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  • Date:31 Dec 2011
  • Kick-off:13:00
  • Venue:Vicarage Road Stadium
  • Attendance:11,654
  • Sordell (43) Sordell (67) Eustace (83)
    Kightly (90)
  • Sharp (46)
Goal!

Live Commentary

93:15 +3.15

Booking for Michael Kightly.

92:40 +2.40

Michael Kightly fires in a goal from just outside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Watford 4-1 Doncaster.

92:21 +2.21

The assistant referee signals for offside against Joe Garner. Free kick taken by Sam Hird.

91:36 +1.36

Chris Iwelumo gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James O'Connor. Sam Hird restarts play with the free kick.

89:09

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Coppinger by Jonathan Hogg. James Coppinger takes the free kick.

87:52

James Coppinger fouled by Joe Garner, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Sam Hird.

87:10

Joe Garner produces a cross, Gary Woods makes a save.

85:07

Sam Hird concedes a free kick for a foul on Marvin Sordell. Chris Iwelumo replaces Troy Deeney. Marvin Sordell leaves the field to be replaced by Joe Garner. James Hayter on for El-Hadji Diouf. Free kick taken by Carl Dickinson.

83:10

A goal is scored by John Eustace from the edge of the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Watford 3-1 Doncaster.

82:23

Kyle Bennett is brought on as a substitute for Simon Gillett.

82:02

(Watford) makes a substitution, with John Eustace coming on for Prince Buaben.

81:41

The ball is delivered by Lee Hodson.

79:25

Mark Yeates delivers the ball, save by Gary Woods.

76:36

The ball is sent over by Troy Deeney, clearance made by Sam Hird.

75:50

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Kightly by James O'Connor. Carl Dickinson takes the free kick.

75:28

Marvin Sordell takes a shot. Gary Woods makes a save.

73:44

Mark Yeates crosses the ball, Close range headed effort by Troy Deeney goes wide of the left-hand upright.

72:01

Simon Gillett challenges Mark Yeates unfairly and gives away a free kick. Nyron Nosworthy restarts play with the free kick.

71:34

El-Hadji Diouf fouled by Nyron Nosworthy, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Herita Ilunga.

69:28

Mark Yeates takes a inswinging corner.

67:50

The ball is swung over by Mark Yeates, Marvin Sordell finds the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty box. Watford 2-1 Doncaster.Mark Yeates provided the assist for the goal.

67:37

A cross is delivered by Michael Kightly, Sam Hird makes a clearance.

67:08

The ball is delivered by Lee Hodson, clearance made by El-Hadji Diouf.

66:49

Short corner worked by Mark Yeates.

66:20

Michael Kightly produces a cross, Sam Hird manages to make a clearance.

65:40

Simon Gillett fouled by Jonathan Hogg, the ref awards a free kick. James O'Connor crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel.

65:06

El-Hadji Diouf is booked. Corner taken right-footed by Mark Yeates, clearance made by Giles Barnes.

64:35

Mark Yeates decides to take the corner short.

63:34

Michael Kightly fouled by Herold Goulon, the ref awards a free kick. The referee shows Herold Goulon a red card. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Mark Yeates from left channel, El-Hadji Diouf manages to make a clearance.

59:33

Giles Barnes is adjudged to have handled the ball. Scott Loach takes the free kick.

58:31

The ball is sent over by Lee Hodson.

58:04

Habib Beye is booked.

56:22

Long distance shot from Giles Barnes misses to the left of the goal.

55:15

El-Hadji Diouf fouled by Nyron Nosworthy, the ref awards a free kick. El-Hadji Diouf restarts play with the free kick.

54:29

Effort on goal by Michael Kightly from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.

52:17

Centre by Mark Yeates, save by Gary Woods.

51:20

Simon Gillett challenges Carl Dickinson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Mark Yeates.

49:40

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marvin Sordell by Giles Barnes. Mark Yeates delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, save made by Gary Woods.

49:11

Mark Yeates sends in a cross, save by Gary Woods.

46:43

The ball is delivered by El-Hadji Diouf, Billy Sharp finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Watford 1-1 Doncaster.Assist on the goal came from El-Hadji Diouf.

46:38 +1.38

Billy Sharp has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.

46:21 +1.21

Free kick awarded for a foul by Adrian Mariappa on Billy Sharp. El-Hadji Diouf takes the direct free kick.

46:09

A cross is delivered by Giles Barnes, Nyron Nosworthy gets a block in.

45:36

Corner taken right-footed by El-Hadji Diouf.

43:14

Marvin Sordell finds the back of the net with a goal from just outside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Watford 1-0 Doncaster.

42:31

Jonathan Hogg gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on El-Hadji Diouf. Free kick crossed right-footed by El-Hadji Diouf.

41:46

Billy Sharp takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.

41:19

Free kick awarded for a foul by Herold Goulon on Jonathan Hogg. Scott Loach restarts play with the free kick.

40:29

A cross is delivered by James Coppinger, Nyron Nosworthy makes a clearance.

39:36

A cross is delivered by James Coppinger, clearance made by Adrian Mariappa.

38:32

Habib Beye gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Troy Deeney. Scott Loach takes the direct free kick.

38:25

James O'Connor delivers the ball, Nyron Nosworthy makes a clearance.

37:59

El-Hadji Diouf sends in a cross, Carl Dickinson manages to make a clearance.

37:25

Troy Deeney is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Gary Woods.

37:10

Lee Hodson sends in a cross.

36:47

A cross is delivered by James Coppinger, clearance by Adrian Mariappa.

35:15

James Coppinger produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.

35:06

Simon Gillett produces a cross, Carl Dickinson manages to make a clearance.

31:31

Lee Hodson fouled by Herold Goulon, the ref awards a free kick. Herold Goulon goes into the book. Direct free kick taken by Mark Yeates.

30:09

Habib Beye gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marvin Sordell. Mark Yeates crosses the ball in from the free kick.

28:46

Giles Barnes takes a shot. Blocked by Adrian Mariappa.

27:51

Lee Hodson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on El-Hadji Diouf. El-Hadji Diouf takes the free kick.

26:04

Troy Deeney is ruled offside. Habib Beye takes the indirect free kick.

24:52

James O'Connor replaces Pascal Chimbonda.

23:48

Michael Kightly takes a shot. Gary Woods makes a save.

23:32

El-Hadji Diouf gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nyron Nosworthy. Direct free kick taken by Nyron Nosworthy.

23:22

The ball is swung over by Lee Hodson, Habib Beye makes a clearance.

20:57

The referee blows for offside. Gary Woods takes the free kick.

20:36

The assistant referee signals for offside against El-Hadji Diouf. Scott Loach takes the indirect free kick.

17:31

The ball is crossed by Lee Hodson, Sam Hird manages to make a clearance.

16:48

El-Hadji Diouf sends in a cross.

15:55

Mark Yeates gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Herold Goulon. Free kick crossed by El-Hadji Diouf, Nyron Nosworthy manages to make a clearance.

14:31

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Mark Yeates from the left by-line, Nyron Nosworthy produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.

14:03

Michael Kightly sends in a cross, save by Gary Woods.

13:04

Habib Beye concedes a free kick for a foul on Troy Deeney. Free kick crossed right-footed by Mark Yeates.

10:57

Michael Kightly takes a shot. Blocked by Habib Beye.

8:26

The ball is sent over by Troy Deeney, save by Gary Woods.

6:23

The assistant referee flags for offside against Mark Yeates. Gary Woods takes the free kick.

3:34

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan Hogg on El-Hadji Diouf. Direct free kick taken by Herita Ilunga.

3:26

Mark Yeates produces a cross.

0:22

Marvin Sordell takes a shot. Save by Gary Woods.

Match Preview

No Donny doubts for Dyche Watford boss Sean Dyche has no new injury or suspension concerns ahead of the New Year's Eve encounter at home to Doncaster. Dyche made just the one change for the Boxing Day draw against Cardiff at Vicarage Road - restoring fit-again Carl Dickinson into his line-up with the left-back having recovered from illness. And Dyche may well keep faith with the same team as his Hornets side aim to make it eight matches unbeaten against a Rovers outfit second from bottom in the npower Championship. Striker Chris Iwelumo returned to the bench against the Bluebirds having recovered from a virus of his own, joining Lloyd Doyley among the substitutes after the defender was dropped upon Dickinson's return. Long-term absentees Martin Taylor (dislocated collarbone) and Stephen McGinn (knee) continue to make good progress with their respective comebacks but miss out. Doncaster will be without suspended midfielder Brian Stock. Stock was booked for the fifth time this season in Rovers' 3-0 defeat at Burnley on Boxing Day and must serve a one-match ban. His place could be taken by on-loan Blackburn youngster Herold Goulon, who has fully recovered from a hamstring injury. Pascal Chimbonda returned to the bench at Turf Moor following a hip-flexor problem and the 32-year-old full-back will be pushing for a return to the starting line-up on the back of extending his contract with Doncaster until the end of the season. El-Hadji Diouf is fit to play after the club revealed his withdrawal against Burnley on his comeback from a hamstring complaint was merely precautionary. Long-term groin injury victim Martin Woods has returned to training but the New Year's Eve clash comes too soon for him.

Formation:442Manager: Sean Dyche

Watford

Formation: 442Manager: Dean Saunders

Doncaster

  • Scott Loach
  • Lee Hodson
  • Adrian Mariappa
  • Nyron Nosworthy
  • Carl Dickinson
  • Mark Yeates
  • Michael Kightly
  • Prince Buaben
  • Jonathan Hogg
  • Troy Deeney
  • Marvin Sordell
  • SUBS
  • Jonathan Bond
  • John Eustace
  • Chris Iwelumo
  • Lloyd Doyley
  • Joe Garner

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Match Report

Sordell double sinks Rovers Marvin Sordell's brace ensured in-form Watford ended 2011 with a 4-1victory against a lowly Doncaster side who were made to pay the price for Herold Goulon's dismissal. Sordell grabbed his first on the stroke of half-time, finishing off a swift counter-attack to bring an end to a low-key opening 45 minutes at Vicarage Road. Billy Sharp deservedly headed Rovers level with his 10th goal of the season shortly after the break but their resurgence was firmly halted by the dismissal of Goulon for a second bookable offence just after the hour mark. England Under-21 striker Sordell wasted little time taking advantage, glancing home a well-taken header to register his eighth of the campaign. Substitute John Eustace added a late third with his first touch before on-loan Michael Kightly made it four in injury time to extend Watford's unbeaten run to eight matches. Had the Hornets been able to register more than just three wins during that sequence they would find themselves higher than the lower reaches of the npower Championship table, while defeat for Doncaster - a fifth successive reverse on the road - sends the South Yorkshire club into 2012 facing a survival scrap. The Hornets were marginally the sharper amid a scrappy opening quarter which saw both sides gifting possession to the other far too easily. Sean Dyche's side came the closest to breaking the deadlock after 15 minutes, Rovers goalkeeper Gary Woods doing well to get down at his near post and turn the ball behind for a corner from which Nyron Nosworthy saw his header clip the top of the crossbar. James Coppinger's sliced effort from the edge of the area proved no problem for Scott Loach, who was otherwise a spectator in the Watford goal. But the chance did seem to spark Rovers' play and Sharp saw a well-taken lobbed effort land on the roof of the net in the 42nd minute. Yet no sooner had Doncaster gone close than Watford broke the deadlock, Sordell clinically finishing a fast counter-attack from 20 yards. There was still time for Coppinger to draw the visitors level but he could only fire wide when well placed. Doncaster started the second half firmly on the front foot and duly drew level within two minutes of the restart, skipper El-Hadji Diouf getting to the byline on the left and delivering a cross which Sharp raced to meet at the near post from six yards. A very different second half was played at a much higher tempo, Kightly and Giles Barnes exchanging efforts off target at either end. And the encounter swung firmly in the Hornets' favour shortly after the hour mark as Goulon was given a second yellow card for a foul on Kightly. The hosts were now firmly in the driving seat and soon got their noses in front, Sordell meeting Mark Yeates' cross with a glancing header which left Woods with no chance. Troy Deeney wasted a great headed chance to make the game safe but Eustace did just that within a minute of stepping off the bench, capitalising on Herita Ilunga's poor clearance to rifle home from the edge of the area. And Kightly made it four in the 92nd minute when he rounded off a flowing move from 20 yards.

Form Guide

    DDWDDD
  • Watford
  • VS
  • Doncaster
  • DLWLWL

Last Meetings

  • Doncaster
  • 0 - 0
  • Watford
  • 26/11/2011
  • Doncaster
  • 1 - 1
  • Watford
  • 26/02/2011
  • Watford
  • 2 - 2
  • Doncaster
  • 11/09/2010
  • Doncaster
  • 2 - 1
  • Watford
  • 16/01/2010
  • Watford
  • 1 - 1
  • Doncaster
  • 08/08/2009
  • Doncaster
  • 1 - 2
  • Watford
  • 04/04/2009

Top Scorers

Watford

  • M Sordell 4
  • M Yeates 3
  • M Kightly 2
  • C Dickinson 2
  • C Forsyth 2
  • T Deeney 2
  • J Eustace 1
  • M Taylor 1
  • C Iwelumo 1
  • C Beattie 1
  • P Buaben 1

Doncaster

  • B Sharp 8
  • J Hayter 2
  • E Diouf 2
  • S Gillett 2
  • J Oster 1
  • B Stock 1
  • K Bennett 1

Goals

Watford

    • Total goals 54
    • Goals per game 23
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 5 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 3 (For) 5 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 2 (For) 7 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Doncaster

    • Total goals 50
    • Goals per game 19
  • (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 4 (For) 5 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 5 (For) 7 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 1 (For) 8 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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