Watford FC finally earned their first Premier League win of the season tonight (Friday, November 8) to move themselves out of bottom place and send Norwich the opposite way.
It was simply a must-win for the Hornets when they took on fellow Premier League strugglers Norwich City, looking for their first win of the season in their 12th attempt.
Quique Sanchez Flores’ men started the game in style, with their second fastest goal in Premier League history.
Gerard Deulofeu scored the fantastic solo effort in just the second minute – the speedy Spaniard dispossessed Buendia in the home side’s half and beat several players in a mazy run before cutting onto his left foot and slotting the ball past an outstretched Tim Krul. 0-1 Watford.
It was then a series of almosts for the away side, who could’ve doubled their lead just two minutes after the first goal.
Janmaat attacked a Holebas corner but directed it well over the bar from the near post.
Another chance came in the 12th minute as Norwich were cut open down the right hand side, leaving Janmaat free to deliver a cross that just missed Roberto Pereyra in the middle.
Deulofeu still got a shot in on goal but it curled just wide.
The majority of the half continued at a frantic pace, with both sides showing promise but a lack of class you’d expect from teams at the foot of the table.
The most notable moment of the remainder of the half was Pereyra being forced off through injury in the 31st minute, with Andre Gray taking his place up front.
The injury, while worrying in the long term, was arguably a blessing in disguise for Watford, as it was Gray who doubled their lead seven minutes into the second half.
The Englishman took advantage of shoddy Norwich defending by getting a touch on a Deulofeu cross from the left, which ricocheted off a defender and dribbled into the net. 0-2 Watford.
The Hornets finally had a comfortable lead, but it wasn’t ever going to be plane sailing for Sanchez Flores’ men.
Centre back Christian Kabasele recklessly lunged in on Drmic in the 65th minute for his second yellow of the game, leaving 10-man Watford to see off the desperate Canaries.
Luckily, the Hornets were stubborn in their pursuit of a first Premier League win of the season and kept a clean sheet against the home side.
Gray even had a chance to double his tally in the 83rd minute, ending up through on goal but failing to chip Krul while he was off his line.
The win means Watford are now in 18th place with eight points… a long way to go until they’re safe, but it’s certainly a start.
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