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Starting Isaac Success alone helped Watford beat Wolverhampton Wanderers - Javi Gracia

18:43 BST 22/10/2018
Troy Deeney, Isaac Success - Watford
The Spaniard dropped his trusted two-striker approach and opted for the Nigeria forward up top as the Hornets won their first game in a while

Isaac Success was handed his first start in the English Premier League this season and was crucial to Watford securing a 2-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers, according to coach Javi Gracia.

After a bright, unprecedented start to the season, the Hornets were dealt a rude awakening by Manchester United on Matchday 5, narrowly losing the game 2-1. And prior to Saturday’s win, the Vicarage Road outfit hit a slump, winless in their next three league games.

Ahead of the travel to the Molineux Stadium, captain Troy Deeney picked up a hamstring strain and could not make the trip.

Rather than finding a new partner for Andre Gray, Gracia opted for Success as his lone striker, thus, dishing the 4-4-2 formation that had served him well.

However, stunners from Etienne Capoue and Roberto Pereyra in the 20th and 21st minutes helped the visitors return to winning ways and the manager has highlighted the effect of his tactical switch.

“We were playing with one striker and Roberto, Gerard [Deulofeu] and Will [Hughes] behind him [Success]. You can find a different style of play than you can with two strikers,” Gracia said.

“I know Gerard is not in the best condition yet but he helped the team to play well and to get a good result.”

According to Gracia, Deeney is not expected to sit out for long as he should be ready for Huddersfield Town’s visit.

However, it is yet to be seen what role Success plays for the seventh-placed side on Saturday.