Troy Deeney scored the only goal of the game as Watford plunged West Brom into further trouble with a narrow 1-0 win at Vicarage Road on Saturday.
- Watford 1 West Brom 0
- Janmaat denied by Foster in the first half
- Ample chances for both teams after the restart
- Evans header diverted onto the post
- Deeney secures victory with a fine strike
There were few opportunities at either end in the first half, but the contest came to life after the restart with a flurry of chances before Deeney pounced 13 minutes from time to make it back-to-back victories for Javi Gracia’s side.
FULL-TIME Watford 1-0 West Brom
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The hosts came under early pressure and had Adrian Mariappa to thank for not going behind in the fourth minute when he made a goal-saving block to divert Grzegorz Krychowiak’s shot over the crossbar.
Andre Carrillo failed to test Ben Foster with a wayward effort from 25 yards out on eight minutes, but the Hornets almost took the lead nine minutes later from Mariappa’s glancing header that was cleared off the line.
The remainder of the first half was largely uneventful, although there were good chances for Watford in the closing stages.
After being crowded out by four defenders, Roberto Pereyra spotted the run of Daryl Janmaat and played him in on goal in the 38th minute. The Dutchman drew a smart save out of Foster, though, he should have done better.
They went close again moments later as Sebastian Prodl steered a header over the crossbar from the resulting corner.
The Baggies threatened first in the second half when Salomon Rondon fired straight at Orestis Karnezis from 25 yards out from a 50th-minute throw-in, before the Venezuelan striker’s effort from a tight angle was diverted away off the keeper’s legs.
Alan Pardew’s men were then denied by the woodwork as Jonny Evans saw his header deflected onto the post by Karnezis from a 52nd-minute corner. The action quickly switched to the other end of the pitch and Richarlison wasn’t far off from finding the back of the net with an overhead-kick.
Chances were suddenly coming thick and fast in the cold, with Rondon directing a header wide from Jay Rodriguez’s cross in the 54th minute, before Andre Carrillo curled an effort over from 25 yards out moments later for the home team.
Kieran Gibbs came to Albion’s rescue on 66 minutes as he cleared Stefano Okaka’s shot on the turn off the line after a corner had dropped at the feet of the Italian striker.
The frenetic start to the second half finally resulted in a goal and it was the visiting fans who were celebrating on 67 minutes. Troy Deeney was sent clear by Will Hughes and the Hornets skipper got away from his marker to smash a shot past Foster from the edge of the box.
Watford saw out the final 23 minutes without too much incident, although Mariappa almost let Rondon in five minutes from time with a poor pass to Karnezis, who was alert to the danger and hacked the ball clear.