Watford claimed back-to-back Premier League wins with an impressive display against West Brom as they eased to a 2-0 victory at Vicarage Road.

The Hornets were on top for much of the game and took the lead in the 13th minute after M’Baye Niang produced a stunning effort from the edge of the box.

Watford’s January loan signing was the catalyst for his side’s best attacking moments, and it was the forward’s sublime through ball which set Troy Deeney clear to extend the Watford lead in the second half.

With the result looking to be all but sealed, a second yellow card for Miguel Britos handed the Baggies a lifeline and Watford spent much of the remainder of the game on the back foot.

However, a resilient defensive display ensured they saw the game out and moved ten points clear of the relegation zone.

Here’s how Watford’s players got on at Vicarage Road.

Heurelho Gomes – 6.5

Did well to smother Nacer Chadli’s early effort, even if the rebound fell invitingly for the former Spurs man who could only prod wide.

Command of his area at set-pieces was important, given West Brom’s pedigree from dead ball situations. Fortunate not to be punished for poor handling late on.

Craig Cathcart – 7 

Another game in which the former Manchester United man was shifted around the defence and he coped admirably. Kept his cool to form an integral part of a solid defensive display.

Sebastian Prödl (replaced by Janmaat 45+2) - 6

Sloppy under a high ball to allow Chris Brunt a sniff at goal in the first half and gave away possession moments later, which presented the Baggies with a break before making way with an injury.

Miguel Britos – 5.5 (sent off 65)

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Booked for a cynical foul on Hal Robson-Kanu and was fortunate to see Chadli’s effort from the resulting free-kick skim the post on its way wide.

Picked up a second yellow card for a pull back on Salomon Rondon which gave the referee a decision to make.

Jose Holebas – 7

Excellent in defence and attack and made one particularly important header near the death to deny West Brom a late chance and prevent a corner. Delivery from set-pieces typically accurate.

Abdoulaye Doucouré – 8.5

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The deepest lying of Watford’s midfield three and always happy to get on the ball.

Walter Mazzarri has called on the Frenchman to be more economic in possession and he answered his manager in fine fashion as he rarely wasted a pass. A growing influence in the Watford midfield.

Tom Cleverley – 6.5

Kept the Watford midfield ticking over alongside Doucoure and Capoue and rarely wasted a pass and a clever through ball for Deeney gave the Watford captain a chance early on.

A sloppy spell before the half saw him lose possession on a number of occasions to give the Baggies greater confidence.

Eteinne Capoue – 6.5

Much like his fellow midfielders, Capoue offered a controlling presence in the centre of the park, especially in a first half which saw Watford enjoy their most productive spells. Energetic, but his influence faded as the game wore on.

M’Baye Niang (replaced by Success 79) – 8

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The architect of this important Watford win with two moments of individual inspiration.

Scored a stunning strike to break the deadlock with 13 minutes on the clock as he drove in from the left and fired an unstoppable effort across Ben Foster.

Niang added the most sublime of assists early in the second half, lifting a pinpoint ball over the top for Deeney to bundle home.

Nordin Amrabat (replaced by Mariappa 68) – 6.5

The Hornets look all the better for the winger’s return and he was once again a threat going forward but lacked the same creative spark he showed on Saturday.

Troy Deeney – 7

The returning captain was typically reliable when holding the ball up in the final third and it was Deeney’s flick on which led to the opening goal.

Did well to force Watford’s second over the line after going down under the challenge of Jonny Evans.

Subs Daryll Janmaat (replaced Prodl 45+2) – 6.5

Again overlooked at right-back for the unorthodox selection of Cathcart and had a relatively quiet night when introduced. Got forward well at times and two dangerous crosses almost yielded a third goal.

Adrian Mariappa (replaced Amrabat 68) – 6

Making his first league appearance since a one minute cameo against Middlesbrough in April 2012, and did little wrong after coming on in the wake of Britos’ red card.

Isaac Success (replaced Niang 78) – 6

Given little time to impress but provided fresh legs wide on the left when Niang was beginning to tire late on.