Charlie Adam admits Stoke's goal at Watford should not have stood

Heurelho Gomes says Etienne Capoue and Roberto Pereyra are lifting the burden off Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo

Watford's Heurelho Gomes in action during their match against Stoke City in Watford November 27, 2016.

Stoke City fans took to Twitter to express their happiness after their team inflicted a first Vicarage Road defeat since August for Walter Mazzarri's Watford - with two particular players being lavished with praise.

Potters midfielder Charlie Adam hit the post with a header from a corner on 29 minutes before the ball bounced across the line, hit the Watford keeper and went in. Stoke's club record signing Giannelli Imbula, eager to impress after being recalled for the first time since September, then drove forward from midfield and fired a 20-yard effort narrowly wide.

If there was a touch of fortune about the goal, Stoke were full value for their victory against sluggish opponents who missed out on the chance to climb to sixth in the Premier League table.

Watford threatened through Daryl Janmaat, who worked visiting goalkeeper Lee Grant after cutting inside onto his left foot. After the break Stoke forward Marko Arnautovic led a swift counter-attack and played the ball across goal but just too far in front of Jonathan Walters.

In the second half, Mazzari brought on Ighalo and Italy striker with Nigerian heritage, Stefano Okaka, in a bid to salvage a draw but a second bookable offence from Miguel Britos in the final minutes dashed hopes of any comeback.

Related news: