Troy Deeney and Craig Cathcart were on target as Watford came from behind to stun Tottenham Hotspur at Vicarage Road on Sunday.

The Hornets had trailed to Abdoulaye Doucoure’s own goal, but hit back twice in the space of seven second half minutes to turn the game on its head and run out 2-1 winners.

Victory over Spurs saw Watford make it four wins from four in the Premier League and leaves Javi Gracia’s men third in the table heading into the international break.

A defensively resolute display formed the backbone of Watford’s latest win, which is their fifth in all competitions this season, and kept Spurs at bay for much of the encounter.

Here’s how we rated the Hornets on a memorable day in WD18.

Ben Foster – 6

Not the keeper’s finest display since returning to the club and he was partly culpable for the Spurs opener as he got involved in the mix up with Christian Kabasele.

Poor handling in the first half almost gifted the visitors a goal as he spilled a routine cross which allowed Lucas Moura a shot at goal.

Daryl Janmaat – 7

Watford Observer:

A constant threat when getting forward on the right hand side and also helped keep the Spurs attack at bay with some important interventions at the back.

The Dutchman’s crosses provided a number of openings for Watford in both the first and second half of the game.

Craig Cathcart – 8

The centre-back’s bullet header capped a fine individual performance in which he was defensively sound throughout.

Touch-tight marking of Harry Kane in particular prevented Spurs from building any real momentum in the attacking third.

Christian Kabasele – 6.5

His day was marred by the error which allowed Spurs to take the lead as Kabasele failed to listen to Foster’s call, which was audible from the press box at Vicarage Road.

Other than his costly mistake, however, the centre-back was his ever-reliable presence at the heart of Watford’s defence and played an important part in the host’s impressive defensive display.

Jose Holebas – 8

Once again on point with his delivery from set-pieces as he took his tally of assists for the season to four after laying on both Watford goals.

As well as his dangerous delivery, Holebas has improved defensively and was once again committed to the cause.

Will Hughes – 7

Watford Observer:

Did well to win the free-kick which led to the Watford equaliser and was a willing runner throughout the game.

Much of the midfielder’s work will have gone unnoticed as he made a number of selfless defensive runs to cover both on the wing and in the middle of the park.

Etienne Capoue – 7

Playing against his former club, Capoue did plenty of work to break up Spurs’ possession in the middle of the park.

Gave the ball away on a number of occasions, but this was a performance built more on discipline than a requirement to influence the game going forward.

Abdoulaye Doucoure – 6.5

Like Capoue, Doucoure competed well in the middle of the park to prevent the likes of Christian Eriksen influencing proceedings.

Could do little to avoid turning into his own net, but scoring for the opposition will always have an impact on a player’s overall rating.

Roberto Pereyra – 7

Not at the levels shown in previous weeks but once again offered a threat from wide on the left as he cut inside when given the chance.

Should have done better with a second half header when picked out well by Janmaat’s cross but could only guide his effort across the face of goal.

As always, a tireless runner in defence and got back well to assist Holebas when Spurs came forward.

Troy Deeney – 8.5

The skipper’s powerful shoulder barge on Davinson Sanchez set the tone for Watford’s comeback as he lifted the mood at Vicarage Road.

Moments later Deeney lifted to roof off the place as he glanced a well-taken header into the bottom corner to restore parity.

Deeney’s commitment throughout kept the Tottenham defence honest and his goal was a fitting reward for an impressive display at the point of attack.

Andre Gray – 7

Watford Observer:

Not as impactful as his strike partner, but Gray was once again a willing runner for Watford as he looked to stretch the Spurs defence where possible.

The £18.5 million man’s hold up play has also improved dramatically this term and his ability to keep possession was important for his side.


Isaac Success – 6

Only played for 20 minutes but did well to help kill the game as his strength allowed Watford to keep the ball in Spurs’ half late on.

Nathaniel Chalobah – N/A

A welcome return to Premier League action for the midfielder but had little chance to make an impact as he came on for the final four minutes.

Adrian Mariappa – N/A

Brought on at the close as Watford looked to add numbers in defence and eat up valuable seconds.