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 on track 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 aspect had finished sufficient to justify the three factors, though Watford did look the extra threatening.
The Hornets probed all through however had been typically let down by the ultimate move, whereas additionally they had robust 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 broad from simply inside the realm.
The previous England captain additionally lifted a stoppage-time free-kick onto the roof of the online 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 Delight 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 courting again to their time within the prime flight.
Cocu satisfied outcomes will come – post-match response
Derby head coach Phillip Cocu:
“I believe we deserved perhaps greater than a degree however typically in soccer you play a superb sport and you do not win.
“However I am more than happy with the sport we performed – we took initiative, we dominated and mixed good soccer with the correct perspective and created fairly just a few probabilities in opposition to a group that do not concede and are very effectively organised.
“The individuality of 1 participant of Watford made a distinction, it was an incredible purpose, however we additionally had probabilities and did not take them.
“If I check out our efficiency I am very proud of how we performed and I am certain if we are able to maintain this efficiency degree up I’ve little doubt within the video games which are arising we’ll get good outcomes.
Watford head coach Vladimir Ivic:
“It wasn’t fairly however we did our job within the sport.
“We weren’t capable of create rather a lot however we have stated loads of occasions, we’ve loads of younger gamers who play for the primary time within the Championship.
“Loads of gamers, 19 or 20 years outdated and we should maintain affected person with them and work with them to enhance some motion, one-on-one, ending however on this second that is the very best we’ve.”
- 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 outdoors the field is only a bit too excessive from a direct free kick.
Ben Wilmot (Watford) is proven the yellow card for a nasty 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 outdoors the field is blocked.
Nook, Derby County. Conceded by Jeremy Ngakia.
Try blocked. Tom Lawrence (Derby County) proper footed shot from outdoors the field is blocked. Assisted by Max Chicken.
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 aspect of the field misses to the correct.
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 outdoors the field is shut, however misses to the correct. Assisted by Tom Lawrence.
Tom Cleverley (Watford) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Jason Knight (Derby County).
Aim! Derby County 0, Watford 1. João Pedro (Watford) proper footed shot from outdoors the field to the highest proper nook. Assisted by Ben Wilmot.