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Oct 24, 2015 at 3pm UK at bet365 Stadium
StokeStoke City
FT(HT: 0-1)
Deeney (43'), Abdi (69')

Result: Watford spoil Mark Hughes's 100th match in charge of Stoke City

Goals from Troy Deeney and Almen Abdi fire Watford to a 2-0 win at Stoke City.

Watford have spoiled Mark Hughes's 100th match in charge of Stoke City by running out 2-0 winners against the Potters in the Premier League clash at the Britannia Stadium.

The visitors were first to threaten as Troy Deeney powered his way into the area in the third minute, but the forward's shot was snuffed out by the back-peddling Glen Johnson.

Geoff Cameron of Stoke City and Troy Deeney of Watford compete for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Watford at Britannia Stadium on October 24, 2015© Getty Images

Stoke were equal to the early pressure and staged an attack of their own on the counter in the seventh minute, a move that ended with Charlie Adam firing wide.

The Potters continued to press Norwich, but were restricted to long-range efforts for the most part, including a 30-yard screamer from Adam that flew over the bar in the 27th minute.

Hughes's side should have taken the lead on the half-hour mark when Xherdan Shaqiri's cross fell invitingly for Marko Arnautovic in front of goal, but the Austrian could only head over.

Watford were left wondering how the deadlock was still intact in the 38th minute as they struck the crossbar twice in rapid succession, first through Ikechi Anya, and then Deeney on the follow-up.

However, Deeney's lengthy wait for a Premier League goal came to an end two minutes before half time as he collected a pass from strike partner Odion Ighalo and lashed one beyond Jack Butland to open the scoring.

Troy Deeney of Watford scores the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Watford on October 24, 2015© Getty Images

Stoke went in search of an equaliser in the opening stages of the second half as Shaqiri found himself in space and let fly, putting his effort narrowly over the bar.

It was a miss the Potters would rue as Watford doubled their lead in the 69th minute through Almen Abdi, who put a powerful strike past Butland after being teed up by Ighalo.

Although Stoke had their fair share of chances, the afternoon belonged to Watford, and they almost had a third in the 72nd minute when Juan Carlos Paredes forced an instinctive save out of Butland.

The win moves Watford above Stoke in the table, with the Hornets sitting in 13th place on 13 points and the Potters just behind them on 12.

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