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Watford 2-0 West Bromwich Albion

M'Baye Niang
M'Baye Niang has scored twice for Watford since joining on loan from AC Milan

A resurgent Watford survived for half an hour with 10 men as they beat West Brom to earn back-to-back Premier League victories.

The Hornets were already 2-0 up when they had Miguel Britos sent off for a second yellow card.

M'Baye Niang opened the scoring in the 13th minute when he weaved his way to the edge of the area before curling the ball into the top corner.

Troy Deeney, on his return to the starting line-up after a short illness, poked home from close range to double the lead early in the second half.

West Brom's best chances came before the sending off, Nacer Chadli volleying wide and also seeing a 30-yard free-kick bounce off the woodwork.

Substitute Salomon Rondon did cause problems for the depleted Watford defence but the hosts held on.

The Baggies remain in eighth place - a position they have held since December - while the Hornets are one place behind and now 10 points clear of the relegation zone.

Are the Hornets home and dry?

Watford had been creeping into danger after a four-match winless run in the league.

Their fears were eased after Saturday's narrow victory over struggling Sunderland, and now only a major capitulation would see them sucked back into the relegation battle with eight games remaining.

Niang's special opener, which was set up by Deeney, got Watford off to the best possible start and they remained in control of the first half.

Deeney extended their lead when he latched on to a looping ball and scuffed home, while managing to avoid an on-rushing Ben Foster and Jonny Evans.

It looked like it was going to be a routine victory before Britos' red card, and although the defence had to scramble at times, West Brom failed to capitalise on the extra man.

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Watford dominated the first-half possession stats with 71%, and made 304 passes compared to West Brom's 119

The Baggies stay still

The Baggies have been safely tucked away in mid-table for most of the campaign and had taken points from both Arsenal and Manchester United in recent weeks.

But Tony Pulis' side have now only won one away match from their last 10 and have failed to score in four of their last five games.

They offered very little in the first half at Vicarage Road and Pulis made all three substitutions before the 60-minute mark in a bid to rescue the game.

Once Watford were down to 10 men, the visitors were in the ascendency but Rondon could only head over the bar, while James Morrison fired well over in injury time.

Britos sees red... and so does his manager

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Watford make Mazzarri 'very, very happy'

Britos was Watford's goalscoring hero against Sunderland but he could have been the villain three days later had his red card cost his side the game.

The Uruguayan defender's first yellow came after he tangled with Hal Robson-Kanu, and his second was given for bringing down a goal-bound Rondon.

Watford manager Walter Mazzarri was incensed by the decision and was seen kicking the dug-out in frustration before sharing a heated exchange with his own coaching staff.

Mazzarri may now struggle for defensive options for the match with Tottenham, with Britos banned and Younes Kaboul injured. Sebastian Prodl was also taken off with a rib problem in the first half.

Man of the match - M'Baye Niang

M'Baye Niang
M'Baye Niang's goal alone made him a worthy man of the match, but he also had three shots and two key passes for Watford

Another record for Deeney

  • Troy Deeney is the first Watford player to score in four consecutive home Premier League games. He has had a hand in seven goals in his last eight league appearances, scoring six and assisting one.
  • Watford have kept consecutive Premier League clean sheets for the first time since October 2016 (three in a row).
  • West Brom are without a win in their last six Premier League away games (D3 L3).
  • Miguel Britos is just the third player to pick up two red cards in the PL this season, alongside Fernandinho and Granit Xhaka.

Manager reaction

Watford manager Walter Mazzarri: "I'm very happy for my team. The players played very well. It was a great game.

"I said before the game they were a good side and had two good results against Man United and Arsenal.

"It was a beautiful goal by Niang. Also the assist was good from Deeney."

West Brom manager Tony Pulis: "We gave two poor goals away. We still had chances and possessions. Chadli could come out another day with a hat-trick, so we are disappointed.

"The lads kept working but it wasn't our night. We needed a break and they had it."

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It wasn't West Brom's night - Pulis

What next?

West Brom host Southampton on Saturday, while Watford travel to Tottenham on the same day in the early kick-off (12:30 BST).

Line-ups

Watford

  • 1Gomes
  • 15Cathcart
  • 5PrödlSubstituted forJanmaatat 45+3'minutes
  • 3BritosBooked at 65mins
  • 25Holebas
  • 7AmrabatSubstituted forMariappaat 69'minutes
  • 29Capoue
  • 16Doucouré
  • 8Cleverley
  • 21NiangBooked at 69minsSubstituted forSuccessat 79'minutes
  • 9Deeney

Substitutes

  • 6Mariappa
  • 10Success
  • 18Zuñiga
  • 22Janmaat
  • 30Pantilimon
  • 33Okaka
  • 47Pereira

West Brom

  • 1Foster
  • 25Dawson
  • 23McAuleySubstituted forMorrisonat 56'minutes
  • 6Evans
  • 2NyomBooked at 83mins
  • 24Fletcher
  • 8LivermoreBooked at 58minsSubstituted forRondónat 61'minutes
  • 11Brunt
  • 22Chadli
  • 4Robson-KanuBooked at 43mins
  • 14McCleanBooked at 45minsSubstituted forPhillipsat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Yacob
  • 7Morrison
  • 9Rondón
  • 10Phillips
  • 12M Wilson
  • 13Myhill
  • 47Field
Referee:
Paul Tierney
Attendance:
20,090

Match Stats

Home TeamWatfordAway TeamWest Brom
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home9
Away18
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Watford 2, West Bromwich Albion 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Watford 2, West Bromwich Albion 0.

Attempt missed. James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Salomón Rondón.

Attempt saved. Nyom (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Troy Deeney (Watford).

Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Isaac Success (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Darren Fletcher (West Bromwich Albion).

Attempt blocked. Nyom (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Hal Robson-Kanu.

Attempt blocked. Nyom (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nacer Chadli.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Nyom.

Attempt blocked. José Holebas (Watford) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is blocked. Assisted by Isaac Success.

Booking

Nyom (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Tom Cleverley (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nyom (West Bromwich Albion).

Foul by Isaac Success (Watford).

Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Isaac Success (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nyom (West Bromwich Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Isaac Success replaces M'Baye Niang.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by M'Baye Niang.

Troy Deeney (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jonny Evans (West Bromwich Albion).

Attempt missed. Darren Fletcher (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Craig Dawson.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Daryl Janmaat.

Attempt blocked. Darren Fletcher (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by James Morrison.

Attempt missed. Salomón Rondón (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from long range on the right misses to the right.

Booking

M'Baye Niang (Watford) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by M'Baye Niang (Watford).

Nyom (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Adrian Mariappa replaces Nordin Amrabat.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by José Holebas.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Craig Cathcart.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Miguel Britos (Watford) for a bad foul.

Foul by Miguel Britos (Watford).

Salomón Rondón (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Matt Phillips.

M'Baye Niang (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nyom (West Bromwich Albion).

goal

As It Stood

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1Chelsea29223460233769
2Tottenham29188357213662
3Liverpool30178564372759
4Man City29177556322458
5Man Utd291412343241954
6Arsenal28156758362251
7Everton31149853341951
8West Brom31128113940-144
9Watford30107133648-1237
10Leicester30106143747-1036
11Stoke3199133345-1236
12Burnley31105163244-1235
13Southampton2897123336-334
14Bournemouth3097144254-1234
15West Ham3096154154-1333
16Crystal Palace2994163847-931
17Swansea3084183663-2728
18Hull3076172859-3127
19Middlesbrough29411142033-1323
20Sunderland3055202453-2920
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