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2018/2019 English Premier League
  • Troy Deeney (69')
  • Craig Cathcart (76')
  • Abdoulaye Doucouré (53' OG)

Late goals help Watford beat Tottenham, preserve perfect start

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Own goal puts Spurs ahead (1:03)

English Premier League: Abdoulaye Doucoure (53' OG) Watford 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur (1:03)

Watford came from behind with two set-piece goals to beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at Vicarage Road on Sunday, ending the visitors' perfect start to the Premier League season while maintaining their own.

After a tepid first half, Tottenham were gifted the lead when Abdoulaye Doucoure scored an own goal in the 53rd minute, deflecting the ball in with his chest.

Watford responded and were level in the 69th minute after Troy Deeney headed home Jose Holebas' free kick. Craig Cathcart completed the turnaround, heading home from a corner 14 minutes from time.

Harry Kane wasted a headed chance from Kieran Trippier's cross as Tottenham tried to salvage something, but Watford claimed their first league win over Spurs since 1987.

It is only the second time in Watford's history that they have won their first four matches of a league campaign -- the previous time was in 1988 in the second tier.

"I think we have played better in other games, but against Tottenham, you have do things differently," Watford manager Javi Gracia said. "You have to be very demanding. We have been confident until the end and with the support of our fans we got it."

For Tottenham, it was a rapid fall from grace after their 3-0 win at Manchester United on Monday.

"We were so relaxed in the first half and we made a lot of mistakes," manager Mauricio Pochettino said. "I'm disappointed because we need to do more and play much much better.

"If you want to be a contender, you cannot concede the type of goals we conceded. The reality is so clear. When you lose, you must learn and improve."

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Liverpool 35 +59 88
2 Manchester City 34 +65 86
3 Tottenham Hotspur 35 +30 70
4 Chelsea 35 +21 67
5 Arsenal 34 +25 66
6 Manchester United 34 +15 64
7 Watford 35 0 50
8 Everton 35 +6 49
9 Leicester City 35 +1 48
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 34 -1 48
11 West Ham United 35 -10 43
12 Crystal Palace 35 -5 42
13 Newcastle United 35 -9 41
14 AFC Bournemouth 35 -13 41
15 Burnley 35 -18 40
16 Southampton 35 -17 37
17 Brighton & Hove Albion 35 -22 34
18 Cardiff City 35 -35 31
19 Fulham 35 -43 23
20 Huddersfield Town 35 -49 14