Deeney hits big century as Watford sting sorry West Brom
Watford 2-0 West Brom
Troy Deeney scored his 100th league goal for Watford as the 10-man Hornets climbed to ninth in the Premier League with a 2-0 win over West Brom.
M’Baye Niang’s stunning early strike put Watford in front against the Baggies at Vicarage Road before Deeney doubled his side’s advantage with a scruffy finish soon after half-time.
Hornets defender Miguel Britos was shown a second yellow card for bringing down Salomon Rondon with 25 minutes left but the hosts held on to register back-to-back league victories for only the third time this season.
The result means Watford sit seven points behind eighth-placed West Brom in the table, although the Baggies have played one game fewer.
Perhaps more importantly, Walter Mazzarri’s men are now 10 points clear of the relegation zone and while yet to reach the hallowed 40-point mark, they can realistically start planning for a third consecutive season in the top flight.
The outcome could have been very different had Nacer Chadli given West Brom — Northern Ireland stars Jonny Evans, Gareth McAuley and Chris Brunt all started as did Craig Cathcart for Watford — an early lead.
Chadli’s first finish was blocked by Watford keeper Heurelho Gomes and as the ball spun up the Belgian failed to guide the volley into the open net.
It proved a costly miss because in the 13th minute the Hornets took the lead.
Deeney’s flick-on ended up at the feet of Niang, who drifted in-field off the left before unleashing a stinging shot past Ben Foster and into the far corner.
Chadli almost equalised when his bending free-kick from 30 yards clipped the outside of the post.
Tempers frayed at the end of the first period and a frustrated James McClean was fortunate to escape with only a yellow card when he kicked out at Jose Holebas.
The Derry-born Republic of Ireland winger did not survive the interval as Pulis sent out Matt Phillips for the second period.
Within four minutes of the restart, the Hornets doubled their advantage.
Niang was involved again, this time provider as he whipped a ball downfield from the left and Deeney was able to chest down and slide a finish under Foster.