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Watford v Stoke - story of the match

Published 27/11/2016

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An own-goal from Heurelho Gomes got Stoke back to winning ways with a 1-0 victory over 10-man Watford.

The hapless Hornets goalkeeper put through his own net after a header from Charlie Adam came back off the post and cannoned off his legs.

It was a scrappy goal to settle a scrappy game, which the hosts ended with 10 men following Miguel Britos' late sending off, but Stoke were deserved winners as they bounced back from last week's defeat by Bournemouth.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"Great result for @stokecity and well deserved. Lee Grant has made a big difference 3 clean sheets in last 6 + organises defence well." - Former Stoke defender Danny Higginbotham.

STAR MAN

Charlie Adam. Stoke's experienced schemer stood out in a poor game. The Scot was a cut above the rest as he bossed the midfield, and also provided the header which led to Gomes' own-goal.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

Adam's downward header struck the foot of the far post and bounced along the goal-line, catching Gomes on the knee before rolling into the back of the net.

MOAN OF THE MATCH

Watford substitute Christian Kabasele incurred the wrath of boss Walter Mazzarri by taking three minutes to get his shin pads, socks and boots on after Younes Kaboul went off injured, leaving his side to play with 10 men until he was ready.

RATINGS

Watford

Heurelho Gomes 5

Miguel Britos 6

Younes Kaboul 5

Sebastian Prodl 6

Jose Holebas 5

Daryl Janmaat 6

Valon Behrami 6

Etienne Capoue 6

Roberto Pereyra 5

Troy Deeney 6

Nordin Amrabat 6

Subs

Christian Kabasele (for Kaboul, 19) 5

Odion Ighalo (for Holebas, 56) 5

Stefano Okaka (for Amrabat, 78) 6

Stoke

Lee Grant 6

Erik Pieters 6

Marc Muniesa 7

Bruno Martins Indi 6

Glen Johnson 7

Giannelli Imbula 7

Charlie Adam 8

Xherdan Shaqiri 6

Marko Arnautovic 7

Jonathan Walters 6

Mame Biram Diouf 7

Subs

Peter Crouch (for Arnautovic, 82) 6

WHO'S UP NEXT?

West Brom v Watford (Premier League, Dec 3)

Stoke v Burnley (Premier League, Dec 3)

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