Spurs had numerous chances to put themselves in front, and continued to dominate play from deep inside Watford’s half. The hosts, though, failed to take advantage of their possession, leaving the game all square at half time.
With the game still within their reach, Quique Sánchez Flores opted for a double substitution at the break, bringing on Valon Behrami and Troy Deeney in the hopes of ruffling a few Spurs feathers.
The decision certainly didn’t have the desired effect, though, with Mauricio Pochettino’s men continuing to push for the first goal of the game and finally Tottenham got their way.
Dele Alli, who only minutes before had come on, sent the ball across the face of goal with the outside of his boot, which was slotted in by the rushing Kieran Trippier at the far post.
The one goal was all that was needed for the hosts, and the three points sends them second – just five points behind leaders Leicester City.
Liverpool 2-2 Sunderland
Liverpool, without manager Jurgen Klopp, threw away a two-goal lead to take only a point from their clash with Sam Allardyce’s men.
Alberto Moreno came close after 20 minutes having been slid in by Roberto Firmino, but the Spaniard’s effort was halted by Vito Mannone.
With few chances to speak of in the opening 45 minutes, there was much work to be done from both sides when the referee kicked off the second half – and it was Liverpool who took the lead.
James Milner delivered an exquisite ball, from the left flank, into the box, and Firmino headed in the opening goal of the game.
The Brazilian later set up their second, having won the ball deep inside the Black Cats’ half and muscling his way into the box to square the ball to Adam Lallana who tapped his effort home.
The game appeared to be over for Sunderland, but that was far from the case. Adam Johnson saw his free kick sneak in under Simon Mignolet before Jermain Defoe grabbed the equaliser in the 89th minute – with both goals arriving shortly after a section of Liverpool fans left in protest of the rise in ticket prices.
Aston Villa, rock bottom of the Premier League table with a miserable 14 points before kick off, required no less than victory from Norwich City.
It was a tame first half, with Sébastien Bassong failing to take make the most of the best opportunity of the clash.
They were to rue this missed chance further when Joleon Lescott ended the first half perfectly for the hosts, sending the ball through the legs of Declan Rudd having latched onto a free kick which was kindly deflected off new Canaries signing Timm Klose.
Soon after the break, the Villans doubled their lead, with Gabriel Agbonlahor scoring his first for the club in 11 months after being played in by a beautifully weighted pass from Jordan Veretout and easing through the Norwich defence.
The Canaries showed few signs of staging a comeback and Villa took home three crucial points.
Stoke City 0-3 Everton
Stoke City have sent a huge message of intent to their rivals this season, breaking their transfer record twice in six months – suggesting their desire to challenge for a European spot.
The Potters, however, looked far from a side capable of challenging at such heights after being brushed aside by Everton in their own backyard.
Seamus Coleman later deservedly doubled their lead, heading home Cleverley’s dangerous corner. The visitors were firmly in the ascendancy, and Aaron Lennon made it three before the break, having latched onto a woeful back pass from Philipp Wollscheid.
Only a spectacular turnaround would see Mark Hughes’ side take something from the game and it proved a task too difficult, with Everton’s three goals before half time sealing the victory.
Newcastle were victorious over a West Brom side void of ideas at St James’ Park.
Aleksandar Mitrović almost scored the first of the game, but – in what has been said far too often this season – the striker failed to take his chance.
Soon after, Chiek Tiote thought he had given his side the lead via a superb strike from 30 yards, only for the officials to rightly disallow the goal for an offside Magpies player blocking the view of Baggies goalkeeper Ben Foster.
This was soon forgotten, though, when Mitrović calmly slotted the ball into the back of the net, putting to bed any criticism from his earlier missed chance.
The Magpies therefore took to the second half in control, and after a timid opening, Andros Towsend almost put his side two goals to the good – only to see his curled effort rebound off the post.
It was a narrow victory for the Magpies, but one that lifts them out of the drop zone.
Swansea City 1-1 Crystal Palace
It finished all square at the Liberty Stadium.
Alan Pardew handed winter acquisition Emmanuel Adebayor his first start for the club, and it didn’t take long for many to question the decision. The striker clumsily conceded a free-kick just outside the box, and Gylfi Sigurðsson comfortably stepped up to curl his effort expertly around the wall and into the far corner.
The Swans headed into the dressing room one goal up but at the restart, their lead was no more.
Yohan Cabaye delivered a dangerous ball into the box, which was flicked on by Damien Delaney at the near post and fired into the back of the net, from close range, by Scott Dann – making him the top scoring defender in the Premier League with a tally of five.
This was the last of the notable action, with both having to settle for the one point.