Davinson Sanchez’s 96th-minute header sparked jubilant scenes from Antonio Conte as Tottenham continued their resurgence under the Italian with a dramatic 1-0 win over Watford at Vicarage Road.
In a game that was delayed during the second half after a supporter was taken ill in the Graham Taylor Stand, both sides were left feeling aggrieved by the decisions of referee Rob Jones, who turned down penalty appeals in either half involving Harry Kane and Joshua King.
Watford had conceded 15 goals during a five-match losing streak, but Kane and company were frustrated by an inspired Daniel Bachmann before Sanchez’s very late intervention.
It looked like being another case of two points dropped following the 1-1 draw against 10-man Southampton, but Sanchez rose to glance home Heung-Min Son’s free-kick as Watford were once more crestfallen and wondering if their first Premier League clean sheet of the season will ever arrive.
The result means Antonio Conte stretches his unbeaten run to eight games as manager. Spurs rise to fifth place on 33 points, two points adrift of Arsenal in the final remaining Champions League berth with two games in hand on their north London rivals, while Watford remain in 17th position, two points above the relegation zone having played two games more than Burnley in 18th place.