Graham's late winner gives Hornets all 3 points
Sat 4th Dec - 3:00pm
Danny Graham hit the winner as Watford survived a Leicester fightback to claim all three points in an entertaining game at Vicarage Road.
Watford made one change for the visit of Sven's Foxes with Will Buckley making his first start in two months in place of Troy Deeney. The Hornets started quickly forcing a succession of corners the last of which resulted in the opening goal. Mutch's deep corner found Eustace inside the box and his low shot evaded all the legs to find the bottom corner.
The Hornets were by far the better team early on with Martin Taylor also going close from a Mutch corner. Watford doubled their lead midway through the first half when Will Buckley ran onto Don Cowie's through ball. Buckley took the ball past the onrushing Chris Weale and slotted calmley home.
The Hornets continued to press in the first half and had a good penalty shout turned down when Will Buckley was pulled back by Greg Cunningham inside the box. Leicester ended the first half on the front foot when Paul Gallagher forced a smart save from Scott Loach at his near post.
Any hopes Watford had of winning a comfortable three points were banished as Leicester made a flying start to the second half. Roman Bednar forced Loach into a flying save early on, the keeper denying the on loan striker a header from a Cunningham corner.
Leicester grabbed themselves a lifeline when referee Wright gave a penalty against Andrew Taylor for handballing Darius Vassell's cross inside the area. Gallagher stepped up to smash the ball past Loach. Leicester continued to press as Martin Taylor found himself at full strech to block a Greg Cunningham shot. Gallagher also sprang the Watford offside trap but fired weakly into Loach's arms.
Watford, however always looked likely on the break and both Stephen McGinn and Danny Graham wasted good opportunities to deliver balls into the Leicester area. Substitute Troy Deeney missed a guilt edged chance when he was teed up by McGinn but he shot wide of the far post.
Leicester levelled 20 minutes from time when Gallagher scored his second of the game. After he was dubiously fouled by Lloyd Doyley 25 yards out Gallagher curled the resulting free kick round the wall and into the far corner, despite Loach getting a good hand to it.
Both sides continued to press for the winner and substitute Marvin Sordell had to be foiled by Weale after getting a sight at goal. A clearance from the resulting corner found Jordan Mutch on the touchline and his whipped ball was missed by Mariappa but Graham came in behind him to head home. The Hornets safely negoatiated the five minutes of added time to ensure their first win in seven and take a much needed three points.
Loach - 7
Doyley - 7
Mariappa - 7
M Taylor - 8
A Taylor - 8
Buckley - 7
Eutsace - 9
Mutch - 7
Cowie - 7
McGinn - 8
Graham - 8
Deeney - 7
Sordell - 6
Massey - 6
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