• Date: Sat 10 April 2010
  • Venue: Vicarage Road Stadium
  • Ref: Atkin, W
  • Attendance: 14,246

Watford vs Plymouth Argyle

Team Lineups

Watford

Scott Loach
Adrian Mariappa
Jay DeMerit
Dale Bennett
Lee Hodson
Don Cowie
Stephen McGinn
Ross Jenkins (Will Hoskins, 89)
John Eustace
Danny Graham (Martin Taylor, 90)
Heidar Helguson (Liam Henderson, 78)

Plymouth Argyle

David Stockdale
Reda Johnson
Richard Eckersley (Alan Judge, 67)
Bondz N'Gala
Onismor Bhasera (Kenny Cooper, 89)
Karl Duguid
Chris Clark
Damien Johnson
Yannick Bolasie (Joe Mason, 68)
Jamie Mackie
Bradley Wright-Phillips

Match Report
Watford took a huge step towards preserving their Championship status after a battling 1-0 victory over fellow strugglers Plymouth Argyle and results elsewhere moved them up to 19th in the table. Heidar Helguson's 50th-minute goal, his tenth of the campaign for the Hornets and 11th in total, made the difference as Malky Mackay's men moved three points clear of the drop zone and with a game in hand on most of their rivals at the wrong end of the table. The on-loan Queens Park Rangers striker was in the right place to tap home after John Eustace beat keeper David Stockdale to a Don Cowie cross and, although the header failed to have sufficient power to drop over the line, Richard Eckersley failed to clear. The Iceland international should have opened the scoring moments earlier when a Cowie free-kick dropped invitingly to him six yards out, but he scooped the ball over the bar. Neither keeper had been troubled during a scrappy first half, but it was the Hornets who had the better of it as the opening period wore on and with a bit more good fortune they would have been in front at the interval. First, Danny Graham scuffed a shot into the ground, but the ball looped beyond Stockdale, only to rebound to safety off the woodwork. Then a quick throw-in from Graham released Helguson in the area and he sought to pick out Cowie on the edge of the six-yard box, but he was beaten to the ball by a defender, who diverted the ball narrowly wide of his own far post. Plymouth sought to get back on terms after falling behind but, despite huffing and puffing and being aided by the home side's tendency to defend too deep, they struggled to create anything of note and did not test Watford keeper Scott Loach in the entire contest.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

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

90
Yellow Card
 

The referee has booked Liam Henderson.

90
Substitution
 

Watford are replacing Danny Graham with Martin Taylor.

89
Substitution
 

Plymouth are replacing Onismor Bhasera with Kenny Cooper.

89
Substitution
 

Ross Jenkins is replaced by Will Hoskins.

78
Substitution
 

Heidar Helguson is being taken off, Liam Henderson has come on in his place.

68
Substitution
 

Plymouth are replacing Yannick Bolasie with Joe Mason.

67
Substitution
 

Richard Eckersley is being taken off, Alan Judge has come on in his place.

55
Yellow Card
 

Jamie Mackie goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

50
Goal
 

Goal!! Watford have scored with Heidar Helguson putting it in the back of the net.

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.

Kickoff
 

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

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Watford face Plymouth at 3pm on Saturday, April 10th.