2021-22 English Premier League
  • Emmanuel Dennis (78')
  • Joshua Sargent (51', 74')
  • Juraj Kucka (90'+2' OG)

Josh Sargent's double helps Norwich climb out of relegation zone with win at Watford

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Dean Smith praises 'great' Josh Sargent after Norwich win (0:45)

Dean Smith speaks about Josh Sargent after the USMNT forward scored two goals in Norwich's 3-0 win against Watford. (0:45)

Joshua Sargent's first goals in Premier League play helped Norwich City earn a crucial 3-0 victory at Watford on Friday, a win that moved Dean Smith's side out of the relegation zone for the first time this season.

Following a poor first half for both sides, Sargent's stunning flicked finish six minutes after the break gave the visitors the lead as he opened his Premier League account in style.

The score came minutes after the release of the United States roster announcement for upcoming World Cup qualifying matches, of which Sargent was not included.

Following a bizarre break in play as several floodlights went out, Sargent's night to remember continued as he drilled in from distance to double his side's advantage in the 74th minute.

Watford's bad luck continued as Emmanuel Dennis was sent off four minutes later after collecting his second yellow card.

The hosts' miserable evening was complete when Juraj Kucka's stoppage-time own goal handed the visitors a 3-0 win.

Norwich's fourth win of the season lifted them to 17th with 16 points from 22 matches. Watford dropped to 18th, with 14 points from 20 games.

"To get my first goal, and then the second one after that was pretty crazy, especially in such a big game," Sargent told Sky Sports.

"It was just a reaction to put my foot up like that [for first goal]. I knew right away it was in when I hit it. I can't remember ever scoring a goal like that. Getting these first goals will boost my confidence a lot."

While Norwich continued their improvement under Smith, Claudio Ranieri's Watford remain in freefall.

They are without a win in nine games in all competitions -- earning just one draw and suffering eight losses in that run. It is their longest spell without a victory since December 2013.

Ranieri's men have now also gone 30 Premier League games without a clean sheet, with only West Bromwich Albion enduring a longer such run in the history of the competition.

"Before everything I want to say sorry to our crowd," Ranieri told Sky Sports. "We wanted to do another kind of match, we wanted to light the fire to our fans and we did not do this.

"We had some opportunities to score a goal but the first goal was very strange. After that we had the time to do something better, we didn't do this."

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Manchester City 38 +73 93
2 Liverpool 38 +68 92
3 Chelsea 38 +43 74
4 Tottenham Hotspur 38 +29 71
5 Arsenal 38 +13 69
6 Manchester United 38 0 58
7 West Ham United 38 +9 56
8 Leicester City 38 +3 52
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 38 -2 51
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 38 -5 51
11 Newcastle United 38 -18 49
12 Crystal Palace 38 +4 48
13 Brentford 38 -8 46
14 Aston Villa 38 -2 45
15 Southampton 38 -24 40
16 Everton 38 -23 39
17 Leeds United 38 -37 38
18 Burnley 38 -19 35
19 Watford 38 -43 23
20 Norwich City 38 -61 22