That loss meant Mauricio Pochettino's men were unable to back up an impressive 3-0 victory at Old Trafford a week earlier, ending their 100% record so far this season.
Pochettino was left exasperated with his side's defending and is demanding a significant improvement when they return from the two-week global break. "If you want to be a contender and to be on top you can not concede from this type of action". "But the last three wins, when we won games, nobody asked me [about that]".
Harry Kane in particular cut a frustrated figure for Spurs and it took until first-half stoppage time for either side to manage a shot on target - Deeney's weak long-range effort collected by Michel Vorm, stand-in for injured Spurs captain Hugo Lloris.
"We need to keep this spirit, because - the manager said this as well in the pre-match talk - we can beat anyone, but we can also lose against anybody".
"But you probably need three or four players who can come in for suspensions, injuries or lack of form".
"The reality is if you want to be a contender". A price of 5/1 is available with BetVictor that Watford will top the league without the inclusion of Manchester City, United, Spurs, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea.
"We are facing many issues, but although disappointing, costly and frustrating, I am uncompromising in my determination to deliver something extraordinary to our fans", Levy said. "It is clear and easy to explain". "It is so painful to concede two goals like this, it is so painful because the first half looked like a friendly game", Pochettino was quoted by Football.London as saying at post-match.
"I think it is a wake-up call for everyone to say "come on, we need to compete". If you want to be a contender, today you should win and win easy. Everyone had the feeling that they were not going to score but they got a free-kick in a unsafe place, a decent cross and a good header. He has a special personality.
The Denmark playmaker said: "We're very disappointed".