Sanchez was on hand to flick in a header from Son Heung Min’s inswinging freekick from the left flank, handing the Hornets their sixth consecutive loss. This was the latest winning goal Tottenham have scored in the league since Opta have exact time of goals scored in the division (2006-07), timed at 95:45.
The win also makes Antonio Conte the first-ever Spurs manager to go unbeaten in his first eight league games. Conte has also never lost against a fellow Italian manager in six Premier League encounters. He previously inflicted two 3-0 defeats on Claudio Ranieri‘s Leicester City as a Chelsea boss in 2016-17.
Tottenham started the game with two changes to the lineup from the disappointing draw at Southampton on Monday.
The win takes Spurs up to fifth place, two points shy of Arsenal in fourth with two games in hand on their North London rivals.
Meanwhile, Watford, who are the only team yet to keep a clean sheet in the league, are in worrying form under Ranieri. The Hornets have picked up just six points in 11 games under the Italian since he took over from Xisco Muñoz in October and are hovering two points above the relegation zone, having played two more games than Burnley in 18th.
But it seemed like Watford will get their first clean sheet under the ‘Tinkerman’ with Spurs not posing much in the way of threat despite hogging possession – 74%.
The North London side did manage nine shots on target from a total of 12 attempts, but a number of them were tame, long-range efforts that did not trouble goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann. Just like against Southampton, Spurs lacked the creative spark to breach the Watford low-block.