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  • Date:19 Nov 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Vicarage Road Stadium
  • Attendance:12,864
  • Kightly (1) Sordell (44)
Goal!

Live Commentary

93:02 +3.02

Unfair challenge on Troy Deeney by Abdul Razak results in a free kick. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Mark Yeates, blocked by Dave Kitson. Inswinging corner taken by Mark Yeates from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Benjani Mwaruwari.

92:06 +2.06

The ball is sent over by Mark Yeates, Greg Halford manages to make a clearance.

91:26 +1.26

Mark Yeates has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.

88:49

Foul by Nyron Nosworthy on Dave Kitson, free kick awarded. Erik Huseklepp produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, Scott Loach makes a save.

86:37

Jonathan Hogg concedes a free kick for a foul on Hayden Mullins. Direct free kick taken by Hayden Mullins. Foul by Jonathan Hogg on Erik Huseklepp, free kick awarded. The ball is delivered by Erik Huseklepp, Header from close in by Dave Kitson misses to the left of the target.

83:56

Unfair challenge on Mark Yeates by Benjani Mwaruwari results in a free kick. Lee Hodson takes the free kick.

83:24

The referee gives a free kick against Benjani Mwaruwari for handball. Free kick taken by Scott Loach.

82:15

Michael Kightly goes off and Troy Deeney comes on.

81:20

Unfair challenge on Luke Varney by Carl Dickinson results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ricardo Rocha.

80:42

The offside flag is raised against Benjani Mwaruwari. Scott Loach takes the direct free kick.

79:40

Erik Huseklepp takes the inswinging corner, Luke Varney takes a shot. Save by Scott Loach.

78:18

Unfair challenge on Marvin Sordell by Abdul Razak results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Mark Yeates.

76:32

A cross is delivered by Joel Ward, clearance made by Nyron Nosworthy.

75:32

Mark Yeates is penalised for a handball. Free kick taken by Abdul Razak.

74:02

Jonathan Hogg concedes a free kick for a foul on Abdul Razak. Booking for Jonathan Hogg for unsporting behaviour. Stephen Henderson restarts play with the free kick.

71:16

Corner taken right-footed by Carl Dickinson from the right by-line, Foul by Chris Iwelumo on Joel Ward, free kick awarded. Stephen Henderson takes the free kick.

70:21

Abdul Razak replaces David Norris.

68:52

Mark Yeates crosses the ball, blocked by Jason Pearce. Inswinging corner taken by Mark Yeates from the right by-line, Dave Kitson manages to make a clearance. Lee Hodson produces a cross, Marvin Sordell has a header from inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.

67:56

Erik Huseklepp sends in a cross.

66:07

The referee blows for offside against Benjani Mwaruwari. Scott Loach takes the free kick. Unfair challenge on Ricardo Rocha by Chris Iwelumo results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Stephen Henderson.

65:08

Greg Halford produces a cross.

64:09

Marvin Sordell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joel Ward. Stephen Henderson restarts play with the free kick.

62:08

Ricardo Rocha gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Iwelumo. Free kick crossed right-footed by Mark Yeates from left channel, Stephen Henderson makes a save.

60:31

Unfair challenge on David Norris by Michael Kightly results in a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Greg Halford.

58:29

Mark Yeates crosses the ball, Ricardo Rocha gets a block in. Mark Yeates takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Benjani Mwaruwari makes a clearance.

56:51

The referee shows Dave Kitson a yellow card. Dave Kitson challenges Lee Hodson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lee Hodson takes the free kick.

56:12

Effort from inside the area by Marvin Sordell misses to the right of the goal.

55:00

Centre by Luke Varney, clearance made by Adrian Mariappa. Michael Kightly challenges Greg Halford unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Erik Huseklepp from right channel, Jonathan Hogg manages to make a clearance.

53:23

Mark Yeates takes a shot. Jason Pearce gets a block in.

51:13

Greg Halford challenges Michael Kightly unfairly and gives away a free kick. Scott Loach takes the direct free kick.

49:46

The offside flag is raised against Benjani Mwaruwari. Direct free kick taken by Scott Loach.

48:30

Prince Buaben takes a shot. Jason Pearce gets a block in. Corner from right by-line taken by Mark Yeates. Carl Dickinson crosses the ball, save made by Stephen Henderson.

47:43

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luke Varney by Chris Iwelumo. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Henderson.

46:52 +1.52

Dave Kitson produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.

46:33

Effort from just outside the area by Dave Kitson goes over the bar.

45:10

Marvin Sordell has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

45:01

Tal Ben-Haim goes off and Benjani Mwaruwari comes on.

44:04

Outswinging corner taken by Mark Yeates from the right by-line, Marvin Sordell gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box low into the middle of the goal. Watford 2-0 Portsmouth.Assist on the goal came from Mark Yeates.

43:55

Lee Hodson produces a cross, clearance by Tal Ben-Haim.

42:21

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joel Ward by Jonathan Hogg. Free kick taken by Greg Halford.

41:37

Unfair challenge on Dave Kitson by Jonathan Hogg results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Greg Halford.

40:00

Inswinging corner taken by Erik Huseklepp.

39:18

Chris Iwelumo concedes a free kick for a foul on Tal Ben-Haim. Erik Huseklepp crosses the ball in from the free kick, Adrian Mariappa manages to make a clearance.

39:03

Erik Huseklepp sends in a cross, clearance by Carl Dickinson.

37:17

The offside flag is raised against Luke Varney. Free kick taken by Nyron Nosworthy.

35:57

The official flags David Norris offside. Scott Loach restarts play with the free kick.

34:52

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Erik Huseklepp from the left by-line, Chris Iwelumo makes a clearance.

34:24

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tal Ben-Haim by Chris Iwelumo. Jason Pearce takes the direct free kick.

31:54

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Iwelumo by Jason Pearce. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Mark Yeates. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jason Pearce by Chris Iwelumo. Stephen Henderson takes the free kick.

30:45

Corner taken by Mark Yeates played to the near post, Luke Varney makes a clearance.

30:14

Lee Hodson fouled by Tal Ben-Haim, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mark Yeates. A cross is delivered by Mark Yeates, save by Stephen Henderson.

27:45

The offside flag is raised against Luke Varney. Free kick taken by Scott Loach.

25:43

Centre by Lee Hodson, Marvin Sordell produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.

23:34

Jonathan Hogg crosses the ball, clearance by Ricardo Rocha. Centre by Michael Kightly.

21:47

Unfair challenge on Hayden Mullins by Jonathan Hogg results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Erik Huseklepp from right channel.

21:30

Luke Varney produces a cross, Carl Dickinson manages to make a clearance.

18:29

Dave Kitson fouled by Carl Dickinson, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Henderson.

18:00

The ball is sent over by Lee Hodson, Jason Pearce manages to make a clearance.

17:19

The ball is crossed by Marvin Sordell.

16:36

Michael Kightly produces a cross, Jason Pearce makes a clearance.

16:25

Michael Kightly crosses the ball, Greg Halford manages to make a clearance.

16:06

The ball is delivered by Marvin Sordell, clearance made by Jason Pearce.

15:22

Marvin Sordell takes a shot. Save by Stephen Henderson.

13:49

Michael Kightly produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

13:20

Centre by Lee Hodson, clearance by Jason Pearce.

9:18

Effort from deep inside the area by Prince Buaben clears the bar. The ball is delivered by Stephen Henderson. Adrian Mariappa fouled by David Norris, the ref awards a free kick. Scott Loach takes the free kick.

7:21

Luke Varney delivers the ball, Nyron Nosworthy manages to make a clearance.

7:00

The ball is delivered by Michael Kightly, save made by Stephen Henderson.

6:45

Centre by Erik Huseklepp, Jonathan Hogg manages to make a clearance.

5:30

Foul by Michael Kightly on Greg Halford, free kick awarded. Stephen Henderson takes the free kick.

4:53

Luke Varney takes a shot. Save made by Scott Loach.

3:41

Luke Varney has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.

2:34

Dave Kitson challenges Adrian Mariappa unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Scott Loach.

1:15

Michael Kightly finds the back of the net with a goal from outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Watford 1-0 Portsmouth.

1:00

Centre by Michael Kightly, clearance by Tal Ben-Haim.

Match Preview

Skipper returns for Hornets Watford captain John Eustace comes back into contention for the visit of Portsmouth. The midfielder has missed the club`s last three games with a back injury but has used the international break to regain his fitness. However, influential defender Lloyd Doyley has not progressed as quickly with his recovery from a thigh problem and remains a doubt against Pompey. Michael Kightly missed the 1-0 defeat at Middlesbrough last time out with a recurrence of his hamstring injury but has trained and is in contention, while fit-again loan striker Craig Beattie replaced the winger on the bench at the Riverside. Centre-back Martin Taylor remains in the treatment room as he continues his rehabilitation from collarbone surgery, while midfielder Stephen McGinn is also battling back from his long-term knee injury. The Hornets will be looking to get back to winning ways after defeat to Boro ended a welcome run of back-to-back victories against Peterborough and Brighton, both of which came at Vicarage Road. Liam Lawrence remains an injury doubt for Michael Appleton's first game in charge of Portsmouth. The midfielder missed Pompey's win over Nottingham Forest a fortnight ago with an ankle injury which also forced him out of the Republic of Ireland squad. If Lawrence is unavailable, Appleton could stick with the side which beat his predecessor Steve Cotterill's Forest 3-0. Striker Benjani returned from a hamstring injury as a late substitute and should be involved again, while youngsters Lewis Tallack and Lewis Stockford are back from loan spells in non-league. Defender Hermann Hriedarsson is having treatment on an Achilles problem and loanee Bjorn Helge Riise, who was on the bench against Forest, has gone back to Fulham.

Formation:442Manager: Sean Dyche

Watford

Formation: 442Manager: Michael Appleton

Portsmouth

  • Scott Loach
  • Lee Hodson
  • Adrian Mariappa
  • Nyron Nosworthy
  • Carl Dickinson
  • Mark Yeates
  • Michael Kightly
  • Prince Buaben
  • Jonathan Hogg
  • Marvin Sordell
  • Chris Iwelumo
  • SUBS
  • Rene Gilmartin
  • John Eustace
  • Troy Deeney
  • David Mirfin
  • Craig Beattie

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Match Report

Appleton debut stung by Hornets Michael Appleton's reign as Portsmouth manager got off to a disappointing start as Watford secured a deserved 2-0 victory at Vicarage Road. The 35-year-old was recently named as Steve Cotterill's successor at the Fratton Park helm, but could not spur Pompey to their first away victory of the season. Watford looked impressive from the outset and were set on the way to a third victory in four matches inside two minutes when Michael Kightly netted his first goal in two and a half years. The home side dominated the first period and deservedly doubled their advantage just before half-time, with Marvin Sordell volleying home exquisitely from Mark Yeates' corner. Watford continued strongly in the second period and only wayward finishing prevented them extending their lead further against a lacklustre Portsmouth, who failed to test goalkeeper Scott Loach with any regularity. Appleton brought in Joel Ward for on-loan Abdul Razak, while Hornets boss Sean Dyche also made one change. Kightly replaced Troy Deeney in the starting line-up and the change paid dividends within two minutes. The on-loan Wolves winger found space on the left flank and put the home side ahead with a speculative drive that beat Stephen Henderson from 25 yards. The visitors pushed forward in numbers, but could have soon conceded a second if Prince Buaben had shown more composure in front of goal. Kightly then hit the side netting as Watford pressed, before Sordell blasted over and Henderson tipped over Yeates's cross-cum-shot. While Pompey looked poor in defence, they were comfortable in possession and only a last-ditch challenge from Nyron Nosworthy thwarted Luke Varney when clear on goal. Erik Huseklepp then saw his cross somehow deflected behind before Watford doubled their advantage just before the break as Sordell caught Yeates's corner on the volley. Dyche's men continued in the ascendancy after the break, with Buaben seeing a shot deflected over before Sordell came close. The match began to slow as the half wore on, with Greg Halford curling a free-kick just wide before Yeates almost deceived Henderson with a set piece of his own. Watford were still edging proceedings and Sordell missed a clear-cut chance in the 69th minute when he flicked a header over from close range. Luke Varney's flicked header forced Loach into his first save of the match with less than 10 minutes remaining, and Loach was again called into action to thwart a Huseklepp free-kick in the 90th minute, but that was as good as it got for the 1,727 visiting fans.

Form Guide

    LLLWWL
  • Watford
  • VS
  • Portsmouth
  • WLWLDW

Last Meetings

  • Watford
  • 3 - 0
  • Portsmouth
  • 01/01/2011
  • Portsmouth
  • 3 - 2
  • Watford
  • 16/10/2010
  • Watford
  • 2 - 2
  • Portsmouth
  • 01/01/2003
  • Portsmouth
  • 3 - 0
  • Watford
  • 24/08/2002
  • Portsmouth
  • 0 - 1
  • Watford
  • 13/04/2002
  • Watford
  • 3 - 0
  • Portsmouth
  • 25/11/2001

Top Scorers

Watford

  • M Yeates 3
  • M Sordell 3
  • C Forsyth 2
  • J Eustace 1
  • M Taylor 1
  • C Iwelumo 1
  • C Dickinson 1
  • T Deeney 1

Portsmouth

  • L Varney 5
  • D Norris 3
  • D Kitson 3
  • E Huseklepp 3
  • N Kanu 1
  • B Mwaruwari 1
  • J Pearce 1

Goals

Watford

    • Total goals 41
    • Goals per game 15
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) 5 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 2 (For) 6 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Portsmouth

    • Total goals 45
    • Goals per game 19
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 4 (For) 1 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

possession


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