Smith delighted as Norwich stun Watford

Norwich City stunned Watford 3-0 at Vicarage Road on Friday night.

Josh Sargent acrobatically hooked Teemu Pukki’s cross from behind him and saw it bounce in off the underside of the crossbar for Norwich’s opener.

His thumping header made it 2-0 after a lengthy stoppage in play because of a floodlight fault and he celebrated wildly, before paying tribute to his newborn child.

Norwich rubbed salt in Watford’s wounds with a third goal late on – substitute Juraj Kucka poking past his own goalkeeper at the near post.

Watford were further hampered by Emmanuel Dennis’ sending off – the forward shown a second yellow card by referee Mike Dean for a rash challenge on Max Aarons.

Canaries boss Dean Smith later said: “When you go 3-0 up in a game, I expected us to see it out. it was not a pretty affair from us, we knew it would not be but we started the game off really well. The game got away from us in the first half but we spoke about it at half time, we were good without the ball today and not so good with. We are in a results business, we needed the result today and certainly gives everyone a lift.”

On Josh Sargent’s first goal, he said: “Superb, I have only just seen it back and I thought he had just miskicked it. Great improvisation and he needed that, he is a hard working, intelligent player and pleased he got the two goals.

“The table looks very uneven with all the postponements. To win a game in the Premier League for a newly promoted team is hard, back to back wins is even harder. The only thing I had a go at them was for the last 15 minutes against 10 men, I thought it was poor.

“There is a great togetherness and I said we would have the best January without signing anyone. For the next game I can select from a bigger pool of players and a lot more healthier than a couple of weeks ago.”

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