In a game that was almost identical to last week’s against Everton, the Hornets bagged a win with a late goal against the Baggies.
With West Brom currently bottom of the table, the home team made hard work of earning their three points, creating several missed chances whilst being sloppy at the back.
As per usual with any game at Vicarage Road, a Watford injury was always on the cards and only one minute in, Etienne Capoue picked one up. An injury in the opening stages was matched with one in the dying minutes of the match, as Jose Holebas hobbled off in the 95th minute with Miguel Britos coming on as his replacement.
Smoke coming from the electric billboards provided more entertainment in the first half than most of the action coming from the pitch. Daryl Janmaat had what was the best chance from either team as he fired low, only for his effort to be excellently saved by a diving Ben Foster.
After the half time break both teams come out re-energised and it was the visitors who initially started the stronger side. Salomon Rondon had a shot stopped by Orestis Karnezis in the 51st minute and shortly after it was the post that kept the East Midlander’s from going ahead.
Luckily for Watford, their attackers picked up the pace, but missed some good chances including Stefano Okaka’s shot being cleared off the line by Kieran Gibbs.
Gracia’s men began to dominate and their determination payed off when Grzegorz Krychowiak lost the ball in midfield and Will Hughes played a fantastic through ball to Troy Deeney. One-on-one with ex-Watford keeper Ben Foster, Deeney scored with a real striker’s finish, as he calmly slotted past his fellow Englishmen, who was very much caught in no man’s land.
Deeney’s goal saw the Hornets move up to 9th in the table and move clear of 10th place Everton by two points.
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