Late goals help Watford beat Tottenham, preserve perfect start
Watford 2-1 Tottenham

Late goals help Watford beat Tottenham, preserve perfect start

02/09/2018

Watford came from behind with two set-piece goals to beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at Vicarage Road on Sunday, ending the visitors' perfect start to the Premier League season while maintaining their own.

After a tepid first half, Tottenham were gifted the lead when Abdoulaye Doucoure scored an own goal in the 53rd minute, deflecting the ball in with his chest.

Watford responded and were level in the 69th minute after Troy Deeney headed home Jose Holebas' free kick. Craig Cathcart completed the turnaround, heading home from a corner 14 minutes from time.

Harry Kane wasted a headed chance from Kieran Trippier's cross as Tottenham tried to salvage something, but Watford claimed their first league win over Spurs since 1987.

It is only the second time in Watford's history that they have won their first four matches of a league campaign -- the previous time was in 1988 in the second tier.

"I think we have played better in other games, but against Tottenham, you have do things differently," Watford manager Javi Gracia said. "You have to be very demanding. We have been confident until the end and with the support of our fans we got it."

For Tottenham, it was a rapid fall from grace after their 3-0 win at Manchester United on Monday.

"We were so relaxed in the first half and we made a lot of mistakes," manager Mauricio Pochettino said. "I'm disappointed because we need to do more and play much much better.

"If you want to be a contender, you cannot concede the type of goals we conceded. The reality is so clear. When you lose, you must learn and improve."

Related news

Manchester City beat Manchester United through David Silva, Sergio Aguero, Ilkay Gundogan goals

Manchester City beat Manchester United through David Silva, Sergio Aguero, Ilkay Gundogan goals

Manchester City took the derby spoils with a 3-1 victory over rivals Manchester United thanks to goals from David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Ilkay Gundogan, with Anthony Martial pulling one back for the visitors.

Arsenal winless league run extended to three games after draw with Wolves

Arsenal winless league run extended to three games after draw with Wolves

Arsenal extended their run without a league win to three games after a 1-1 draw at home to Wolves.

Chelsea fail to breakdown Everton in Stamford Bridge stalemate

Chelsea fail to breakdown Everton in Stamford Bridge stalemate

Chelsea's Alvaro Morata had three penalty appeals turned down as Maurizio Sarri's men drew 0-0 against Everton at Stamford Bridge.

Liverpool see off Fulham in controversial win at Anfield

Liverpool see off Fulham in controversial win at Anfield

Liverpool returned to the top of the Premier League with a controversial 2-0 win over Fulham at Anfield.

Juan Foyth's header gives Tottenham Hotspur win over Crystal Palace

Juan Foyth's header gives Tottenham Hotspur win over Crystal Palace

Juan Foyth banished the memory of his nightmare Premier League debut to score Tottenham Hotspur's only goal in a 1-0 win at Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Leicester, Burnley draw at emotional King Power following Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha death

Leicester, Burnley draw at emotional King Power following Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha death

Leicester City shared a 0-0 draw with Burnley at the King Power stadium on Saturday when football again took a back seat with emotional tributes to the club's late owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

Chelsea's Alvaro Morata nets two in victory over Crystal Palace

Chelsea's Alvaro Morata nets two in victory over Crystal Palace

Alvaro Morata made it four goals in his last four Premier League matches with a brace as he helped Chelsea to a 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace.

Sergio Aguero scores 150th Premier League goal as Manchester City rout Southampton

Sergio Aguero scores 150th Premier League goal as Manchester City rout Southampton

Manchester City made light work of Southampton as three goals inside the opening 18 minutes put them in complete control en route to a 6-1 win.

Nervy Tottenham survive two second-half penalties to win at Wolves

Nervy Tottenham survive two second-half penalties to win at Wolves

Tottenham Hotspur held on nervously to beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-2 away in the Premier League on Saturday after conceding two second-half penalties.

RELATED NEWS

Manchester City beat Manchester United through David Silva, Sergio Aguero, Ilkay Gundogan goals
Manchester City 3 - 1 Manchester United

Manchester City beat Manchester United through David Silva, Sergio Aguero, Ilkay Gundogan goals

Manchester City took the derby spoils with a 3-1 victory over rivals Manchester United thanks to goals from David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Ilkay Gundogan, with Anthony Martial pulling one back for the visitors.

Arsenal winless league run extended to three games after draw with Wolves
Arsenal 1 - 1 Wolves

Arsenal winless league run extended to three games after draw with Wolves

Arsenal extended their run without a league win to three games after a 1-1 draw at home to Wolves.

Chelsea fail to breakdown Everton in Stamford Bridge stalemate
Chelsea 0 - 0 Everton

Chelsea fail to breakdown Everton in Stamford Bridge stalemate

Chelsea's Alvaro Morata had three penalty appeals turned down as Maurizio Sarri's men drew 0-0 against Everton at Stamford Bridge.

Liverpool see off Fulham in controversial win at Anfield
Liverpool 2 - 0 Fulham

Liverpool see off Fulham in controversial win at Anfield

Liverpool returned to the top of the Premier League with a controversial 2-0 win over Fulham at Anfield.

Juan Foyth's header gives Tottenham Hotspur win over Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace 0 - 1 Tottenham

Juan Foyth's header gives Tottenham Hotspur win over Crystal Palace

Juan Foyth banished the memory of his nightmare Premier League debut to score Tottenham Hotspur's only goal in a 1-0 win at Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Leicester, Burnley draw at emotional King Power following Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha death
Leicester 0 - 0 Burnley

Leicester, Burnley draw at emotional King Power following Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha death

Leicester City shared a 0-0 draw with Burnley at the King Power stadium on Saturday when football again took a back seat with emotional tributes to the club's late owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

Chelsea's Alvaro Morata nets two in victory over Crystal Palace
Chelsea 3 - 1 Crystal Palace

Chelsea's Alvaro Morata nets two in victory over Crystal Palace

Alvaro Morata made it four goals in his last four Premier League matches with a brace as he helped Chelsea to a 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace.

Sergio Aguero scores 150th Premier League goal as Manchester City rout Southampton
Manchester City 6 - 1 Southampton

Sergio Aguero scores 150th Premier League goal as Manchester City rout Southampton

Manchester City made light work of Southampton as three goals inside the opening 18 minutes put them in complete control en route to a 6-1 win.

Nervy Tottenham survive two second-half penalties to win at Wolves
Wolves 2 - 3 Tottenham

Nervy Tottenham survive two second-half penalties to win at Wolves

Tottenham Hotspur held on nervously to beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-2 away in the Premier League on Saturday after conceding two second-half penalties.