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Watford 4-1 Hartlepool United

WITH EVERYTHING stacked against them, Watford still managed to extend their winning run to six league and cup games as they eased Hartlepool United aside to move earn a place into the F.A Cup 4th round.

Decimated by injuries; missing the influential Taylor and Mutch, now back at their parent clubs, Watford put in a commanding second-half display after a sluggish first 45.

Piero Mingoia, the latest of the Hornet's illustrious academy production line made his full debut for the Goldenboys. Matty Whichelow started up top with Marvin Sordell after grabbing the winner against Scunthorpe whilst Troy Deeney dropped into midfield.

Rene Gilmartin started between the sticks for his third cup appearance of the season.

The Hornet's only carved out two real chances in the first half; the first sending Troy Deeney racing in one-on-one only too see his low effort blocked by a defender.

Deeney again wasted a good chance when volleying well wide from close range later on.

The Pools took the lead on the stroke of half-time when Anthony Sweeney tucked a shot past Gilmartin having been released by a through ball.

Half-time: 0-1

Watford burst out the blocks in the second half and from a short corner, Piero Mingoia grabbed the leveller.

Cutting inside from the left Mingoia curled a right-footed effort past young goalkeeper Jake Kean.

Just two minutes after Mingoia's equaliser Marvin Sordell handed the Hornet's the lead when he curled a low effort past Kean from just inside the area.

Sordell grabbed his second of the day and 11th of season when he ran onto a loose ball to poke a scrappy effort past Kean.

Substitute Danny Graham grabbed the fourth on 90, just a few minutes after coming off the bench when he skipped past several Pools defenders and lashed home from the edge of the penalty area.

Full-time: 4-1

A less than convincing, at times poor first-half display was eradicated from the memory by a flurry of goals and chances in a far more impressive second-half display.

Watford: Gilmartin; Mariappa (c), Bennett, Taylor, Doyley; Jenkins; Buckley (Graham), Mingoia, Whichelow; Sordell (Massey) and Deeney (McGinn).

Subs not used: Loach (gk); Thompson, Murray and Oshodi.

Hartlepool United: Kean; Austin (c), Horwood, Hartley, Sweeney; Murray (Yantarno), Monkhouse, Liddle, Humphreys (Brown); Gamble and McSweeney (Larkin).

Referee: Mr Russell Booth

Attendance: 8950

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The Journalist

Writer: Tom Bodell Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday January 8 2011

Time: 6:06PM

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The pitch looked heavy and the pool players looked dead on their feet after an hour and watford looked fitter. My dad says mingola plays like Tommy harmed, I know he was a firm favourite, so a player to watch, as are most of the youth players..
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08/01/2011 22:02:00

Tommy Harmer I meant to write
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08/01/2011 22:03:00

Sorry to say but a very unbalanced report, which many of your own fans will agree with me
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08/01/2011 23:23:00

In what sense? You played well enough, would agree with Andy re. the fitness of the players, shouldn't be an issue that it's not like you're part timers is it. Credit though, took the best chance you had well and generally made us look ordinary first half. Boot up the backside second half from Malky and one goal led to another, two in the last eight says you ran out of steam and we got the just rewards for our second half display.
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09/01/2011 00:39:00

Chrissypools - Your team were appalling. We were awful and played with half a team and at no point in the game did you EVER look like scoring even when you did, which was down to our players mistake rather than you doing anything. Sorry
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10/01/2011 00:59:00

The one chance they did carve out which I forgot in the report was a close-range effort in front of the Vic' Road End saved low by Gilmartin.
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10/01/2011 18:08:00

Hey chrissy, unbalanced report? Have a look at your site, "guide to watford" it says stay out of the Red Lion, partisan fans in there....it's been shut for a few years mate!
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11/01/2011 18:30:00

I thought that. when reading it.
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12/01/2011 15:10:00


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