Tottenham fans loved ball-boy's actions in injury time v Watford


Tottenham’s dream of winning the Premier League title is alive again following this week’s fixtures.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side were 1-0 down with 10 minutes left to play thanks to Craig Cathcart’s first-half goal but scored twice before the full-time whistle, securing an invaluable three points in the process.

Fernando Llorente had produced a contender for worst miss of the season earlier in the second half, but the Spanish forward provided one assist and netted the late winner to turn the game on its head during the closing stages.

Spurs remain third in the Premier League table but now find themselves seven points behind league-leaders Liverpool and just two behind Manchester City.

"I think we fully deserved the victory," Pochettino, whose side lost their Carabao Cup semi-final to Chelsea and were then dumped out of the FA Cup by Crystal Palace three days later, was quoted as saying by BBC Sport after the match.

"It arrived late, but we kept pushing. It was a fantastic second-half performance. The first half, it was difficult to create chances - we dominated, but didn't create.

"It's fantastic to win again. After a difficult week it's so important to smile. The mentality is perfect."

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While Llorente was the Tottenham hero on the pitch, it was another (much younger) lad on the sidelines whose actions in stoppage time made him very popular with the Spurs faithful.

In the second minute of stoppage time, one of the ball-boys walked off with the match-ball, knowing full well Watford’s Isaac Success was desperate to get on with the game.

The frustrated Success then reacted by thumping the ball out of the lad’s hands and was shown a yellow card for his actions.

Watch the footage here…

As Martin Tyler mentions on the commentary, you just can’t do that - regardless of how frustrated you might be.

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard was famously banned for three matches after getting sent off for ‘kicking’ a ball-boy back in January 2013.

What Spurs fans really loved from their ball-boy, though, was the cheeky winks afterwards.


Even Tyler had to laugh had the kid’s audacity.

Cristiano Ronaldo would have been proud of those winks.

Here’s a small selection of reaction from Spurs fans praising their new young hero…

In all seriousness, though, this can’t really be allowed to happen.

And if it does happen, it’s down to the referee to ensure more time is added on at the end of the match.

Otherwise it simply isn’t fair and incidents like this will become increasingly common in football games at all levels.

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