Gomes own goal hands vic­tory to Stoke City

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Stoke City cap­i­talised on an un­lucky own goal by Heurelho Gomes to beat Wat­ford 1-0 with an as­sured dis­play that moved them clear of the Premier League rel­e­ga­tion zone.

Wat­ford were dis­rupted by an early in­jury to Younes Kaboul, who limped off in­jured half­way through the first half, and sel­dom threat­ened be­fore con­ced­ing what turned out to be the de­ci­sive goal when Char­lie Adam’s header from a cor­ner bounced off the post on to the un­wit­ting Gomes and into the net. With Marko Ar­nau­tovic im­press­ing, Stoke looked com­fort­able in mid­field de­spite the ab­sence of sus­pended Joe Allen and al­most in­creased their lead af­ter the break when Jon Wal­ters just failed to get on the end of the Aus­trian’s weighted

pass. Wat­ford brought on last sea­son’s top scorer Odion Ighalo in search of the equaliser and went close when Daryl Jan­maat blazed over the bar. Their frus­tra­tion was ob­vi­ous and a bad day was made worse by the late send­ing off of Miguel Bri­tos for a sec­ond book­able of­fence. — Reuters

LON­DON: Stoke City’s Char­lie Adam heads the ball which be­comes their first goal of the game af­ter hit­ting Wat­ford goal­keeper Heurelho Gomes dur­ing the English Premier League soc­cer match be­tween Wat­ford and Stock City at Vicarage Road, Lon­don, yes­ter­day. —AP

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