Watford 0 - 1 Coventry City

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Watford 0 - 1 Coventry City

Postby dutchman » Sat Nov 05, 2022 6:17 pm

Gyokeres seals brilliant win amid defensive masterclass

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A second half Viktor Gyokeres goal gave Coventry City a sensational third consecutive away victory against fallen Premier League side Watford.

The Sky Blues defended brilliantly against the Hornets who battered City’s goal for the final five minutes and another five nervous minutes of stoppage time, as the visitors held out for an eighth clean sheet from their last 11 games.

Both goalkeepers pulled off one decent save apiece in the first half when the home side had a goal disallowed in a lively affair at Vicarage Road.

Watford dominated the early possession and constantly looked to exploit the left flank where the lively Ismaila Sarr was a constant threat with his pace, while the Sky Blues played largely on the counter attack. The visitors got their first chance when Kasey Palmer played a lovely ball between two defenders to send Gyokeres through on goal, only for the striker to fire wide at the near post.

Jack Burroughs then played a lovely ball down the left for Gyokeres to run onto in space, with the big Swede turning his marker inside out before unleashing an angle shot which goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann denied with a flying save.

Minutes later the Hornets countered themselves with Sarr racing through on the left and squaring to Keinan Davis to tap home, only for the goal to be disallowed for off-side. Ben Wilson then came to the rescue in the 26th minute when Ken Sema hit an inch perfect free-kick over the wall and his effort looked to be heading for the bottom corner until the keeper dived full stretch to his right to push it round the post.

Gyokeres was played through again, this time by Palmer, and he cut inside William Troost-Ekong where his shot was deflected wide at the last second by the covering Sierralta.

Although the home side had 70 per cent of the possession in the opening 45 minutes, City had enjoyed seven shots, albeit only one on target, compared to Watford who had four attempts and one on target.

Gus Hamer put a shot wide at the start of the second half, as did Sema from a clear goal scoring position after being set up by Sarr. But a delightful three-man move in the 51st minute gave City the lead. Palmer sent Jamie Allen free down the right and the midfielder hit a first time pass in behind the Watford defence where Gyokeres raced in to connect and beat the keeper.

The Hornets went agonisingly close to getting back on level terms just past the hour when Kamara sent the ball into the six-yard box where Sarr somehow lifted it over the bar.

City continued to defend their fragile lead but did so brilliantly and saw out a memorable victory at Vicarage Road.

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Re: Watford 0 - 1 Coventry City

Postby dutchman » Sat Nov 05, 2022 11:04 pm

Gyokeres earns Coventry hard-fought win at Watford

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Viktor Gyokeres scored the only goal of the game as Coventry City ended Watford's three-game winning run with a hard-fought victory against the high-flying Hornets at Vicarage Road.

Gyokeres' first-time finish moments after Ken Sema went close for Watford at the other end proved decisive.

Ismaila Sarr was twice off target as Watford searched for an equaliser, while keeper Ben Wilson denied Joseph Hungbo a leveller in the last minute for a Hornets side who missed the chance to move back into the play-off spots.

Victory for Coventry, who only moved out of the relegation places on Tuesday when they upstaged another high-flyer in Blackburn, moves them up to 15th in the table.

Watford's Keinan Davis had the ball in the net after 21 minutes, but the on-loan Aston Villa forward's effort was ruled out for a foul on defender Kyle McFadzean in the build-up.

Wilson then made a good save to keep out a Sema free-kick, with the goalkeeper going on to foil Davis soon after, with Sarr scuffing the loose ball wide.

A desperate block from Francisco Sierralta took a Gyokeres effort wide for the hosts, who also saw a Ben Sheaf shot sail over the bar.

Just a minute after Sema fired wide for the hosts, Sweden forward Gyokeres got the goal his performance deserved, meeting Jamie Allen's cross to finish a move that started with good work from Kasey Palmer.

Sarr was wasteful as the hosts pressed for an equaliser and, after Sheaf had a shot dealt with for Coventry, Wilson made a crucial save from Hungbo to ensure the Sky Blues left Vicarage Road with maximum points.

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