Ben Watson feels Watford “owe” Tottenham Hotspur one following the heartbreaking defeat at Vicarage Road in December but says Heurelho Gomes and Etienne Capoue go back to their old stomping ground with nothing to prove.
The nature of the Son Heung-min’s late, late winner for Spurs on December 28 still rankles with this Watford team, coming as it did so late in the piece, with more than a hint of a offside about it and after Watford had, controversially, been reduced to ten men.
“It will be a tough game,” said Ben Watson. “We gave them a real game here. Unfortunately we went down to ten and we got done in the last minutes. We owe them one. Hopefully we can put on a big performance. They are third in the table… and they’ve always had a good team, but never quite got there. They are a team playing well, full of confidence and they are winning games. We’ll go there and give a good account of ourselves.”
Publicly, Gomes and Capoue will tell you they haven’t got a point to prove to their doubters at White Hart Lane but, secretly, deep down they must go their with extra motivation. Capoue was cast into the wilderness during the second half of his second season in north London while Gomes was sent out on loan to Hoffenheim in 2013 following a series of high-profile mistakes.
“Gomey is a professional and will go about his business, like when they [Spurs] came here,” said Watson. “He hasn’t got to prove anything to anyone. Caps has also come from Tottenham too but they are Watford players now.”
While Capoue was perhaps guilty of playing the occasion rather than the game against Spurs at Vicarage Road, Gomes was excellent against Mauricio Pochettino’s side in the last-gasp 2-1 defeat. The Brazilian was at it again against visitors from London last night, producing two saves late on out of the very top drawer.
“He’s huge for us,” said Watson. “He has been a fantastic goalkeeper for a number of years. People always associate him with making mistakes. I’ve been been here a year and he’s made one mistake [against Leicester]. He’s a great character and pulls off saves like that. Tonight he made a couple of great saves that kept us in the game.”
- Additional reporting by David Anderson
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