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Wimmer: Stoke needed a return to winning ways

Watford 0 Stoke City 1

By Andy Sims

Stoke defender Kevin Wimmer saluted a "massive" result for the club 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 said. "We know Watford is a hard place to go, 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 important to get three points and keep a clean sheet.

"I think we worked very hard as a team, 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.

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

The £8m capture from Derby came on for the final 10 minutes and said: "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."

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