Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Watford: Llorente steals late win for Spurs

Fernando Llorente was the hero for Tottenham Hotspur as they snatched a late comeback to beat Watford 2-1 at Wembley.

Craig Cathcart’s first-half goal gave the visitors the lead but strikes in the final 10 minutes from Son Heung-min and Fernando Llorente ensured a great win for the home side.

A first victory in three home Premier League games lifts Spurs to within two points of Manchester City in second, and seven clear of fifth-place Chelsea who were on the end of a 4-0 thumping from Bournemouth.

Son Heung-min’s early return from the Asian Cup was a welcome boost for Spurs, who were again without the injured Harry Kane and Dele Alli, and the South Korean came close to opening the scoring on 10 minutes.

A skilful spin away from Tom Cleverley created room for Son, who scored seven goals in nine appearances prior to flying off on international duty, to bend a left-footed curler just wide of the post from 22 yards.

The hosts began to get on top after a quarter of an hour, and Christian Eriksen worked room for a shot from the edge of the box, with a deflection via Cathcart forcing Ben Foster to scramble across his line to make the save.

Watford had a couple of shots from distance as Daryl Janmaat blazed over and Gerard Deulofeu fired just the wrong side of the post, but they did not pose much of a threat until they struck against the run of play.

Hugo Lloris came off his line to collect Jose Holebas’s delivery and was left stranded as a combination of Davinson Sanchez and Cathcart, also a scorer in September’s reverse fixture, bundled the ball over the line on 38 minutes.