• Date: Tue 09 March 2010
  • Venue: Vicarage Road
  • Ref: Kettle, T
  • Attendance: 12,907

Watford vs Swansea City

Team Lineups

Watford

Scott Loach
Adrian Mariappa (Lee Hodson, 80)
Jay DeMerit
Lloyd Doyley
Jon Harley (Stephen McGinn, 79)
Martin Taylor
Henri Lansbury (Ross Jenkins, 90)
Don Cowie
John Eustace
Danny Graham
Heidar Helguson

Swansea City

Dorus de Vries
Ashley Williams
Alan Tate
Angel Rangel
Leon Britton (Thomas Butler, 82)
Darren Pratley
Cedric van der Gun
Mark Gower
Jazz Richards
Craig Beattie (Guillem Bauza, 68)
Shefki Kuqi (Lee Trundle, 90)

Match Report
Swansea City strengthened their grip on a play-off place after claiming a first victory at Vicarage Road in 32 years, edging out Watford 1-0 thanks to a Shefki Kuqi strike. The game was settled in the 18th minute of a rip-roaring first half when Kuqi bravely dived to head a low right-wing cross from Craig Beattie past England Under-21 keeper Scott Loach, who got a hand to the ball but was unable to keep it out. After that the superb defensive resilience of Paulo Sousa's men again shone through as they frustrated their hard-working opponents en route to keeping yet another clean sheet. For the Hornets, who themselves looked capable of mounting a play-off challenge not so long ago, it was a third straight defeat and leaves them just two points clear of the drop zone, meaning Saturday's home game with Peterborough United now has the feel of a must-win to it. The only surprise of a barnstorming end-to-end first half that yielded a total of 22 goal attempts was that it featured just the one goal. Danny Graham saw a header cleared from near the line, while at the other end Beattie forced Loach into a good save and Kuqi headed against the post before the Crystal Palace striker scored what was to be the winner. After that, the pick of Watford's chances in the opening half fell to skipper Jay DeMerit, who headed a corner narrowly over and then saw another effort from a set piece cleared off the line. But Swansea had their chances too, as Loach excelled to thwart Beattie shortly before the forward fizzed another attempt narrowly wide. The Hornets again had the majority of the possession after the break, but their end product was a lot more limited as Swansea switched to a five-man midfield, stifling their opponents' attempts to play through them. Watford's best chance of an equaliser fell to Heidar Helguson, whose volley was well saved by Dorus DeVries, while substitute Guillem Bauza might have snatched a second goal on the counter attack for the visitors, had it not been for some fine covering defending from Lloyd Doyley.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

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

90
Substitution
 

Swansea are replacing Shefki Kuqi with Lee Trundle.

90
Substitution
 

Watford are replacing Henri Lansbury with Ross Jenkins.

90
Yellow Card
 

The referee has booked Henri Lansbury.

82
Substitution
 

Swansea are replacing Leon Britton with Thomas Butler.

80
Substitution
 

Adrian Mariappa is being taken off, Lee Hodson has come on in his place.

79
Substitution
 

Jon Harley is replaced by Stephen McGinn.

68
Substitution
 

Craig Beattie is replaced by Guillem Bauza.

Second half
 

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

Half time
 

Half time whistle is blown by T Kettle

36
Yellow Card
 

The referee has booked Heidar Helguson.

18
Goal
 

Goal!! Shefki Kuqi scores for Swansea.

6
Yellow Card
 

Leon Britton goes into the referee's book for dissent.

Kickoff
 

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

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Watford face Swansea at 7:45pm on Tuesday, March 9th.