Watford edge Norwich for first EPL win

Gerard Deulofeu (#7) starred in Watford's first win of the English Premier League season at Norwich.
Gerard Deulofeu (#7) starred in Watford's first win of the English Premier League season at Norwich.

Watford have won their first English Premier League match of the season, beating hosts Norwich 2-0 on Friday (Saturday AEDT) to move off the bottom of the table.

Watford took the lead in under two minutes at Carrow Road as Gerard Deulofeu won possession just inside the Norwich half and ran unchallenged into the area before finding the bottom corner with a low shot.

Norwich rarely threatened the visitors in the first half as Watford went into the break ahead.

Watford were 2-0 up six minutes into the second half when Will Hughes and Deulofeu worked an opening on the left.

Deulofeu crossed and substitute Andre Gray scored with a fine touch with the outside of his right foot, the ball taking a deflection off a defender before crossing the line.

Watford were reduced to 10 men with 25 minutes remaining when Christian Kabasele was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Josip Drmic.

Norwich could not make their extra-player advantage tell as Watford held on.

Watford manager Quique Flores was relieved with the important win.

"We know it was a significant match and it looks like a final and we can do what we did," he said.

"Try to give our energy and our good spirit and we try to put the soul in the pitch, knowing they have a team also with fortunes like us and they need to win also like us and they are playing at home.

"It was our time to show something else and to get some step up it's important."

The win moved Watford up to 18th and Norwich replaced the Hornets at the bottom after its ninth defeat of the season, with their defensive errors frustrating for manager Daniel Farke.

"It's pretty annoying, trying and frustrating evening without any doubt because it was not necessary to lose this game," he said.

"I think we won nearly all the statistics, we dominated the possession and had many shots and we created many situations, there were spells when it looked a little bit like a powerplay on one goal.

"If you produce such naive mistakes and more like nursery mistakes in front of the goal it is difficult on this level to win football games, so my feeling is if you are there with these mistakes, especially before the first goal it is difficult to win."

Australian Associated Press