Daniel Levy's challenge, Gedson Fernandes' very different Spurs arrival and Juan Foyth's future

This was a game of fine margins, particularly the 10.04mm of the ball that had not crossed the line when Ignacio Pussetto scrambled Erik Lamela's effort away in the final moments of the encounter at Vicarage Road.
It was not a game that will live long in the memory and in light of later results, Jose Mourinho and his Spurs players will know this was a missed opportunity.
Nigel Pearson has reinvigorated Watford, bringing discipline and organisation to a side that was in free-fall.
Spurs still had 59 per cent of the possession and carved out 17 shots on goal, five on target, but they just didn't have the composure or the confidence to put the ball into the net.
The clean sheet though was an improvement, helped by Paulo Gazzaniga's penalty save and was Tottenham's first clean sheet on the road in the Premier League since New Year's Day in 2019.
The defence looks to be more of a unit and it's an area Spurs were excellent in only a couple of seasons ago under Mauricio Pochettino.
Now the fragile Lilywhites have conceded more than a goal a game this season, with 31 flying past them in their 23 matches in the league.
Only one team in the top half have conceded more than them - one more - and it's that side down the road in north London.
There is still plenty to work on. While Serge Aurier's defending was much better, going forward he lost the ball 29 times during the game, more than anyone else on the pitch by a long way.
If Mourinho can find that true full-back balance he's looking for with one providing width and the other a third central defensive body then Spurs will be better for it.
"I thought we played well, we started well, we finished well. For the majority of the time we played well. It's not easy to come here and play with a team that is not physical and play with a team that is just technical," said Mourinho.
"Apart from our defenders we played Winks, Lo Celso, Lamela, Dele, Son and Lucas and I think we had control of the game for the majority of the time.
"Sometimes it's impossible because the way they play is difficult, when they start putting the ball in the box and attacking second balls and crossing the ball. It's really, really hard but I thought we coped well with it.
"Also the set pieces, where they are very physical, I thought we coped well with it. With our style of play, without a nine, but with lots of people with creativity, with quality, and then we brought on Christian and Gedson. I thought we played very well."
It wasn't the result Spurs wanted or needed, but there was enough in there to show that they are improving on the pitch in certain areas. Now the likes of Alli and Son to regain their form and most of all they need someone to come in and put the ball in the net.

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