Ebene News – GB – Watford 2-1 Derby County: FLW reports that Xisco Munoz’s side put extra pressure on their promotion rivals

Watford kept the pressure on rivals seeking promotion to the Championship on Friday night, as they missed 2-1 County Derby winners at Vicarage Road

Two quick goals from Joao Pedro and Will Hughes saw Xisco Munoz’s side move up to third in the second-place standings, while Derby remains 17th after the loss, with a counter-goal from William Troost-Eking seeing them push for a late equalizer, but to no avail

Both teams entered the game in good form, having won their last two games Watford sawed off Preston North End midweek, while Derby collected three points against struggling Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park

A relatively quiet ten-minute opening saw both teams try to carve out an opening, Ismaila Sarr looking lively for the hosts, while Jason Knight caused the Hornets trouble with his pace in a counterattacking move. that failed to materialize

Watford took the lead after 19 minutes, as an impressive change of pace from winger Ismaila Sarr saw him bring the ball back to Joao Pedro, and the forward Hornets deflected the ball past David Marshall in the goal of the Derby

Xisco Munoz’s side wasted no time in doubling that lead, as Will Hughes took advantage of Derby failing to clear his lines from a corner, as he shot clinically at home to bring the score to 2-0, just two minutes after their opener of the night

Watford’s midfielder trio of Tom Cleverley, Nathaniel Chalobah and Will Hughes continued to dictate the pace of the game, both on and off the ball, their high pressure causing real problems for Derby in possession

The Rams’ first chance of the game came from a corner, as Colin Kazim-Richards returned home after a Nathan Byrne cross, but the referee ruled out the goal for a foul on the Watford keeper Daniel Bachmann

They were then given the opportunity to halve their deficit on the evening, as Patrick Roberts’ well-weighted pass over Watford’s defense found Martyn Waghorn, but the 31-year-old could only deflect the ball over the bar on the fly, as Wayne Rooney’s side entered the break with two goals at Vicarage Road

The second half started as calm as the first, with Joao Pedro’s tame volley on a well-placed pass from Will Hughes being the only notable chance in the opening 15 minutes of the second half

Colin Kazim-Richards then had a half-chance just past the hour mark, as he pulled an effort from the edge of the penalty area away from Daniel Bachmann’s goal to watch Watford keep his lead of two goals

Derby found a way back into the game with 13 minutes remaining, as Watford defender William Troost-Ekong turned the ball into his own net, after a cross from Derby’s Nathan Byrne

Wayne Rooney’s side couldn’t find the equalizer they were looking for, meaning the teams around them will have the chance to bring them closer to the relegation zone on Saturday

Watford is set to return to action on Wednesday night, as he takes on the play-offs against the Blackburn Rovers, in what could be a tricky test for Munoz’s side at Ewood Park

As Derby take on relegation-threatened rivals Huddersfield Town on Tuesday, where they will be eager to return to victory after the narrow loss

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Ebene News – GB – Watford 2-1 Derby County: FLW reports Xisco squad Munoz put additional pressure on his promotion rivals

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