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Watford v Tottenham - story of the match

Davinson Sanchez's red card forced Tottenham to fight for a 1-1 draw at Watford, toughening their battle to climb back into the Premier League's top four.

Christian Kabasele headed Watford into the early lead, before Son Heung-min's tap-in dragged Spurs level at the break.

Colombia defender Sanchez was rightly dismissed just before the hour for clattering Watford forward Richarlison with a forearm to the face.

Tweet of the match

We end the game with 10 men, but battle back to secure a share of the spoils at Vicarage Road. #COYS - the verdict of @SpursOfficial

Star man - Harry Kane

Everything but the goals for the Tottenham talisman, whose range and quality of passing belies his status as the arch finisher.

Moment of the match

Davinson Sanchez fully deserved his red card for colliding with Richarlison and felling the Watford forward. His dismissal forced Spurs to settle for a point when boss Mauricio Pochettino would have demanded his players chase victory in the final half-hour instead.

Stat of the day

Tottenham have managed just one clean sheet in their last seven Premier League games.

Player ratings

Watford: Heurelho Gomes 6, Adrian Mariappa 6, Sebastian Prodl 5, Christian Kabasele 7 (Etienne Capoue, 64, 6), Kiko Femenia 5, Abdoulaye Doucoure 6, Tom Cleverley 6 (Andre Gray, 87, 6), Marvin Zeegelaar 4, Roberto Pereyra 6 (Andre Carillo, 66, 5), Richarlison 7, Troy Deeney (capt) 7.

Tottenham: Hu go Lloris (capt) 7, Kieran Trippier 7, Davinson Sanchez 4, Jan Vertonghen 7, Ben Davies 6, Mousa Dembele 7, Eric Dier 6, Christian Eriksen 7 (Moussa Sissoko, 64, 6), Dele Alli 7 (Harry Winks, 84, 6), Son Heung-min 7 (Erik Lamela, 77, 6), Harry Kane 8.

Who's up next

Tottenham v Apoel Nicosia, Champions League, Wednesday, December 6.

Burnley v Watford, Premier League, Saturday, December 9.

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