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LAST GASP WINNER: Watford FC edge past Stoke after late Ismaila Sarr goal

 Published on: 5th November 2020   |   By: Geraint Roberts   |   Category: Watford FC

Watford returned to winning ways last night after they prevailed in a five-goal thriller at home against Stoke City, with Ismaila Sarr scoring an injury time winner.

Tom Cleverley and Joao Pedro were also among the goals in a result that sees the Hornets move up to fourth in the Championship table.

It was the worst possible start for Vladimir Ivic’s men when Steven Fletcher was at hand to give Stoke the opener after just two minutes.

The Hornets levelled procedures just before the half hour mark through the captain, Cleverley, after he dummied his initial effort before rifling the shot into the top corner.

Moments later, Sarr almost turned the game on its head after Ken Sema played a delightful through ball into the Senegalese’s path but Angus Gunn was quick out of the blocks to deny him.

A penalty was awarded to the Hornets on the hour mark after Sarr was troubling the Stoke defence once more after he brought the ball beyond Gunn, who brought him down in the process.

In-form Joao Pedro stepped up confidently and made no mistake with his effort from 12-yards, putting the Hornets in front for the first time in the night.

Watford went close to a third goal on the 73rd minute after Kiko Femenia’s cross found substitute Andre Gray in the box, but his headed effort went wide of the post.

With 10 minutes left to play, Stoke levelled the game again after Nick Powell’s first time effort went beyond the grasp of Ben Foster.

The points looked to be split until the dying moments of the match, with Sema once again brilliantly beating his man before cutting the ball back to Sarr on the edge of the penalty area, and the winger’s effort was placed into the bottom corner, giving the Hornets a big three points.

The result sees the Hornets move up to fourth place and back in the play-off positions after previously going three games without a win in the Championship.

Next up for Ivic’s men is another game at Vicarage Road as they welcome struggling Coventry City.

Picture credit: Watford FC

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