Monday 22 October 2018

How the Hornets leave it late to sting their opponents

Tom Cleverley wheels away in celebration, pursued by his team-mates after another decisive late goal for Watford
Tom Cleverley wheels away in celebration, pursued by his team-mates after another decisive late goal for Watford

Watford picked up points with a late goal for the third game in succession and fourth time this season as Tom Cleverley's stoppage-time strike secured victory over Arsenal on Saturday.

Marco Silva's side had previously scored in the 90th minute or beyond against Swansea and West Brom as well as in their opening-day draw with Liverpool, with the four goals worth a total of six Premier League points.

Here, Press Association Sport reviews the Watford late show and the statistics related to it.

August 12: Watford 3 Liverpool 3

Miguel Britos headed home a scrappy equaliser from virtually on the goal line three minutes into stoppage time in a dramatic opening to his side's season.

September 23: Swansea 1 Watford 2

Andre Gray's opener was cancelled out by Tammy Abraham but Richarlison struck a 90th-minute winner, beating Alfie Mawson and sending a looping shot in off the underside of the crossbar.

September 30: West Brom 2 Watford 2

Deep into stoppage time and with goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes forward for a free-kick, it was Richarlison again who got his head to Jose Holebas' delivery to snatch a point.

October 14: Watford 2 Arsenal 1

The international break did not break the pattern as, having drawn level through Troy Deeney's penalty, the Hornets earned a remarkable win two minutes into stoppage time when Holebas and Etienne Capoue were denied but Cleverley followed up to slam home.

:: Press Association Sport statistics show that Watford's three late goals in as many games are more than they have scored in their average Premier League season.

:: Their average stood at 1.94 in a season before their current run, ahead of only Crystal Palace among the current Premier League teams (excluding Brighton and Huddersfield, both in their first Premier League seasons). It has now risen to 2.61, ranking them 13th out of the 18 teams.

:: Watford had scored just seven Premier League goals in the 90th minute or later before this season, and two came in the same game - Troy Deeney with an equaliser and then a winner to beat Aston Villa 3-2 in April 2016.

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