Troy Deeney scored one goal within four minutes in the second half and scored another one when Watford kept the championship promotion fee at Stoke City

Deeney slammed home one of his trademark penalties to give the Hornets the lead after Stoke goalkeeper Josef Bursik toppled Joao Pedro

Then he became an architect with a superbly weighted pass in the path of Ismaila Sarr, who went on to drill a low right foot shot into Bursik’s right hand

Steven Fletcher scored from close range to get Stoke in the 83 Minute to give hope, but the Potters never seriously threatened another as their poor league run extended to a single win in 10 league games

It was only Watford’s third away win of the season, but it lifts Xisco Munoz’s men to third place over Brentford, level on points with second-placed Swansea City – and within seven points of leaders Norwich City

Aside from a major penalty shoot-out in the first half when Rhys Norrington-Davies tried to wrestle Adam Masina, the game had been uneventful until Watford’s next penalty this time was answered on cue Deeney

The Watford skipper also hit a penalty home to beat Barnsley midweek on Vicarage Road – and there was no mistake as he shot his eighth goal of the season slightly up and to the right of the helpless Bursik

That was Deeney’s 139 Goal for Watford in 412 games, placing him in third place on the club’s scorers ‘list within three of Ross Jenkins, another Hornets legend – led by Jenkins’ old strike partner Luther Blissett (186)

But Deeney quickly showed that he’s not just about power and bluster Sarr put in a good performance on the inside right channel to hit the killer in second – and secure a fourth win in five games for new boss Xisco Munoz

Injured Stoke, who has fought for goals with knee problems since losing Lee Gregory and Tyrese Campbell, pulled at least one back

Fletcher’s late goal, set up by Joe Allen, was only the sixth in the last eight home games.But boss Michael O’Neill was frustrated to see that his side was still five points behind play-off spots, and the prospect of an even bigger void when the weekend is over

“The penalty was the turning point of the game. It gave them something to hold on to. They then had some quality for the second goal. But that’s twice that we’ve played Watford this season and twice when we felt like it , we should have got something out of the game

“We had a lot of possession and got into good areas, but we need a little more cutting edge. The last ball wasn’t there and what we’re doing in the last third is something we have to work on

“But there’s still a lot to play for this season. There’s still a lot of football to play. We have to put together a run and we know we can”

“Troy was perfect He was excellent I love him because he gives everything He always gives me the best And that’s a third win in a row so I’m very happy

“I have an excellent relationship with Troy and the rest of the players. It’s important to our entire team. He’s an important player in the locker room”

“The most important thing is the three points, but we can get better We’re going in the right direction Stoke are a very good team, but we were much better in the second half”

Attempt missed Harry Souttar’s (Stoke City) header missed from the center of the box on the right. Prepared by James McClean with a cross

Attempt missed Nick Powell’s (Stoke City) right-footed shot from the center of the box is high and far right Assisted by Rabbi Matondo with a cross

goal! Stoke City 1, Watford 2 Steven Fletcher (Stoke City) shot a left footed shot from the center of the box into the lower left corner Assisted by Joe Allen

Offside, Stoke City’s John Obi Mikel attempts a pass, but Steven Fletcher is caught offside

Stoke City v Watford, Stoke City

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