/Watford claim first Premier League win of season with triumph at fellow strugglers Norwich

Watford claim first Premier League win of season with triumph at fellow strugglers Norwich


Watford have won their first Premier League match in 16 attempts with a 2-0 triumph over lowly Norwich at Carrow Road.

Goals from Gerard Deulofeu and Andre Gray secured the three points for the Hornets who hadn’t tasted victory in the top flight since their 2-1 win at Huddersfield on April 20.

This could prove to be a huge win for Watford this season

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This could prove to be a huge win for Watford this season

The result puts Watford up to 18th while the Canaries, who were way off the pace throughout, are bottom of the pile.

An out of form Norwich side would surely represent the best opportunity for Watford to get their first Premier League win of the season at the twelfth attempt of asking.

And the visitors who got off to a great start with Deulofeu’s composed finish giving them the lead inside two minutes.

The Spaniard robbed Emiliano Buendia in possession on the right, cut inside before guiding the ball past Tim Krul with his left peg.

Deulofeu (centre) was the best player on the pitch

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Deulofeu (centre) was the best player on the pitch

Daniel Farke’s men responded reasonably well but failed to carve out many clear-cut chances in the first half and Watford were more of a threat on the counter.

Gray had a shot deflected just wide by Ben Godfrey while Will Hughes’ shot whistled slightly over the bar.

But Hornets frontman Gray did get on the scoresheet on 52 minutes with a superb piece of improvisation.

He backheeled Deulofeu’s low cross into the corner of the net, although Gray’s effort did take a sizeable deflection off Jamal Lewis.

The second goal made the hosts take more risks going forward and Ben Foster was forced into making some fine saves to deny Lewis and then Kenny McLean.

Things became a bit uncomfortable for Watford when Christian Kabasele was sent off for a cynical push on Josip Drmic. It was the defender’s second yellow card but it could have been a red in its own right.

However, Watford looked the more likely to add to the goals with Jose Holebas almost scoring directly from a corner while Gray got his audacious attempt to chip the Canaries keeper all wrong.

But these misses proved irrelevant in the end as Watford ended up winning in relatively stress-free fashion.

Norwich haven’t won since September 14

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Norwich haven’t won since September 14

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