By London correspondent Tony Hughes

Tom Carroll suffered a bloodied nose after being shoved in the face by Odion Ighalo during Tottenham’s 2-1 Premier League win over Watford on Monday afternoon.

Carroll was tracking back as Ighalo charged forward in the second half and the Watford striker responded to the pressure by pushing his right hand into the Spurs midfielder’s face.

TV replays suggested that Ighalo deliberately aimed a swipe of his arm in the direction of Carroll, who was left with a bloodied nose.

It came as frustration boiled up among the Watford players after the 62nd-minute sending-off of Nathan Ake forced them to play with just 10 men for the last half-hour.

Midfielder Carroll was substituted soon afterwards and replaced by Son Heung-min, who went on to score the winning goal in the 89th minute.

The dramatic late winner gave Tottenham their third consecutive Premier League victory and lifted them to third in the table, ahead of Manchester City on goal difference.

Erik Lamela had put Mauricio Pochettino ahead after 17 minutes with a sublime finish before Ighalo equalised before the break with his 14th league goal of the season.