Stoke and Watford performed out a goalless attract an intriguing however unstable fixture as either side did not safe an important three factors.
In a recreation that was plagued by pointless arguments and off-the-ball fouls because the turbulent nature of the sport by no means appeared to stop.
The primary half was a reasonably vigorous however in the end unsuccessful half for either side, with the possession nearly equal however with Watford being the extra productive facet, taking 5 photographs in comparison with Stoke’s three.
The one shot on track within the first 45 minutes was Sebastian Prodl’s effort that was solely saved out by Jack Butland’s fast motion.
While Stoke did look harmful themselves at occasions, Watford’s obvious dominance of the sport was solely because of the dwelling facet’s wastefulness in possession.
The bodily nature of either side was very a lot evident, with the sport having an environment simply ready to blow up, with three yellow playing cards within the first half and solely 90 seconds earlier than the ebook was added to after the restart.
Christian Kabasele hit the deck within the 48th minute after an off-the-ball altercation with Stoke’s Mame Biram Diouf. After a lot deliberation together with his assistants, referee Johnathan Moss booked the striker, regardless of enormous protests from a number of Watford gamers.
After one more incident involving a conflict with Watford’s goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis clutching his face, the introduction of the purple card appeared nearly inevitable as foul after foul appeared to all the time produce an argument between opposition gamers.
Uncommon forays into the realm from both facet have been often met with the arms of their respective goalkeepers, among the finest probabilities coming from substitute Peter Crouch (who celebrated his birthday the day earlier than) heading into the arms of Karnezis.
Crouch was very a lot the focus of Stoke’s assault after his introduction as they hoped to nick a aim on the demise to achieve a a lot wanted three factors.
Diouf was the person on the centre of one other incident as Etienne Capoue felt that the Senegalese had deliberately adopted via in an try and win the ball within the air following a Xherdan Shaqiri cross.
Watford out of the blue turned their efforts into extra football-related endeavours, with their frontline using some sensible stress on the Stoke facet in possession, at one level driving a Stoke thrown by the nook flag all the way in which again to Jack Butland on the different finish of the sphere.
They very practically broke the impasse as a scrappy try at a clearance from Darren Fletcher got here to Roberto Pereyra who’s miskick nonetheless wanted to be saved by Butland.
The sport lacked a considerable lack of high quality, with a complete of 32 photographs on aim however a measly 5 in whole being on track.
The outcome retains Stoke within the relegation zone on aim distinction, while Watford leapfrog West Ham by a single aim’s distinction.
? | #watfordfc line-up v @stokecity | Karnezis (GK); Mariappa, Kabasele, Prödl, Holebas; Doucouré, Cleverley; Deulofeu, Capoue, Richarlison; Deeney (C).
Subs | Bachmann (GK), Zeegelaar, Janmaat, Stewart, Carrillo, Pereyra, Grey. pic.twitter.com/I9hFY0mlwu
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