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Irish pair Walters and Brady scored important goals as their clubs won this afternoon

Stoke City and Norwich City had them to thank for their Premier League victories on the road.

Watford v Stoke City - Barclays Premier League - Vicarage Road Walters scored his first goal since 13 January. Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images

Updated at 17.30

IRELAND’S JON WALTERS took his tally for the season to eight goals as Stoke City won 2-1 at Vicarage Road this afternoon.

The Potters moved up to seventh in the Premier League thanks to goals from Walters and Joselu.

Victory vaults the Potters right into European contention, but FA Cup semi-finalists Watford have seen their league campaign peter out recently and have won just two of their last 13 games.

Stoke were well worth the three points and took the lead after just 18 minutes, Walters turning in Phil Bardsley’s low centre.

Joselu made it 2-0 shortly after the break by lobbing Heurelho Gomes after the goalkeeper picked out Walters on the halfway line with a poor goal kick and, although Troy Deeney sparked hopes of a late fightback by scoring a header, Stoke held on.

West Bromwich Albion v Norwich City - Barclays Premier League - The Hawthorns Brady with his Norwich team-mates. Source: Martin Rickett

Meanwhile, international team-mate Robbie Brady boosted Norwich’s fight for Premier League survival as the winger sealed a crucial 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion that lifted his side out of the relegation zone.

Brady’s strike early in the second half at the Hawthorns ended Norwich’s barren run of 10 league games without a victory as they celebrated three points for the first time since January 2.

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Alex Neil’s side move above Sunderland into 17th place and they are three points clear of the bottom three, although the Black Cats would plunge Norwich back into the relegation zone if they win the Tyne-Wear derby at Newcastle on Sunday.

- © AFP, 2016

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