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PERFECT START: Ten man Watford hold on to defeat Wolves

 Published on: 1st January 2020   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Watford FC

Watford continued their recent good form by beating Wolves 2-1 in the Premier League, despite seeing Christian Kabasele sent off in the second half.

Manager Nigel Pearson made two changes to the side that beat Aston Villa on Saturday, bringing in Craig Dawson and Nathaniel Chalobah for Adrian Mariappa and Will Hughes.

It was a quiet opening ten minutes at Vicarage Road, but the deadlock was nearly broken on the 13th minute when Matt Doherty was played through for Wolves, but Ben Foster came off his line quickly to deny him.

The Hornets then took the lead themselves on the half hour mark when Ismaila Sarr found Gerard Deulofeu on the left-hand side, and the Spaniard expertly finished to give Rui Patricio no chance in the Wolves goal.

Deulofeu almost sent Watford into dreamland before the half time whistle when Dawson’s long ball found him, but he blazed it over the crossbar.

As the second half restarted, Deulofeu was pivotal to the play once more when he found Abdoulaye Doucoure, who’s deflected strike went beyond Patricio to give Watford the two-goal cushion they wanted.

Wolves found a way back into the game on the hour mark when Pedro Neto’s deflected effort looped over Foster to reduce the deficit. 

Kabasele then saw red on the 69th minute, in what was initially given as a yellow card, when he was the last man and fouled Diogo Jota, who would have gone through on goal.

Foster came to the rescue for Watford on the 75th minute when he denied Doherty from grabbing an equaliser when he tipped his header wide of the post.

Watford held on to pick up the three points and edge ever closer to getting out of the relegation zone as the revival continues under Pearson.

The Hornets are back in action on Saturday, this time in the FA Cup as they welcome League One side Tranmere Rovers to Vicarage Road.

Picture courtesy of Watford FC 

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