Spurs had enjoyed the majority of the chances and the lion’s share of possession at home against the Hornets at White Hart Lane, but appeared set for a frustrating afternoon.
Despite the efforts of Christian Eriksen, Harry Kane, Erik Lamela and Nacer Chadli, the true star of the afternoon was Hereulho Gomes.
The former Lilywhites stopper—who enjoyed dizzying highs and desperate lows during his time in north London—was at his best to thwart Ben Davies on several occasions, although he did bring back memories of his legendary fragility when he could have given away a penalty for a clumsy foul on Kane.
However, the deadlock was broken in the 64th minute when substitute Dele Alli—finding space down the left after superb work from Moussa Dembele—sent in a deliciously lethal cross with the outside of his foot. The centre evaded Gomes, and was fired home by Trippier, scoring his first goal since 2014.
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