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    Watford 2-2 Sunderland: Deeney penalty rescues a point for the Hornets

    By Alex Easley
    Quique Sanchez Flores waved goodbye to the Watford fans after his final game in charge.
    Troy Deeney’s second-half spot-kick secured a point for Watford as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Sunderland in Quqiue Sanchez Flores’ last game in charge of the club.

    Earlier on in the game, Jack Rodwell and Jeremain Lens scored for the visitors, either side of Sebastion Prodl’s goal for the Hornets.

    With no pressure on them following the midweek win that secured Premier League safety, Black Cats boss Sam Allardyce made nine changes from that game as he handed starts to Jordan Pickford, Tom Robson and Rees Greenwood in a young looking eleven.

    Both teams struggled to fashion clear-cut openings in the early stages with Watford's Almen Abdi going closest with a low shot from the edge of the box that flew inches wide.

    Sunderland's first real chance came on the half hour mark when Lens picked out Duncan Watmore with a lovely dinked pass to the far post and the England U21 man volleyed back across goal where N'Doye was lurking but Miguel Britos managed to clear over the crossbar.

    The game's first goal came in the 39th minute when Lens found Rodwell at the back post and he coolly slotted past Heurelho Gomes to put Sunderland in front.
    Jack Rodwell put Sunderland in front with the opening goal.
    They should have been two ahead moments later when Watmore was played in behind the Watford defence and finished past Gomes, only to be flagged for offside. Replays appeared to show he was on.

    Watford drew level straight after half-time when Prodl outmuscled John O'Shea to power home a header from Adlene Guediora's corner. The visitors appealed for a push in the back but referee Kevin Friend was unmoved.

    Sunderland were soon back in front however, as Watmore found Lens with a measured through ball and he beat Nathan Ake with a skillful dummy, before slotting the ball past Gomes. 

    The visitors came close to making it three when Dame N'Doye found the back of the net with a stooping header from Sebastian Larsson's free-kick, but the linesman again came to Watford's rescue as the goal was disallowed for offside.

    The home side got back into the game when O'Shea was penalised for a foul on Jurado. The Irish international looked to have won the ball in a 50/50 challenge but his leg was high and he caught Jurado on the follow-through.

    Deeney made no mistake from the resulting spot-kick as he sent Pickford the wrong way to secure a point for the home side.
    Troy Deeney (left) and Sebastian Prodl (centre) scored Watford's two goals in the 2-2 draw with Sunderland.
    The now former Watford head coach Quique Sanchez Flores said after the game: "It is important because now everyone knows how I can manage and how I can lead the teams. Spain is Spain but England is different.

    "It was important to adapt and now I know I am ready to come here someday. I hope to be here again."

    "I have felt the support of the Watford all season. This moment is my last time in Vicarage Road and it is very emotional. I say thank you to the fans.

    "The season in terms of the results is really good. I have enjoyed the experience. It was very important for Watford's future to stay in the Premier League.

    "We have a very competitive team. Of course we need to think about the future but we have established ourselves in the Premier League with our results and we had the prize of the FA Cup semi-final so we had a lot of reasons to think this season was really good."


    Watford: Gomes, Cathcart, Britos, Prödl, Ake, Abdi, Guedioura, Watson, Jurado, Deeney, Ighalo

    Subs: Paredes, Suarez, Amrabat

    Sunderland: Pickford, Yedlin, T Robson, O'Shea, Kone, Larsson, Rodwell, Lens, Watmore, Greenwood, N'Doye

    Subs: Jones, M'Vila, Honeyman

    MAN OF THE MATCH: Watmore
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