Gerard Deulofeu, once considered one of European football’s brightest hopes, is finally fulfilling his possibility to give Watford supporters expectations in their own individual continental adventure.
The former Barcelona prodigy used the Cardiff City Stadium pitch as his playground because scored a hat-trick during this striking win for Javi Gracia’s men.
Sol Bamba grabbed a consolation for Cardiff with Ten mins to visit, but Deeney had the last laugh since he completed a close-range double to send out Watford into seventh.
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“He played rather well scored three goals but not only that; he was very generous to help Troy [for his first goal],” said Gracia of Deulofeu. “All these records are incredibly important because every one of the players are pulling in the identical direction and helping one another, that is certainly ideal for us.
“I’m content with the way in which he is playing, i am competing from the games and, using this ambition, we can easily achieve a gift this current year.”
As both teams of players arrived here, news broke of Watford reaching a 4m settlement with Everton covering the departure of Marco Silva a year ago. Gracia’s successful learn to life as manager has allowed Watford fans to say good riddance to Silva.
It took Deulofeu 18 minutes to position himself on the road to become Watford’s first hat-trick hero since Mark Falco in 1986. Cardiff’s returning captain, Sean Morrison, Bruno Manga and Joe Bennett all tried without success to wrest the ball off Deeney around the edge of the place before he laid rid of it with the Spanish to locate the bottom corner with pin-point accuracy.
Neil Warnock’s men were second best but should have had a chance to equalise after Daryl Janmaat got a different side of Josh Murphy and brought him down which has a clumsy challenge in the box. The referee, Simon Hooper, waved away the protests to your disgust of the Cardiff fans and manager before he blew for half-time.
Deulofeu we had not scored for eight matches but looked just like he was back playing for Barcelona because he ran riot within the second half. Abdoulaye Doucoure headed Bennett’s free-kick clear and in to the path of hmo’s Everton player, who knocked the ball past Manga for the halfway line, before you take it round Neil Etheridge and slotting home his fifth purpose of 4 seasons.
Deulofeu completed his first hat-trick in English football on 63 minutes after Etienne Capoue robbed Harry Arter of possession and slipped him in behind the defence for him to lift the ball over Etheridge.
Deulofeu danced after defence along with up Deeney for an easy tap-in after 73 minutes. There seemed to be still here we are at Bamba to bundle home but Deeney completed the 5-1 thumping from close range.
“It was bizarre, the referee said he seen it and hubby had produced a mistake,” fumed Warnock around the penalty decision. “Mistakes must not be made as of this level.
“Deeney and each of them were telling me it was a stonewall penalty also it would have been different if we’d gone in 1-1 with your tails up.”