Published: Sun, September 24, 2017
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Richarlison's late victor sinks Swansea to hand Watford all three points

Richarlison's late victor sinks Swansea to hand Watford all three points

This was met by a collective groan around the Liberty Stadium, with Swansea nearly certainly looking set to equalise before the half-time whistle after they enjoyed a risky 5 minute spell at the end of the half.

Swansea were slow to get going and Andre Gray capitalised on a loose pass from Wilfried Bony before smashing home his first goal for Watford.

Brazilian striker Richarlison grabbed a late victor as Watford beat Swansea City 2-1 in the Premier League on Saturday (Sept 23) for their third successive away league victory this season.

But that only came after head coach Clement had sent on Roque Mesa and Abraham at half-time and dispensed with playing three central defenders.

"I was very close to making the changes before half-time", Clement said, as his side were very poor during the first 45 minutes. We took the initiative and had more control.

"There looked like there was only one team who would go on and win it at that point".

But he criticised them for the second consecutive home game after Richarlison punished Alfie Mawson's timid tackle with a composed finish off the underside of the crossbar.

But Andre Gray and the Brazilian Richarlison were the Hornets' heroes this time after substitute Tammy Abraham appeared to have given Swansea a share of the spoils.

"We have to know that alright we might not win the game, but don't lose it, and for some reason it's very hard for us at home this season".

The Ivorian, whose form and fitness made him a peripheral figure at The Etihad, lacked his familiar sharpness of old and when he played a misplaced pass near the centre circle, Watford seized on the error to surge forward and take the lead in the 13th minute.

"It is supposed to be easier at home, for some reason at the moment it is not". Gray, though, did not have wait long to find the net on a ground where he scored twice for Burnley last season.

Thrashed 6-0 by leaders Manchester City on their previous outing, Marco Silva's Watford bounced back to move level on points with fourth-place Tottenham Hotspur.

"It was a tough afternoon last week, but it's in the past", Silva said. "The second half we were much better but overall it was a 90-minute game where we played for 40 minutes", Clement told Sky Sports after the match.

"But we needed to believe we could score the second to kill the match".

Swansea's dismal start to the season continues, despite dominating for most of the second half.

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