* Stoke beat Watford 2-0 with goals from Ryan Shawcross and Peter Crouch
* Shawcross put Stoke ahead in first-half stoppage time
* Crouch doubled Stoke's lead four minutes after the restart
* Stoke next visit Sunderland, Watford host Middlesbrough
Jan 3 (Reuters) - Goals from Ryan Shawcross and Peter Crouch either side of halftime gave Stoke City a 2-0 victory over Watford that moved Mark Hughes's side nine points clear of the relegation zone and above their opponents in the table.
Stoke, who were without a victory in their last five league matches, took the lead when Charlie Adam's corner fell at the near post and Shawcross swept home left-footed deep into first-half stoppage time.
Four minutes after the restart, Crouch followed up his goal against Chelsea on Saturday to score in successive Premier League appearances for the first time since February 2015.
Stoke moved up to 11th on 24 points, two ahead of 14th place Watford. (Reporting by Toby Davis; editing by xxx)