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  • Date:28 Dec 2010
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Vicarage Road Stadium
  • Attendance:14,560
  • Graham (23)
    Sordell (56) Eustace (63)
    Graham - pen (83)
  • Whittingham (15)
Goal!

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95:02 +5.02

Adam Matthews sends in a cross, clearance made by Lloyd Doyley.

94:41 +4.41

Gavin Massey takes a shot. Blocked by Mark Hudson.

91:39 +1.39

Gavin Massey on for Danny Graham. Ross Jenkins is brought on as a substitute for Will Buckley. Josh Walker comes on in place of Jordon Mutch.

90:12 +0.12

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

88:36

The assistant referee signals for offside against Andrew Keogh. Free kick taken by Scott Loach.

86:38

The ball is delivered by Will Buckley, clearance made by Mark Hudson.

83:15

Penalty scored by Danny Graham. Watford 4-1 Cardiff.Foul by Mark Hudson on Will Buckley, Penalty awarded. The assist for the goal came from Will Buckley.

81:09

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Mark Hudson.

76:56

Jordon Mutch produces a cross, David Marshall makes a save.

76:07

Peter Whittingham takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Marvin Sordell.

75:45

Jason Koumas is brought on as a substitute for Stephen McPhail.

75:19

Michael Chopra takes a shot. Save by Scott Loach.

72:05

Chris Burke leaves the field to be replaced by Gavin Rae.

68:12

Lloyd Doyley fouled by Andrew Keogh, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Lloyd Doyley.

65:29

Foul by Lloyd Doyley on Kevin McNaughton, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by David Marshall.

63:08

John Eustace grabs a headed goal from close range. Watford 3-1 Cardiff.Corner taken by Don Cowie from the left by-line to the near post, assist by Don Cowie.

62:39

Marvin Sordell takes a shot. Blocked by Mark Hudson.

59:45

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jordon Mutch, clearance made by Mark Hudson.

59:04

Chris Burke sends in a cross, clearance by Martin Taylor.

58:17

Will Buckley produces a cross, clearance made by Darcy Blake.

56:53

Marvin Sordell grabs a goal from just inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Watford 2-1 Cardiff.

55:48

A cross is delivered by Peter Whittingham, John Eustace makes a clearance.

54:12

Don Cowie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Burke. Stephen McPhail restarts play with the free kick.

53:48

The ball is swung over by Andrew Taylor, save made by David Marshall.

52:00

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

51:37

The ball is crossed by Chris Burke.

50:52

A cross is delivered by Don Cowie, clearance by Adam Matthews.

50:52

A cross is delivered by Don Cowie, clearance by Kevin McNaughton.

49:16

Effort from outside the penalty box by Chris Burke goes wide right of the target.

49:01

Andrew Keogh crosses the ball, clearance by Don Cowie.

48:30

Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Burke on Lloyd Doyley. Andrew Taylor takes the free kick.

47:24

The ball is crossed by Will Buckley.

46:43

Marvin Sordell takes a shot. David Marshall makes a save.

46:15

Kevin McNaughton produces a cross, Andrew Taylor manages to make a clearance.

45:43 +0.43

Marvin Sordell takes a shot. Save made by David Marshall.

44:12

Danny Graham produces a cross.

42:56

Marvin Sordell takes a shot. Save by David Marshall.

42:24

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Will Buckley by Peter Whittingham. Don Cowie takes the direct free kick.

39:15

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jordon Mutch from the left by-line to the near post, Adrian Mariappa produces a left-footed shot from close in that clears the bar.

37:17

The assistant referee signals for offside against Andrew Keogh. Scott Loach takes the indirect free kick.

35:43

Unfair challenge on Peter Whittingham by Jordon Mutch results in a free kick. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Peter Whittingham, blocked by Martin Taylor.

34:33

Andrew Taylor booked for unsporting behaviour. Lee Naylor goes off and Adam Matthews comes on. Andrew Taylor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Burke. Direct free kick taken by David Marshall.

34:33

Andrew Taylor goes into the book. Lee Naylor goes off and Adam Matthews comes on. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Burke by Andrew Taylor. David Marshall takes the free kick.

30:21

Lee Naylor receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Foul by Lee Naylor on Will Buckley, free kick awarded. Adrian Mariappa takes the direct free kick.

27:06

Free kick awarded for a foul by Marvin Sordell on Seyi Olofinjana. David Marshall restarts play with the free kick.

26:57

A cross is delivered by Don Cowie, clearance made by Seyi Olofinjana.

26:41

Jordon Mutch crosses the ball, clearance made by Seyi Olofinjana.

23:40

Danny Graham finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the top left corner of the goal. Watford 1-1 Cardiff.Will Buckley provided the assist for the goal.

22:54

The assistant referee flags for offside against Michael Chopra. Scott Loach takes the free kick.

22:08

Lloyd Doyley crosses the ball.

21:06

Will Buckley sends in a cross.

19:07

Will Buckley is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by David Marshall.

18:45

Michael Chopra takes a shot. Adrian Mariappa gets a block in.

17:48

The assistant referee flags for offside against Marvin Sordell. David Marshall takes the indirect free kick.

16:37

The ball is delivered by Andrew Keogh, save by Scott Loach.

15:10

A goal is scored by Peter Whittingham from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Watford 0-1 Cardiff.The assist for the goal came from Chris Burke.

12:40

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Naylor on Will Buckley. Don Cowie delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, clearance by Kevin McNaughton.

11:26

Lloyd Doyley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Chopra. Lee Naylor takes the direct free kick.

10:08

Will Buckley produces a cross, clearance made by Darcy Blake.

8:06

Michael Chopra is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Scott Loach takes the free kick.

7:16

Lee Naylor fouled by Marvin Sordell, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by David Marshall.

5:46

Penalty awarded for a foul by Lee Naylor on Will Buckley. Placed penalty taken by Danny Graham saved by David Marshall. Watford 0-0 Cardiff.

5:26

The ball is delivered by Will Buckley, clearance by Seyi Olofinjana.

5:03

Jordon Mutch decides to take the corner short, Will Buckley crosses the ball, save by David Marshall.

4:47

The ball is swung over by Marvin Sordell, Mark Hudson gets a block in.

3:26

Danny Graham delivers the ball, Jordon Mutch produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.

2:27

Shot by Jordon Mutch from a long way out goes over the crossbar.

1:37

Centre by Chris Burke, clearance made by John Eustace.

0:23

Will Buckley takes a shot. Save made by David Marshall.

The match gets underway.

The referee blows for half time.

The second half has started.

The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

Match Preview

Walker in contention for Hornets Josh Walker will be back in the Watford squad for the visit of Cardiff. The former Middlesbrough man was sent out on loan to League Two side Stevenage last month but has been recalled early by manager Malky Mackay and could be on the bench. He is needed as midfielder Stephen McGinn sustained a broken cheekbone and eye socket in a clash with QPR striker Rob Hulse during the fine 3-1 win at Loftus Road a fortnight ago. McGinn is due to sit out first-team action for at least four weeks. Teenage midfielder Piero Mingoia is fit again after a thigh injury and could be among the substitutes while Michael Bryan has suffered a fresh ankle injury so the winger will not be involved. Cardiff will check on a trio of players. Striker Jay Bothroyd did not recover from a hamstring injury in time to feature against Coventry on Boxing Day and he will be assessed ahead of the game. Midfielders Chris Burke and Danny Drinkwater were also missing against the Sky Blues as they were laid low with a virus which has swept through the Welsh club in recent weeks and they will also be monitored. Defender Chris Riggott managed his first appearance in eight months on Sunday, lasting just over an hour and it remains to be seen whether he can manage another appearance so soon. The win over Aidy Bootroyd`s side was Cardiff`s first success in four attempts and moved them back into the automatic promotion places.

Formation:442Manager: Malky Mackay

Watford

Formation: 442Manager: Dave Jones

Cardiff

  • Scott Loach
  • Lloyd Doyley
  • Martin Taylor
  • Adrian Mariappa
  • Andrew Taylor
  • Don Cowie
  • Will Buckley
  • Jordon Mutch
  • John Eustace
  • Danny Graham
  • Marvin Sordell
  • SUBS
  • Rene Gilmartin
  • Josh Walker
  • Ross Jenkins
  • Dale Bennett
  • Matthew Whichelow
  • Gavin Massey
  • Adam Thompson

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Match Report

Hornets blitz Cardiff Cardiff's npower Championship promotion hopes took a blow as Watford came from behind to pick up three home points with a thumping 4-1 win. Hornets striker David Graham missed an early penalty but did score to cancel out Peter Whittingham's opener before goals from strike partner Marvin Sordell and midfielder John Eustace put the home side in control. Malky Mackay's side were not in action on Boxing Day after their trip to Ipswich was frozen out and the rest proved decisive as they overpowered a lethargic looking Cardiff. Craig Bellamy was outstanding in the win over Coventry on Boxing Day but was rested as his troublesome knee struggles to cope with two games in three days. And his pace and drive was sorely missed as Dave Jones' side ended 2010 in second place in the table after Graham added a late fourth from the penalty spot. Watford's Will Buckley flashed a shot straight at David Marshall inside the opening 30 seconds before Jordon Mutch also chanced his arm from long range but could not keep the ball down. Mutch then headed wide in an electric start from the hosts which was capped as they won a seventh-minute penalty. A clever pass released Buckley into the area and he was tripped by Lee Naylor. Referee Mark Haywood pointed to the spot but Graham was denied his 13th goal of the season as Marshall made a fine save down to his left. Watford continued to dominate until Cardiff scored from a classic counter attack in the 16th minute. Andy Keogh combined with Chris Burke down the left and the Scot crossed for Whittingham who ghosted into space to drill home a low shot. However, Watford rallied well and were level in the 24th minute. Buckley was again instrumental as he tormented Naylor before standing up a cross to the far post where Graham was unmarked to slot home. Naylor was then booked for another foul on the tricky Buckley as a fine first half came to an end. Burke fired a 25-yard drive across the face of goal at the start of the second period before Watford took the lead in the 57th minute as fog descended on Vicarage Road. Graham did well to hold the ball up and evade a couple of challenges before finding Sordell just inside the area. Sordell was able to turn onto his strong left foot and steer a placed finish wide of Marshall and into the far corner. And it was three seven minutes later when Eustace was left free to nod in Don Cowie's corner. The thickening fog was making visibility difficult but there was time for the outstanding Buckley to win an 84th-minute penalty when he clashed with Mark Hudson. Graham had the nerve to step up again and he went down the middle this time to wrap up the win.

Form Guide

    LLDDWW
  • Watford
  • VS
  • Cardiff
  • WLLDLW

Last Meetings

  • Cardiff
  • 3 - 1
  • Watford
  • 21/03/2010
  • Watford
  • 0 - 4
  • Cardiff
  • 03/10/2009
  • Cardiff
  • 2 - 1
  • Watford
  • 18/03/2009
  • Watford
  • 2 - 2
  • Cardiff
  • 21/10/2008
  • Watford
  • 2 - 2
  • Cardiff
  • 26/12/2007
  • Cardiff
  • 1 - 2
  • Watford
  • 19/09/2007

Top Scorers

Watford

  • D Graham 10
  • M Sordell 6
  • J Mutch 5
  • J Eustace 4
  • M Taylor 4
  • S McGinn 2
  • T Deeney 2
  • W Buckley 2
  • D Cowie 1
  • A Mariappa 1
  • M Whichelow 1

Cardiff

  • J Bothroyd 13
  • C Bellamy 4
  • M Chopra 4
  • S Olofinjana 4
  • L Naylor 2
  • C Burke 2
  • P Whittingham 2
  • A Keogh 2
  • G Rae 1

Goals

Watford

    • Total goals 71
    • Goals per game 38
  • 4 (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 6 (For) 6 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 5 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 7 (For) 2 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 5 (For) 4 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 4 (For) 5 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 4 (For) 6 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Cardiff

    • Total goals 70
    • Goals per game 37
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 5 (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 6 (For) 1 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

possession


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