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10:10 PM

Fan Reaction

6:00 PM

Best forgotten...

That's all from us on Matchday Live on an afternoon that surely won't live long in the memory of any Watford fans.

 

Our Match Review page will be up shortly with a full match report, stats and exclusive post match interviews.

 

Today's attendance was 20,087, thanks for your support 👏

5:45 PM

“We wasted our first half” - Gomes

Watford's no.1 Heurelho Gomes spoke to Sky Sports after the final whistle:

 

"We wasted our first half, and gave them the opportunity to score. We didn't know how to play against them with 11 men behind the ball. They did well with what they wanted to do.

 

"It was a poor goal from us, we didn't cover it and they scored.

 

"We created clear chances to score, if we scored one it would have been different. It was that type of game, that type of day."

 

5:30 PM

Silva on Stoke defeat

Hornets Head Coach Marco Silva spoke to the broadcast media post-match:

 

"I am disappointed - you always are when you lose. It was not our image, our face in the first half, it wasn't how we planned.

 

"Our opponent came here to put 10 men in the middle and defend. We gave one them a gift from their first corner and played too slow in the first half.

 

"The second half was different. We had two or three clear chances. If we played the first half like we played the second I think the result would have been different."

5:15 PM

Fan Reaction

4:54 PM

FULL TIME: Watford 0-1 Stoke City

Incredible end to proceedings at The Vic, the Hornets throwing everything they had at the visitors and Stoke hitting the post on the break when Charlie Adam had already rounded Gomes. 

You can't fault the Watford effort, especially in the second half when Stoke were playing for 1-0. Richarlison, Deeney and Gray all went close but it wasn't the Golden Boys' day.  

4:52 PM - 90 MIN

Deeney and Allen booked

Both Deeney and Allen go into the book after an altercation on the pitch.

4:47 PM

Snapshot

Richarlison's expression pretty much sums up the afternoon.

4:42 PM - 84 MIN

Yellow card
Shaqiri (dissent)

4:38 PM - 80 MIN

Substitution

Watford FC

Carrillo

NO.28

Hughes

NO.19
4:35 PM - 78 MIN

Substitution Stoke City

Sobhi

NO.32

Berahino

NO.9
4:33 PM - 76 MIN

Yellow card
Richarlison (foul)

4:33 PM

Snapshot

Tom Cleverley rises highest to head the ball away.

4:23 PM - 63 MIN

Hornets on top

Watford are turning up the heat on Stoke now. 

Richarlison couldn't find the angle to finish into an empty net from Carrillo's knock-back a few moments ago, and the Brazilian was then thwarted by Butland from Cleverley's cross. 

4:19 PM - 62 MIN

Yellow card
Choupo-Moting

4:16 PM - 58 MIN

Substitution

Watford FC

Capoue

NO.29

Gray

NO.18
4:15 PM - 57 MIN

Yellow card
Femenía

4:09 PM

Snapshot

José Holebas does his best Rory Delap impression...

4:06 PM - 48 MIN

Chance!

Finally, the Hornets break the Stoke line. 

Femenia is freed down the right by Doucoure, and crosses for Deeney whose shot is forced wide by Shawcross en route to goal. 

4:03 PM - 46 MIN

Back underway

The second half kicks-off.

3:49 PM - 45 MIN

Stoke lead at the break

Not the best advert for Premier League football here at Vicarage Road.

Stoke have done a job on the Hornets, lining up behind the ball and forcing Watford to try to break them down. A hard task, but Marco Silva will be disappointed with his so far static & blunted side. Big improvement needed. 

3:45 PM - 45 MIN

Additional Time

A minimum of two minutes will be added on at the end of the first-half.

3:38 PM - 37 MIN

So close, yet so far

Capoue tries to backheel in a Britos header, but he was already offside and missed anyway...that's the closest the Hornets have come to goal.

3:30 PM

Snapshot

Both managers vocal from their technical areas so far. Mark Hughes with much more to cheer about - the Hornets have been below their recent par. 

3:25 PM

Snapshot

Troy Deeney brings the ball under his spell.

3:16 PM - 16 MIN

Fletcher for Stoke

Great goal from Stoke. The visitors' first corner of the game is floated out to Darren Fletcher on the edge of the box, and the Scot side-foots his volley into the bottom corner for 0-1.

3:15 PM - 16 MIN

Goal!

Fletcher

Watford FC Watford FC
0 - 1
Stoke City Stoke City
3:15 PM

Life after Spurs

Étienne Capoue glides by Kevin Wimmer in the opposition half.

3:09 PM

Snapshot

The Watford players listen on as the piper plays Flowers of the Forest.

3:00 PM - 1 MIN

Here we go!

There's a perfectly observed minutes' silence at the Vic before we get the ball rolling.

 

And we're off! The Hornets Premier League campaign gets into double figures, as the tenth game of the league season kicks-off against Stoke City.

2:55 PM

Five minute warning!

2:45 PM

Snapshot

José Holebas only has eyes for the ball as he warms up prior to kick-off.

2:40 PM

“We need to perform” - Silva

2:35 PM

“We have to give 100%” - Doucouré

2:30 PM

30 minutes to go...

2:20 PM

Snapshot

The Premier League winter weather balls are out for the first time at the Vic.

2:10 PM

100 Club

Étienne Capoue will make his 100th Premier League appearance when he starts against Stoke City this afternoon.

 

76 of those will have been for the Hornets, and the Frenchman has scored 8 goals since arriving from Tottenham Hotspur in 2015.

2:00 PM

The Teams

Marco Silva makes two changes for the visit of Stoke City. Roberto Pereyra is injured, so Étienne Capoue comes into midfield in his place. Adrian Mariappa is on the bench, with André Carrillo returning to the starting XI.

 

Three changes for the visitors. Kevin Wimmer returns in place of Geoff Cameron at the back, while Ramadan Sobhi comes in for the injured Glen Johnson. In attack, Jesé drops to the bench, with Xherdan Shaqiri making a comeback. 

 

HORNETS: Gomes (GK); Femenía, Kabasele, Britos, Holebas; Capoue, Doucouré; Carrillo, Cleverley, Richarlison; Deeney (c). 
Subs: Karnezis (GK), Janmaat, Mariappa, Gray, Hughes, Zeegelaar, Watson. 

 

POTTERS: Butland (GK); Zouma, Shawcross (c), Wimmer; Sobhi, Fletcher, Allen, Pieters; Choupo-Moting, Shaqiri; Diouf.
Subs: Grant (GK), Berahino, Jesé, Afellay, Adam, Ngoy, Edwards.

1:45 PM

15 minute warning!

TEAM NEWS coming up at 2pm! You 'Orns!

1:35 PM

Snapshot

One fan catches up on everything Watford-related before the turnstiles open, in his copy of The Hornet.

1:25 PM

The Fan View

1:15 PM

Un, deux, trois, quatre!

 

Match Day 🙏🏽⚽️ #WatfordFC

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1:05 PM

Poppy Appeal

A minute's silence is to be held at Vicarage Road today. Poppies will adorn the players' shirts, and Poppy pin badges will also be on sale for £3, with proceeds to @PoppyLegion.

12:45 PM

Top 10

Ten Watford players have scored in the Premier League so far this season - only table-toppers Manchester City can match that feat.

12:20 PM

Marco wants you!

In case you missed it, here's a snippet of what Watford Head Coach Marco Silva had to say in his pre-match press conference earlier this week:

 

"We achieved our first win at home in the last game against Arsenal, but it's important that we need to be strong.

 

"With, I'm sure, the support of our fans at home we are stronger. It's a difficult match for us and it's really important to win, and to win the match with patience with our organisation, and to play with the same confidence. It's a hard match with a tough team."

 

12:10 PM

Safe journey, Hornets!

11:55 AM

No feeling like it!

11:45 AM

From the gantry...

BBC Match of the Day commentator Alistair Mann gave his thoughts about the Hornets in his match preview on the BBC Sport website: 

 

"As the side that finished last season immediately above the relegation zone, Watford can consider themselves the most improved team in the Premier League.

 

"There was certainly a feeling that they missed an opportunity for another famous win at Chelsea last weekend.

 

"It typifies their encouraging progress so far; after all, their only defeats have come against the current league leaders and last season's champions."

11:35 AM

Team News

The Hornets are without Roberto Pereyra today for the Potters' visit after the midfielder came off against Chelsea last time out. Sebastian Prödl and Younès Kaboul, meanwhile, are still sidelined but aren't far from a return to training. 


 

11:25 AM

Snapshot

It was all a bit too much for Étienne!

11:20 AM

Colney Cam

11:10 AM

From the vault

The Hornets' last win against Stoke came almost exactly two years ago, on the day Captain Troy Deeney netted his first top flight goal - same again please, Skip! 

 

11:00 AM

It's matchday!

It's good to be back! No need to remind you what happened last time out at The Vic... a similar performance against Stoke City today and the Hornets will feel confident of earning the result which eluded them at Chelsea last weekend. 

Stick right here for live updates throughout the day, including match commentary from around 2pm.