• Date: Tue 02 February 2010
  • Venue: Vicarage Road
  • Ref: Hill, K
  • Attendance: 13,076


Cleverley (39)

Helguson (55)

Cowie (74)

3 - 0

Watford vs Sheffield United

Team Lineups


Scott Loach
Adrian Mariappa
Jay DeMerit
Lloyd Doyley
Martin Taylor
Henri Lansbury
Don Cowie
Ross Jenkins (Jon Harley, 83)
Tom Cleverley (Danny Graham, 75)
John Eustace
Heidar Helguson (Will Hoskins, 81)

Sheffield United

Mark Bunn
Chris Morgan (Jonathan Fortune, 41)
Nyron Nosworthy
Jordan Stewart
Derek Geary
Nick Montgomery
James Harper
Stephen Quinn
Darius Henderson (Ched Evans, 68)
Richard Cresswell
Jamie Ward (Mark Yeates, 46)

Match Report
Watford ended their seven-game winless streak and condemned play-off hopefuls Sheffield United to back-to-back defeats, with a comfortable 3-0 victory at Vicarage Road. There were signs the game was already turning in the Hornets' favour before Tom Cleverley headed in his tenth of the season six minutes before the interval and the home side's supremacy was deservedly underlined by second-half strikes for Heidar Helguson and Don Cowie. Of perhaps greater importance for Watford's longer-term aspirations this term was the role of Martin Taylor. Malky Mackay's men had shipped 12 goals in their previous four outings and the former Birmingham City centre-half was given his debut after signing on a free transfer last week and the Hornets' backline looked far more solid as a result. The same cannot be said of the Blades. All three goals were defensively poor and all three came after talismanic skipper Chris Morgan was forced out of the contest with a first-half injury. Ironically, it took a fine save from Scott Loach to prevent Morgan from heading the Blades in front, but soon after he was limping to the touchline to be replaced by Jonathan Fortune. It took an equally good stop from Mark Bunn to prevent Helguson scoring within a minute of Morgan's chance, but six minutes before the break the Iceland international's clever movement caused the Blades defence to freeze as Taylor lofted a ball through and Cleverley beat Bunn to the bounce to make it 1-0. Helguson should have doubled that lead within 60 seconds of the restart when he was played through one-on-one with Bunn. But the on-loan Queens Park Rangers striker made no mistake when more shambolic defending presented him with another gilt-edged opportunity on 55 minutes. The Hornets' third 20 minutes later had a touch of good fortune about it, but the Blades will still be asking themselves why Cowie's free-kick from all of 40 yards on the left was not dealt with before it beat Bunn at his far post.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

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


Ross Jenkins is replaced by Jon Harley.

Yellow Card

Nyron Nosworthy is booked for unsporting behaviour.


Watford are replacing Heidar Helguson with Will Hoskins.


Tom Cleverley is replaced by Danny Graham.


Goal!! Watford have scored with Don Cowie putting it in the back of the net.


Darius Henderson is replaced by Ched Evans.

Yellow Card

Darius Henderson is booked for unsporting behaviour.


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 1 v 0.


Sheff Utd are replacing Jamie Ward with Mark Yeates.

Half time

The ref has blown his whistle for half time.


Chris Morgan is being taken off, Jonathan Fortune has come on in his place.


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

Yellow Card

The referee has booked Stephen Quinn.

Yellow Card

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


It's 7:45pm on Tuesday, February 2nd, the match has kicked off.

Awaiting Kickoff

Watford face Sheff Utd at 7:45pm on Tuesday, February 2nd.