• Date: Sat 17 April 2010
  • Venue: The Walkers Stadium
  • Ref: Miller, N
  • Attendance: 24,765
Leicester City

Leicester City

Waghorn (36) P

Gallagher (41)

Spearing (51)

Vaughan (67)

4 - 1
Watford

Watford

Taylor (78)

Leicester City vs Watford

Team Lineups

Leicester City

Chris Weale
Michael Morrison, M
Wayne Brown
Bruno Berner
Jack Hobbs
Andy King
Richie Wellens (Nicky Adams, 58)
Jay Spearing
Steven Howard
Martyn Waghorn (Yann Kermorgant, 65)
Paul Gallagher (James Vaughan, 46)

Watford

Scott Loach
Adrian Mariappa
Jay DeMerit (Martin Taylor, 56)
Jon Harley
Dale Bennett
Lee Hodson (Heidar Helguson, 50)
Henri Lansbury
Don Cowie (Michael Bryan, 69)
Ross Jenkins
John Eustace
Danny Graham

Match Report
Leicester City's play-off band wagon hit top gear on Saturday afternoon as they crushed relegation haunted Watford 4-1 despite having to play the second-half with ten-men. The home side were depleted when Steven Howard was ordered off for a reckless challenge on Watford's Ross Jenkins, which will see the big striker miss the next three games, including the first leg of the play-offs should City qualify. The Foxes found some early rhythm with Jay Spearing just failing to connect with Paul Gallagher's curling cross to the far post. Howard and Andy King then combined to set up Martyn Waghorn who shot tamely at the keeper from 12-yards before Watford went close midway through the first-half when Danny Graham curled a shot just over from outside the area. Chris Weale rescued Leicester on the half hour when he denied Henri Lansbury after the Arsenal loanee had found himself clean through on goal. Leicester hit back with Howard setting up Waghorn who fired over from 14 yards and the home side took a 36th minute lead when Jay DeMerit was ruled to have tripped Richie Wellens inside the box. Waghorn waited for the Watford protests to subside before stroking home the penalty with the keeper diving the wrong way. Leicester raced into a two-goal lead on 42 minutes when a Howard pass spun off a defender into the path of Gallagher who cracked home a superb left-foot volley from 18-yards. But the opening period ended on a sour note when Howard was shown a straight red for needlessly hacking down Jenkins inside the Watford penalty area. But the Foxes went three up on 51 minutes when Adrian Mariappa made a hash of his attempted clearance to allow Jay Spearing the time and space to smash the loose ball home from ten-yards. City found themselves four to the good on 67 minutes when Yann Kermorgant released fellow substitute James Vaughan who held off Mariappa before sliding the ball beyond the keeper from inside the area. Watford pulled a goal back on 78 minutes when substitute Martin Taylor rose unmarked at the far post to head home a Jon Harley corner. In time added on substitute Nicky Adams squandered a great chance to make it five for City when he dragged a shot wide from eight-yards after good work from King.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

The ref has blown his whistle for full time.

87
Yellow Card
 

James Vaughan goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

78
Goal
 

Goal!! Watford have scored with Martin Taylor putting it in the back of the net.

69
Substitution
 

Watford are replacing Don Cowie with Michael Bryan.

67
Goal
 

Goal!! Leicester have scored with James Vaughan putting it in the back of the net.

65
Substitution
 

Martyn Waghorn is replaced by Yann Kermorgant.

58
Substitution
 

Leicester are replacing Richie Wellens with Nicky Adams.

56
Substitution
 

Jay DeMerit is being taken off, Martin Taylor has come on in his place.

51
Goal
 

Goal!! Jay Spearing scores for Leicester.

50
Substitution
 

Watford are replacing Lee Hodson with Heidar Helguson.

46
Substitution
 

Paul Gallagher is replaced by James Vaughan.

Second half
 

The second half is under way with the score currently at 2 v 0.

Half time
 

Half time whistle is blown by N Miller

45
Red Card
 

It's red. He's off. Steven Howard has been sent off.

41
Goal
 

Goal!! Paul Gallagher scores for Leicester.

36
Goal
 

Martyn Waghorn takes a penalty for Leicester and scores!.

Kickoff
 

The ref has blown his whistle and the match has started.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Leicester face Watford at 3pm on Saturday, April 17th.