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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

92mins

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

89mins

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

86mins

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

85mins

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.

82mins

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

80mins

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

79mins

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.

78mins

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

77mins

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

75mins

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

73mins

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

73mins

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

71mins

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

70mins

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

68mins

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

63mins

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

62mins

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

60mins

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

56mins

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.

55mins

Nikola Zigic takes a shot. Save by Manuel Almunia.

53mins

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

46mins

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

45mins

Christopher Burke takes a shot. Save by Manuel Almunia.

43mins

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

36mins

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

36mins

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

35mins

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

32mins

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

31mins

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

30mins

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

29mins

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

26mins

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

25mins

Mark Yeates takes a shot. Save by Jack Butland.

24mins

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

17mins

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.

16mins

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

12mins

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.

9mins

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

9mins

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

8mins

Short corner worked by Sean Murray.

8mins

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

7mins

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

4mins

Assist on the goal came from Matej Vydra.

3mins

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

1mins

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

1mins

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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