Published: Tue, May 01, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Spurs bolster top four hopes

Spurs bolster top four hopes

Tottenham on Monday moved closer to securing qualification for next season's Champions League as goals from Dele Alli and Harry Kane gave them a 2-0 win over Watford.

The win over the Hornets moved Spurs five points clear of fifth-placed Chelsea with three games to go and they can extend their advantage to eight points with another win over bottom-club West Brom on Saturday. "It was important to get the three points as it allows us to be in a good position", said Pochettino.

"We have three games ahead and I think it will be a very successful season if we finish in the top four".

And Pochettino told Sky Sports: "I think it was a good night for us. The numbers talk for him", added the Argentinian about his frontman, who set himself the target of going one better than last term and reaching the 30-goal target by the end of the campaign.

Kane's strike made it 27 league goals for the season, four behind Liverpool forward Salah, as he bids to be the top-flight's leading scorer for the third straight year.

A pair of first-half saves from captain Lloris prevented Watford from equalising following Alli's opener, Andre Gray and Richarlison denied by the France global.

"We need to prepare for the game that will be so physical and mental, hard to play and he will want to win there".

"I feel good, I feel sharp, I probably could have scored a couple more out there today".

Pochettino's side were purring in the FA Cup semifinal against Manchester United before Dembele starting hobbling and for all the wider reasons for that defeat, it was an out-of-sorts Dembele who lost the ball to Paul Pogba for United's equaliser that cost them as much as anything else.

Spurs nearly had a third in the 68th minute when Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen met a Trippier free kick but his header came back off the post, while Kane had an effort ruled offside and substitute Moussa Sissoko fired over from close range. You felt during the game with Watford the fans were disappointed because of the defeat to Manchester United. A year ago I got 29 goals so I'd like to beat that but we'll see what happens.

But his club manager Mauricio Pochettino insisted Kane would be back firing on all cylinders in time for the first group stage game - against Tunisia on June 18. We demand a lot from the keeper and we are so happy with all, I think we have great keepers. "He is chasing [Mohamed Salah] but the most important thing is to score goals for the team".

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