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Watford 2 - Preston 2

Vicarage Road

Tue 15th Feb - 7:45pm

Attendance: 10,620

Hornets Come Back To Take A Point

Watford mounted a spirited comeback on a frustrating evening at Vicarage Road to take a point against relegation candidates Preston North End.

The Hornets got off to the worst possible start when they conceded a goal in the first minute. Keith Treacy played a corner out to Barry Nicholson who volleyed into the box and Sean St Ledger popped up umarked to head into the bottom corner.

Watford struggled to get going on a difficult pitch but should have levelled when Danny Graham turned a defender to put himself in the clear but fired his shot straight at Iain Turner.

Preston doubled their lead before half time with a goal Watford will be very dissapointed with. John Eustace gave the ball away in midfield and Keith Treacy ghosted past Stephen McGinn and Lee Hodson to cross for an unmarked Leon Clarke to slot home.

Half Time

Second Half

Watford made a double change for the second half with Adam Thompson and Matt Whichelow replacing Lloyd Doyley and Danny Drinkwater.

The Hornets made a brighter start to the second half and nearly pulled one back when Martin Taylor chested the ball down at the back post but St Ledger managed to get a block in. From the resulting corner John Eustace had a goal bound effort also blocked by St Ledger.

Watford did pull one back when lively substitute Matt Whichelow combined with Stephen McGinn before firing into the bottom corner from the corner angle of the penalty area.

As Watford pushed on Preston looked dangerous on the break and nearly restored their two goal lead when substitute Darel Russell rattled the post with a thunderous 25-yard effort.

Watford did equalise when Martin Taylor's long ball into the box was flicked on by Danny Graham and Andrew Thompson found himself free at the back post to poke under the onrushing Turner.

Watford neraly went on to win it in the last 10 minutes when Graham flicked a long ball on to Marvin Sordell whose snap shot was well held up Turner. And Turner had to be at his best again when Don Cowie's overhit free kick nearly snuck in at the back post.

Watford - Loach, Hodson, Mariappa, Taylor, Doyley (Thompson), Dinkwater (Whichelow), Eustace (Sordell), McGinn, Cowie, Graham, Weimann

Preston - Turner, Gray, Cort, St Ledger, Jones, Nicholson, Ashbee, Barton (Mayor), Treacy (Russell), Clarke, Johnson (Proctor)

Star Player

Don Cowie - kept the ball well, had a good dead ball delivery and able to control the midfield when Eustace went off.




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Writer: chrisgwfc Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday February 15 2011

Time: 10:55PM

Your Comments

Martin Taylor, was my star player, Hodgson was like a rabbit caught in headlights, point gained on the other hand.
ANDY710
Infuriating to go 2-0 down but great for two young lads to come off the bench and get us level. Though we'd have hoped and to some degree expected a win, this may be the result that gets us back up and running.
wfc123
Watford observer tomorrow running about the potential new owners, it's on there facebook
ANDY710
Saw this on Twitter, didn't see a source. Interesting.
wfc123
Not sure if it is a reference to last weeks announcement about the surgeon, guess will ha e to buy it and read it lol
ANDY710
It is. Their Twitter feed says as much. Article about to come up...
wfc123
 

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