Stoke City Ease Up To Mid-table With Victory Over Watford

The Goals from Ryan Shawcross and Peter Crouch also side of halftime gave Stoke City 2-0 wins over Watford which moved Mark Hughes’s side nine points clear of the relegation zone and above their opponents in the table.

City, they were without a victory in their last five league matches. They receive leading when Charlie Adam’s corner fell nearby the post and Shawcross swept by the left-footed deep into first-half stoppage time.

Four minutes after the game resumed the English professional footballer Crouch followed up his goal against Chelsea on Saturday to score in successive Premier League appearances for the first time since February 2015. Stoke moved up to 11th on 24 points, two ahead of 14th place Watford.

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It ended an unsatisfactory run for Hughes’s side who had conceded four goals to both Liverpool and Chelsea in their last two games and seemed in danger of being sucked into the relegation battle.

According to the sources, Hughes said that “We have played better and been beaten in recent weeks, we got goals at good times and then saw the game out quite comfortably.”

Watford, however, is now without a victory in their last five league matches, having scored just twice and conceded 10 in those matches.

Watford boss Walter Mazzarri said “We have to keep going and give everything for the next match. Nothing is going our way, so it is just a period we are not lucky but we need to change this.”

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Player Ratings of Stoke City

Johnson (6), Grant (7), M.Indi (7), Shawcross (7), Adam (8), Arnautovic (7), Walters (6), Diouf (7), Crouch (7), Allen (7), Pieters (7)

Subs

Affeley (6), Whelen (6)

Player Ratings of Watford

Kaboul (5), Gomes (7), Kabasele (6), Prodl (5), Doucoure (6), Britos (5), Behrami (6), Guedioura (5), Deeney (6), Capoue (6), Holebas (7)

Subs

Ighalo (5), Sinclair (6)

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