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How the sorry Watford players rated against Tottenham

Heurelho Gomes 5

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Shouldn’t really have been beaten at his near post by Harry Kane for the first but was blameless for the other three. Amid the first-half coconut shy, he produced one excellent punch from a threatening Christian Eriksen free kick and also threw the ball over the halfway line to reach Troy Deeney.

Younes Kaboul 2

A car-crash of a performance and not the sort you produce after you accuse the opposition manager pre-match of treating you badly. You can see why Tottenham didn’t stand in the way of him moving to Sunderland, and why the Black Cats were not up in arms when he agitated to return south. He was all at sea here and the mistake for Dele Alli’s first was something you’d see in a Sunday League game.

Sebastian Prodl 4

Thrashed at the ball more times in 90 minutes here than he has done all season. He looked unsettled, either by the fluidity of Spurs’ movement or by the fact he was playing in a back three with the hapless Kaboul and the rusty Craig Cathcart for the first time this season. He was guilty of ball watching for Kane’s second and it kind of summed up his afternoon, and indeed Watford’s, when he smashed a first-half clearance straight into Adlene Guedioura. Booked for a meaty challenge on Son.

Craig Cathcart 4

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What a game to be eased back into action. ‘Cheers, gaffer’, he must have thought. He looked exactly what he was: a player playing his first game in more than three months. Was guilty, along with Prodl, of not being decisive enough when Kieran Trippier slung over a cross for Kane to make it two. As painful as it was, he will be much better for this 90 minutes in the long run.

Nordin Amrabat 5

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Not helped by the chaos caused by the injury crisis. He warmed up thinking he was going to provide chief support to Troy Deeney but ran out minutes later for the kick-off having to get his head round fulfilling the right wing-back role. He got very little change out of Danny Rose and it was a worrying sight when Watford’s player of the season so far limped off with a leg injury.

Adlene Guedioura 4

Midfield reinforcements cannot come soon enough as the likeable Algerian is really struggling. He’s trying his heart out but things are just not rolling for Guedioura right now. The midfield area is a high class one at this exalted level and Guedioura wants too much time on the ball. His pass completion rate is killing his team. To his credit, he did front up for a TV interview afterwards and called the performance “embarrassing”. He wasn’t wrong.

Etienne Capoue 3

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The Frenchman seems to be on a winter break and it’s difficult to recall the last time he played well, probably when the sun was shining. We’d look to add a third midfield this January as Capoue really does reminding that his place in the side is not guaranteed. One ten yard second-half pass to Craig Cathcart really should have been executed with his eyes shut but he played it straight to Kane. He was brought off soon after, you suspect with Stoke in mind. We are not holding out much hope of Capoue turning it on, or indeed turning up, there.

Abdoulaye Doucoure 5

Horribly handled since he joined from Rennes. Shunted off to Granada the day he joined; almost loaned to Lorient at the end of pre-season and then ignored until the injury crises became so bad that Mazzarri had no choice but to use him. He was on a hiding to nothing here, really. He gets an extra mark from us as we felt he was one of the few who didn’t throw the towel in and kept going, evidenced by the way he got stuck into Son and Toby Alderweireld late on.

Jose Holebas 4

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The first two goals came down his side and the way he allowed Kane to run off the back of him for the first was schoolboy stuff. He was booked, yet again, this time for leaving one on the nimble Eriksen when things weren’t going his way. He even tried to dispute that. Not his best afternoon in a yellow shirt.

Odion Ighalo 4

His half-hearted approach of chasing down defenders in possession gets right on your nerves. It’s almost a token effort and here it allowed Spurs to pass the ball around at the back and build attacks with consummate ease. He mustered the first shot on target, after 53 minutes, but it ended up in the stands. Continues to look a shadow of the player who was terrorising defences this time last season.

Troy Deeney 4

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The 100th goal may have got rid of the monkey off his back but it doesn’t look like heralding a change in form for the captain. Eric Dier, Alderweireld and Kevin Wimmer had an all too easy ride against Watford’s front two who had 19 goals between by this stage last season. They have five this time round. In Deeney’s defence, the service to him was appalling and it’s difficult for him to do much when the ball is smashed towards him at various heights and speeds.

Substitutes

Brandon Mason 6

Got the biggest cheer of the afternoon, firstly for coming on and then for finding his man with his first touch. Looked neat and tidy thereafter and will remember this day for a long while. His introduction just shows how fans love one of their own.

Christian Kabasele

Dumped Ben Davies on his back not long after coming on, so at least he got stuck in. Will be wondering why on earth he didn’t start, given the match fitness of Cathcart.

Jerome Sinclair

Looked bright when he coming on, winning a free-kick after cutting inside of the left flank. There are a few inside the club who think he’ll start at Stoke.