Relive Watford v Stoke City: Darren Fletcher corner gives Potters victory at Vicarage Road
Darren Fletcher goal enough to send Watford to home defeat against Stoke City
Watford v Stoke City: Marco Silva fumes at ‘slow’ Hornets as poor first-half costs them in Potters defeat
GALLERY: A selection of images from Watford’s defeat to Stoke City
Watford v Stoke City: Tom Cleverley blamed for Potters goal by Marco Silva
Darren Fletcher said victory at Watford was “what was needed” as Stoke City held on to win away from home for the first time this season.
Stoke enjoyed their first Premier League away win of the season to ease the pressure on Mark Hughes as Darren Fletcher’s sweetly-struck volley was enough to seal a 1-0 win over Watford.
Mark Hughes told Troy Deeney he “should know better” after the Watford captain sparked a late melee in their 1-0 Premier League defeat by Stoke City. In stoppage-time Stoke put the ball out of play after a player went down injured, but rather than pass the ball back Deeney appeared to attempt a cross into the visitors’ penalty area. Joe Allen reacted angrily but found himself being grabbed by the face by the burly Hornets striker.
Darren Fletcher scored his first goal for Stoke to settle a closely-fought contest at the high-flying Hornets.
Much as we tried to convince ourselves that this was going to be a case of New Watford putting a struggling side to the sword, the day hadn’t felt right. Wonky. Our reserved table set for the wrong number of places at the restaurant. Harry the Hornet heading resignedly into the Red Lion pre-match. Empty seats in the stadium. Lots of them, despite what was officially a 20k+ gate. And a confused pre-match process involving a bagpipe recital and a minute’s silence in recognition of Remembrance Day in which nobody seemed quite sure what was happening. Wrong. Wrong.
Back to Vicarage Road again and, after a busy week, it was lovely to sit down with the crowd for the pre-match pint. I bumped into someone that I hadn’t seen for a while, a regular who had almost given up in the dark days at the end of Mazzarri’s reign. He was all smiles again, thoroughly enjoying the football as we all are. I must admit that, going into this game I was less confident than last week against Chelsea. There is something about Stoke and their negative style of play that made me think that we could struggle.
Stoke. At home. What could possibly go wrong? Well, everything. Absolutely everything.
Jon, Mike and Jason are joined by old friend Curtis from Denver, who’s not been at Vicarage Road for a few years. We didn’t get to see the Watford we’ve fallen in love with, and they boys do their best to talk through the game and get past how Stoke Stoke were.