The lights might likewise be going out on their season and Claudio Ranieri's time in charge.

Josh Sargent, the American scored two fine goals, the first a piece of volleyed improvisation, the second a header before Juraj Kucka's late own goal, pulled Norwich out of the bottom three.

Norwich climbed out of the Premier League relegation zone for the first time in 53 matches.

now is the right moment to react.

He finally saw red when clattering Max Aarons in the moments following the second goal, leaving Watford lacking their main goal threat through an unnecessary suspension, probably for another six-pointer, the rearranged game with Burnley.

Sargent's goal saw Moussa Sissoko losing possession before Samir was caught and robbed by Pukki.

his flicked shot bounced over the line after hitting the crossbar.

Sargent's sensational back heel volley gave Norwich a lead at the start of the second half

It came a few moments before the floodlight failure saw Mike Dean, the referee, halt proceedings in the 61st minute.

"We 're Norwich City, we play in the dark," mocked the away fans when both teams had already played much of the game as if blindfolded.

"I don't think it was ever going to get called off," said Smith.

Within two minutes of the restart, Norwich and Sargent had their second, Milot Rashica escaping down the left, his cross headed in by a youngster flushed with confidence.

The United States star celebrates scoring the opening goal along with team-mate Teemu Pukki

Fully fifteen minutes were added on to the 90 for them to find a way back, but Kucka ’ s error, from Adam Idah ’ s byline cross, hastened the end, and perhaps for Ranieri, too.

Watford get the Premier League's weekend action underway when they host relegation rivals Norwich City at Vicarage Road Just one point separates the teams heading into the game but with Watford having two games in hand it is vital for the Canaries to at least avoid defeat to keep their top flight survival hopes alive.

Just like how Watford sent the maintenance man to put some money to the meter, their board have been trying to fix their problems on the pitch in the same way in the market.

They 've bought a centre back in Samir, left back in Hassane Kamara and defensive midfielder in Edo Kaymebe – and all three made their home debuts here.

Josh Sargent celebrates after scoring two goals in Norwich City's 3-0 victory at Watford

Just to add a little spice to the contest, neither club had their first-choice goalkeeper in goal.

Norwich's hopes of following up on last weekend ’ s win over Everton by prevailing in Friday ’ s crucial six-pointer against Watford suffered a blow when it was confirmed Tim Krul would miss the game with a shoulder injury.

Emmanuel Dennis was cautioned for a late challenge on Pierre Lees-Melou and ought to have received a second yellow before half time.

While one goalkeeper ’ s misfortune is another ’ s opportunity, Norwich fans won ’ t take much confidence from Angus Gunn ’ s most recent spell deputising for Krul between the sticks, when it could be argued he could have done a lot better for four of the eight goals Norwich conceded in games against Arsenal and Crystal Palace over the festive period.

Boss Smith says Everton victory has taken a bit of pressure off his side ahead of Watford clash

Watford's Joshua King and Joao Pedro were involved in verbals after the latter didn ’ t square the ball to his team-mate in a good position.

Kenny McLean's through-ball looked overhit but Teemu Pukki chased it down, barging over Samir in the process.

VAR looked for a foul but the goal was good.

VAR checked for offside, and it was mightily close, but it stood.

Krul who has suffered a shoulder injury will be a 'big loss', insists Canaries boss Dean Smith

Justice for what happened in the first half, maybe.

He 'll be a big miss for their next game, another relegation clash at Burnley.

This was an embarrassing evening for Watford, but an encouraging one for Norwich.

"Gunny was disappointed with the results that we had in the two games that he played in," said Dean Smith.

There was an 11-minute delay in play after a few of the floodlights failed at Vicarage Raod

'he has been working hard to get that opportunity back again and it has presented itself now, so he knows he has got to go and play well. ” no pressure, angus.

Rangnick is seen as a footballing progressive but, if he is going to transform Old Trafford, Ronaldo is not the only towering figure from the club ’ s past whose influence should be reduced.

A mere 16 years later, they will again be watching from the sidelines as Everton ’ s caretaker manager attempts to arrest his team ’ s alarming slide towards the relegation zone and Aston Villa ’ s boss tries to end a run of four games without a win.

With Gerrard ’ s managerial credentials already established, Ferguson needs the win more.

Norwich boss Smith confident goalkeeper Angus Gunn will make the most of his opportunity

Burnley, meanwhile, have certainly been well rested for the game, having played two league matches since 12 December.

Maybe then Newcastle ’ s players will stop fretting about relegation and will be able to play without fear.

Too often this season – andregardless of the manager – many Newcastle players have seemed so scared of making a mistake or failing that they have ended up doing just that.

They need to learn how to play with abandon and Leeds, who have pulled nine points clear of the drop zone, will show them how.

The win sees the Canaries climb out of the relegation zone for the first time this season

Dutchman Krul, 33, suffered the injury late on during the victory over Everton on Saturday and Norwich are awaiting confirmation of how long he will be unavailable.

' I said before the Everton game to the players that it wasn't quite the "be all and end all" game, but it was getting that way.

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