• Date: Mon 05 April 2010
  • Venue: Vicarage Road Stadium
  • Ref: Tanner, S
  • Attendance: 14,555

Watford vs West Bromwich Albion

Team Lineups

Watford

Scott Loach
Adrian Mariappa
Lloyd Doyley (Jay DeMerit, 10)
Jon Harley
Dale Bennett
Lee Hodson
Don Cowie
Tom Cleverley (Will Hoskins, 67)
Will Buckley (Stephen McGinn, 60)
John Eustace
Danny Graham

West Bromwich Albion

Scott Carson
Jonas Olsson
Marek Cech
Gianni Zuiverloon (Abdoulaye Meite, 54)
Gabriel Tamas
Robert Koren (Andwele Slory, 80)
Chris Brunt
Giles Barnes (James Morrison, 63)
Graham Dorrans
Youssouf Mulumbu
Roman Bednar

Match Report
Watford were denied a vital victory in their battle to beat the drop when Chris Brunt's last-gasp equaliser deep into stoppage time earned West Bromwich Albion a 1-1 draw following an action-packed clash at Vicarage Road. Despite losing top scorer and influential midfielder Tom Cleverley to a serious-looking injury and having Jon Harley sent off, the Hornets looked set to secure a vital three points when Danny Graham scored a superb 25-yard goal with five minutes remaining. But the Baggies, who had not registered an attempt on target in the 90 minutes, kept going and rewarded very late on when Andwele Slory's header back across the area found Brunt unmarked at the back post to level. Despite the immense disappointment, the good news for the Hornets was that they remained outside the drop zone on goal difference from Sheffield Wednesday, while the Baggies' promotion party remains on hold for one more game at least. Watford spurned a great chance to take an early lead in the eighth minute when John Eustace nodded the ball through to Adrian Mariappa, who found himself all alone in the area. The defender had time to bring it down but chose to hit it first time on the half-volley and put his shot too close to Scott Carson. The home side, who lost defender Lloyd Doyley to injury early on, had the better of it thereafter in the first half, although the match sparked into life when Eustace, Graham Dorrans and Roman Bednar were both booked following a touchline scuffle. A Mariappa shot at Carson aside, the second half was a tail of injuries for both sides which culminated in Cleverley losing out on a challenge to Jonas Olsson that left him lying on the ground. The Manchester United loanee had to be stretchered form the pitch wearing an oxygen mask. If that wasn't bad enough, the home side were reduced to ten men 10 minutes later when Harley was adjudged to have blocked off James Morrison and referee Steve Tanner had no hesitation in producing a second yellow. However, with five minutes remaining, Don Cowie won the ball and laid it off to Graham, who struck a superb first-time right-footed half-volley from 25 yards that gave Carson no chance. Watford looked like they would hold on for their most important three points of the season after Morrison had incredibly missed a free header from three yards out. But in the last minute of stoppage time, Slory headed across the area and Brunt came in unmarked to head in the equaliser.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

The ref has blown his whistle for full time.

90
Goal
 

Goal!! West Brom have scored with Chris Brunt putting it in the back of the net.

90
Yellow Card
 

The referee has booked Chris Brunt.

90
Yellow Card
 

Gabriel Tamas goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

86
Yellow Card
 

The referee has booked Danny Graham.

85
Goal
 

Goal!! Watford have scored with Danny Graham putting it in the back of the net.

80
Substitution
 

Robert Koren is replaced by Andwele Slory.

79
Red Card
 

It's red. He's off. Jon Harley has been sent off.

67
Substitution
 

Tom Cleverley is being taken off, Will Hoskins has come on in his place.

63
Substitution
 

Giles Barnes is being taken off, James Morrison has come on in his place.

60
Substitution
 

Will Buckley is replaced by Stephen McGinn.

54
Substitution
 

West Brom are replacing Gianni Zuiverloon with Abdoulaye Meite.

Second half
 

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

Half time
 

Half time whistle is blown by S Tanner

36
Yellow Card
 

The referee has booked Jonas Olsson.

35
Yellow Card
 

Roman Bednar is booked for unsporting behaviour.

35
Yellow Card
 

Graham Dorrans is booked for unsporting behaviour.

35
Yellow Card
 

John Eustace goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

30
Yellow Card
 

Jon Harley is booked for unsporting behaviour.

10
Substitution
 

Lloyd Doyley is replaced by Jay DeMerit.

Kickoff
 

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

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Watford face West Brom at 3pm on Monday, April 5th.