The Premier League often throws up some surprising results on a week by week basis, but if you’re a Tottenham Hotspur fan, this one may not have been all that shocking.
Watford, who still have a 100% record in the Premier League this season, came from behind to defeat Spurs and ensure that Mauricio Pochettino’s side finally paid the price for some poor performances thus far in the campaign. They’d been skating by on quite a few bad showings, but after picking up three wins on the trot, many weren’t all that concerned.
That’s likely to change now, though, with the Hornets exposing some serious flaws in the North London club – but not before they took the lead early in the second half. A Doucoure own goal put Tottenham ahead and put them on the road towards another three points, but that only lasted around 15 minutes before talisman Troy Deeney was able to draw the club level once again.
Cathcart of all people put them into the lead with a quarter of an hour remaining, and Spurs just didn’t seem to have an answer for them at Vicarage Road. It was as if they accepted their fate, and Watford were only too happy to oblige. Spurs will need to re-evaluate things in the next two weeks, and while it’s hardly the end of the world given where they currently are in the table, the warning signs are certainly there after a summer transfer window in which they didn’t buy any new players.
Still, you could argue that the biggest victory of the weekend came off the pitch for Spurs, with Son Heung-min gaining exemption from military service with South Korea after his nation were able to overcome Japan and win the Asian Games title, with Son barely being able to hide his joy.
What was your biggest takeaway from Tottenham’s loss to Watford?