Watford 1 West Brom 0: Deeney drives dagger into under-fire Pardew

Alan Pardew is clinging on to his job at West Brom following a late defeat at Watford, Troy Deeney striking the decisive blow.

West Brom manager Alan Pardew.   -  Getty Images

West Brom slipped deeper into relegation peril after Troy Deeney struck late to secure Watford a 1-0 win at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

The Hornets skipper marked his 300th league appearance for the club with a well-taken finish in the 77th minute that proved the difference in a tight affair.

In addition to securing his side back-to-back league wins, Deeney's strike sent West Brom to a fifth successive Premier League defeat that will only heighten the pressure on the under-fire Alan Pardew, who was reportedly set to be sacked if he failed to claim three points.

The Baggies boss had been forced to smooth over a reported dressing room row with Chris Brunt in the lead-up and appeared set to at least claim a steadying, if uninspiring, point.

Salomon Rondon was the culprit for failing to earlier put the visitors ahead, directing a gilt-edged second-half header wide of the upright.

That proved their only real opportunity as they were left rooted to the bottom of the ladder and looking destined for the drop.