Hornets Lose At Home To Bristol City
Tue 22nd Feb - 7:45pm
Watford continued their dissapointing run of late with a frustrating performance at home to Bristol City.
Sporting just one change, Jenkins in for Witchelow, from the side that drew 1-1 at Reading on Saturday the Hornets started brightly with Weimann and Thompson having early efforts. Bristol City also went close early on when Albert Adomah recieved a pass from David Clarkson and fired just wide of Loach's post.
Watford took the lead mid-way through the first half. Danny Graham's persistence down the right wing saw him win the ball from Lewin Nyatanga and cross for Weimann whose effort was blocked but the ball fell perfectly for Don Cowie to slot home.
Bristol City equalized in contraversial circumstances just after the half hour. Stephen McGinn attempted to keep a ball in play just in front of the techinal area and with the linesman not flagging Watford continued to play. However when the linesman did eventually flag to confirm the ball had gone out, Bristol City took the thow quickly using the multiball system and caught Watford out of position with Martyn Woolford crossing for Nicky Maynard to turn home.
Watford continued pressing before the break but could not find a clinical finish. Don Cowie headed straight at David James from a cross. Andi Weimann should have restored the lead when he latched onto Martin Taylor's knockdown following a free kick but James produced a brilliant save to thwart him. James also stood firm to block Danny Graham's close range effort just before the break.
The Hornets started the second half brightly with creating pressure without really creating chances. The closest they came was a Don Cowie free kick that flew just past James's post following a foul on John Eustace.
Bristol City nudged themselves ahead mid-way through the second half thanks to some sloppy Watford defending. David Clarkson picked the ball up on the Bristol City left and as Adam Thompson stood off him, he sent a high cross to the back post where Marvin Elliott headed in.
Watford tried to make a comeback but legs were tired after a hard night trying to force the game on the heavy Vicarage Road surface. The closest they came was when Danny Graham was released by a through ball but he slipped at the vital moment and the ball ran through to James.
Bristol City wrapped up the points deep into stoppage time when Albert Adomah broke away from a Watford attack and fed the ball through to substitute Brett Pitman who fired high past Scott Loach.