Dele Alli struck an 86th-minute equaliser to deny bottom club Watford their first Premier League win of the season at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The hosts lacked just about everything in a poor opening 45 minutes, and they fell behind inside six minutes as Abdoulaye Doucoure calmly turned home Daryl Janmaat’s delightful low cross. But after a defensive mixup, Ben Foster could only direct his punched clearance into the shoulder of All, who made no mistake from close range as Tottenham snatched a 1-1 draw.
Spurs were boosted by the return of Alli, who made just his second Premier League appearance of the season, and the England midfielder proved his side’s saviour with a late late equaliser following another lengthy spell of VAR confusion.
The hosts improved significantly after the break, largely down to the introduction of the energetic Son, who could have ensured all three points had his powerful effort early in the second half rattled the net instead of the crossbar.
Tottenham lost one of their main attacking threats ahead of this one after Christian Eriksen failed a late fitness test, and the Dane’s absence was plain to see as Spurs lacked creativity for large periods of the game.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side looked void of confidence at times and could have been the architects of their own downfall if not for Alli’s equaliser in a woeful defensive display.