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Stoke City 1-2 Watford: Troy Deeney stars as Hornets win in Potteries


Troy Deeney's second penalty of the week set Watford on their way to victory at Stoke
Troy Deeney’s second penalty of the week set Watford on their way to victory at Stoke

Troy Deeney scored one and made another in the space of four second-half minutes as Watford maintained their Championship promotion charge at Stoke City.

Deeney slammed home one of his trademark penalties to fire the Hornets ahead after Stoke goalkeeper Josef Bursik had brought down Joao Pedro.

He then turned architect with a superbly weighted pass into the path of Ismaila Sarr, who ran on to drill a low right-foot shot inside Bursik’s right-hand upright.

Steven Fletcher scored from close range to give Stoke hope on 83 minutes, but the Potters never seriously threatened another as their poor league run stretched to one just one win in 10 league games.

Watford climb above Brentford to third, level on points with second-placed Swansea City – and within seven points of leaders Norwich City.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Stoke

Formation 4-3-3

  • 32Bursik
  • 37CollinsBooked at 81mins
  • 36Souttar
  • 12Chester
  • 46Norrington-DaviesSubstituted forMatondoat 77′minutes
  • 4Allen
  • 13Obi
  • 22ClucasSubstituted forFletcherat 71′minutes
  • 47ClarkeSubstituted forVokesat 82′minutes
  • 25Powell
  • 11McClean

Substitutes

  • 1Gunn
  • 6Batth
  • 9Vokes
  • 14Smith
  • 18Brown
  • 21Fletcher
  • 24Cousins
  • 34Thompson
  • 49Matondo

Watford

Formation 4-4-2

  • 26Bachmann
  • 21FemeníaBooked at 34minsSubstituted forNgakiaat 74′minutes
  • 5Troost-Ekong
  • 31SierraltaBooked at 18minsSubstituted forCathcartat 74′minutes
  • 11Masina
  • 8CleverleySubstituted forWilmotat 90+1′minutes
  • 19HughesSubstituted forZinckernagelat 61′minutes
  • 14Chalobah
  • 23Sarr
  • 9Deeney
  • 10João PedroSubstituted forGrayat 90+1′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Ngakia
  • 6Wilmot
  • 7Zinckernagel
  • 15Cathcart
  • 16Garner
  • 18Gray
  • 32Navarro
  • 35Parkes
  • 49Crichlow

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