Tottenhams Gazzaniga saves Deeney penalty to earn draw at Watford
Paulo Gazzaniga kept out a Troy Deeney penalty awarded for a handball by Jan Vertonghen with 20 minutes left as Tottenham drew 0-0 at Watford
It is possible to read too much into the remarks of managers, but sometimes they give a new perspective on a match, particularly those as uneventful as this one.
So it was that in the cheery aspect of Jos Mourinho and the repeatedly pragmatic remarks of Nigel Pearson, you could perhaps better discern who had come out best from this stalemate. Watford are the team who have just clambered out of the relegation zone, as Pearson was keen to point out. Spurs are chasing the Champions League, but with eight points the gap at the final whistle, it is receding ever more into the distance. For Mourinho to celebrate the performance of his players suggested someone keen to lower expectations.
Ive seen our players again putting in an incredibly honest performance and a very good performance too, Pearson said after a match when his team had more chances and Troy Deeney missed a second-half penalty.
I have to give the players an awful lot of credit, for embracing the situation for what it is. They understand where we are and they havent shirked responsibility. We havent eradicated the threat of relegation. What weve produced recently is good, but thats the baseline.
For Mourinho, whose team came closest to scoring when a poked Erik Lamela effort was cleared off the line by the smallest of margins in stoppage time, his team had been good too. Given the limitations of his squad, that is.
We played well, we start well, finish well and for the majority we played well he said. Its not easy to come here and play with a team that is not physical, a team that is just technical. In front of our defenders we had Harry Winks, Lo Celso, Erik Lamela and we had control of the game for the majority of the time.
I didnt want to speak about the boys that are not [available], but you know how important they are for us. Its the kind of game when you have a guy who smells goals, probably you win it. Its injuries, its the Christian [Eriksen] situation. We have our problems but in the game today, and against Liverpool, we showed good things, especially this organisation, this commitment. I am happy with lots of things we did.
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