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Jonathan Hogg crosses the ball, clearance made by Darcy Blake.
Mark Yeates produces a cross, clearance made by Darcy Blake.
Carl Dickinson fouled by Craig Conway, the ref awards a free kick. The ball is sent over by Mark Yeates, Michael Kightly takes a shot. Save made by David Marshall.
Michael Kightly takes a shot. Darcy Blake gets a block in.
A cross is delivered by Aron Gunnarsson.
Don Cowie produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Foul by Mark Yeates on Darcy Blake, free kick awarded. Peter Whittingham takes the free kick.
Headed own goal by Adrian Mariappa. Watford 1-1 Cardiff.Aron Gunnarsson provided the assist for the goal.
Andrew Taylor concedes a free kick for a foul on Marvin Sordell. Andrew Taylor receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Shot comes in from Mark Yeates from the free kick, blocked by Kenny Miller.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Mark Yeates from the right by-line to the near post, Rudy Gestede manages to make a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Michael Kightly, Andrew Taylor makes a clearance.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Rudy Gestede. Indirect free kick taken by Scott Loach.
Craig Conway comes on in place of Joe Mason.
Mark Yeates takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Rudy Gestede.
The ball is delivered by Michael Kightly, clearance by Mark Hudson.
Nyron Nosworthy fouled by Joe Mason, the ref awards a free kick. Scott Loach restarts play with the free kick.
Marvin Sordell challenges Ben Turner unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by David Marshall.
Centre by Troy Deeney, clearance made by Don Cowie.
Troy Deeney fouled by Ben Turner, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Mark Yeates from right channel, Andrew Taylor makes a clearance.
Goal scored by Prince Buaben from inside the box low into the middle of the goal. Watford 1-0 Cardiff.Assist on the goal came from Marvin Sordell.
Mark Yeates takes a shot. Blocked by Mark Hudson. Short corner taken by Mark Yeates from the right by-line.
Rudy Gestede replaces Filip Kiss.
Shot from just outside the area by Filip Kiss goes over the bar.
Jonathan Hogg concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Hudson. Free kick taken by Mark Hudson.
David Marshall fouled by Marvin Sordell, the ref awards a free kick. David Marshall restarts play with the free kick.
Corner from right by-line taken by Mark Yeates.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan Hogg on Aron Gunnarsson. Peter Whittingham produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Michael Kightly, Troy Deeney has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
Marvin Sordell takes a shot. Blocked by Andrew Taylor.
Centre by Mark Yeates.
Short corner taken by Mark Yeates from the left by-line.
Outswinging corner taken by Don Cowie from the left by-line played to the near post, save by Scott Loach.
Aron Gunnarsson sends in a cross, clearance by Lee Hodson.
Corner taken right-footed by Don Cowie from the left by-line, clearance made by Carl Dickinson.
Peter Whittingham takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.
Don Cowie takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Carl Dickinson manages to make a clearance.
Carl Dickinson crosses the ball, clearance by Andrew Taylor.
Corner taken by Mark Yeates.
Foul by Mark Yeates on Darcy Blake, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Peter Whittingham from left channel, Jonathan Hogg makes a clearance.
Lee Hodson produces a cross, blocked by Joe Mason.
Aron Gunnarsson takes a shot. Save made by Scott Loach.
Nyron Nosworthy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kenny Miller. Darcy Blake takes the direct free kick. Booking for Nyron Nosworthy.
The ball is sent over by Aron Gunnarsson, clearance by Troy Deeney.
Michael Kightly has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Don Cowie, Marvin Sordell manages to make a clearance.
Outswinging corner taken by Mark Yeates.
Handball decision goes against Ben Turner. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Mark Yeates from right by-line.
A cross is delivered by Mark Yeates.
Mark Yeates takes a shot. Ben Turner gets a block in.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Joe Mason. Indirect free kick taken by Scott Loach.
Foul by Lee Hodson on Filip Kiss, free kick awarded. Andrew Taylor takes the free kick.
Marvin Sordell is ruled offside. David Marshall restarts play with the free kick.
Peter Whittingham takes a shot from a just insdie the penalty box and strikes the post.
Andrew Taylor crosses the ball, clearance made by Carl Dickinson.
Mark Yeates crosses the ball, Troy Deeney takes a shot. Save by David Marshall.
Mark Yeates takes a shot. Fantastic save by David Marshall. Mark Yeates takes the inswinging corner, Header from just outside the area by Marvin Sordell goes over the crossbar.
Corner taken by Don Cowie from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Michael Kightly.
Aron Gunnarsson fouled by Jonathan Hogg, the ref awards a free kick. Peter Whittingham shoots direct from the free kick.
Peter Whittingham fouled by Troy Deeney, the ref awards a free kick. Ben Turner takes the free kick.
Darcy Blake comes on in place of Kevin McNaughton.
Don Cowie takes a shot. Blocked by Carl Dickinson. Corner taken by Peter Whittingham, clearance by Carl Dickinson.
The ball is delivered by Kevin McNaughton, blocked by Carl Dickinson.
Andrew Taylor produces a cross, Headed effort on goal by Don Cowie from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin McNaughton by Marvin Sordell. Mark Hudson takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Aron Gunnarsson on Marvin Sordell. Free kick taken by Adrian Mariappa.
Corner taken right-footed by Don Cowie from the left by-line, Nyron Nosworthy makes a clearance. Peter Whittingham takes a corner.
Peter Whittingham takes a shot. Adrian Mariappa gets a block in.
Troy Deeney takes a shot. Save made by David Marshall. The assistant referee flags for offside against Marvin Sordell. Free kick taken by David Marshall.
Corner taken right-footed by Filip Kiss, Header from close range by Mark Hudson clears the bar.
The ball is swung over by Filip Kiss, Don Cowie takes a shot. Save by Scott Loach.
Foul by Kevin McNaughton on Carl Dickinson, free kick awarded. Scott Loach takes the indirect free kick.
Duo back for Hornets
Watford are likely to welcome back Carl Dickinson and Chris Iwelumo for their lunchtime Boxing Day encounter at home to Cardiff, a clash which sees the return of former manager Malky Mackay.
The pair missed last weekend`s goalless draw at Blackpool due to illness, with fit-again Lloyd Doyley replacing full-back Dickinson in the starting XI and Joe Garner coming in for striker Iwelumo on the bench.
Doyley's appearances was his first in almost two months having made a full recovery from a thigh injury.
Otherwise, boss Sean Dyche is not expected to have any new injury or suspension concerns as he prepares to come up against Mackay for the first time since the Scot's summer departure from Vicarage Road to the Welsh capital.
Dyche served under Mackay as assistant boss before his promotion into the Watford hot-seat and, as apprentice meets master, he will be hoping his in-form side stretch their unbeaten run to seven matches against the Bluebirds.
Long-term absentees Martin Taylor (dislocated collarbone) and Stephen McGinn (knee) continue to make good progress.
Cardiff have been given a boost with news midfielders Don Cowie and Joe Ralls could be fit.
Ralls was substituted 32 minutes into the Bluebirds' 3-2 home defeat to Middlesbrough last weekend with a knee injury and was first thought to be unlikely to recover in time for the visit to Vicarage Road.
However, the youngster has had a scan on the problem area, which revealed no major damage, and Ralls returned to light training on Thursday.
Cowie was also a victim of the loss to Boro, hobbling off with a calf strain in the 68th minute. But he too is hopeful of a return on Monday, while Peter Whittingham is expected to shrug off a knee complaint in time for the match.
Cardiff will be without Stephen McPhail, however, who remains sidelined with a knee injury.
Mackay makes his point on Watford return
Cardiff earned a point on manager Malky Mackay's return to Watford as a moment of madness from home goalkeeper Scott Loach saw their npower Championship clash finish all square at Vicarage Road.
The Bluebirds dominated for large parts of the contest but fell behind to Prince Buaben's second-half strike before Loach's ill-judged attempt to clear a long throw-in ended with Adrian Mariappa turning the ball into his own net.
Mackay, who was in charge at Watford for over 100 games as caretaker and full-time boss, was given a fairly easy ride by the home fans.
The same could not be said for Cardiff midfielder Don Cowie, who was roundly booed by the supporters of his former club. He had numerous chances to silence them in a first half which the visitors controlled.
Filip Kiss delivered for Cowie but his guided header was brilliantly tipped wide by Loach with just six minutes gone.
The Hornets goalkeeper flapped at Peter Whittingham's resulting corner but Mark Hudson could not capitalise as he skied his headed effort well over the bar.
Cowie went close again after 14 minutes when his looping header from Andrew Taylor's cross deceived Loach before landing on the roof of the net.
The personal duel between Cowie and Loach continued moments later when the goalkeeper palmed at the ball unconvincingly and it fell for the Scot but Carl Dickinson was on hand to block his goal-bound strike.
Sean Dyche's side finally created an opening midway through the half when a rapid counter-attack ended with Jonathan Hogg unleashing a vicious long-range drive which forced a smart stop from David Marshall.
They were fortunate not to fall behind with half an hour gone when Dickinson's poor defensive header allowed Taylor to cross for Whittingham, whose first-time shot crashed off the inside of the post and bounced back into the arms of Loach.
The visitors still had time to create and spurn one more chance before the interval, this time Aron Gunnarsson steering a close-range effort straight at Loach.
Despite their supremacy, Cardiff went in goalless at half-time for the 12th time in the league this season.
There were further warning signs for the hosts after the break as Whittingham advanced unopposed before rifling in a dangerous shot which Hogg managed to deflect wide.
Dyche's men momentarily relieved the pressure with a rare foray forwards, Michael Kightly's cross finding Troy Deeney but he could not direct his header on target.
Mackay made a bold tactical move around the hour mark, introducing young French striker Rudy Gestede for midfielder Kiss.
But it backfired when Watford took the lead against the run of play. Marvin Sordell fed Buaben and the Ghanaian midfielder arrowed home from inside the box to open his account for the club after 62 minutes.
With a renewed confidence about them, Watford pressed again and when Sordell was fouled on the edge of the box the home crowd were baying for a red but Taylor escaped with a yellow.
Just as City were appearing to fade, they were handed a way back into the match when Loach raced out to deal with a long throw but the ball clipped off Mariappa and into the net.
Kightly's glancing header forced a late save from Marshall but it ended all square as Watford made it seven unbeaten, while Cardiff have now failed to win in three.
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