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  • Eustace (21)
  • Lita (55)
  • Date:2010-03-27
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Vicarage Road Stadium
  • Attendance:14038
  • Referee:East, R

Live Commentary

81mins

Will Buckley is being taken off, Danny Graham has come on in his place.

74mins

Gary O'Neil goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

71mins

The referee has booked Don Cowie.

55mins

Goal!! Middlesbrough have scored with Leroy Lita putting it in the back of the net.

54mins

David Wheater is booked for unsporting behaviour.

50mins

Lee Miller is replaced by Leroy Lita.

46mins

The second half is under way with the score currently at 1 v 0.

45mins

Half time whistle is blown by R East

43mins

Chris Killen goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

38mins

Henri Lansbury is booked for unsporting behaviour.

21mins

Goal!! Watford have scored with John Eustace putting it in the back of the net.

17mins

Stephen McManus goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

0mins

The ref has blown his whistle and the match has started.

0mins

Watford face Middlesbrough at 3pm on Saturday, March 27th.


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Match Report

Watford went some way to arresting their recent slide and moved a point further away from the relegation zone following a 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough.

The Hornets looked to be on course for only their second win in eight games when John Eustace volleyed them into a deserved first-half lead.

But Boro boss Gordon Strachan sent on Leroy Lita five minutes after the restart and the change reaped almost immediate rewards with the former Reading striker heading in the equaliser from close range just four minutes after entering the fray.

Crystal Palace's defeat against Cardiff City earlier in the day meant Watford went into their game knowing they would not end the day in the bottom three whatever the outcome.

But the draw means they extended their advantage over the third-from-bottom Eagles to four points going into this Tuesday's crucial showdown between the two clubs at Vicarage Road.

Watford almost went in front inside three minutes when keeper Brad Jones had to dive full-length to his right to keep out a 25-yard free-kick from Tom Cleverley.

Apart from a Gary O'Neil shot that went wide, the hosts were not particularly troubled defensively in the opening stages and in the 21st minute they took the lead.

Boro could only half-clear a corner to the edge of their area and the unmarked Eustace superbly guided a volley back through a packed goalmouth and past Brad Jones.

Full debutant Will Buckley and Cleverley had opportunities to extend the Hornets' lead, before Boro equalised nine minutes into the second half.

Lita started the move by winning the ball back in midfield and found O'Neil, but his deep cross to the back post looked to be over-hit.

However, Julio Arca hooked the ball back in at the far post, Scott Loach could only help the ball further across his goal-mouth and Lita was largely unchallenged as he nodded home.

But that was to be the only team the Watford defence was undone and they could have taken all three points when a Cleverley shot was deflected narrowly over and the unmarked Heidar Helguson failed to make a good contact from six yards out when another Cleverley ball was touched on by Danny Graham.

Watford

Middlesbrough

Corners

74

Fouls

1618

Goal attempts

114

Shots off target

93

Offsides

21

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