion another opportunity which the latter worked back onto his right foot and hit powerfully, albeit straight at Lloris from 12 yards out.

Tottenham's captain has been at fault for several goals in recent weeks, but had to make his third good save of the half when he pushed away a low shot from Richarlison which was heading for the bottom corner.

The half-time anxiety around Wembley disappeared three minutes after the restart when Kane turned home Trippier's cutback, having lost his footing when trying to connect with Son Heung-min's initial cross.

Kane would have moved to within three of Liverpool's Mohamed Salah in the race for the Premier League's Golden Boot had he been able to sort his feet out to convert a close-range rebound, after Jan Vertonghen's 68th-minute header came back off the post.

Rather than a late Spurs flourish, Watford responded as well as they did in the first half and should have pulled one back when Troy Deeney knocked the ball down for Richarlison who blazed over from eight yards.

Deeney and Gerard Deulofeu had a big impact off the visiting bench and the Spaniard had a 72nd-minute goal disallowed when he was flagged for a marginal offside, before rounding Lloris and slotting into the net.

Tottenham had their own goal chalked out two minutes later when skilful build-up play from Vertonghen went to waste by Kane straying offside. The England striker would not get another bite at a second goal but he did set up Moussa Sissoko for a 90th-minute chance that the Frenchman hit over the crossbar.

Lloris was still needed to preserve a deserved clean sheet in stoppage time by keeping out Andre Carrillo on a night when Spurs were not at their best, but had enough to beat a Watford side who are over 10 hours without an away goal in the Premier League.

SPURS (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies; Dier, Dembele (Wanyama, 63'); Eriksen, Dele (Lamela, 82'), Son (Sissoko, 74'); Kane

WATFORD (4-2-3-1): Karnezis; Mariappa, Cathcart, Kabasele, Holebas; Doucoure, Capoue; Femenia (Deulofeu, 64'), Hughes (Carrillo, 83'), Richarlison; Gray (Deeney, 64')

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City1210203653132
2Liverpool129302351830
3Chelsea128402781928
4Tottenham HotspurSpurs1290320101027
5Arsenal1273226151124
6Bournemouth126242116520
7Watford126241714320
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd126242021-120
9Everton125431915419
10Leicester CityLeicester125251716117
11Wolverhampton WanderersWolves124441213-116
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton124261318-514
13West Ham UnitedWest Ham123361418-412
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle12237915-69
15Burnley122371225-139
16Crystal Palace12228817-98
17Southampton12156821-138
18Cardiff CityCardiff122281125-148
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield12147622-167
20Fulham121291131-205

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