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Tue 16 Oct At 22.10 PM

Highlights | Watford 1-4 Tottenham

- Harry Kane and Dele Alli with braces

- Kaboul with late consolation for Watford

- Academy graduate Brandon Mason makes professional debut

- Watford now in 13th place in the Premier League

The Hornets fell to New Year's Day defeat at the hands of Tottenham in the Premier League thanks to braces for Harry Kane and Dele Alli. 

The visitors were three goals up at the interval, with Alli scoring immediately after the break to make it four.

Younes Kaboul netted late on for the Hornets, and Academy graduate Brandon Mason's debut was the lone positive on a thoroughly disappointing afternoon at Vicarage Road.

Walter Mazzarri made four changes to the starting line-up for Watford, and four young academy players were named on the bench for the first time - Charlie Rowan, Mason, Michael Folivi and Carl Stewart.

Abdoulaye Doucouré made his first Premier League start of the season, replacing the injured Valon Behrami.

Craig Cathcart returned to the starting eleven for the first time since the Golden Boys’ trip to Burnley on September 26.

Odion Ighalo started up-front for the Hornets alongside captain Troy Deeney, after Camilo Zuniga pulled out in the warm up. 

The first opening of the match fell to Heung-Min Son as the front-man broke at goal before firing a low curling effort at goal - Heurelho Gomes was equal to the effort.

It was midway through the half and Spurs missed a great chance to go ahead. Rose broke into the box but ballooned his shot well over the bar when well placed.

Moments later, Eriksen turned and arrowed a fierce-drive over the bar as the visitors pushed forward.

They continued to attack and were inches away from going ahead through Alli as he smacked an effort from distance against the bar.

But a minute later, Kane did put his side ahead. Kieran Trippier’s low pass in behind the defence played the England striker in and he finished confidently past Gomes at the near-post.

Five minutes later Spurs were two goals ahead. A fantastic first-time pass from Alli unleashed Trippier down the right-flank. The full-back darted down the line before whipping a ball into the box which Kane flicked high into the net on the volley.

Nordin Amrabat was lively for the Hornets and saw his shot at goal blocked as he broke into the box.

Son was inches away from extending the lead as he just poked Eriksen’s free-kick wide of the target.

The visitors had their third of the match through Alli with five minutes of the half left to play. Kane’s low-cross into the box was cleared by Kaboul, but it fell to the midfielder who dispatched his strike into the bottom corner.

The second-half got off to a terrible start as the visitors raced into a four-goal lead inside a minute. Kane whipped a ball behind the defence to Alli who took it in his stride and placed the ball past Gomes for his second of the game.

Ighalo was played in by Deeney to the left of the box as the Hornets went in search of a consolation. The front-man twisted the ball onto his right-foot but was just unable to steer his shot on target.

Mazzarri made his first change of the match mid-way through the half as Mason came on to make his debut in place of Jose Holebas, becoming the 59th Hornets graduate to represent the first-team.

With just under 20 minutes left Amrabat was replaced by Jerome Sinclair, and the final change of the match saw Christian Kabasele come on in place of Etienne Capoue.

As the game neared an end the Hornets fashioned two chances through Kaboul and Sinclair but neither resulted in a consolation for Mazzarri’s men.

However the Hornets did score deep into stoppage time as Kaboul scrambled the ball over the line but it was far too little too late. 

HORNETS: Gomes (GK); Kaboul, Prödl, Cathcart; Capoue (Kabasele, 79), Guedioura, Holebas (Mason, 67); Amrabat (Sinclair, 75), Doucouré; Ighalo; Deeney (c).

Subs not used: Pantilimon (GK), Folivi, Stewart, Rowan.

Yellow cards: Holebas (44), Prödl (62), Cathcart (82).

Goals: Kaboul (90)

SPURS: Lloris (GK) (c); Trippier, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Rose (Davies, 68); Wanyama, Eriksen, Alli (Winks, 61); Son, Kane (Janssen, 77).

Subs not used: Vorm (GK), Carter-Vickers, Dembele, Sissoko.

Goals: Kane (27, 33), Alli (42, 46)

Referee: Michael Oliver

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