Away Day Blues Continue
Attendance: 24 765
DESPITE making a positive start at the Walkers Stadium, Watford succumbed to yet another away day defeat as Nigel Pearson`s Leicester outfit secured a comfortable victory which ensures their Play Off spot at the first attempt having won promotion from League One last term.
The Foxes took the lead in controversial circumstances in the first half and despite seeing veteran former Luton Town forward Steve Howard dismissed in first-half injury time went on to grab two more after the break through two of their other loanees.
Watford re-called both Henri Lansbury and Jon Harley following suspension at the expense of Stephen McGinn and the injured Heidar Helguson, both of whom dropped to the bench. Ross Jenkins continued in the middle next to John Eustace whilst Danny Graham lead the line, Lansbury in support of the former Carlisle forward.
It was Graham who fired over early doors on his left foot after manoeuvring some room on the edge of penalty area before Henri Lansbury was slipped in one-v-one against 'keeper Chris Weale from six yards only to fire a low left-footed effort straight at the former Yeovil man.
The Hornet`s fell behind shortly after, a clipped ball into Martyn Waghorn evaded both the striker and skipper Jay DeMerit, whose outstretched leg was adjudged to have felled the Sunderland forward. From the resulting penalty Waghorn stepped up to fire past Loach on his left foot.
Just five minutes later Watford found themselves two down as Paul Gallagher fired a crisp volley under the body of Scott Loach. After a low cross from the right bounced up of a Hornet`s defender the former Blackburn winger-cum-forward was able to rifle the volley home from the edge of the penalty area.
In the third minute of added time powerful forward Steve Howard threw himself into an ugly and unnecessary 'tackle` on Ross Jenkins who was shepherding the ball out of play. A straight red card was the fair result for the 34 year-old striker.
Six minutes after the break things got worse for the Hornet`s as Liverpool loanee Jay Spearing scored the first goal of his loan spell at the Walkers. From Aidy Mariappa`s lax clearance the Scouser was able to bring the ball down from a team-mates header, control and net with a half volley which eluded Scott Loach at the near post.
On 67 minutes it was four, and 'cigars out` time for ten-man Leicester as a simple ball over the top was cooly finished by another Merseyside loanee, James Vaughan of Everton having outmuscled Dale Bennett on the edge of the penalty area.
Watford`s consolation was scored with just 12 left on the clock, Martin Taylor rising highest at the far post to nod home Henri Lansbury`s corner.
The saving grace from this annihilation is that Sheffield Wednesay and Palace both drew; if they both lose on Saturday, Watford stay up as they face one another on final day, the Hornet`s have a game in hand against QPR on Tuesday night.
Leicester: Weale, Brown, Berner, Hobbs, Morrison, Andy King, Wellens (Adams, 58 ) , Spearing, Gallagher (Vaughan, 46 ) , Howard (sent off 48), Waghorn (Kermorgant, 65 )
Subs not used: Logan,Solano,Bruce,N'Guessan,
Watford: Loach, Demerit ( Martin Taylor, 56 ) , Mariappa, Harley, Bennett, Hodson ( Helguson, 50 ) , Eustace, Lansbury, Cowie ( Bryan, 69 ) , Jenkins, Graham
Subs not used: Lee, Hoskins, McGinn, Noble,
Bookings: Vaughan (Leicester)