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  • Date:25 Aug 2012
  • Kick-off:17:20
  • Venue:Vicarage Road Stadium
  • Attendance:11,022
  • Abdi - pen (3) Vydra (16)
Goal!

Live Commentary

91:43 +1.43

The offside flag is raised against Steve Beleck. Free kick taken by Jack Butland.

88:26

Lee Hodson is brought on as a substitute for Sean Murray.

85:05

Curtis Davies fouled by Steve Beleck, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Curtis Davies.

84:12

Unfair challenge on Curtis Davies by Jonathan Hogg results in a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Ravel Morrison from the free kick.

81:10

Ben Gordon leaves the field to be replaced by Ravel Morrison. Steve Beleck comes on in place of Chris Iwelumo.

79:18

Headed effort from inside the area by Curtis Davies misses to the left of the goal.

78:08

Martin Taylor challenges Marlon King unfairly and gives away a free kick. Martin Taylor receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed by Christopher Burke.

77:03

(Watford) makes a substitution, with Carl Dickinson coming on for Matej Vydra.

76:23

The assistant referee flags for offside against Marlon King. Free kick taken by Manuel Almunia.

74:43

Mark Yeates concedes a free kick for a foul on Morgaro Gomis. Jonathan Spector takes the direct free kick.

72:42

Daniel Pudil takes the inswinging corner, Effort on goal by Almen Abdi from just inside the area clears the bar.

72:02

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sean Murray by Curtis Davies. Free kick crossed by Mark Yeates, Ben Gordon makes a clearance.

70:30

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Curtis Davies by Chris Iwelumo. Free kick taken by Jack Butland.

69:54

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan Spector on Sean Murray. Free kick taken by Manuel Almunia.

67:24

Christopher Burke has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.

62:36

Effort on goal by Nathan Redmond from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.

61:28

Hayden Mullins takes a shot. Almen Abdi gets a block in.

59:11

Matej Vydra fouled by Morgaro Gomis, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Nyron Nosworthy.

55:18

Sean Murray has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal. (Birmingham) makes a substitution, with Morgaro Gomis coming on for Darren Ambrose. Nikola Zigic goes off and Peter Lovenkrands comes on.

54:17

Nikola Zigic takes a shot. Save by Manuel Almunia.

52:27

Header by Almen Abdi from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

45:28 +0.28

Sean Murray concedes a free kick for a foul on Darren Ambrose. Jack Butland takes the free kick.

44:59

Christopher Burke takes a shot. Save by Manuel Almunia.

42:48

Corner from the right by-line taken by Christopher Burke, Nyron Nosworthy manages to make a clearance.

36:00

Hayden Mullins concedes a free kick for a foul on Almen Abdi. Almen Abdi takes the free kick.

35:12

Foul by Marlon King on Martin Taylor, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Manuel Almunia.

34:18

Matej Vydra has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.

31:57

Martin Taylor fouled by Marlon King, the ref awards a free kick. Manuel Almunia takes the free kick.

30:29

Mark Yeates produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses right.

29:45

Sean Murray produces a right-footed shot from long range that goes harmlessly over the bar.

28:59

Unfair challenge on Lloyd Doyley by Nathan Redmond results in a free kick. Sean Murray takes the direct free kick.

25:34

Unfair challenge on Jack Butland by Chris Iwelumo results in a free kick. Jack Butland restarts play with the free kick.

24:07

Mark Yeates takes a shot. Save by Jack Butland.

23:30

Curtis Davies concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Iwelumo. Direct free kick taken by Chris Iwelumo.

16:38

Goal scored by Matej Vydra from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Watford 2-0 Birmingham.The assist for the goal came from Jonathan Hogg.

15:28

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Sean Murray, save made by Jack Butland.

11:43

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Christopher Burke from the right by-line, Header from deep inside the area by Curtis Davies goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

8:57

Almen Abdi has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

8:07

Martin Taylor takes a shot. Save made by Jack Butland.

7:45

Short corner worked by Sean Murray.

7:10

Inswinging corner taken by Sean Murray from the left by-line, clearance made by Darren Ambrose.

6:30

Inswinging corner taken by Daniel Pudil, Nathan Redmond makes a clearance.

3:04

Assist on the goal came from Matej Vydra.

2:04

Steven Caldwell concedes a Penalty for a foul on Matej Vydra. Almen Abdi scores a placed penalty. Watford 1-0 Birmingham.

0:55

Chris Iwelumo challenges Curtis Davies unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jack Butland restarts play with the free kick.

0:20

Unfair challenge on Curtis Davies by Chris Iwelumo results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Steven Caldwell.

Match Preview

Cassetti ready to play New signing Marco Cassetti could be in contention to make his debut when Watford entertain Birmingham. The 35-year-old former Roma defender arrived on Thursday on a season-long loan from Udinese, becoming the fifth player to do so this summer as the Hornets continue to utilise their links with the Serie A club, who are also run by Watford's new owners the Pozzo family. Captain John Eustace will be assessed after a back injury ruled him out of Tuesday's last-gasp 1-0 home defeat to Ipswich. Manager Gianfranco Zola made three changes for the midweek encounter and watched his side put in a disappointing display, leaving the Italian with plenty to ponder ahead of the visit of Birmingham in the Championship's evening encounter, kick-off 5.20pm. Summer signings Fitz Hall and Alex Geijo have not yet made their debuts and are unlikely to feature once more, while midfielder Stephen McGinn continues to be eased back in on his return from a lengthy knee injury and is also yet to get a run out. Nikola Zigic is likely to start as Birmingham search for their first league win of the season. The towering Serbian, linked with a possible move to Spanish side Real Mallorca, stepped off the bench to snatch a point against Charlton last weekend before doing so again in midweek, although his goal was not enough to prevent a 3-2 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday. Manager Lee Clark is now expected to include Zigic from the off at Vicarage Road and the frontman will likely partner Marlon King in attack. On-loan midfielder Ravel Morrison was dropped at Hillsborough and will be pushing for inclusion against the Hornets in the Championship's evening game, kick-off 5.20pm. Right-back Stephen Carr continues to be assessed having not yet featured this season due to a thigh injury.

Formation:433Manager: Gianfranco Zola

Watford

Formation: 442Manager: Lee Clark

Birmingham

  • Manuel Almunia
  • Lloyd Doyley
  • Martin Taylor
  • Nyron Nosworthy
  • Daniel Pudil
  • Mark Yeates
  • Jonathan Hogg
  • Almen Abdi
  • Sean Murray
  • Chris Iwelumo
  • Matej Vydra
  • SUBS
  • Jonathan Bond
  • Lee Hodson
  • Carl Dickinson
  • Craig Forsyth
  • Steve Beleck
  • Ikechi Anya
  • Joe Garner

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Match Report

Form Guide

    WL
  • Watford
  • VS
  • Birmingham
  • DL

Last Meetings

  • Birmingham
  • 3 - 0
  • Watford
  • 21/01/2012
  • Watford
  • 2 - 2
  • Birmingham
  • 28/08/2011
  • Watford
  • 0 - 1
  • Birmingham
  • 18/04/2009
  • Birmingham
  • 3 - 2
  • Watford
  • 06/12/2008
  • Birmingham
  • 3 - 2
  • Watford
  • 23/02/2002
  • Watford
  • 3 - 3
  • Birmingham
  • 26/09/2001

Top Scorers

Watford

  • M Taylor 1
  • A Abdi 1
  • M Vydra 1

Birmingham

  • N Zigic 2

Goals

Watford

    • Total goals 6
    • Goals per game 3
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Birmingham

    • Total goals 6
    • Goals per game 3
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 1 (For) Period 71-80 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

possession


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