2019-20 English Premier League
  • Gerard Deulofeu (30')
  • Abdoulaye Doucouré (49')
  • Christian Kabasele (71')
  • Pedro Neto (60')

Watford revival continues with 2-1 win over Wolves

Ten-man Watford continued their fine run of form under new manager Nigel Pearson and boosted their hopes of avoiding relegation from the Premier League with a 2-1 home win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Wednesday.

Gerard Delofeu and Abdoulaye Doucoure fired Watford ahead before Pedro Neto pulled one back for Wolves, who failed to capitalise on a numerical advantage in the last 20 minutes after defender Christian Kabasele was sent off for the hosts.

"We deserved to win, we have had a fantastic week and we want to carry on and get out of the relegation zone," the Frenchman told BT Sport.

"Not a lot of people believe in us but we will fight to stay in the Premier League, and we will do it."

Deulofeu opened the scoring with a neat 30th-minute finish when he beat goalkeeper Rui Patricio with a crisp low shot into the far corner after good work by Ismaila Sarr.

Doucoure made it 2-0 in the 49th when he cut inside from the left and found the top corner with a firm drive which clipped Wolves defender Conor Coady and left Patricio stranded.

Neto reduced the arrears on the hour with a heavily deflected effort which sailed over Ben Foster and Wolves piled the pressure after Kabasele was shown a straight red card following a VAR review.

The centre back was originally booked for hauling down Diogo Jota just outside the penalty area but Watford held on in the closing stages to celebrate their third league win coupled with one draw under Pearson.

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo was unhappy with his team's performance.

"We didn't start so well but we had two clear chances," he told the BBC. "We should improve, it makes a lot of difference when you take your chances as you can manage the game, especially when you have such a tight schedule."

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