• Date: Sat 03 April 2010
  • Venue: Deepdale
  • Ref: Shoebridge, R
  • Attendance: 12,534
1 - 1
Watford

Watford

Buckley (35)

Preston North End vs Watford

Team Lineups

Preston North End

Andy Lonergan
Callum Davidson
Youl Mawene
Sean St Ledger
Billy Jones
Chris Sedgwick (Keith Treacy, 38)
Paul Coutts
Matty James
Ross Wallace
Chris Brown
Jon Parkin (Neil Mellor, 46)

Watford

Scott Loach
Adrian Mariappa
Lloyd Doyley
Jon Harley
Dale Bennett
Martin Taylor (Lee Hodson, 73)
Henri Lansbury (Don Cowie, 82)
Tom Cleverley
Will Buckley (Danny Graham, 62)
John Eustace
Heidar Helguson

Match Report
Preston North End's 1-1 draw with Watford at Deepdale now sees the Lilywhites without a win in five Championship games. It also leaves Watford in deep trouble at the wrong end of the table. Malkay Mackay's men sit one point ahead of Crystal Palace, who occupy the third and final relegation position following their 1-1 draw at Middlesbrough. Left-winger Ross Wallace had an early chance for the hosts when he found space in the middle before letting fly from distance only to see his effort deflected through to Watford goalkeeper Scott Loach. Soon after, Paul Coutts played the ball to right-back Billy Jones but his ball across the penalty areal was deflected against the post. The visitors responded and Lloyd Doyley's cross took a big deflection off Jon Parkin's head and landed in the path of the unmarked Jon Harley at the back post. Luckily, Preston keeper Andy Lonergan was quick off of his line and superbly saved from point-blank range after 26 minutes. An outswinging corner taken by Cleverley led to Martin Taylor having a shot saved after 31 minutes as the Hornets forced the issue. They made it 1-0 in the 35th minute when Heidar Helguson flicked the ball into the path of Will Buckley. The forward skipped a Youl Mawene challenge and hit a powerful shot from close-range into the top left corner. Preston were handed a blow when Chris Sedgwick limped off with a knee injury in the 38th minute and was replaced by Keith Treacy and it was the substitute who played a part in their equaliser soon after the re-start. Treacy crossed for Preston captain and man-of-the-match Callum Davidson to plant a firm header beyond Loach in the Watford net as they restored parity. In the 68th minute referee Rob Shoebridge handed Wallace his tenth booking of the season for unsporting behaviour and the winger will now be suspended for two games. With time running out, Preston huffed and puffed but couldn't find a match-winner, and the points were shared in Lancashire.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

The ref has blown his whistle for full time.

82
Substitution
 

Henri Lansbury is being taken off, Don Cowie has come on in his place.

73
Substitution
 

Martin Taylor is being taken off, Lee Hodson has come on in his place.

68
Yellow Card
 

Ross Wallace is booked for unsporting behaviour.

62
Substitution
 

Watford are replacing Will Buckley with Danny Graham.

61
Yellow Card
 

John Eustace is booked for unsporting behaviour.

53
Goal
 

Goal!! Callum Davidson scores for Preston.

Second half
 

The second half is under way with the score currently at 0 v 1.

46
Substitution
 

Jon Parkin is replaced by Neil Mellor.

Half time
 

Half time whistle is blown by R Shoebridge

38
Substitution
 

Preston are replacing Chris Sedgwick with Keith Treacy.

35
Goal
 

Goal!! Will Buckley scores for Watford.

28
Yellow Card
 

The referee has booked Will Buckley.

Kickoff
 

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

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Preston face Watford at 3pm on Saturday, April 3rd.