Loan Lads | Zárate Strikes Again

Mauro Zárate made it three goals in as many games for Al Nasr in the UAE Arabian Gulf League as he got the opening strike in a 2-1 defeat at home to high-flying Al-Ain.

Al-Nasr currently sit sixth in the league and despite not finding the net for his side in his first four league outings, the Argentinian has certainly hit some form of late.

Following on from helping Morocco reach their first World Cup tournament since 1998, Nordin Amrabat played for the role of super sub for Leganés as he came off the bench to assist two late goals and earn the Madrid-based side all three points in a 3-1 win at home to Villarreal.

Victory on Sunday helped 'Los Legionaries' to continue exceeding all expectations as they sit seventh in La Liga, in just their second ever season in Spain’s top division.

Adalberto Peñaranda is yet to get off the mark for Málaga as they continue to struggle in La Liga. The southern Spanish side remain bottom of the table after a goalless draw with Levante at La Rosaleda on Friday night, a game in which the Venezuelan played just under an hour.

Elsewhere in Spain, Costel Pantilimon made his first appearance in almost a month for Deportivo de La Coruña as they were knocked out of the Copa Del Rey despite winning 3-2 at Las Palmas, suffering a 6-4 defeat on aggregate.

Closer to home, Dennon Lewis - who hasn't started in the league since mid-October - played the full 90 minutes as Crawley Town crashed out of the Checkatrade Trophy with a 3-1 defeat by Fulham Under-21s at the aptly-named Checkatrade.com Stadium.

Finally, Obbi Oularé continues his recovery from a muscular tear he suffered one month ago. His Antwerp side currently sit sixth in the Belgian Jupiler League.


Watch | Another Angle

So a first home win over Spurs in Watford's Premier League era wasn't quite to be, thanks to some stubborn 10-man defending, the Rookery End goal frame and, perhaps, Eric Dier's right arm.

All the same a draw with Tottenham, Real Madrid conquering Tottenham no less, is an indication of just how far this Watford side have come. 

That's five points the Hornets have wrestled from Liverpool, Arsenal and the Lilywhites, with Manchester United made to sweat for their win at The Vic. Only Manchester City have left the Hornets blushing. 

You can watch the game from a unique, cinematic perspective below via the club's official YouTube channel.