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RELIVE: Escape act is on as Hornets beat Villa

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Relive our coverage of Watford's victory over Aston Villa

By Anthony Matthews

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    • FT: Watford 3 (Deeney 42, pen 67, Sarr 72) Aston Villa 0.
  • • Deeney gives Watford the lead shortly before the break after Heaton saves a Doucoure shot.
  • • The skipper doubles the lead for the 10-man Hornets after being pushed over in the area.
  • • Sarr makes it three following a counter-attack involving Deeney and Capoue.
  • • Mariappa sent off for two bookable offences early in the second half.
  • • Watford starting XI: Foster; Mariappa, Kabasele, Cathcart (Masina 84), Femenia; Capoue, Hughes (Chalobah 46, Dawson 59)); Sarr, Doucoure, Deulofeu; Deeney. Subs not used: Gomes, Gray, Quina, Success.
  • • Nigel Pearson makes just the one change from the side that started at Sheffield United, with Doucoure returning in place of Chalobah.
  • • Dean Smith makes three changes to the team that beat Norwich City on Boxing Day. Henri Lansbury, Conor Hourihane and Jota come in for Marvelous Nakamba, Trezeguet and Anwar El Ghazi.

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