• Date: Wed 24 March 2010
  • Venue: Hillsborough
  • Ref: Deadman, D
  • Attendance: 18,449
Sheffield Wednesday

Sheffield Wednesday

Nolan (56)

Varney (89)

2 - 1
Watford

Watford

Cleverley (67)

Sheffield Wednesday vs Watford

Team Lineups

Sheffield Wednesday

Lee Grant
Tommy Spurr
Darren Purse
Mark Beevers
Eddie Nolan
Tommy Miller (Leon Clarke, 31)
Darren Potter
James O'Connor
Tom Soares (Francis Jeffers, 88)
Marcus Tudgay
Luke Varney (Michael Gray, 90)

Watford

Scott Loach
Adrian Mariappa
Jay DeMerit
Lloyd Doyley
Martin Taylor
Don Cowie (Will Buckley, 90)
Ross Jenkins (Jon Harley, 73)
Tom Cleverley
John Eustace
Heidar Helguson
Will Hoskins (Danny Graham, 60)

Match Report
Luke Varney struck two minutes from time with a priceless goal as Sheffield Wednesday edged out relegation rivals Watford 2-1 at Hillsborough. On-loan Preston defender Eddie Nolan had broken the deadlock in a must-win game for the Sheffield side before Tom Cleverley levelled matters with a spectacular free kick. Varney grabbed the points with an angled strike from 18 yards to leave Wednesday four points clear of third from bottom Crystal Palace. Wednesday carved out the better chances in a scrappy affair with James O'Connor going close with a long range strike which had Scott Loach scrambling across his line as the ball dropped the wrong side of the woodwork. The Watford keeper foiled Wednesday by pulling off an eye0catching stop to turn Darren Potter's free0kick against the woodwork, before Tommy Spurr foiled Will Hoskins with a last-ditch challenge as Watford caught the Sheffield side on the break. Nolan grabbed the opener in the 55th minute after running onto Darren Potter's pass and rounding two defenders before cutting inside and drilling a low strike from 15 yards beyond Loach's reach. Cleverley levelled matters in the 67th minute after Wednesday conceded a free-kick on the edge of the area. He curled the ball into the top right-hand corner beyond the reach of Lee Grant. Wednesday endured some nerve racking minutes as Watford, who ran out 4-1 winners when the sides met at Vicarage Road in October, forced the pressure. But it was Wednesday who had the last word when on-loan Derby striker Varney slammed the ball past the helpless Loach from 18 yards.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

That's it, it's all over, the referee has blown the final whistle.

90
Substitution
 

Don Cowie is being taken off, Will Buckley has come on in his place.

90
Substitution
 

Sheff Wed are replacing Luke Varney with Michael Gray.

89
Goal
 

Goal!! Luke Varney scores for Sheff Wed.

88
Substitution
 

Tom Soares is being taken off, Francis Jeffers has come on in his place.

73
Substitution
 

Ross Jenkins is being taken off, Jon Harley has come on in his place.

67
Goal
 

Goal!! Watford have scored with Tom Cleverley putting it in the back of the net.

60
Substitution
 

Will Hoskins is being taken off, Danny Graham has come on in his place.

56
Goal
 

Goal!! Eddie Nolan scores for Sheff Wed.

Second half
 

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

Half time
 

The ref has blown his whistle for half time.

31
Substitution
 

Tommy Miller is being taken off, Leon Clarke has come on in his place.

Kickoff
 

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

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Sheff Wed face Watford at 7:45pm on Wednesday, March 24th.