Capoue goal wins it for Watford

Watford moved into the top half of the Premier League table with a 1-0 victory over Swansea at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

  • Watford 1 Swansea 0
  • Capoue scores on 42 minutes
  • Okaka's effort ruled offside
  • Sigurdsson misses late chance

Match summary

Chances were few and far between during a sedate match in Hertfordshire, with Etienne Capoue scoring the only goal of the match late in the first half.

Stefano Okaka thought he found the back of the net in the second half, and Gylfi Sigurdsson missed a late chance for the visitors.

Full report

After a quiet start on the manicured pitch at Vicarage Road, Gylfi Sigurdsson had the first shot in anger nine minutes in, but Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes made a smart stop to deny the Swansea man. 

Five minutes later Gomes was called into action again, less convincingly this time around, as his punched clearance nearly fell to Fernando Llorente with the goal gaping.

The visitors dominated possession in the early stages but failed to create any clear-cut chances on goal as the Watford defense remained resolute.

The Hornets had their first real chance after 26 minutes when Troy Deeney was denied by a fantastic save by Lukasz Fabianski in the Swansea goal, after his poked effort from Daryl Janmaat's cross seemed destined for the net.

As the first half progressed, the hosts grew into the match as Swansea set deeper and deeper, inviting pressure onto themselves.

With neither side looking particularly threatening, defensive composure was always going to be crucial, and it was Swansea who blinked first. With three minutes left in the half, Alfie Mawson allowed Capoue in, and while Fabianski denied the former Spurs man first time round, he buried the rebound home for the opening goal.

After the break, the sedate pace at which this match was played continued, with neither side able to string together many passes together in the opposition half.

With 10 minutes left on the clock, substitute Stefano Okaka thought he doubled the hosts' lead with his first touch of the ball, but his effort was ruled offside.

Sigurdsson had a late chance to draw Swansea level after dancing through the Watford defence, but the Icelander's touch at the crucial moment let him down and the chance petered out.

The result sees Watford move up to 10th place on 40 points, while Swansea are in 18th with 28 points to their name.