Alli, Kane Score To Help Spurs Beat Watford

Spurs have enjoyed standout results without Dembele this season, notably against Real Madrid in the Champions League, but the midfielder, equal parts beauty and the beast, remains integral to their play and they suffer when he is off-colour.

He needs to improve his performance still but I'm happy, 150 games, 105 goals, what more can we say, he is a fantastic striker.

Watford goalkeeper Oretiz Karnezis spilled a Kevin Trippier cross into the path of Christian Eriksen, who lifted the ball over the scrambling goalkeeper to Alli for a simple finish.

Spurs nearly had a third in the 68th minute when Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen met a Trippier free-kick but his header came back off the post, while Kane had an effort ruled offside and substitute Moussa Sissoko fired over from close range.

But Watford should have levelled 10 minutes later as a slack Eric Dier pass allowed Etienne Capoue to release goal-shy striker Andre Gray, only for his tame shot to be repelled by Hugo Lloris.

The visitors are still not guaranteed Premier League safety and this defeat extended their winless run to seven matches.

Former United defender Neville told Sky Sports when discussing the cream of the Premier League coaching crop: "Pep Guardiola, the way I should judge him, should he win the league?"

He is four behind Mohamed Salah in the race for the Premier League's Golden Boot, but if he finishes the 2017-18 campaign like he did last season, he could yet claim the award for the third term running.

Kane said: "It was okay, but obviously important we won. I am sure that, first of all, he is going to perform for us in a very good way and then no doubt he'll arrive in a very good condition to the World Cup".

"We had a good performance tonight and created many chances but didn't score". "I feel good, I feel sharp".

"There was massive pressure on us to take the three points".

Goals from Dele Alli and Harry Kane gave Spurs the win, although the performance was far from impressive. I am looking forward to the last three weeks.

He's scored 38 this season, 27 of which have come in the league, and Kane expressed his satisfaction at his latest effort against Watford.

Spurs' carelessness in the first half was a little concerning, given they started the evening just two points ahead of Chelsea, and only Lloris' heroics saved them from losing a lead for the third match in a row.

  • Steve Townsend