Stoke City 0-0 Watford: Stalemate in the Potteries

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  • Stoke unbeaten under new boss Paul Lambert
  • Watford have failed to score in each of their last four Premier League matches v Stoke
  • Shaqiri, Crouch both go close twice

Stoke City and Watford shared the spoils at the bet365 Stadium in a 0-0 draw on Wednesday between the two newest Premier League managers.

The home side had the better chances but found Orestis Karnezis in inspired form as new Watford boss Javi Gracia grabbed a point from his first game in charge.

With the point Stoke are in 16th place and remain unbeaten under Paul Lambert, while Watford are in 11th but just three points ahead of the Potters.

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It was a tight, tense first half in the Potteries as the first big chance fell to Stoke.

Charlie Adam whipped in a cross but Mame Biram Diouf nodded an effort wide.

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At the other end Watford’s best chance came from a corner as Jose Holebas whipped in a curling ball which missed everyone but hit the top of the crossbar.

Watford went close again through debutant Gerard Deulofeu setting up Richarlison but the home side looked more dangerous.

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In the second half a great chance arrived for the home team with Xherdan Shaqiri through but his shot was saved by Karnezis and then Watford’s goalkeeper also denied Peter Crouch with the follow up.

Crouch went close again soon after as Stoke pushed for the opener with Shaqiri also denied by the solid presence of Karnezis.

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Both teams had to settle for a point in a tight, nervy encounter as Abdoulaye Doucoure had an effort blocked and Richarlison went close for Watford.