Tuesday 12 November 2019

Dazzling Deulofeu gets Hornets buzzing again

Norwich 0 Watford 2

Watford's Gerard Deulofeu. Photo: PA
Watford's Gerard Deulofeu. Photo: PA

Watford enjoyed their first Premier League win of the season as goals from Gerard Deulofeu and substitute Andre Gray gave them a 2-0 win at Norwich City in a bottom-of-the-table game last night.

The result lifted Watford two places to 18th on eight points from 12 games while Norwich, who last won in September when they upset champions Manchester City 3-2 at Carrow Road, dropped to the foot of the table on seven points.

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Deulofeu fired the visitors into a second-minute lead when he robbed Emiliano Buendia of the ball at the half-way line, cut inside a defender and drove a swerving low shot past Tim Krul.

Gray, who came on for the injured Roberto Pereyra on the half-hour mark, had a shot blocked in the 33rd minute before Buendia blazed his effort high and wide at the other end.

Spaniard Deulofeu then turned provider in the 52nd when he got a cross in at the second attempt and Gray's deflected back-heel beat Krul at the near post to double Watford's advantage.

The visitors had defender Christian Kabasele sent off midway through the second half for a second bookable foul, but always looked more likely to score a third on the break as lacklustre Norwich failed to create any chance

Deulofeu admitted his relief after helping his team win a Premier League game for the first time in 12 attempts.

"Finally, it's been a long time without a win," he said.

"We have been working hard and today was (like) a big final for us."

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