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Scott Loach restarts play with the free kick.
Gavin Massey on for Marvin Sordell.
Greg Halford receives a red card.
Matthew Whichelow sends in a cross, clearance by Aaron Mokoena.
Danny Graham gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joel Ward. Free kick taken by Joel Ward. Greg Halford produces a cross, David Nugent takes a shot. Save made by Scott Loach.
Will Buckley leaves the field to be replaced by Matthew Whichelow.
Ibrahima Sonko leaves the field to be replaced by Hermann Hreidarsson.
A cross is delivered by Tom Kilbey.
Danny Graham is caught offside. Jamie Ashdown takes the indirect free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Don Cowie on Joel Ward. A cross is delivered by Greg Halford, Tom Kilbey has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
The ball is sent over by Jordon Mutch.
The ball is delivered by Will Buckley, Aaron Mokoena gets a block in.
John Utaka goes into the referee's book. Unfair challenge on Andrew Taylor by John Utaka results in a free kick. Don Cowie takes the free kick.
Foul by Jordon Mutch on John Utaka, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Greg Halford.
Danny Graham finds the back of the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Watford 3-0 Portsmouth.The assist for the goal came from Jordon Mutch.
A cross is delivered by Joel Ward, save by Scott Loach. Effort from just outside the area by Greg Halford goes over the bar.
Don Cowie sends in a cross, save made by Jamie Ashdown.
Jordon Mutch decides to take the corner short. Corner taken by Jordon Mutch from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Nwankwo Kanu.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Don Cowie played to the near post, clearance made by Tom Kilbey.
Ross Jenkins comes on in place of John Eustace. Tom Kilbey replaces Nadir Ciftci. Unfair challenge on Joel Ward by John Eustace results in a free kick. Joel Ward takes the free kick.
Shot from 25 yards by Marvin Sordell. Carl Dickinson gets a block in. Corner taken by Jordon Mutch from the right by-line played to the near post, Headed effort from inside the area by Lloyd Doyley misses to the left of the goal.
Carl Dickinson receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Carl Dickinson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Will Buckley. Free kick taken by Scott Loach.
Marvin Sordell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Carl Dickinson. Carl Dickinson takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Will Buckley by Aaron Mokoena results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Don Cowie, clearance by Carl Dickinson.
Marvin Sordell gets on the score sheet with a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Watford 2-0 Portsmouth.The assist for the goal came from Danny Graham.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Graham on Ibrahima Sonko. Free kick taken by Aaron Mokoena.
The ball is sent over by Carl Dickinson, Jordon Mutch makes a clearance.
Greg Halford crosses the ball.
John Utaka takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by John Eustace.
Nadir Ciftci delivers the ball, Lloyd Doyley manages to make a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Will Buckley.
Andrew Taylor finds the back of the net with a goal from just outside the box to the top left corner of the goal. Watford 1-0 Portsmouth.Andrew Taylor produces a cross, Greg Halford manages to make a clearance. Don Cowie takes the inswinging corner, save made by Jamie Ashdown.
Effort on goal by Nadir Ciftci from long range goes harmlessly over the target.
Will Buckley delivers the ball. A cross is delivered by Danny Graham.
The ball is swung over by John Utaka.
The ball is swung over by Andrew Taylor, Strike by Will Buckley from inside the six-yard box clear the bar.
Greg Halford sends in a cross, clearance by Martin Taylor.
David Nugent is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Scott Loach.
Greg Halford sends in a cross, Adrian Mariappa manages to make a clearance. Corner taken by John Utaka from the right by-line to the near post, Adrian Mariappa manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Hayden Mullins by Jordon Mutch results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Aaron Mokoena.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nwankwo Kanu by Jordon Mutch. Jamie Ashdown takes the free kick.
The assistant referee signals for offside against David Nugent. Scott Loach takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lloyd Doyley by John Utaka. Scott Loach takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Don Cowie from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Nwankwo Kanu.
Will Buckley crosses the ball, blocked by Carl Dickinson. Corner taken by Jordon Mutch.
Andrew Taylor sends in a cross, Headed effort from deep inside the area by John Eustace misses to the right of the target.
The ball is delivered by Adrian Mariappa, clearance made by Greg Halford.
A cross is delivered by Will Buckley, Aaron Mokoena gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jordon Mutch from the right by-line, Martin Taylor takes a shot. Nwankwo Kanu makes a clearance.
Centre by Danny Graham.
Shot by Marvin Sordell from 20 yards. Blocked by Ibrahima Sonko.
Corner from the left by-line taken by John Utaka, clearance made by Lloyd Doyley.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nwankwo Kanu by Jordon Mutch. Jamie Ashdown restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is sent over by John Eustace.
Corner taken right-footed by Jordon Mutch from the left by-line, clearance made by Greg Halford.
Danny Graham takes a shot. Save by Jamie Ashdown.
Inswinging corner taken by John Utaka from the left by-line, Will Buckley manages to make a clearance.
John Utaka decides to take the corner short. Effort from outside the penalty area by Greg Halford goes wide left of the goal.
Carl Dickinson produces a cross.
Effort on goal by Marvin Sordell from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
Nadir Ciftci takes a shot. Scott Loach makes a comfortable save.
Carl Dickinson sends in a cross.
Foul by Nwankwo Kanu on John Eustace, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Scott Loach.
Outswinging corner taken by Jordon Mutch from the right by-line, Jamie Ashdown makes a comfortable save.
Effort on goal by David Nugent from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.
Jordon Mutch concedes a free kick for a foul on John Utaka. Carl Dickinson takes the free kick.
The match gets underway.
The ref blows to signal half-time.
The referee starts the second half.
The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
Deeney poised for action
Watford striker Troy Deeney is expected to make a comeback against Portsmouth.
Deeney missed the highly-impressive 4-1 win over Cardiff on Tuesday with an ankle injury but has reported himself fit.
However, the former Walsall man will probably have to be content with a place on the bench after strike duo Danny Graham and Marvin Sordell put three past Cardiff between them.
Full-back Lee Hodson is still ill and will miss the game as first-choice pairing Lloyd Doyley and Andrew Taylor continue.
Midfielder Stephen McGinn sustained a broken cheekbone and eye socket against QPR earlier this month and 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.
Portsmouth manager Steve Cotterill is battling injuries, suspensions and contract issues.
Goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown took a knock to the knee against Leeds on Tuesday and full-back Joel Ward is struggling with a back problem.
Striker Dave Kitson serves a one-match ban after collecting his fifth yellow card of the season at Elland Road and Michael Brown and Richard Hughes will be missing unless an agreement can be made on their contracts in time.
As it stands, if the midfield duo make one more appearance they will trigger automatic contract extensions which the club say they cannot afford.
But winger Liam Lawrence should return to the side once his loan deal from Stoke becomes a permanent transfer.
Hornets fly into play-off spots
Watford continued their fine form and moved into the npower Championship play-off places after a dominant 3-0 win over a depleted Portsmouth side.
Left-back Andrew Taylor`s first career goal put the Hornets on course for victory before strike pairing Marvin Sordell and Danny Graham scored in the second half.
Malky Mackay`s side are up to sixth place in the table and could yet prove unlikely promotion candidates.
In contrast Steve Cotterill`s visitors were without four key players due to a variety of problems and matters were made worse when Greg Halford was dismissed in added time.
Striker Dave Kitson was suspended while Liam Lawrence was ineligible as he waits to finalise a permanent move from Stoke.
Midfielders Michael Brown and Richard Hughes were also left out as a further appearance would trigger an automatic contract extension on their Premier League wages - which the club cannot afford.
Cotterill could only name four substitutes but his side came close to an opener inside 90 seconds when Dave Nugent fired over from 25 yards.
Nadir Ciftci then fired tamely at Hornets goalkeeper Scott Loach after a smart move involving Nugent and Nwankwo Kanu, before Sordell shot over the top for Watford.
Halford caused panic in the Watford defence with a huge throw-in, before he side-footed an effort wide from the edge of the penalty area.
Portsmouth goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown was called into action for the first time after a low shot from Graham before the hosts should have opened the scoring.
Taylor delivered the ball to the back post where Graham cushioned a deft header down into the path of Will Buckley.
The winger`s run was perfectly timed but he couldn`t keep the ball down and slashed wildly over the top.
Mackay`s side were on top and deservedly took the lead through a moment of magic from Taylor in the 42nd minute.
Jordon Mutch`s corner was punched away by Ashdown and Taylor watched the ball right onto his laces before smashing a perfect volley back into the top corner.
The Hornets doubled their advantage seven minutes into the second half.
Portsmouth were on the attack but lost possession cheaply and were caught with a clinical counter-attack.
Graham played the ball through to Sordell who was in on goal and made no mistake by beating Ashdown calmly.
Graham almost made it 3-0 minutes later as the porous visiting defence was opened up again but he couldn`t get his shot away.
But he did find the third in the 69th minute with a carbon copy of Sordell`s goal.
Kanu lost the ball in the centre circle and Mutch released Graham with a precise through ball. The former Middlesbrough man accelerated away from Ibrahima Sonko and clipped a left-footed finish past Ashdown.
Nugent headed straight at Loach in the dying seconds before Halford was dismissed.
The midfielder lunged in on Taylor and after taking offence to the defender`s protests was sent-off by referee Andy D`Urso for a headbutt.
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