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Matchday live

11:00 PM

That's A Wrap

That's all from us here on Matchday Live, but don't forget to check out the Match Review page later this evening for social reaction, a full match report, exclusive post match interviews and extended match highlights (available tomorrow).

10:45 PM

Mazzarri Post-match

Walter Mazzarri spoke to Sky Sports after tonight's spirited defeat to Stoke City:


"I want to say we played well but we made two mistakes and they scored from both. We could have scored before this but we didn't. We have demonstrated we can play in a difficult stadium against a tough team like Stoke.


"We have to now keep going. I am not happy but nothing is going our way. It's a period where we are not lucky. On top of this we have many injuries.


"Unfortunately this is is what happened. Doucoure could have shot and scored, especially if he shot like he did in the second half. But he played a great game, he is a young player but he is learning and played very well.


"We had to bring another young player on in the second half in Folivi but we have to grow our young players."

10:30 PM

Gomes - "We feel sorry for our supporters, but we mustn't feel sorry for ourselves"

Heurelho Gomes spoke to the BBC after the final whistle:


"We will pick ourselves up and go again. We are pushing ourselves, and we must be positive.


"We can't stay with heads down for too long. We know where we are. The group must give better together.


"If we go in at half time 0-0 then second half is very different. [To concede] a last minute corner is a tough moment for us.


"We need to continue to give our best every day. We always give our best on the pitch, but we are not in good run.


"Supporters keep pushing and supporting us and we need to stick together.


"The players that came in [in the Summer] gave everyone a boost. We have a very talented squad. But we don't have everyone available."

10:10 PM

Thanks For Your Support

Not the result we wanted, but a huge thanks from us to the 961 noisy Hornets fans who travelled up for the game.

9:54 PM - 93 MIN

FULL-TIME: Stoke 2-0 Watford

A frustrating evening for the Golden Boys as they put in a great shift against Stoke but are unable to take their chances when they come.


The Potters won the game with goals either side of the break from Ryan Shawcross and Peter Crouch.


The Hornets could have had a first-half penalty when replays showed Glen Johnson handballed in the penalty area.


Chances were in short supply and the game was summed up in one second-half attack where Jerome Sinclair has a header cleared off the line and Sebastian Prödl put another header just wide moments later.


Academy graduate Michael Folivi came on in the 81st minute to make his Watford debut, as the Golden Boys went to a 4-2-4 formation late in the game.


9:49 PM - 90 MIN

Yellow card
Kabasele (foul)

9:42 PM - 84 MIN

Substitution Stoke City




9:42 PM - 84 MIN

Gomes Stands Tall

Walters beats Holebas to the ball and charges to goal, forcing an excellent save from Gomes who tips onto the roof of the goal. 

9:39 PM - 81 MIN

Debut for Folivi

Michael Folivi comes on for Sebastian Prodl in Walter Mazzarri's final throw if the dice. 

9:38 PM - 79 MIN

Chances For Watford

Three of them. Sinclair's header is cleared off the line, Prodl glances iches wide and Ighalo scuffs his shot on the turn from a decent position. One of those had to fall, you feel. 

9:35 PM - 76 MIN

Yellow card
Doucoure (foul)

9:33 PM - 75 MIN

Gomes To The Rescue

Crouch heads down to Walters and Gomes smothers the ball. Crouch could and probably should have gone for goal.

9:31 PM


Adlene Guedioura lets fly with a cross-field pass.

9:27 PM - 68 MIN


Watford FC




9:27 PM - 68 MIN

Substitution Stoke City




9:22 PM - 62 MIN

Hornets Battling

Lapses in concentration have cost the Hornets here but they're still fighting, and the 965 away fans are still with the Golden Boys. 

9:15 PM


Abdoulaye Doucoure has looked lively in his second Premier League start of the season.

9:08 PM - 49 MIN

Stoke Double Their Lead

Frustrating. After a decent start to the half, Prodl misses his clearance allowing Crouch to finish from close range. 2-0 to Stoke. 

9:08 PM - 49 MIN



Stoke City Stoke City
2 - 0
Watford FC Watford FC
9:06 PM - 46 MIN


Watford break down the left and Doucoure stings the palms of Grant with a fierce strike. Good start from the Hornets!

9:05 PM - 46 MIN

We're Back Underway!

Marko Arnautovic kicks-off the second-half. Come on you 'Orns!

9:04 PM - 45 MIN


Watford FC




9:00 PM

Half-Time Reaction

8:51 PM - 45 MIN

HALF-TIME: Stoke 1-0 Watford

A half of few chances ends with a goal for the hosts right before the half-time whistle.


Ryan Shawcross put the Potters ahead with virtually the last kick of the half following a Charlie Adam corner.


Both sides have been quite compact after suffering defeats just a few days ago.


Watford though should have had a penalty after Glen Johnson appeared to handle the ball in the box after if bounced up off the turf.

8:48 PM - 45 MIN



Stoke City Stoke City
1 - 0
Watford FC Watford FC
8:41 PM - 41 MIN

Down But Not Out

Valon Behrami looked as though he would be going off after recieving treatment on the pitch, but he's straight back on.


The Swiss has done well for 40 minutes and has showed no sign of the hamstring injury he picked up against Crystal Palace on Boxing Day hampering his performance.

8:34 PM - 34 MIN


Peter Crouch forces a save from Gomes that hits Behrami in the face and bounces away, and at the other end Holebas finds Doucoure with a brilliant through ball, but Guedioura can't get the Frenchman's cutback out of his feet and the chance is gone. 

8:31 PM


Troy Deeney takes on the Potters' Glen Johnson.

8:24 PM - 24 MIN

Shout For Handball?

Glen Johnson appeared to have handled a Watford cross en route to Troy Deeney but referee Neil Swarbrick says no. Replays suggest it was a good shout! 

8:19 PM - 20 MIN

Yellow card
Diouf (foul)

8:17 PM


Valon Behrami drives past Stoke's Joe Allen.

8:16 PM - 16 MIN

Chance for Stoke

Arnautovic breaks through down the left and tries to square but Britos reads the danger and gets a foot on Crouch's shot. That was a close one. 

8:13 PM - 14 MIN

First Shot

Guedioura's free-kick is cleared to Holebas and the former Greek international fires five yards over. Difficult half-volley. 

8:10 PM


Jose Holebas and Mame Diouf battle for posession.

8:06 PM - 7 MIN


Charlie Adam floats a free-kick towards the far side of the box for Peter Crouch, who nods down for Mame Diouf, but Abdoulaye Doucoure is there to hook the ball away.


A slow start so far.

8:05 PM - 5 MIN

Formation Watch

The Hornets begin playing three at the back, Kaboul, Prodl and Britos flanked by Kabasele and Holebas. 

Guedioura, Behrami, Capoue and Doucoure are across the middle, with Deeney up front. 

8:00 PM - 1 MIN


The Hornets get us underway. Come on you 'Orns! 

7:55 PM

Team Reminder


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7:45 PM

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7:35 PM

Three Of Our Own

Brandon Mason and Michael Folivi are named on the substitutes' bench for the second consecutive game, while Andrew Eleftheriou returns to the matchday 18 for the first time since the Golden Boys' visit to The Hawthorns.


Folivi made the bench late last week after Camilo Zuniga pulled out of the warm-up.


He was the top-scorer for the title-winning Under-18s in 2015/16, and agreed pro terms with Watford in February 2016 at just 16-years-old.


He joined the Academy in 2008 and has gone from strength to strength since then, signing a further deal in November 2016 extending his stay with the Hornets until 2020. 


Eleftheriou has been at Vicarage Road for 11 years and signed his first professional deal with the Hornets in June 2016.


The full-back reacted to the deal saying he was “ecstatic” to continue his professional development at Watford.


(Pictured from left) Andrew Eleftheriou and Brandon Mason inspect the pitch at the Bet365 Stadium.

7:25 PM

Deeney Speaks

Hornets captain Troy Deeney also spoke to Sky Sports ahead of tonight's clash with Stoke City:


"Both teams are looking to respond from defeats. I've got fond memories from last year here.


"I'm confident and I just want to make sure I get back to doing what I do best.


"It's definitely about character tonight, it won't be pleasant with the conditions unless we win!"

7:15 PM

Mazzarri Pre-match

Watford Head Coach Walter Mazzarri spoke to Sky Sports prior to kick off:


"We played only 48 hours ago so I had to take some decisions due to the injuries we have. We will see at the end of the game.


"Of course I expect a reaction [from the Spurs game] and I expect my team to fight to the 95th minute.


"When they criticise us it is good because it makes us work harder. But now it is important to give everything today."

7:00 PM


Three changes for the Hornets after Sunday's Spurs defeat.


Odion Ighalo and Craig Cathcart drop to the bench, while Nordin Amrabat is injured. Camilo Zuniga misses out with an ankle problem.


In come Christian Kabasele and Miguel Britos, while Valon Behrami returns from injury to take a place in midfield.

Spurs debutant Brandon Mason is joined on the substitutes' bench by fellow young pros Michael Folivi and Andrew Eleftheriou. 


HORNETS: Gomes (GK); Kaboul, Prödl, Kabasele, Britos; Doucouré, Guedioura, Behrami, Capoue, Holebas; Deeney (c).

Subs: Pantilimon (GK), Cathcart, Sinclair, Ighalo, Mason, Folivi, Eleftheriou. 

POTTERS: Grant (GK); Johnson, Shawcross (c), Martins-Indi, Pieters; Allen, Adam; Diouf, Walters, Arnautovic; Crouch. 

Subs: Given (GK), Bardsley, Whelan, Afellay, Imbula, Shaqiri, Bojan. 


6:50 PM

10 Minute Warning!

Just ten minutes to go until the team line-ups are announced, come on you 'Orns!

6:35 PM

Instagram Snapshot


Cold, windy but dry at the Bet365 Stadium ahead of Stoke v #watfordfc

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6:25 PM

The Fan View

6:10 PM

ICYMI: Mason on Hornets debut

In case you missed it, academy graduate Brandon Mason made his debut on New Year's Day, you can hear what he had to say about his experience in the video below:

6:05 PM

Back Once Again

Last time we were here Troy Deeney got his first ever Premier League goal, slotting past Jack Butland to put the Hornets ahead just before half-time.


6:00 PM

Welcome to the Bet365 Stadium

We're at the Bet365 Stadium as the Hornets travel to Stoke City in the Premier League on a chilly Tuesday night. 

Stay tuned for previews, live updates, in-match photos and reaction, as well as live match commentary from around 7.45pm (refresh the page before kick-off). 


9:40 AM

Britos Previews Potters Clash

Miguel Britos is the man in the match preview hot seat this week. 

Click below for his interview, previous match highlights and all the important info ahead of the game.