Sunday 18 February 2018

Kevin Wimmer calls victory over Watford a 'massive' result for Stoke

Darren Fletcher was Stoke's unlikely matchwinner
Darren Fletcher was Stoke's unlikely matchwinner

Stoke defender Kevin Wimmer saluted a "massive" result for the cub after the 1-0 win at Watford.

The Potters were beginning to feel the heat at the foot of the Premier League following back-to-back defeats, including a 7-2 drubbing by Manchester City.

But a first Stoke goal for Darren Fletcher got them back to winning ways and lifted Mark Hughes' side clear of the drop zone.

"It was a massive three points for us," Wimmer told City's official website.

"We know Watford is a hard place to go, especially this season, they have had a great season so far.

"Last week in the away game at Chelsea they played very well and were unlucky to lose.

"With the last few results for us over the last couple of weeks it was really important to get three points and keep a clean sheet.

"I think we worked very hard as a team for the whole 90 minutes, we defended well and it was a great feeling to come away with the three points."

Fletcher's 16th-minute goal came straight off the training ground, the midfielder volleying home a Xherdan Shaqiri corner from the edge of the penalty area.

It was then all hands on deck at the back for Stoke, although they created the better chances, with Saido Berahino wasting a one-on-one and Charlie Adam missing an open goal at the death.

Amid the disappointment for Watford came a long-awaited Premier League debut for summer signing Will Hughes.

The £8million capture from Derby was thrown on for the final 10 minutes as a replacement for Andre Carrillo.

He told the club's website: "It's been a long time coming. I've worked hard this season and haven't been involved as much as I'd like to.

"So it was a nice feeling to get out and make my debut, especially in front of the home crowd."

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