Joe Hart blunder sees Tottenham suffer shock 2-1 defeat to Championship side Watford in final pre-season clash
5th September 2020

JOE HART'S chances of challenging Hugo Lloris for the No1 spot took a blow after his blunder saw Spurs slip to a shock defeat at Watford.

The England keeper had an afternoon to forget during his 45-minute spell in the 2-1 defeat to the Championship side at Vicarage Road.

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho had one last chance to run the rule over his squad before next Sunday's Premier League opener against Everton.

But the Special One was not given any selection headaches by summer signing Hart.

The former England international would have been disappointed when Hornets midfielder Domingos Quina found the net from distance.

The 20-year-old was given the space to shoot when Tottenham's defence backed off and his strike gave Watford the lead after 20 minutes.

The home side then doubled their advantage before the break when Dennis Cirkin lost his composure and brought down Tom Dele-Bashiru in the box.

Despite the absence of Troy Deeney, Andre Gray stepped up and scored the resulting penalty with Hart diving the right way.

Tottenham's record signing Tanguy Ndombele also failed to squash rumours about his own future after an unconvincing performance.

The 23-year-old Frenchman showed flashes of quality but was understandably rusty and was hooked alongside keeper Hart at half-time.

Tottenham emerged from the break improved but still struggled to find any killer instinct in the final third.

Dele Alli and Jack Clarke were both guilty of being wasteful while Watford keeper Daniel Bachmann was forced into a string of saves to keep out Erik Lamela and Lucas.

Spurs did finally manage to get on the score sheet ten minutes from time as Glen Murray gave away a penalty by tripping up Lamela.

Heung-min Son duly converted and the South Korean was also on hand to spare Paulo Gazzaniga's blushes with a goal-line clearance in stoppage time after the Argentine raced up for a corner.

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