• Date: Tue 09 February 2010
  • Venue: Vicarage Road Stadium
  • Ref: McDermid, D
  • Attendance: 12,179
Watford

Watford

Helguson (14)

Taylor (34)

2 - 0

Watford vs Bristol City

Team Lineups

Watford

Scott Loach
Adrian Mariappa
Jay DeMerit
Lloyd Doyley
Jon Harley
Martin Taylor
Henri Lansbury (Ross Jenkins, 83)
Don Cowie
John Eustace
Danny Graham (Liam Henderson, 71)
Heidar Helguson

Bristol City

Dean Gerken
Bradley Orr
Jamie McAllister (Ivan Sproule, 46)
Liam Fontaine
Louis Carey
Lewin Nyatanga
Lee Johnson
Cole Skuse
David Clarkson
Alvaro Saborio (Marvin Elliott, 46)
Patrick Agyemang

Match Report
Watford continued their impressive home form with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Bristol City at Vicarage Road. First-half goals from Heidar Helguson and Martin Taylor, with his first for the club, mean the Hornets have now lost only one of their last eight games at Vicarage Road and taken 19 points from a possible 24 to keep their hopes of a strong finish to the season on track. In contrast, City are heading in the opposite direction after just one win in nine in the league, having paid the price for a thoroughly abject display in the first half. Watford were to dominate virtually the entire opening 45 minutes and, after Taylor had headed a corner wide, their early pressure was rewarded in the 14th minute when Adrian Mariappa sent over a fine cross from the right and Helguson pulled away from his man to score with a trademark header. Boosted by the goal, the Hornets continued to push on and deservedly scored a second in the 34th minute. After Alvaro Saborlo had been booked for a foul on Jay DeMerit, Henri Lansbury struck the resultant free-kick precisely to the back post where Taylor had stole in to guide home his first Hornets goal from a tight angle on the right side of the six-yard box. It was no surprise that boss Gary Johnson made a double change at the interval, bringing on Marvin Elliott and Ivan Sproule for Saborlo and Jamie McAllister respectively. And but for fine save from Scott Loach, the visitors would have reduced the deficit six minutes after the restart when Liam Fontaine was left totally unmarked to connect with Lee Johnson's free-kick from the right, but the England Under-21 keeper superbly tipped his header over. The visitors continued to try and force their way back into the contest with Patrick Agyemang heading narrowly over. But the Hornets' defending was largely calm and assured and they were able to see out the remainder of the game with few alarms.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

The ref has blown his whistle for full time.

90
Yellow Card
 

Marvin Elliott is booked for unsporting behaviour.

83
Substitution
 

Henri Lansbury is being taken off, Ross Jenkins has come on in his place.

71
Substitution
 

Watford are replacing Danny Graham with Liam Henderson.

71
Yellow Card
 

Liam Fontaine is booked for unsporting behaviour.

64
Yellow Card
 

Lewin Nyatanga goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

Second half
 

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

46
Substitution
 

Jamie McAllister is replaced by Ivan Sproule.

46
Substitution
 

Bristol City are replacing Alvaro Saborio with Marvin Elliott.

Half time
 

The ref has blown his whistle for half time.

34
Goal
 

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

32
Yellow Card
 

Alvaro Saborio goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

30
Yellow Card
 

Cole Skuse is booked for unsporting behaviour.

14
Goal
 

Goal!! Heidar Helguson scores for Watford.

Kickoff
 

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

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Watford face Bristol City at 7:45pm on Tuesday, February 9th.