Success, who has struggled to make an impact at the club this season has featured in four league games.
Deeney had put the hosts in front shortly before half-time in a one-sided opening period during which they enjoyed almost 65 per cent of possession and had 11 shots.
Despite Adrian Mariappa’s red card with more than half-an-hour remaining, Watford added to the one-goal lead they held at that point with a Deeney penalty and Ismaila Sarr’s second goal in three games sealing a vital victory for Nigel Pearson’s resurgent side, to pull them back within two points of 18th-placed Villa.
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At the St James’ Park, Everton continued their resurgence under Carlo Ancelotti with a 2-1 win over Newcastle United.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin broke the deadlock with an instinctive finish after 13 minutes.
Fabian Schar equalised for Newcastle United in the 56th minute, but Calvert-Lewin met Richarlison’s low cross eight minutes later to inflict only a second home league defeat on the hosts.
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The result means Ancelotti becomes only the third Everton manager of the Premier League era to win his first two games in charge after Joe Royle and David Moyes, with the Toffees leapfrogging 11th-placed Newcastle into 10th with both on 25 points.
Super Eagles winger Alex Iwobi missed the game due to hamstring injury.
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