Watford grab deserved win

An Odion Ighalo goal gave Watford a well-deserved win against Swansea at Vicarage Road in the Premiership on Saturday despite being down to 10 men.

  • Watford 1 Swansea City 0
  • Ighalo gives hosts deserved lead
  • Behrami sent off in second half
  • Hornets earn first Premier League win
  • Monk visibly frustrated

Match Summary

Watford did not look like a team yet to win a Premier League game this season against Swansea and created numerous chances throughout the match, even after going down to 10 men.

Odion Ighalo was a constant goal threat and was rewarded for his endeavour in the 59th minute when he hit a powerful volley past Fabianski.

Valon Behrami received his marching orders in the 64th minute for a horrendous tackle on Andre Ayew, but the hosts were able to hang on to their lead to claim their first win of the new Premier League season.

Full Report

Hornets defender Sebastian Prodl had the first shot of the game in the 10th minute, but his effort flew well over.

Behrami went close eight minutes later, but his deflected shot bounced just wide of the right post.

Ayew found Bafetimbi Gomis with an accurate pass in the 21st minute and the Ghanaian midfielder got away from his defender but was denied by a diving Gomes.

Ighalo went close on the stroke of half time after going on a mazy run and cutting inside, beating two men in the process, but his shot was well saved by Fabianski.

Swansea did not heed the warning the Nigerian striker gave them in the first half and gave the hosts the lead in the 59th minute with a well-hit volley from a Troy Deeney knockdown.

Five minutes later, Watford were down to 10 men as Behrami was shown a red card for a terrible tackle on Ayew. The Swiss midfielder can have no complaints as he went over the top of the ball and trod on Ayew's knee.

Swansea did their best to take advantage of their superior numbers, but their desperation to make something happen was actually a hindrance.

Federico Fernandez had a rare opportunity for the visitors in the 77th minute but a clearly frustrated Garry Monk watched it fly well over the bar from the touchlines.

Watford should have doubled their lead in the 82nd minute when a breakaway resulted in a four-on-one with Kyle Naughton the only man back, and he did well to get across and tackle Etienne Capoue who really should have done better.

Jonjo Shelvey had a shot from distance late on, which Gomes failed to catch and hold onto. Luckily he was able to gather the ball before an onrushing Eder could get a foot on it.