Watford were beaten by Aston Villa tonight (January 21) despite going a goal ahead in the first half through Troy Deeney
The Hornets are now back in the bottom three, after Nigel Pearson’s introduction to the side changed the club’s fortunes around.
After picking up a point at home against Tottenham on the weekend, a relegation six-pointer followed away at Aston Villa.
Pearson made one change from the side who faced Tottenham, bringing in Roberto Pereyra for the injured Ismaila Sarr.
The first half was relatively quiet throughout with both sides struggling to break down each other’s defence.
The game burst into action though on the 39th minute when Gerard Deulofeu lofted in a brilliant ball for Deeney to head home.
Deulofeu almost got on the scoresheet a few minutes later but his strike struck only the side netting.
The second half started with Villa causing trouble to the Hornets defence, Jack Grealish found Kortney Hause in the box but his head didn’t trouble Foster’s goal.
New Villa signing Pepe Reina was brought into action on the 57th minute when Deeney and Deulofeu linked up once more, but the Spaniard saved well.
The equaliser came on the 68th minute when Matt Targett’s initial shot was saved by Foster, but Douglas Luiz was at hand to tap home the rebound.
New signing Ignacio Pussetto came on with just over 15 minutes left on the clock, but he and his Watford team mates were to be devastated in the final minutes when Tyrone Mings scored the last minute winner.
Watford are now back in the bottom three, level on points with Bournemouth and West Ham, although the Hammers have two games in hand over both.
The Hornets are back in action as quick as Thursday night in the FA Cup, as their rescheduled replay against Tranmere takes place at Prenton Park.