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Darren Fletcher gives Stoke boost at expense of frustrated Watford

Darren Fletcher volleyed his first goal for Stoke to take the wind out of Watford’s sails. The Hornets were looking to cement their place in the top six but Fletcher’s Paul Scholes-style strike from the edge of the area secured a first away win for City.

The 1-0 victory also eased the pressure on Mark Hughes, who was in danger of becoming the latest manager under the microscope following four defeats in five matches. Yet Watford had started with all the confidence of a team who kicked off in sixth place in the Premier League, with the wingers André Carrillo and the in-form Richarlison looking in particularly menacing mood.

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