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Watford 1-0 Barnsley: Troy Deeney penalty enough for Hornets

Troy Deeney scores for Watford
Four of Troy Deeney's five goals this season have come from the spot

Troy Deeney's first-half penalty was enough for Watford to beat Barnsley and move up to third in the Championship.

Referee Tim Robinson pointed to the spot when Deeney prodded the ball on to the raised arm of Tykes defender Callum Brittain and though keeper Jack Walton got a strong hand to the powerful kick he could not prevent it going in.

Watford had a second goal disallowed for offside when the recalled Andre Gray tucked away a rebound after Will Hughes hit the post from 25 yards, but the visitors looked the better side for periods without creating too much.

The closest Valerien Ismael's side came to an equaliser was through Watford's Francisco Sierralta, who would have scored an own goal had it not been for Daniel Bachmann's fine stop, and defeat was Barnsley's third in a row.

Xisco Munoz's Hornets have won all three games at Vicarage Road since he took charge and are now three points behind second-placed Swansea, while Barnsley remain 10th.

The visitors had a strong appeal for a penalty of their own deep in stoppage time after Cauley Woodrow went down under a challenge from Craig Cathcart, leaving the Tykes frustrated on the final whistle.

Woodrow nodded a Conor Chaplin cross over in the first half and Callum Styles skewed wide after the break, with Watford keeper Bachmann's only save coming from his own centre-back.

William Troost-Ekong flicked a fine cross wide from close range late on as Watford looked for a second but despite that miss they have now won 32 points at home this season, seven more than any other side in the division.

Watford boss Xisco Munoz told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"I'm very happy because in front of us we had a difficult team. For me it was a good performance.

"We need to understand we need to improve more and work harder - it doesn't matter what happens now with the table.

"Every time we have the chance Troy [Deeney] is a special man for me - he's also helped me in the dressing room because he is the big story here - it's important I have a good relationship with him because he's a special man and every time he gives 200% for the team."

Barnsley head coach Valerien Ismael told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"The guys played very well, we can take pride from their performance. We stayed in the game until the end and we made it a tight fight.

"It was another strange penalty decision - we have to accept these but last week against Swansea it was a similar situation for us.

"I think we are comfortable where we are but we need more points. Our target is 50 points as quick as possible and we have to start winning now."

Line-ups

Watford

Formation 4-4-2

  • 26Bachmann
  • 21Femenía
  • 5Troost-EkongSubstituted forCathcartat 82'minutes
  • 31Sierralta
  • 11Masina
  • 23SarrBooked at 90mins
  • 8CleverleySubstituted forChalobahat 71'minutes
  • 19Hughes
  • 12SemaSubstituted forZinckernagelat 62'minutes
  • 9DeeneySubstituted forJoão Pedroat 62'minutes
  • 18GraySubstituted forNgakiaat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Ngakia
  • 6Wilmot
  • 7Zinckernagel
  • 10João Pedro
  • 14Chalobah
  • 15Cathcart
  • 16Garner
  • 32Navarro
  • 35Parkes

Barnsley

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Walton
  • 26SollbauerBooked at 90mins
  • 6Andersen
  • 30Helik
  • 7Brittain
  • 27Mowatt
  • 21PalmerSubstituted forKaneat 69'minutes
  • 4StylesSubstituted forSibbickat 89'minutes
  • 29AdeboyejoSubstituted forFrieserat 57'minutes
  • 9Woodrow
  • 11ChaplinSubstituted forMorrisat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Kane
  • 14Morris
  • 19Schmidt
  • 20Sibbick
  • 22Oduor
  • 28Frieser
  • 34Moon
  • 40Collins
  • 44Omar
Referee:
Tim Robinson

Match Stats

Home TeamWatfordAway TeamBarnsley
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home9
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away0
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Watford 1, Barnsley 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Watford 1, Barnsley 0.

  3. Post update

    Will Hughes (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Cauley Woodrow (Barnsley).

  5. Booking

    Ismaila Sarr (Watford) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Ismaila Sarr (Watford).

  7. Post update

    Alex Mowatt (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Watford. Conceded by Michael Sollbauer.

  9. Booking

    Michael Sollbauer (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Post update

    Philip Zinckernagel (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Michael Sollbauer (Barnsley).

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Barnsley. Toby Peter Sibbick replaces Callum Styles.

  13. Post update

    Offside, Watford. Philip Zinckernagel tries a through ball, but João Pedro is caught offside.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Nathaniel Chalobah.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Francisco Sierralta (Watford).

  16. Post update

    Cauley Woodrow (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Watford. Jeremy Ngakia replaces Andre Gray.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Watford. Craig Cathcart replaces William Troost-Ekong.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. William Troost-Ekong (Watford) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Philip Zinckernagel with a cross following a corner.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ismaila Sarr (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich24155433211250
2Swansea24137429131646
3Watford24127528171143
4Reading2413473728943
5Bournemouth25119538211742
6Brentford22118336211541
7Stoke2591063026437
8Middlesbrough2310672819936
9Bristol City2311392524136
10Barnsley25104112732-534
11Blackburn2496939281133
12Luton249692126-533
13Preston24102123033-332
14Huddersfield2494112834-631
15Cardiff2385103027329
16Millwall2351172024-426
17Birmingham2468101829-1126
18Coventry2468102234-1226
19Nottm Forest2467111927-825
20QPR235992230-824
21Derby2457121525-1022
22Rotherham2255122332-920
23Sheff Wed2367101523-819
24Wycombe2336141635-1915
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