Watford 2 West Brom 0: 'Angry' Walter Mazzarri not yet satisfied despite crucial win

Gerry Cox
Mazzarri had to be held back by his goalkeeping coach - REUTERS

Walter Mazzarri is nothing if not passionate, and the Watford manager was torn between pride and rage after seeing his side effectively guarantee Premier League survival after a battling win over West Bromwich Albion.

Troy Deeney's 100th league goal for Watford and a superb strike from M'Baye Niang eased any remaining relegation fears as they moved into the top half of the table for the first time this year.

But Mazzari cut an angry figure on the touchline, having to be restrained by his goalkeeping coach Paolo di Toffol at one stage from confronting the fourth official after Miguel Britos was sent off in the 65th minute for a second yellow card.

“I was angry because Sebastien Prodl got injured and there were two yellow cards for Britos which were non-existent. I was trying to speak to the fourth official and one of our coaches told me I shouldn't have and I told him to leave me alone.”

Mazzarri shot off down the tunnel before the final whistle, although he found time to shake hands with Tony Pulis, who laughed: “He did a Mourinho on me.”

M'Baye Niang put Watford in front with a wonderful strike Credit: Getty images

But the manager was happier to see his side record back-to-back wins for only the third time this season, thanks largely to Niang, who scored a beauty and set up the second goal for Deeney.

Niang cut in from the left in the 13th minute and unleashed a curling shot into the far corner of Ben Foster's goal from 20 yards to set Watford on their way.

The visiting keeper, warmly received by Watford's supporters after his stint at Vicarage Road earlier in his career, then gave the same fans something to cheer when he allowed Deeney to score his landmark goal.

The second half was only three minutes old when Niang hoisted a hopeful ball into the path of Deeney 25 yards from goal. Watford's captain ran with the ball towards goal, Jonny Evans attempted a slide tackle and Foster appeared to jump over the ball as it trickled into the net.

Troy Deeney reached 100 goals for Watford here  Credit: reuters

West Brom did not help their cause by missing a hatful of chances, with Nacer Chadli shooting wide and then hitting a post. They could not find a way back even after Britos saw red for a second yellow card when he pulled back Rondon as the striker ran in on goal.

With Stoke losing at Burnley and Southampton and Bournemouth not playing until tonight, it means Watford move into the top half of the table for the first time since mid-December.

“I still say we are not safe until it is mathematically impossible to go down,” added Mazzarri.

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