Joao Pedro’s magnificent curling strike earned Watford victory at Derby County in a scrappy Championship encounter in any other case quick on high quality and incident.
An error-strewn affair, with out even a shot heading in the right direction till the 74th minute, was ultimately determined by an actual second of sophistication from the 19-year-old, turning on the sting of the field earlier than bending a superb right-footed effort into the highest nook.
Till that time neither facet had achieved sufficient to justify the three factors, though Watford did look the extra threatening.
The Hornets probed all through however have been usually let down by the ultimate cross, whereas additionally they had sturdy appeals for a penalty turned down after half-time when Nathaniel Chalobah’s shot appeared to strike the arm of Derby’s George Evans.
The house group’s clearest sight of purpose got here within the fast aftermath of the Brazilian’s opener for the guests, with Wayne Rooney side-footing huge from simply inside the realm.
The previous England captain additionally lifted a stoppage-time free-kick onto the roof of the web with goalkeeper Ben Foster sprawling throughout his purpose, however the hosts’ late flurry did little to masks an in any other case insipid show.
The end result leaves the Rams nonetheless trying to find a primary house win of the season, whereas they’ve received simply one in every of their seven video games at Satisfaction Park since soccer resumed in June.
Victory for Watford, who’ve now received three of their 5 matches following relegation from the Premier League, strikes them into the play-off locations.
It additionally ended a run of 10 video games with out an away win relationship again to their time within the high flight.
- 22EvansBooked at 58mins
- 26BuchananSubstituted forWhittakerat 86′minutes
- 25HolmesSubstituted forLawrenceat 64′minutes
- 4ShinnieSubstituted forHector-Ingramat 80′minutes
- 6te Wierik
- 5Troost-EkongSubstituted forCathcartat 71′minutes
- 6WilmotBooked at 90mins
- 20QuinaSubstituted forGarnerat 88′minutes
- 10João PedroSubstituted forMurrayat 86′minutes
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Match ends, Derby County 0, Watford 1.
Second Half ends, Derby County 0, Watford 1.
Try missed. Wayne Rooney (Derby County) proper footed shot from exterior the field is only a bit too excessive from a direct free kick.
Ben Wilmot (Watford) is proven the yellow card for a foul foul.
Jason Knight (Derby County) wins a free kick within the attacking half.
Foul by Ben Wilmot (Watford).
Substitution, Watford. James Garner replaces Domingos Quina.
Try blocked. Tom Lawrence (Derby County) proper footed shot from exterior the field is blocked.
Nook, Derby County. Conceded by Jeremy Ngakia.
Try blocked. Tom Lawrence (Derby County) proper footed shot from exterior the field is blocked. Assisted by Max Chook.
Substitution, Watford. Glenn Murray replaces João Pedro due to an damage.
Substitution, Derby County. Morgan Whittaker replaces Lee Buchanan.
Substitution, Derby County. Jahmal Hector-Ingram replaces Graeme Shinnie.
Try missed. Domingos Quina (Watford) proper footed shot from the left facet of the field misses to the suitable.
Foul by João Pedro (Watford).
Curtis Davies (Derby County) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Try missed. Wayne Rooney (Derby County) proper footed shot from exterior the field is shut, however misses to the suitable. Assisted by Tom Lawrence.
Tom Cleverley (Watford) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Jason Knight (Derby County).
Purpose! Derby County 0, Watford 1. João Pedro (Watford) proper footed shot from exterior the field to the highest proper nook. Assisted by Ben Wilmot.