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Middlesbrough 1-0 Watford

A SOLITARY offside Scott McDonald strike did for the Hornets in Teeside as they went down limply on Sky.

McDonald grabbed the game's only goal four minutes before half-time with a contentious strike.


Watford made just the one change from Tuesday with Troy Deeney coming in at left-midfield to replace Craig Forsyth.

'Boro were without Justin Hoyte so Tony McMahon started whilst Merouane Zemmama came into midfield.

The hosts started the brightest controlling the ball and possession better and came close through McDonald and skipper Barry Robson

Sean Dyche's side on the other hand looked dangerous on the counter and from set-plays and created their best opportunities from corners.

Chris Iwelumo flicked into the path of Adrian Mariappa for once such chance but Marvin Sordell was unable to get out te way quickly enough.

From a deep Mark Yeates' free-kick, Deeney was able to rescue a seemingly lost cause and hook back across but nobody was on hand to bury.

Iwelumo himself came close when he strode forward on the break before unleashing a powerful effort which Jason Steele palmed away.

However, the sucker-punch to the Watford pressure came in the 41st minute when the 'Orns were appealing a ball that looked to have gone out on the left-hand side.

Middlesbrough played on switching the ball to McDonald who saw his effort wriggle under Loach at the second attempt from an offside position.

Half-time: 1-0

The second period petered out somewhat with the hosts happy to dictate the tempo and play whilst Watford were left to scrap for bits and pieces without troubling Steele again.

A bad end to what had been a good week for Dyche's charges and not ideal heading into the next international break either.

Middlesbrough: Steele; McMahon, McManus, Bates (c), Bennett; Zemmama (Haroun), Bailey, Williams, Robson; McDonald (Ogbeche) & Emnes.

Subs not used: Arca, Martin & Smallwood.

Watford: Loach; Hodson (Forsyth), Mariappa (c), Nosworthy, Dickinson; Yeates, Hogg, Buaben (Jenkins), Deeney; Iwelumo (Beattie) & Sordell.

Subs not used: Gilmartin & Mirfin.

Attendance: 14 336

Referee: Mr J Waugh




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The Journalist

Writer: Tom Bodell Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday November 6 2011

Time: 9:31AM

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A shame we never got our attacking play going during the game but Boro are a very good side that hardly concede any goals. That said we defended well and were full value for a point we would have got had the linesman done his job properly! a yard offside, it was not even close, though the ball did clearly stay in play during the build up.
chriswfc
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06/11/2011 14:34:00

Agreed, a point would have been a bonus, it's the teams around us that we need to be picking up points against.
ANDY710
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06/11/2011 14:57:00

As Chris pointed out to me the other day, a nicer run post international break - Pompey, Donny and Bristol. Nine points please lads!
wfc123
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06/11/2011 15:12:00

 

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