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Stoke beat Watford thanks to Gomes own goal

Charlie Adam celebrates after Stoke City take the lead at Watford

Stoke City are unbeaten in their last four Premier League away games

An own goal by goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes helped earn Stoke City a deserved win as 10-man Watford suffered a first home defeat since August.

Gomes could do little as Charlie Adam’s header from Xherdan Shaqiri’s corner hit the base of the post before ricocheting off the Brazilian and rolling into the net.

If there was a touch of fortune about the goal, Stoke were full value for their victory against sluggish opponents who missed out on the chance to climb to sixth in the Premier League table.

Watford had defender Miguel Britos sent off in the closing stages for a second yellow card after Gomes had saved well from Bruno Martins Indi, while Stoke’s club record £18.3m signing Giannelli Imbula also went close from 25 yards.

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Petulant Watford

There was controversy at the end of a scrappy game as Hornets boss Walter Mazzarri ignored Mark Hughes’ handshake.

Watford were unrecognisable from the side that beat Manchester United earlier in the season and had won three of their previous five games.

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Miguel Britos is sent off for a second yellow card on a day Watford lost their discipline

They had started the day eighth in the table and could have climbed above both Everton and Manchester United, for a few hours at least, with victory.

Yet the Hornets picked up more yellow cards than shots on target – long-range efforts from Daryl Janmaat and Etienne Capoue easily dealt with by Lee Grant.

The loss of Younes Kaboul to injury early in the match did not help Watford’s cause while questions were again raised about their indiscipline.

Britos will miss Saturday’s game at West Brom after his dismissal while Jose Holebas, midfielder Valon Behrami and Nordin Amrabat were also booked.

Stoke at their battling best

In contrast to Watford’s petulance, Stoke were organised and disciplined as they stopped their opponents from scoring at home for the first time this season.

The Potters were at their battling best as they comfortably overcame the loss of influential captain Ryan Shawcross and fellow defender Phil Bardsley to injury.

Imbula was making a rare start in place of suspended midfielder Joe Allen yet this turned out to be one of their most comfortable games of the season as the visitors dominated.

Adam revealed after the game he might have committed a foul just before the winner was scored but the visitors, who were brighter and more creative, deserved their success and are now on a run of one defeat in eight league games.

Man of the match – Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City)

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Xherdan Shaqiri will be nursing a few bruises after ending up on the receiving end of numerous fouls. It did not stop him from producing another valuable performance – his run towards the end to set up a chance for Giannelli Imbul was exquisite

‘It was a foul’

Stoke City midfielder Charlie Adam on his header which led to the goal: “I think it was a foul really, I pushed him but we will take it – it’s a great win.

“They had a couple of chances but when the three big lads come up front for the last 10-15 minutes, you get a lot of balls in the box and that’s where you have to be solid.

“We are delighted with that, it’s a good three points and we move onto next week.”

Happy hunting ground

  • Stoke have won on five of their last seven visits to Vicarage Road.
  • The Potters have conceded just five goals in their last eight Premier League games after conceding 18 goals in the eight games prior to that.
  • Heurelho Gomes is the ninth Brazilian to score a Premier League own goal and only the second goalkeeper, following Julio Cesar against Everton for QPR in October 2012.
  • It was Watford’s 10th Premier League own goal and their first since May 2016 (Craig Cathcart against Norwich).
  • Only Sunderland (3) have received more red cards than Watford in the Premier League this season (2).
  • No side has conceded more goals from corners in the Premier League this season than Watford (7).
  • The Hornets failed to score in a home Premier League game for the first time since March.

What’s next?

At the same time as Watford are away at West Brom on 3 December (15:00 GMT), Stoke entertain Burnley.

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Stoke forward Mame Biram Diouf on Twitter after the game

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Match ends, Watford 0, Stoke City 1.

Second Half ends, Watford 0, Stoke City 1.

Attempt missed. Giannelli Imbula (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Xherdan Shaqiri.

Charlie Adam (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Odion Ighalo (Watford).

Valon Behrami (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Erik Pieters (Stoke City).

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

Attempt missed. Erik Pieters (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jonathan Walters following a set piece situation.

Peter Crouch (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Sebastian Prödl (Watford).

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

Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Miguel Britos (Watford).

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Jonathan Walters.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Troy Deeney (Watford) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Daryl Janmaat with a cross.

Attempt missed. Stefano Okaka (Watford) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Odion Ighalo.

Attempt missed. Odion Ighalo (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Troy Deeney with a headed pass.

Hand ball by Peter Crouch (Stoke City).

Erik Pieters (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sebastian Prödl (Watford).

Foul by Glen Johnson (Stoke City).

Odion Ighalo (Watford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution, Stoke City. Peter Crouch replaces Marko Arnautovic.

Foul by Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City).

Miguel Britos (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Daryl Janmaat (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution, Watford. Stefano Okaka replaces Nordin Amrabat.

Erik Pieters (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Nordin Amrabat (Watford).

Attempt blocked. Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Etienne Capoue (Watford).

Marc Muniesa (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Troy Deeney (Watford).

Attempt missed. Miguel Britos (Watford) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Roberto Pereyra with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Erik Pieters (Stoke City).

Roberto Pereyra (Watford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/38041936