Sunday 19 August 2018

Defeat leaves Pardew on the brink

Watford 1 West Brom 0

Pardew's future is in question Photo: Reuters
Pardew's future is in question Photo: Reuters

Phillip Duncan

Alan Pardew's future hangs in the balance after Troy Deeney's second half-strike condemned West Brom to their fifth successive Premier League defeat.

West Brom enjoyed the greater opportunities at Vicarage Road, but Watford captain Deeney scored against the run of play with just 13 minutes remaining to heap further pressure on manager Pardew.

West Bromwich Albion's Salomon Rondon in action with Watford's Adrian Mariappa. Photo: Reuters
West Bromwich Albion's Salomon Rondon in action with Watford's Adrian Mariappa. Photo: Reuters

The defeat left the Baggies rooted to the foot of the table, eight points from safety with just nine matches remaining.

But it was the Baggies who had the best of a desperately uneventful first 45 minutes, with Grzegorz Krychowiak's early shot seemingly destined for the back of the net but for a fine block from Adrian Mariappa. Salomon Rondon also headed narrowly over, while Chris Brunt saw his left-footed set-piece ripple the roof of Orestis Karnezis' net.

Despite West Brom's early second-half opportunities, the home side slowly began to enjoy greater possession, but without testing Foster in the Baggies' goal. At the other end, West Brom then had Gibbs to thank for keeping the score level after he cleared off the line from Stefano Okaka. But his good work was undone only moments later when Deeney made the game's pivotal contribution, scoring the goal which could signal the end for Pardew.

Played through by substitute Will Hughes, and with only Foster to beat, the Hornets skipper made no mistake with an emphatic finish after 77 minutes.

Watford's Troy Deeney scores his side's first goal Photo: PA
Watford's Troy Deeney scores his side's first goal Photo: PA

The home and away supporters united in a chorus of 'You're getting sacked in the morning' to Pardew, as Watford secured their third home victory in as many games under new boss Javi Gracia.

Sunday Indo Sport

Sport Newsletter

The best sport action straight to your inbox every morning.

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport