SAM CLUCAS stole the show as his superb 20-yard volley helped ten-man Hull to a vital victory in their battle to avoid relegation.
Despite having Oumar Niasse sent off in the first half, Hull kept their belief, and Lazar Markovic and then Clucas’s fine effort sealed the three points.
The former Chesterfield man chested down the ball 20-yards from goal, and then let fly with a right-foot stunner on the volley that flew beyond Heurelho Gomes in the Watford goal.
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The victory keeps Hull one place above the relegation zone, two points above Swansea who occupy 18th in the Premier League.
For Watford however, the pressure will only increase on boss Walter Mazzarri after another poor performance as the players look to be on their holiday already.
Facts, Stats, Goals and Lols
- Hull started with all SIX of their January signings. Without their arrivals, you sense the Tigers would already be down.
- Marco Silva controversially dropped experienced duo Michael Dawson and Tom Huddlestone to the bench.
- This was Watford’s first visit to Hull since a Championship game in April 2013 when Troy Deeney scored the winner.
- Oumar Niasse was sent off in the 25th-minute for a studs-up tackle on M’Baye Niang’s shin. But there was no force behind the challenge and it did not merit a red card.
- It was referee Madley’s second controversial decision in a week after his failure to spot Ander Herrera’s handball in the build-up to Marcus Rashford’s opener against Chelsea last Sunday.
- In the tunnel at half-time, Deeney was heard telling Hull sub Dawson that he agreed Niasse should not have been sent off.
- Lazar Markovic scored his second in as many home games in the 62nd minute. Goal-line technology would have ruled out his header which crashed down off the bar, but he hammered in the rebound.
- Sam Clucas netted just his second Premier League strike with a wonder-volley in the 71st minute. It was a good day all round for Lincoln-born midfielder as his hometown team won promotion to the Football League.
- Victory for Hull means their boss Silva is now unbeaten in 41 home league games – and 51 matches at home in all domestic competitions.
- Watford have only won away once since October and have lost their last four on the road.
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Dream Team Ratings
Hull: Jakupovic 6, Elmohamady 7, Ranocchia 7, Maguire 7, Robertson 6, N’Diaye 7, Clucas 7, Markovic 7 (Huddlestone, 82 6), Goebel 6 (Hernández, 45 6), Grosicki 7 (Dawson, 90 6), Niasse 5
Subs (not used): Maloney, Mbokani, Henriksen, Marshall
Goals: Markovic 62, Clucas 71
Booked: N’Diaye, Robertson, Markovic
Sent off: Niasse
Watford: Gomes 5, Janmaat 6, Prödl 6, Britos 6, Holebas 7 (Zuñiga, 87 6), Cleverley 6, Doucouré 6 (Okaka, 73 6), Amrabat 6 (Success, 67 6), Capoue 6, Niang 6, Deeney 6
Subs (not used): Mariappa, Behrami, Kabasele, Pantilimon,