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.
- 37CollinsBooked at 81mins
- 46Norrington-DaviesSubstituted forMatondoat 77′minutes
- 22ClucasSubstituted forFletcherat 71′minutes
- 47ClarkeSubstituted forVokesat 82′minutes
- 21FemeníaBooked at 34minsSubstituted forNgakiaat 74′minutes
- 31SierraltaBooked at 18minsSubstituted forCathcartat 74′minutes
- 8CleverleySubstituted forWilmotat 90+1′minutes
- 19HughesSubstituted forZinckernagelat 61′minutes
- 10João PedroSubstituted forGrayat 90+1′minutes
Match ends, Stoke City 1, Watford 2.
Second Half ends, Stoke City 1, Watford 2.
Attempt missed. Harry Souttar (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by James McClean with a cross.
Joe Allen (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Andre Gray (Watford).
Offside, Stoke City. Nick Powell tries a through ball, but Steven Fletcher is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Nick Powell (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Rabbi Matondo with a cross.
Substitution, Watford. Andre Gray replaces João Pedro.
Substitution, Watford. Ben Wilmot replaces Tom Cleverley.
Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Philip Zinckernagel.
Offside, Stoke City. Rabbi Matondo tries a through ball, but Sam Vokes is caught offside.
Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Adam Masina.
Foul by Nick Powell (Stoke City).
Jeremy Ngakia (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Goal! Stoke City 1, Watford 2. Steven Fletcher (Stoke City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Joe Allen.
Substitution, Stoke City. Sam Vokes replaces Jack Clarke.
Nathan Collins (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Nathan Collins (Stoke City).
Tom Cleverley (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Offside, Stoke City. John Obi Mikel tries a through ball, but Steven Fletcher is caught offside.