A goal in each half from Dele Alli and Harry Kane ensured maximum points in a hard-fought encounter with Watford at Wembley Stadium on Monday evening.
It was a victory which sees us climb to within one point of third-placed Liverpool in the Premier League with a game in hand on the Reds and moves us five clear of Chelsea in fifth place with both teams having three matches left to play.
Just over a quarter-of-an-hour had gone when we opened the scoring, helped by a goalkeeping error from the Hornets’ Orestis Karnezis. The Greek international spilled Kieran Trippier’s cross and Christian Eriksen flicked the ball to Dele, who drilled through a flurry of legs and into an unguarded net.
But the visitors responded well and three fine saves from Hugo Lloris ensured we went in ahead at half-time. First he saved a one-on-one from Andre Gray, did likewise from Richarlison just before the interval before racing off his line to slide tackle the onrushing Abdoulaye Doucoure, who would have been in on goal had the skipper mistimed his challenge.
They proved to be vital saves as just three minutes into the second half, we went further ahead. Trippier was again involved, picking up the ball wide on the right and sending over a low cross which Kane tucked home for his 38th goal of the season, 27 of them coming in the league.
We almost added a third on 68 minutes when Jan Vertonghen headed a Trippier free-kick against the post with Kane unable to tap home the rebound, but Watford continued to threaten and could have levelled moments later, only for Richarlison to fire Troy Deeney’s knock down way over the bar from 10 yards.
Substitute Moussa Sissoko could have wrapped it up late on but fired over the bar after an excellent through-ball from Kane.