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Watford 1-0 Sunderland – BBC Sport


Miguel Britos’ goal was his first for Watford since joining the club in 2015

Miguel Britos’ second-half header ended Watford’s four-game winless run, giving them victory over Sunderland and leaving David Moyes’ side rooted to the bottom of the Premier League.

The Uruguayan headed home at the back post in the 59th minute after Stefano Okaka’s header from a corner hit the crossbar.

Sunderland’s best chance came late in the second half through Fabio Borini but David Moyes’ side have now failed to score in five consecutive games.

Stefano Okaka missed Watford’s best chance of the first half, heading over when unmarked eight yards out, while Sunderland’s Jordan Pickford made three smart saves.

Victory takes Walter Mazzarri’s side up to 10th while Sunderland are seven points from safety with nine games remaining.

All over for Sunderland?

Sunderland have made a habit of unlikely escapes from relegation in recent seasons, but this could be the time in which David Moyes fails where Paolo di Canio, Gus Poyet, Dick Advocaat and Sam Allardyce have succeeded.

The Black Cats’ 20 points is their lowest total after 29 games since 2012 and they are now five games without a win.

That run has coincided with a barren spell for Jermain Defoe, who failed to have a shot during the 90 minutes at Vicarage Road and had just 18 touches, the lowest on either side.

Before Borini’s late chance Adnan Januzaj had come closest for the visitors with a tame effort – one of just three shots on target.

Moyes said at the end of February Sunderland needed five wins to survive but since then opportunities against Burnley and Watford have passed, and now time is running out.

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