05 November 2020 06:41
Ismaila Sarr's goal was his third for Watford this season Ismaila Sarr scored a stoppage-time goal as Watford won for the first time in four Championship games by beating Stoke. Sarr found the bottom corner from Ken Sema's pass to settle a game in which the lead changed hands three times. But Watford drew level when Tom Cleverley's shot was judged to have crossed the line after being tipped on to the bar by keeper Angus Gunn, who was himself then barged over the line by Joao Pedro after gathering the bouncing ball. Brazilian teenager Pedro made it 2-1 from the spot after Gunn was penalised for bringing down Sarr, who netted the decider after Powell scored his third goal in five games to bring Stoke level with a powerful low strike. The victory lifted Vladimir Ivic's side into fourth place, with Stoke - who had won on six of their eight previous league visits to Watford - slipping down to 11th.
It only took Stoke two minutes to find a way through, though, as Fletcher applied the finishing touch following a clever short corner routine involving three team-mates. Watford dominated possession but lacked a cutting edge until Cleverley's controversial equaliser - his second goal of the season Fletcher glanced a header wide for Stoke after the break but Gunn was penalised when Sarr ran onto a missed clearance and tried to go round him, and Pedro found the corner from the spot. It was his final act as he and Cleverley were replaced by Andre Gray and James Garner and the former could have made it three when he headed wide from Kiko Femenia's cross before Powell appeared to have earned Stoke a point, only for Sarr to pick his spot from the edge of the box and make it four wins out of five for Watford at home. "The first moment I couldn't see exactly what happened but at half-time I heard that maybe we were lucky with the (first goal) decision. "We felt there was a foul on Angus after he gathers the ball so if the technology is triggered post the goal obviously you would expect that is not a goal.
Post update Foul by Will Hughes (Watford). Post update Jordan Thompson (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half. Ismaila Sarr (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Will Hughes (Watford) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Post update Offside, Stoke City.
Nick Powell (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Tom Cleverley levelled and Joao Pedro put Watford ahead from the spot on 61 minutes, but Nick Powell equalised for the visitors. Then Ismaila Sarr, a summer target of Liverpool, proved his worth to win it with a tidy finish in stoppage time. Ismaila Sarr proved his worth with a tidy finish in stoppage time to wrap up Watford's 3-2 win Stoke manager Michael O'Neill felt his team were on the wrong side of an error involving both the match officials and goal-line technology in Watford's 3-2 win at Vicarage Road. Forward Joao Pedro, who went on to score Watford's second goal of the night from the penalty spot, barged into Gunn and sent him over the line, with referee Andy Davies then indicating that his wristband technology had detected the whole of the ball crossing the line at some point. "The technology was triggered by the Watford player's contact with Angus that puts the ball over the line. "We felt there was a foul on Angus after he gathers the ball so if the technology is triggered post the goal obviously you would expect that is not a goal. Nick Powell made it 2-2 in the 81st minute but Ismaila Sarr, who had earlier won Pedro's penalty, netted Watford's winner in the third minute of added time. Lyle Taylor netted from the penalty spot in the sixth minute of added time to secure all three points, after he had been brought down by Kyle McFadzean. We did not have enough shots on goal, we did not create enough opportunities or good crosses. "Then we shot ourselves in the foot by giving the penalty away, at a point when we had no time to come back. Arizona potentially being the state that tips the election away from Trump and to Biden would be John McCain's ultimate revenge — Adam Blickstein (@AdamBlickstein) November 4, 2020