Troy Deeney scored one and made one other within the house of 4 second-half minutes as Watford maintained their Championship promotion cost at Stoke Metropolis.
Deeney slammed dwelling one among his trademark penalties to fireside the Hornets forward after Stoke goalkeeper Josef Bursik had introduced down Joao Pedro.
He then turned architect with a perfectly weighted cross into the trail of Ismaila Sarr, who ran on to drill a low right-foot shot inside Bursik’s right-hand upright.
Steven Fletcher scored from shut vary to present Stoke hope on 83 minutes, however the Potters by no means critically threatened one other as their poor league run stretched to 1 only one win in 10 league video games.
It was solely Watford’s third away league win of the marketing campaign however it lifts Xisco Munoz’s males above Brentford to 3rd, degree on factors with second-placed Swansea Metropolis – and inside seven factors of leaders Norwich Metropolis.
Apart from a giant first-half penalty shout when Rhys Norrington-Davies tried to wrestle Adam Masina to the ground, the sport had been incident free till Watford’s subsequent penalty attraction was this time answered. Cue Deeney.
The Watford skipper had additionally smashed dwelling a penalty winner to beat Barnsley at Vicarage Highway in midweek – and there was no mistake once more as he scored his eighth aim of the season barely up and to the fitting of the helpless Bursik.
That was his 139th aim for Watford in 412 appearances, taking him inside three of Ross Jenkins, one other Hornets legend, on the membership’s all-time checklist of scorers, led by Jenkins’ outdated strike companion Luther Blissett (186).
However Deeney rapidly confirmed he is not only about energy and bluster, with a top quality supply down the inside-right channel for Sarr to hit the killer second.
Harm-hit Stoke, who’ve struggled for targets since dropping each Lee Gregory and prime scorer Tyrese Campbell with knee issues, did at the least pull one again.
Fletcher’s late strike, arrange by Joe Allen, was solely their sixth of their previous eight dwelling video games. However boss Michael O’Neill was annoyed to see his aspect nonetheless 5 factors adrift of the play-off locations, with the prospect of a good larger hole by the point is weekend is over.
Stoke Metropolis boss Michael O’Neill advised BBC Radio Stoke:
“The penalty was the sport’s turning level. It gave them one thing to hold onto. They then had that little little bit of high quality for the second aim. However that is twice we have performed Watford this season and twice once we’ve felt we should always have gotten one thing from the sport.
“We had lots of possession and we acquired into good areas however we want a bit extra leading edge. The ultimate ball was not there and what we do within the closing third is one thing we have to work on.
“However there may be nonetheless lots to play for this season. There may be lots of soccer nonetheless to be performed. We’ve to place a run collectively and we all know we’re able to doing that.”
- 37CollinsBooked at 81mins
- 46Norrington-DaviesSubstituted forMatondoat 77′minutes
- 22ClucasSubstituted forFletcherat 71′minutes
- 47ClarkeSubstituted forVokesat 82′minutes
- 21FemeníaBooked at 34minsSubstituted forNgakiaat 74′minutes
- 31SierraltaBooked at 18minsSubstituted forCathcartat 74′minutes
- 8CleverleySubstituted forWilmotat 90+1′minutes
- 19HughesSubstituted forZinckernagelat 61′minutes
- 10João PedroSubstituted forGreyat 90+1′minutes
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Match ends, Stoke Metropolis 1, Watford 2.
Second Half ends, Stoke Metropolis 1, Watford 2.
Try missed. Harry Souttar (Stoke Metropolis) header from the centre of the field misses to the fitting. Assisted by James McClean with a cross.
Joe Allen (Stoke Metropolis) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Andre Grey (Watford).
Offside, Stoke Metropolis. Nick Powell tries a by way of ball, however Steven Fletcher is caught offside.
Try missed. Nick Powell (Stoke Metropolis) proper footed shot from the centre of the field is excessive and large to the fitting. Assisted by Rabbi Matondo with a cross.
Substitution, Watford. Andre Grey replaces João Pedro.
Substitution, Watford. Ben Wilmot replaces Tom Cleverley.
Nook, Stoke Metropolis. Conceded by Philip Zinckernagel.
Offside, Stoke Metropolis. Rabbi Matondo tries a by way of ball, however Sam Vokes is caught offside.
Nook, Stoke Metropolis. Conceded by Adam Masina.
Foul by Nick Powell (Stoke Metropolis).
Jeremy Ngakia (Watford) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Objective! Stoke Metropolis 1, Watford 2. Steven Fletcher (Stoke Metropolis) left footed shot from the centre of the field to the underside left nook. Assisted by Joe Allen.
Substitution, Stoke Metropolis. Sam Vokes replaces Jack Clarke.
Nathan Collins (Stoke Metropolis) is proven the yellow card for a foul foul.
Foul by Nathan Collins (Stoke Metropolis).
Tom Cleverley (Watford) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Offside, Stoke Metropolis. John Obi Mikel tries a by way of ball, however Steven Fletcher is caught offside.