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Stunning Troy Deeney finish moves Watford six clear of trouble against struggling Toffees

Watford put further breathing room between themselves and the relegation zone as Troy Deeney’s goal proved enough to beat Everton.

Troy Deeney scores against Everton.
Troy Deeney scores against Everton.
Image: Adam Davy

TROY DEENEY SCORED the only goal of the game with a rasping finish to move Watford six points clear of the Premier League relegation zone with 1-0 win over Everton.

No team has conceded more top-flight goals at home than the 26 Watford have shipped, and when Oumar Niasse inadvertently hit the woodwork in the first half, the home crowd would have been forgiven for expecting another difficult examination for their defence.

But, in a game in which opportunities were extremely limited, Deeney took his with aplomb 11 minutes from time to light up an otherwise disappointing spectacle.

Jordan Pickford had previously produced a fine save to deny Kiko Femenia, who had seen the Everton goalkeeper’s clearance deflect off Deeney and into his path.

However, he could do little to stop the Watford captain from settling the contest as the forward rifled a stunning finish into the top-right corner.

Sam Allardyce’s visitors had no response as Javi Gracia claimed his second win as Watford manager, moving them on to 33 points and into the top 10, just one point and one place behind Everton.

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