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Vicarage Road Stadium (ATT 13,588) 17th November 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: G Scott

Watford Watford vs Wolverhampton Wanderers Wolves

Watford 2

N Chalobah (35)
T Deeney (68)

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Wolves 1

C Berra (S/O 25)
B Sako (54)

Troy Deeney's goal put paid to 10-man Wolves' hopes as Watford secure a 2-1 win

Last Updated: 17/11/12 6:40pm

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Troy Deeney: Netted the winning goal for Hornets

Troy Deeney: Netted the winning goal for Hornets

Troy Deeney's fourth goal of the campaign finally put paid to 10-man Wolves' hopes as Watford continued their improvement under Gianfranco Zola with a 2-1 win on Saturday.

Watford were keen to build on their 6-1 thrashing of Leeds but had to face Wolves without Almen Abdi, who dislocated his shoulder at Elland Road.

And it was Wolves, inspired by Jermaine Pennant, who played the more incisive football at the start of the match.

Defences were in control as two well-organised sides cancelled each other out in the opening stages, with the visitors keen to avoid their fourth straight defeat on the road.

But having done well to stifle the hosts, Wolves found themselves with a mountain to climb after only 25 minutes when defender Christophe Berra received a straight red card for a mistimed challenge on Deeney. Referee Graham Scott may have opted for a yellow card but issued a red instead and the visitors had their backs to the wall.

Pennant was immediately sacrificed for defender Danny Batth from the subs' bench as Wolves tried to make the most of an afternoon that had already turned sour.

Now on the front foot, Watford took the game to the visitors at last and Jonathan Hogg's shot from distance whistled wide after 31 minutes.

And the Hornets were ahead four minutes later when Chalobah turned home a chance from 12 yards after good work from Fernando Forestieri.

Watford sensed blood and went for the kill before half time. Daniel Pudil saw his 20-yard shot blocked by Roger Johnson, while a drive from Forestieri cleared the crossbar and Jonathan Hogg's effort from distance went wide.

Against all the odds, though, 10-man Wolves levelled after 54 minutes when Bakary Sako blasted home from all of 35 yards.

It had taken something special to breach Zola's side but the Hornets were stung into action by their setback and both Forestieri and Pudil went close to restoring the hosts' lead, both being denied by Carl Ikeme in the Wolves goal.

Sako tried his luck again, this time from 30 yards out, but his left-foot effort was blocked by Mark Yeates as Stale Solbakken's side showed fighting spirit in abundance.

But they were caught napping after 68 minutes when a cross by Yeates was headed home from six yards by Deeney. They were unable to muster a response in the final 20 minutes as Watford held on for the points.

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1 Bournemouth 46 90
2 Watford 46 89
3 Norwich City 46 86
4 Middlesbrough 46 85
5 Brentford 46 78
6 Ipswich Town 46 78
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 78
8 Derby County 46 77
9 Blackburn Rovers 46 67
10 Birmingham City 46 63
11 Cardiff City 46 62
12 Charlton Athletic 46 60
13 Sheffield Wednesday 46 60
14 Nottingham Forest 46 59
15 Leeds United 46 56
16 Huddersfield Town 45 54
17 Fulham 46 52
18 Bolton Wanderers 46 51
19 Reading 46 50
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 46 47
21 Rotherham United 46 46
22 Millwall 46 41
23 Wigan Athletic 46 39
24 Blackpool 45 25