Tottenham bounced back from two cup exits with victory over Watford at Wembley.


Manager Mauricio Pochettino said it was “so important to smile” again after Tottenham bounced back from two cup exits with victory over Watford at Wembley.

After Craig Cathcart’s 38th-minute opener, Spurs scored twice in the final 10 minutes – Son Heung-min, back from the Asian Cup, equalising before Fernando Llorente nodded in an 87th-minute winner.

“I think we fully deserved the victory,” said Pochettino, whose side lost their Carabao Cup semi-final to Chelsea and were then dumped out of the FA Cup by Crystal Palace.

“It arrived late, but we kept pushing. It was a fantastic second-half performance. The first half, it was difficult to create chances – we dominated, but didn’t create.

“It’s fantastic to win again. After a difficult week it’s so important to smile. The mentality is perfect.”

His mood was very different when Cathcart headed home Jose Holebas’ out-swinging corner seven minutes before the break.

Tottenham increased the pressure in the second half. Llorente, deputising for injured leading striker Harry Kane, twice had great opportunities to score but missed from close range before Son Heung-min lifted the home support when he thrashed home from 12 yards out.

But with full-time fast approaching, Llorente finally hit the target when he guided Danny Rose’s hanging ball past Ben Foster.

Spurs remain in third but are now only two points behind defending champions Manchester City and seven behind leaders Liverpool.

Watford stay in ninth.


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