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WATCH: Premier League goals

Sky Sports - tir, 01/05/2018 - 01:00
Watch goals and highlights from the weekend's Premier League games, including wins for Man City, Chelsea and Tottenham.

LISTEN: MNF Podcast

Sky Sports - tir, 01/05/2018 - 00:50
Gary Neville joined David Jones in the MNF studio to discuss Tottenham's 2-0 win over Watford in the Premier League.

The MNF Awards 2017/18

Sky Sports - tir, 01/05/2018 - 00:40
As the Premier League season draws to a close, Gary Neville dished out a few accolades on Monday Night Football.

WATCH & VOTE: MNF saves of the season

Sky Sports - tir, 01/05/2018 - 00:00
The Monday Night Football team have picked the 11 best Premier League saves of the season, but which was the best of all?

Poch: Winning mattered most

Sky Sports - man, 30/04/2018 - 23:58
Mauricio Pochettino admits he was more satisfied with Tottenham's result than their performance as they moved to within sight of the Champions League.

WATCH & VOTE: MNF goals of the season

Sky Sports - man, 30/04/2018 - 23:50
The Monday Night Football team have picked the 15 best Premier League goals of the season, but which was the best of all?

Tottenham 2-0 Watford: Premier League – as it happened

Guardian - man, 30/04/2018 - 23:25

Tottenham were unconvincing but managed to win all the same, as Watford gifted them an opening goal and missed a few chances of their own

10.25pm BST

And with that, I’m done. Bye!

10.25pm BST

Mauricio Pochettino is pleased, but not too pleased. He’s about a six on the pleasedness scale.

I think it was a good night for us, because the opportunity was to take the three points, which allows us to be in a good position in the table. Today was a must win game, so important for us. Maybe we didn’t play in the way we wanted to play. Our performance wasn’t great but most important was the three points.

In 10 months of competition it’s difficult to keep playing good football. We tried. I think Watford was a very difficult opponent. They played well, created some great chances. Hugo Lloris was fantastic, there were a few situations that showed why he’s one of the best keepers in the world. The three points put us in a really strong position.

10.22pm BST

Watford’s Javi Gracia looks rueful. This is what he’s got to say. It may be helpful to know that Watford’s highest finishing position in the Premier League is 13th:

Today it was frustrating because I think again we competed very well. In the first half we created many chances to score and Tottenham with their first chance score, and after that you are playing against a very good team. It was very difficult in the second half.

I am surprised because we are not scoring goals in this moment, but we are creating many chances, in all the games. We are competing. We had good performances, but it is not enough to get points. We need to continue.

10.10pm BST

Here’s a match report from Wembley:

Related: Harry Kane and Dele Alli on target for Tottenham as Watford regret misses

10.06pm BST

Harry Kane says:

It was OK. Obviously it was important that we won the game. But we could have played better. We could have moved it quicker and we were lucky to be ahead at half-time. Second half we were better, but I still thought we could have been quicker between the lines.

It feels like ages since we last played. Our run of form hasn’t been the best and when that happens you want to play straight away and make it right. We started a bit slow. But we won the game and that’s what we’re happy about. We’ve got three games left and if we win them all we can jump up to third. That’s the aim now.

10.02pm BST

Good stat here, shamelessly stolen from Bill Edgar of the Times:

Watford goal tallies in away games since late last season:

3 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

9.56pm BST

Watford’s dismal away run continues, but that was a reasonably promising performance. They have a very decent midfield, with Chalobah still to come, and if they can totally reinvent their attack they’d be a pretty good side. Though by then, if rumours are to be believed, Doucouré will have gone, Richarlison might have followed, and they’ll need to rebuild that midfield again.

9.54pm BST

Spurs are now five points ahead of Chelsea in the battle for a top four place, and if they can beat West Brom at the weekend they’re home and hosed.

9.53pm BST

90+7 mins: Not vintage Tottenham, or anywhere near it, but it’ll do.

9.52pm BST

90+5 mins: One final chance for Watford, and one final shot straight at Lloris. This time it’s from Carillo, who exchanges passes with Deulofeu, gets into the area, carries the ball until the angle is unpromisingly acute and then blasts at the nearest goalkeeper.

9.48pm BST

90+2 mins: Mariappa’s long crossfield pass is headed by Trippier straight to Deeney, who chests down and, from 20 yards, shoots high. Watford haven’t worn their shooting boots tonight – every effort has been either straight at Lloris, or nowhere near him.

9.47pm BST

90+1 mins: Carillo cuts in from the left, works space well and then sends a left-footed shot curling into the nearest defender.

9.46pm BST

90+1 mins: There will be six more minutes of this.

9.46pm BST

90 mins: Spurs miss a chance for a third! Kane comes in from the left and this time finds a fine pass that slices through the defence and finds Sissoko in the penalty area. He takes a touch and then shoots high and wide.

9.45pm BST

89 mins: The introduction of Deeney and Deulofeu revitalised Watford, but they and the game faded a long while back.

9.45pm BST

89 mins: Lamela runs into the area, loses the ball, wins it back again, is forced out wide and eventually runs out of pitch. Watford have a throw-in.

9.43pm BST

87 mins: Kane cuts inside from the left and blooters a right-footed shot into Row X.

9.42pm BST

86 mins: Watford keep the ball for a long while, though Spurs are working admirably hard to deprive of them of easy routes forward. They eventually get to the edge of the penalty area, but then give it away.

9.39pm BST

83 mins: The night’s final substitution sees Will Hughes makes way for Andre Carillo.

9.38pm BST

82 mins: Richarlison is back on the pitch, but Dele Alli is going off it – Lamela is coming on.

9.37pm BST

80 mins: Now we know how many shots Watford have had away from home since they last scored. Sixty shots! Sixty! And counting!

Watford have now had 60 goal attempts (19 on target) in the 7 away PL games under Javi Gracia, without scoring pic.twitter.com/uomxklwtbt

9.35pm BST

78 mins: Capoue is fouled, and Watford send the ball into the penalty area. It’s headed out but straight to Hughes, whose volleyed shot heads wide and spins wider, eventually staying iin play near the corner flag.

9.34pm BST

77 mins: He’s up now, and he’s moving easily enough. Whether he’s seeing equally well is less clear – he’s got a nasty cut above his eye.

9.33pm BST

77 mins: Trippier has recovered, but Richarlison is still on the ground.

9.31pm BST

75 mins: Spurs make a second change, Sissoko coming on for Son. Seconds later Trippier and Richarlison leap for a high ball and head each other, and both require treatment.

9.30pm BST

74 mins: Now Spurs have a goal disallowed, after Vertonghen, on the edge of the penalty area, pulls the ball down nicely and passes to the unmarked but offside Kane, who curls in.

9.30pm BST

73 mins: Both of Tottenham’s goals have been assisted by poor defending and/or calamitous goalkeeping. Watford meanwhile have created more than enough chances to have at least matched their goal tally.

9.28pm BST

71 mins: Now Deulofeu is played in. He takes the ball past Lloris, turns the ball into the net and is given offside. Replays suggest the decision was very close, but correct.

9.27pm BST

71 mins: Richarlison is a bright young talent, but really a professional footballer has to be scoring there.

9.27pm BST

70 mins: Holebas crosses from the left, Deeney heads down and Richarlison, from the edge of the six-yard box, gets under the ball and blazes it way, way high.

9.26pm BST

70 mins: Ridiculous, impossible miss from Richarlison!

9.26pm BST

69 mins: Watford break well, but Deeney doesn’t see Hughes enjoying the freedom of the right half of the pitch and instead of setting up a clear chance turns back into traffic.

9.24pm BST

68 mins: Spurs hit the post! From a free kick on the right Trippier crosses excellently, and Vertonghen rises at the far post to head back across goal but into the woodwork! It bounces back into play, but Watford hack clear.

9.23pm BST

67 mins: Deulofeu gets into space on the left, but tries to cut back to Richarlison when a cross would have been a better idea, and Spurs intercept.

9.22pm BST

66 mins: Watford win another free kick, Alli thumps the ball away in disappointment, and somehow he isn’t booked.

9.21pm BST

64 mins: Wanyama, despite only being on the pitch for 30 minutes, is the first man in the referee’s notebook, for angrily complaining when he gave away a free kick for being fouled by Richarlison.

9.20pm BST

63 mins: And Watford keep it rolling by taking off both Femenia and Gray and bringing on Deulofeu and Deeney.

9.19pm BST

63 mins: Substitutions! Tottenham start the ball rolling by taking Dembélé off and bringing on Wanyama.

9.18pm BST

62 mins: Cathcart makes a pretty cynical attempt to bring down Alli, who – and I can’t believe I’m typing these words – bravely and admirably refuses to go to ground, and tries to play on. The referee’s having none of it, though, and brings play back for a free kick.

9.16pm BST

60 mins: Richarlison gets past Trippier, but his cut-back finds a white shirt.

9.15pm BST

58 mins: More than either of these sides, the team that will be getting the most encouragement from this is West Brom, who host Spurs on Saturday.

9.12pm BST

56 mins: This time it’s Davies in too much space. He passes inside to Dier, whose shot is blocked.

9.11pm BST

55 mins: Trippier still has too much space on the right, whenever he wants it. He crosses to Kane, who can’t quite control it, but that was just too easy.

9.09pm BST

53 mins: This is a bad period for Watford, who are finding novel ways to give the ball away. Capoue plays the ball across the edge of his area, a pass telegraphed and intercepted, but meanwhile someone has breathed on his neck and he’s fallen over and won a free kick.

9.06pm BST

50 mins: So this presents Watford with a new question: can they refocus as well as they did after conceding the first goal, and keep this game competitive, or does it all turn ugly from here?

9.05pm BST

Alli’s lovely pass finds Son, who hits it across goal first time towards Kane. It’s just behind Kane, who falls over, but rolls on to Trippier, whose attempt to find Kane is a little more accurate, and turned in!

9.03pm BST

47 mins: Two minutes into the half, and Watford are yet to kick the ball.

10 - Christian Eriksen (10 goals, 10 assists) is the third Tottenham player to hit double figures for both goals and assists in a single Premier League season, after Jurgen Klinsmann in 94/95 and Emmanuel Adebayor in 11/12. Star. pic.twitter.com/PyRsaxCFId

9.02pm BST

46 mins: Peeeeep! Time to find out!

9.01pm BST

The teams are back out. Can Tottenham buck up their ideas? Will Watford give them more goals, or plunder one of their own?

8.50pm BST

Spurs seem sluggish, as if lacking either in motivation, focus or endurance. But one goalkeeper has been alert when necessary, sure-footed and safe-handed, and remains unbeaten, the other blunderfully handed his opponents an entirely unnecessary goal, and thus it is 1-0.

8.47pm BST

45+1 mins: And that’s the final action of a half that was worryingly one-sided to start with, but which Watford dominated for the final 20 minutes.

8.46pm BST

45+1 mins: Dier’s nice chip towards the penalty are is measured well for Alli’s run, but Mariappa covers it, and ushers the ball back to Karnezis.

8.45pm BST

45+1 mins: Into stoppage time, of which there will be about a minute.

8.44pm BST

44 mins: Now Doucouré is played in, but he doesn’t commit fully to the sprint, and Lloris comes out and reaches the ball first. With the goalkeeper committed, a faster player would surely have got either a goal or a red card from that.

8.44pm BST

44 mins: Another great chance for Watford. This time Gray picks out a great pass to play Richarlison into space, and the Brazilian bursts into the box and shoots across goal, but Lloris makes a fine save.

8.43pm BST

42 mins: This stat doesn’t look good for Watford, but the visitors are actually playing pretty well, and in Will Hughes have probably the game’s outstanding player so far.

#THFC are unbeaten after scoring first in the Premier League this season - winning in 18 of those 20 matches. (@STATSInsightsUK )#TOTWAT pic.twitter.com/ucheR8rR3z

8.41pm BST

41 mins: Hughes leads another Watford counter, but Richarlison’s desire to curl the ball in from the edge of the area is telegraphed, and the shot is blocked.

8.40pm BST

40 mins: A very sloppy spell of play sees Watford win the ball, give it back, get given it back again, give it back again and get given it back again, all in the space of 20 seconds.

8.38pm BST

38 mins: Holebas is playing very close to his centre-backs, meaning that every time Spurs play the ball out to Trippier he has time to control it and look up before anyone comes to close him down. He takes full advantage to put in another fine cross, which is chested behind for a corner.

8.36pm BST

36 mins: Another chance for Watford! Hughes’s brilliant backheel releases Doucouré, who comes inside Sanchez and, though Hughes was running on to it, took the shot himself. It wasn’t a bad effort, but Lloris made the save look pretty straightforward.

8.34pm BST

34 mins: “I was at that 1-5 game at the Lane with my Dad and my younger brother, who had not long declared himself a Hornets fan,” writs Jevon Hal of Watford’s thumping win at White Hart Lane in 1985. “My cockiness was naturally somewhat diminished at 3-0 down, and he was delighted. When Hoddle scored the penalty I celebrated vigorously in his direction, convinced it was the start of a comeback. It wasn’t, and after the game i realised that in my over eager goal celebration, i’d shaken off the Mark Falco badge my dad had bought me before the game. There were tears and a sad trudge home. My dad took him to see the United game too; he probably only saw three or four games all season, so not a bad two to be at. Funnily enough, Mark Falco ended up playing for Watford, and my brother ended up supporting Spurs.”

8.32pm BST

32 mins: Eriksen’s firm shot from outside the area flies a couple of yards wide.

8.31pm BST

30 mins: Son goes down in the penalty area, with Doucouré lurking. Was there a foul? The referee doesn’t think so. It looks like Doucouré nudged his opponent with a hip, but as referees are busy watching for arms and legs it was quite a clever foul. Similar contact with the forearm would surely have led to a penalty.

8.28pm BST

28 mins: Son touches the ball past Cathcart and roars towards the penalty area, but somehow the defender got back and put his body in the way of the ball. Fine defending, that.

On the (excellent) Wembley Stadium tour, the guide explained how the architecture's acoustics work to amplify the roars of the crowd. Must be turned off tonight @Simon_Burnton.

8.27pm BST

27 mins: That was a great, great chance. The best non-goalkeeper-fumble-induced chance of the game, and one that Waford really need to be taking if they’re to get anything out of this.

8.26pm BST

26 mins: Chance for Watford! Dier gives the ball away in midfield, Capoue feeds it straight to Gray, and his low shot is straight down the middle of goal, and saved by Lloris.

8.22pm BST

22 mins: I think Andre Gray’s every touch so far has ended with the ball back with Spurs. Still, he’s yet to have one inside the penalty area. Richarlison has a chance to give him one, but the cross is overhit and goes straight out play.

8.21pm BST

21 mins: Dier has a blast from 25 yards. It’s probably not a bad idea to test Karnezis again while memories of his fumble are still fresh.

8.20pm BST

20 mins: Play has restarted, with Trippier back on and apparently unharmed.

8.19pm BST

19 mins: A delay while Trippier has some kind of ankle-knock dealt with.

8.17pm BST

17 mins: That was your basic common-or-garden goalkeeping howler. Playing away at Spurs is hard enough without that kind of carry-on.

8.16pm BST

A nice cross from Trippier but it goes straight to the goalkeeper, who forgets how to catch. It comes off his body to Eriksen, who moves it straight to Alli, who has an empty net to aim at.

8.16pm BST

15 mins: A good period this for the visitors. Holebas crosses to Femenia, running into the area with the ball dropping invitingly onto his right foot, but he tries to control and his first touch is terrible. Goal kick.

8.15pm BST

14 mins: Watford move the ball well from right to left, where Hughes finds Richarlison in the area with a nice if sightly underhit pass and the Brazilian attempts a shot, falls over mid-swing and miskicks.

8.13pm BST

13 mins: The ball drops to Kane in the area, but his first touch is poor and it’s cleared. Watford go down the other end, but their cross from the right is overhit, and the move peters out.

8.12pm BST

11 mins: A slightly strange atmosphere has settled over the game. Wembley seems hushed; one outcome seemed pre-match massively more likely than any other, and nothing about the game so far has made anyone doubt that it’s going to happen.

8.08pm BST

8 mins: This time it’s taken short, and Dembélé’s cross is headed high by Dier.

8.08pm BST

8 mins: Since allowing Hughes a shot in the first minute Tottenham have totally taken control of the game. Trippier’s cross is turned behind now, and they have another corner.

8.07pm BST

6 mins: Eriksen’s low cross is turned behind, but nothing comes of the corner. “Is Spurs’ slow start to games a narrative or a fact?” wonders Ian Copestake. Well if you divide games into 10-minute chunks they have outscored their opponents by at least three goals in each chunk except for the first two – they lead 4-3 in the first 10 minutes of games, and are 4-4 in the second.

8.04pm BST

4 mins: Kane has the ball, just outside the area. Watford prioritise blocking off a pass to Trippier, unmarked to his right, so he has a shot, which is low, soft and easily stopped by Karnezis.

8.02pm BST

2 mins: There are a lot of empty seats at Wembley tonight. Endofseasonitis biting hard, particularly when it’s chilly and the game’s on the telly.

8.01pm BST

1 min: Peeeep! Watford get the game started, with a big old hoof down the left to Richarlison, who wins the header, knocks it down and Will Hughes has the night’s first shot, 15 seconds in. It flies wide, from 25 yards.

7.58pm BST

Tonight is a special Sky Ocean Rescue Pass on Plastic game, in which they are campaigning for a reduction in single-use plastics by producing a lot of single-use promotional material.

7.56pm BST

The players are out!

7.56pm BST

“Do you think it’s time we opened up the PFA’s/Other people’s team of the season to other formations rather than 4-4-2?” wonders Robbie. The PFA’s team of the season was in a 4-3-3 formation, with a worrying lack of steel in midfield.

7.49pm BST

Mauricio Pochettino speaks, about trying to recover confidence after the FA Cup defeat to Manchester United:

I think it was easy. It is normal, they’re disappointed after the FA Cup. We needed a few days to feel good, move on, and be focused now for the challenge to finish in the top four. The training was good, the week was good. We only need to translate, delivery today. In our mind is to win the three points. We move on after the defeat against Manchester United.

I think it will be a great season, a very successful season, for a third year to be int he top four and play in the Champions League will be a massive success for the club. If you look at the history of Tottenham, to be in the top four was a massive challenge for us. If we can achieve it this season, it will be fantastic too.

Always it’s better to have more players, to have more chances to choose. but it’s not a problem for me. In this moment, in all my period in Watford, I always have players to play, motivated to do it, and with big commitment and trying to do their best.

7.35pm BST

“I like Gary Neville’s team, and I very much like young Robertson at full-back except he wasn’t a regular starter until around Christmas,” writes Hubert O’Hearn. “Can you make a Team of the Season if you only play half a season?” Only because there hasn’t really been another exceptional left-sided full-back for any club, which opens the position up for wild-cards. Robertson has started 20 league games – at the start of the season he was left out because he wasn’t considered good enough, and recently he’s been left out because he’s considered too important to risk. That transformation in his standing within the Liverpool squad is a phenomenal achievement.

7.25pm BST

On Sky, Gary Neville has given us his team of the season. I think it’s better than the PFA’s version, but would have Sané on the left wing.

.@GNev2 has given us his Premier League team of the season for tonight's #MNFAwards, and here it is!

What do you think?

Watch #MNF live on Sky Sports Premier League now! pic.twitter.com/SSXYof6UC5

7.24pm BST

“Speaking, as you were, of the old days, Spurs (along with many others) absolutely hated Watford when they were first promoted to the old First Division, largely on the basis of (largely unfair) perceptions of the Hornets’ style of play,” writes Stuart McMullan. “During the pre-match warm-ups when Watford visited White Hart Lane, Glenn Hoddle started booting the ball as high in the sky as he could, mocking Watford’s directness. Watford won 1-0. Poor old Glenn was not happy, but I dare say Graham Taylor and the boys found that particular victory even sweeter than usual.” Those were indeed the days.

7.20pm BST

Andre Gray’s selection is really interesting. He’s been very poor for Watford this season, though he has had few opportunities in recent months. Clearly Gracia thinks nimble feet, from both Gray and Richarlison, are more likely to hurt Tottenham than Deeney’s more robust contributions.

Etienne Capoue makes his 100th app for Watford - 1 of 3 players that has played every PL minute under Javi Gracia, with Karnezis & Mariappa. Andre Gray starts - has played only 51 mins in PL under the new head coach pic.twitter.com/WotyDfD28x

7.15pm BST

A couple of players have quick words with Sky, and don’t say anything very exciting. Kieron Trippier, then, says this:

It was disappointing to lose the game but we’ve got four massive games coming up. It’ll be important to get three points, with Chelsea winning the other day.

Today it will be a very tough game for us. Of course Tottenham are a very good team, but we come here with a lot of confidence. We want to show good character and get a good result today.

7.08pm BST

So Troy Deeney, having started Watford’s last 12 matches, is a substitute tonight. Roberto Pereyra and Stefano Okaka are injured, while Kiko Femenia, Richarlison and Andre Gray start. Gerard Deulofeu’s return from injury takes him only as far as the bench. Tottenham are at full strength, which you’d expect to be much too strong for a Watford side that haven’t won in six games and whose away form is particularly wretched.

7.03pm BST

The team sheets are in, and they looked like this:

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Alli, Son, Kane. Subs: Alderweireld, Lamela, Wanyama, Vorm, Sissoko, Aurier, Lucas Moura.
Watford: Karnezis, Femenia, Kabasele, Mariappa, Cathcart, Holebas, Doucoure, Hughes, Capoue, Gray, Richarlison. Subs: Gomes, Janmaat, Britos, Deulofeu, Deeney, Sinclair, Carrillo.
Referee: Michael Oliver.

#THFC: Lloris (C), Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane. #COYS pic.twitter.com/8uSmLEpcrI

| #watfordfc XI v @SpursOfficial | Karnezis (GK); Mariappa (C), Cathcart, Kabasele, Holebas; Doucouré, Capoue; Femenía, Hughes, Richarlison; Gray.

Subs | Gomes (GK), Britos, Janmaat, Carrillo, Deulofeu, Sinclair, Deeney. pic.twitter.com/1EKVgR1IXO

6.59pm BST

Hello again. The Guardian has not burned down, you’ll be glad to know. Team news should be imminent, so hold tight for that.

2.33pm BST

After Watford’s first ever promotion to the top flight under Graham Taylor, they took nine points from their first three visits to White Hart Lane. But since May 1985 the Hornets have travelled to Spurs seven times for league combat and lost seven times, by an aggregate scoreline of 20-3.

Back, then, to May 1985. Everton, with four games to play, had the league title wrapped up, sitting as they were 14 points ahead of second-placed Manchester United, with two games in hand. Spurs were two points further back, with Liverpool just behind them. Places in Europe were at stake, though the season ended with the Heysel disaster and as it turned out there would be no English teams in European competition the following season. Still, Tottenham were in a similar position to the one they find themselves in now, with similar motivation. Watford, meanwhile, were 15th, enjoying a healthy buffer from the relegation places but not entirely free of all concern, with a difficult run-in also featuring a game against Manchester United. They were also, in other words, in a similar position to the one they find themselves in now.

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Harry Kane and Dele Alli on target for Tottenham as Watford regret misses

Guardian - man, 30/04/2018 - 22:59

If the result is all that matters at this late stage of the season, then Tottenham will reflect on this low-key victory with a measure of satisfaction. It did not bother Mauricio Pochettino that there were times when his bruised players tried too hard to extinguish their disappointment at failing to reach the FA Cup final. They still won with plenty left in the tank and, in the end, this was a timely reminder that the modern Tottenham possess more resolve than many of their predecessors.

That is why Pochettino likes to speak about this young team’s development. The Argentinian has hardened their mentality and, while Tottenham’s wait for their first trophy since 2008 will not end this season, the bottom line is that they can guarantee a top-four finish by beating West Brom on Saturday and Newcastle next Wednesday.

Related: Tottenham facing up to reality check as stadium costs escalate

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Kane strengthens Spurs' top-four bid

Sky Sports - man, 30/04/2018 - 22:50
Harry Kane scored in Tottenham's routine 2-0 win over Watford to reopen their five-point cushion over Chelsea in the race for a top-four finish.

Is Kane back to his best?

Sky Sports - man, 30/04/2018 - 21:51
Harry Kane scored his 27th goal of the season as Tottenham brushed aside Watford with a 2-0 victory at Wembley, but is the England striker back to his best since returning from injury? Gary Neville discusses on Monday Night Football

Neville’s Pochettino verdict

Sky Sports - man, 30/04/2018 - 20:56
Gary Neville has defended Mauricio Pochettino in the face of criticism for not winning a trophy by pointing to the outstanding work he has done in his four seasons at Tottenham.

Tottenham, Watford back Sky Ocean Rescue

Sky Sports - man, 30/04/2018 - 20:53
Tottenham and Watford have joined forces to back Sky's Ocean Rescue campaign and make the pledge to pass on plastic.

MNF: Neville's team of the season

Sky Sports - man, 30/04/2018 - 20:11
Gary Neville picked his Premier League team of the season on Monday Night Football - and he has made a few changes to the Professional Footballers' Association Team of the Year.

MNF Awards as they happened

Sky Sports - man, 30/04/2018 - 18:35

WATCH: Tottenham 2-0 Watford

Sky Sports - man, 30/04/2018 - 17:58
Harry Kane did his talking on the pitch as Tottenham reasserted themselves in the race for the Champions League with a 2-0 win over Watford.

Ref Watch: 'Astonished if Salah banned'

Sky Sports - man, 30/04/2018 - 14:30
As always, there were a number of hotly-disputed decisions in the Premier League over the weekend. Not to worry, though, as we have Dermot Gallagher here to run his eye over those big calls.

Is Lloris error-prone?

Sky Sports - man, 30/04/2018 - 12:30
Hugo Lloris's tendency to make mistakes is a worry for Tottenham but it does not necessarily mean he is not a good goalkeeper, writes Adam Bate.

Messi leads Salah in Golden Shoe race

Sky Sports - man, 30/04/2018 - 11:00
Lionel Messi's hat-trick in Barcelona's win at Deportivo on Sunday saw him overtake Mo Salah in the race for the European Golden Shoe.

Doucoure underrated

Sky Sports - man, 30/04/2018 - 10:50
WhoScored.com explain why Abdoulaye Doucoure is one of the Premier League's most unheralded stars.

Tottenham facing up to reality check as stadium costs escalate

Guardian - man, 30/04/2018 - 10:10

Mauricio Pochettino will still have to sell players in order to buy them next season despite an increased ground capacity

Mauricio Pochettino has expressed the belief on several occasions. When Tottenham Hotspur move into their 62,062-seat stadium next season, the club will enter a new era of financial power. “It would be the time to say: ‘Now, we will win the title,’” the manager said in December. The theory has been that the stadium’s increased revenues will help the club to attract and keep the A-list players.

The view has sat uncomfortably with the cost of construction. It seems a long time ago that £400m was the ballpark figure. Then, it became £750m and £850m, and now, nobody would be surprised if it reached a billion. Tottenham have taken out £400m in bank loans, which are repayable over a five-year period. This month they announced in their financial results for the year ended 30 June 2017 that the “cumulative spend” on the project had increased from £115.3m to £315.1m. The club’s profits were robust. They stood at £41.2m after interest and tax. But whichever way you dress it up, there is a lot of money to find. It is no wonder chairman Daniel Levy “struggles to sleep at night”, according to Pochettino.

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