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City suffer 2-1 defeat by Watford

7 July 2020

Norwich City were beaten 2-1 by Watford in the Premier League on Tuesday, the winner a Danny Welbeck overhead kick.

Daniel Farke made three changes to the side that saw Brighton take all three points last Saturday, with Marco Stiepermann, Mario Vrancic and Teemu Pukki all coming back into the starting lineup.

The game started off positively for the Canaries, so positively in fact that there was call for celebration just three minutes in. Onel Hernandez cut in from the left, switching play to Emi Buendia on the right, the Argentine shifting the ball to his left and curling his effort into the far corner.

However, this lead didn’t last as long as many City fans would like. A free-kick on the edge of the City box saw a nice delivery into the mixer, straight for Craig Dawson to head home for the Hornets to level.

From that point, both teams settled in quite a bit more, making it harder to figure each other out. The best chance since the Canaries’ goal was shunted by Will Hughes, who pulled Stiepermann back heavily to prevent a counter-attack, just as Hernandez was making the run.

Constant crosses from Watford tested City’s aerial defending and Krul’s grip, specifically from Ismaila Sarr as the outlet. It came to nothing for the Hornets though, with the Canaries defence holding up nicely.

City’s last chance of the first half came in the 36th minute, when some nice tight-knit passing play set Teemu Pukki up on the edge of the box, his shot just wide of the post.

The second-half started off well for the Canaries, the first chance coming their way in the 53rd minute. A cross from Jamal Lewis was met by the shot of Hernandez, it deflecting off Dawson. It then fell to Aarons, who brought it back into the box before shooting, his effort painfully saved.

Just minutes later, Watford struck. A pacey counter-attack from Sarr was blocked, flying in the air. It fell to Danny Welbeck, who pulled a well-timed overhead kick out of his locker, giving the hosts the lead.

It was the hosts who saw sight of goal next after this goal, Tom Cleverley striking a half-volley at Krul, forcing a save from the Dutchman.

City’s second real chance of the half came in the 77th minute, as a result of a Buendia free-kick. Mario Vrancic caught the header with blistering pace, but it was just wide of the post, the hosts maintaining their lead.

Then, an 84th minute cross from Lewis made it's way into the box, taking a nod from Drmic into the centre of the box, barely missing Adam Idah's boots as his first potential shot of the game.

From there, the visitor's held out until the final whistle, seeing the Hornets secure all three points by the end of the evening.

Watford: Foster, Femenia, Kabasele, Dawson, Masina, Capoue (Chalobah, 86), Hughes (Cleverley, 58), Sarr, Doucoure, Welbeck, Deeney (c)
Subs not used: Gomes, Mariappa, Cathcart, Pedro, Gray, Pussetto, Pereyra
Goals: Dawson (10), Welbeck (56)
Bookings: Hughes (23), Cleverley (90+4)

Norwich: Krul, Aarons, Godfrey, Klose, Lewis, Tettey (c) (McLean, 53) , Vrancic, Buendia, Stiepermann (Idah, 75), Hernandez (Drmic, 82), Pukki (Martin, 82)
Subs not used: Rupp, Trybull, Duda, McGovern, Thomas
Goals: Buendia (4)
Bookings:
Lewis (9), Tettey (12), Godfrey (87), Buendia (90+3)

HT: 1-1
Venue: 
Vicarage Road
Referee:
Anthony Taylor


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