Tottenham restored the balance in the top four race as they extended the game to Chelsea back to five points with goals from Dele Alli and Harry Kane making easy work of Watford in what was a stereotypical end-of-season affair.
There have been plenty of nervy home games here at Wembley this season where an early goal would have solved many a problem this season.
They got exactly what they would have wanted when Christian Kabasele ducked below Kieran Trippier’s cross leaving Orestis Karnezis to spill the ball at the feet of Christian Eriksen, whose first touch found Alli to fire home.
From there, however, it wasn’t quite as comfortable as many would have hoped, as Richarlison and Abdoulaye Doucoure both tested Hugo Lloris leaving the somewhat sparse home crowd a little nervy come the break.
After the restart, though, it didn’t take long for things to settle down. After a week in which almost every aspect of his character has been questioned, Kane will have wanted to provide a response.
The likely England captain for World Cup still looked far from match fit having returned from injury in inhumane time.
It looked as if that would have cost him, too, when he slipped trying to latch onto Heung-min Son’s square. Kane righted himself quickly, however, and was not going to make a mistake when Trippier fizzed a low cross back in, clipping home to score his 38th in all competitions this season, a career-best return.
That second killed Watford and, a Richarlison chance aside, their search for a first away goal since early January looked hopeless.
There may be a little concern amongst the Tottenham fanbase that they’ve had their last look at Mousa Dembele in a Tottenham shirt, the Belgian withdrawn with a knock just after the hour mark with a move to China looming this summer.
For the here and now, however, the buffer to Antonio Conte’s side is withdrawn and thoughts will turn to their trip to all but relegated West Brom on Saturday when three more points would surely see a third year of Champions League football secured.