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Favourites Spurs falter once again in a controversial draw in North London



Tottenham scored a controversial late equaliser to draw 1-1 against the bottom of the table team Watford as they continue their terrible start to the season.

Midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure scored early for Watford but Dele Alli punished a Ben Foster mistake late on.

Spurs come into the fixture in poor form having lost their two of their last three Premier League games.

However, Pochettino’s side have won three out of their four home games this season so were the favourites with the bookies having them 9/20 for a win.

Watford have even worse form as they have yet to pick up a win in the league yet. They have only managed to attain a single point away from home and thus, were understandably 6/1 for a win.

The first action was the game was rather unfortunate for Watford. Summer signing Danny Welbeck picked up a hamstring injury and was forced off just four minutes into the game.

However, it did not seem to faze the Hornets as they went on to score just two minutes later thanks to a brilliant team goal.

Defender Craig Cathcart played an exquisite cross-field pass to Daryl Janmaat.

The right-back controlled it with ease and whipped a sensational floor cross to the onrushing Abdoulaye Doucoure who slotted past keeper Paulo Gazzaniga.

The Lilywhites tried to get a goal soon after but Moussa Sissoko skied it from 20 yards, which was Spurs’ first attempt of the game.

Pochettino’s team had a few more potshots but none of them troubled keeper Ben Foster who remained largely untested in Watford’s goal.

Seven minutes before the end of the half, Watford had a penalty shout controversially waved away. Welbeck’s replacement Gerard Deulofeu looked to have been brought down by Jan Vertonghen. However, even with VAR, the referee decided not to award a penalty.

It was a dismal half from Spurs and came out in the second half with a point to prove.

Half-time substitute Son Heung-min cut inside and struck a ferocious shot onto the crossbar just four minutes into his introduction.

It was by far the closest Spurs came to scoring this match, which woke Watford up from their slow start to the half.

Just two minutes later, Deulofeu was through in on goal. The Spaniard opted to pass instead of shoot and played in Roberto Pereyra. However, Serge Aurier made a last-ditch tackle to ensure Spurs did not go two down.

The Hornets had another glorious opportunity to double their lead. In the 58th minute, Janmaat was unable to get a shot away despite it being a four-on-two situation for Watford.

The right-back wastes another great counter-attack ten minutes later where he once again fails to get a shot away to the frustration of manager Quique Sanchez Flores.

The Spanish manager’s team were under the cosh but their lead was not threatened once with Spurs lacking a cutting edge.

Pochettino’s team did find the breakthrough though but it was very late. It took until the 86th minute for them to score but it was with huge controversy.

Dele Alli, who made his first Premier League start, pounced on Ben Foster making a hash of a cross to turn in an undeserved equaliser.

The goal was subject to a VAR check and the big screen says ‘no goal’. However, that was a mistake and the referee confirms it is a goal.

It was a very dramatic end to a somewhat lacklustre game. Watford are yet to get their first win in the league and for Spurs, the pressure is still high as they failed to get a much-needed three points.

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