EPL: Watford beat Norwich City 2-1

LONDON, JUL 8 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 7/8/2020 9:32:24 AM IST

Danny Welbeck’s stunning overhead kick sent Norwich a step closer to relegation from the Premier League as Watford boosted their own survival chances with a 2-1 victory at Vicarage Road, reports Sky Sports 

Norwich, who remain bottom of the table with only four games left to play, did take the lead in the fourth minute through Emiliano Buendia but Craig Dawson’s header (10) quickly brought the scores level.
It then took something special from Welbeck early in the second half to seal all three points for the hosts, who move 10 points ahead of Norwich and four clear of the relegation places.
The defeat leaves Norwich’s top-flight status hanging by a thread. Daniel Farke’s side are 10 points adrift of safety with only 12 points left to play for. A loss against West Ham at Carrow Road at the weekend would confirm their relegation to the Championship.
Norwich looked to make an immediate impact as Buendia’s free-kick forced Ben Foster into an early save and it was not long before the visitors then scored their first Premier League goal since the restart.
In the fourth minute, Onel Hernandez drove at the heart of the Watford defence before playing in Buendia, who cut inside Adam Masina and curled the ball into the far corner.
It was the perfect start for the Premier League’s bottom club, however, Farke’s side did not hold onto their lead for long
Dawson headed home at the far post from an Etienne Capoue free-kick to level the game with less than 10 minutes played.
Norwich looked to get on the front foot as the first half wore on but they nearly caught out when Tim Krul had to keep out Welbeck’s glancing header at the near post.
Watford went close to taking the lead again just before half-time, but this time Ismaila Sarr’s cross was headed just over the Norwich bar by Welbeck.
After the break, the visitors enjoyed plenty of possession, but they could not make a similar breakthrough, although Dawson had to block Hernandez’s powerful effort before Foster had to stretch out his leg to deny Max Aarons his first goal of the season.
However, the Canaries were eventually caught out by a quick break from the home side, and Sarr’s cross was deflected before the ball looped to Welbeck, who scored his first Premier League goal for the club with a spectacular overhead kick. The home side were nearly caught out in the final stages, but Adam Idah directed a flick from Josip Drmic just wide of Foster’s goal.
Although Norwich tried to force their way back into the game and claim a point, Nigel Pearson’s side were able to hold out for their first win since their shock victory over Premier League champions Liverpool in February.


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