Previously v Sunderland
Clips of Jon Marks commentary
David Moyes remained phlegmatic after this match, insisting another escape from the drop remains possible. Walter Mazzarri, for his part, insisted his team had never been part of a relegation scrap. But the truth was visible on the pitch at the final whistle as Watford players erupted in jubilation and Sunderland players fell to their knees.
A week ago, Jermain Defoe was making a goalscoring return for England but it was back to business as usual yesterday with Sunderland, who are looking increasingly doomed after failing to score for the fifth successive game.
The thing about losing a rubbish game before an international break is that you have two weeks of fidgeting before getting back to it. A period in which you can afford, or pretend, to forget about bloody football for a bit for, what, half an hour or so? Before focusing intently on the forthcoming game. For two weeks. Minus the five minutes or so for which internationals distracted you.
Just before the half hour, Niang went on a wonderful forward run but, after doing all the hard work his shot was straight at a defender. As the play returned to the other end of the pitch, he just ambled around. I wondered whether he had an injury, but it soon became clear that he just needed a sit down after his exertions.
It was refreshing to see us play some good football and get a deserved win, refreshing to know we can still grind out a victory, refreshing to know that there’s now no international football until June.