Watford edge Villa in five-goal thriller

Aston Villa are still waiting for their first win under Remi Garde following their 3-2 defeat to Warford at Villa Park on Saturday.

  • Aston Villa 2 Watford 3
  • Ighalo opens the scoring
  • Richards heads home equaliser
  • Hutton nets an own goal
  • Deeney fires in for the Hornets
  • Ayew nets late consollation

Match Summary

Odion Ighalo opened the scoring for Watford after 17 minutes, capitalising on a cruel deflection to go one-on-one with the keeper. Micah Richards, though, had Villa level again just before the break.

Alan Hutton then netted an unfortunate own-goal from the edge of his own area on 69 minutes, before Troy Deeney bagged his fourth goal in five games.

Jordan Ayew would score in the 90th minute, but Watford were able to see out an intense 10 minutes of added time to seal the win.

Full Report

After a nervy start to the game, Aston Villa grew into the match and controlled play well enough without really creating goalscoring opportunities.

However, it was Watford who would open the scoring in the most fortuitous of circumstances when a deflection took the pace off a Ben Watson volley from outside the box, the ball landing nicely for Ighalo to sweep home, despite suggestions of offside.

Ayew then could have had his side back in the game with multiple chances, first firing wide when it looked easier to score, before forcing two routine saves from Haurelho Gomes.

Scott Sinclair and Ciaran Clark then squandered efforts of their own, before Richards finally equalised for the Villans on the 40-minute mark.

The former City defender did well to get on the end of a free kick at the far post to head home from close range, though replays showed he was offside in the build-up.

Villa, though, fell behind once again in the 68th minute when Hutton poked a Deeney throughball, meant for Ighalo, past his own keeper.

And Deeney added his name to the scoresheet with seven minutes ramaining, heading home from a looping Ighalo effort.

Villa would not give up, however, and Ayew would make for an interesting end of the game when he rocketed an effort into the bottom corner in the 90th minute.

Watford, though, would hold on through 10 minutes of added time to take home the three points and keep Villa waiting for their first win under Remi Garde.