Tottenham Hotspur moved closer to qualification for next season’s Champions League with a 2-0 win over Watford on Monday.
Goals from Dele Alli and Harry Kane lifted fourth-placed Spurs five points clear of Chelsea in the race for the Premier League’s final qualifying spot with three games remaining.
“It was important to get the job done tonight and ease that pressure,” Kane told Sky Sports after Tottenham won for the first time in three league games.
“They [Chelsea] were creeping up on our back and now we can look forward.”
Tottenham were gifted a 16th-minute opener as Watford keeper Orestis Karnezis fumbled Kieran Trippier’s cross straight to Christian Eriksen, who squared a ball which Dele Alli fired into the back of the net.
The visitors had a trio of chances to equalise before half-time but Andre Gray, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Richarlison were all denied by Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris.
Tottenham wasted little time in doubling their lead after the break as Kane converted Trippier’s cross for his 27th league goal.
They then narrowly missed a third as Jan Vertonghen’s headed against the post and the unmarked Kane was unable to get a foot to the rebound.
Watford remain in 13th place, six points above the relegation places, after failing to score for the seventh straight league away match.
“Today was frustrating because we competed very well,” Hornets manager Javi Gracia said.
“We aren’t scoring goals at this moment but we are creating many chances.
“We’ve had performances in the last few games but it’s not enough to get points at this moment.”