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4 Things We Learned After 10-Man Tottenham Held on for a Point Against Watford

Watford and Tottenham played out a fiery encounter on Saturday as both sides left the game with a point apiece.


Heung-Min Son cancelled out Christian Kabasele's opener in the first half, before Davinson Sanchez's 52nd minute red card for an overzealous foul on Richarlison left Spurs hanging on for the majority of the second half. 


Both sides remain in the top half of the league, with Watford staying 8th while Tottenham climbed a place to 6th with a busy fixture schedule looming for all Premier League teams.  


Here are four things we learned following the game at Vicarage Road. 

1. Tottenham's Defence Looks Shaky Without Toby Alderweireld

Since Toby Alderweireld limped out of Tottenham's 3-1 Champions League tie against Real Madrid on November 1st, the Belgian has failed to feature in any games since. 


In Tottenham's latest game, the duo of Davinson Sanchez and Jan Vertonghan had some questionable moments against a thriving Watford attack. Watford scored with an unchallenged Christian Kabasele header in the 13th minute, with the Tottenham defence appearing to lack a leader to marshal the back-line. 


To compound this, Davinson Sanchez got himself sent-off, meaning that Spurs will be without two first-choice centre-backs for at least the next three games. 

2. Abdoulay Doucoure Continues to Impress

Watford were more than good value for their point at Vicarage Road on Saturday, with the Frenchman at the heart of all their positive play.


The midfielder almost won the game for the Hornets but his curling effort cannoned back off the post in what would've been another long-range effort to add to his collection. 


Doucoure has impressed throughout the first half of this season, scoring five Premier League goals from midfield, whilst his all action style of play has been a major factor for Watford currently occupying 8th place in the Premier League.

3. Naivety on Show For Davinson Sanchez

The £40m Colombian has been a revelation for Tottenham this season, adding genuine pace and assertiveness to an already enviable defence, yet on Saturday the 21-year-old showed he still has room to learn. 


The centre-back was sent off for a raised elbow against Richarlison in the 52nd minute of the game, leaving his side a man down for the majority of the second half.


Despite not costing his side any further points, Sanchez will now have to serve a three-game ban and without Toby Alderweireld, Spurs will be hoping Sanchez learns to tone down his over-exuberance in the tackle in the future. 

4. Toothless Tottenham Lacked a Cutting Edge

Tottenham managed to secure a point which, after going down to 10-men, they would have taken and run.


The truth of the matter is that it was another game that Spurs looked a shadow of the attacking side that put reigning Champions League champions Real Madrid to the sword. 


Harry Kane had a quiet afternoon and if that happens, there are few players who step up to take the game to their opponents.


Dele Alli has looked out of sorts in recent weeks, and although Heung-Min Son scored from a Christian Eriksen assist (his first in the league since the opening day), this will be a worry for Mauricio Pochettino that Spurs looked out of ideas and creativity.