Enough chances fell Spurs’ way to secure the victory long before their eventual winner, which came in stoppage time. Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, who had the best chances to secure victory, weren’t able to find the decisive touch before Sanchez’s all-important late winner.
It was one of those matches where nothing but the result mattered. They struggle to find the decisive moment but will take great confidence in getting over the line. And they were fully deserving of all three points after fashioning enough chances earlier to secure a more lopsided victory.
Here’s the player ratings from Tottenham’s dogged 1-0 over a resilient Watford side.
Hugo Lloris 7/10
Untested in the first half, Hugo Lloris earned his pay in the second stanza when Joshua King let rip from long range. Lloris superbly kept King at bay with an acrobatic diving save. The Frenchman tempted fate when Joao Pedro barrelled down on goal. However, Lloris did get a decisive touch on the ball.
Davinson Sanchez 8/10
Davinson scored the all-important winner for Spurs, the only thing that really matters for him and his resolute side. He played well otherwise, but will never forget his crucial late winner.
Made a few decent clearances, missed his intended target on a couple of wayward passes but was otherwise steady.
Eric Dier 6/10
Marshalled the backline well but wasn’t put under much duress.
Ben Davies 7/10
Aside from Davinson’s late winner, Ben Davies was the best of Tottenham’s rearguard. He was solid in the tackle and got forward to try and rattle the Watford defence. He made one superbly timed slide tackle and also knocked in a cross that led to a Sonny chance.