Football: Stoke End Barren Run To Add To Watford Woes

Football: Stoke end barren run to add to Watford woes

STOKE-ON-TRENT, United Kingdom, Jan 3, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 04th Jan, 2017 ) - Stoke got back on track with a 2-0 win over Watford on Tuesday that added to the pressure on Hornets manager Walter Mazzarri.

Ryan Shawcross scored his first goal for two years in first-half stoppage time before Peter Crouch netted his 98th Premier League goal shortly after the interval at the Britannia Stadium. Stoke's first win in six matches lifted them up to 11th in the table, above injury-ravaged Watford, whose boss Mazzarri looks under increasing pressure following a sixth defeat in their last eight games.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes persisted with his three-man defence, having switched to it for November's win at Watford, and also had striker Marko Arnautovic back from suspension. Arnautovic was set free by Joe Allen's through ball after a mistake by Sebastian Prodl and the Austrian cut the ball across the six-yard box for Jonathan Walters, who might have scored were it not for Miguel Britos's brilliant intervention.

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