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Danny Mayor produces a cross.
Effort from outside the penalty box by Stephen McGinn goes wide right of the goal.
Caution for Adrian Mariappa. Adrian Mariappa challenges Darel Russell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Barry Nicholson crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, Adam Thompson makes a clearance.
Jamie Proctor has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.
Adam Thompson crosses the ball, David Gray manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken right-footed by Don Cowie from the right by-line, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Martin Taylor misses to the right of the target.
Corner from right by-line taken by Matthew Whichelow.
Andreas Weimann fouled by David Gray, the ref awards a free kick. Don Cowie restarts play with the free kick.
Centre by Marvin Sordell, clearance made by David Gray.
Marvin Sordell takes a shot. Save by Iain Turner.
Leon Clarke takes a shot. Scott Loach makes a save.
Adrian Mariappa gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Mayor. Ian Ashbee takes the direct free kick.
A cross is delivered by Matthew Whichelow, clearance by Sean St. Ledger.
The ball is swung over by Matthew Whichelow, clearance by Sean St. Ledger.
Darel Russell sends in a cross, save by Scott Loach.
A goal is scored by Adam Thompson from close in low into the middle of the goal. Watford 2-2 Preston.Martin Taylor provided the assist for the goal.
Danny Mayor on for Adam Barton.
Handball by Darel Russell. Direct free kick taken by Scott Loach.
Darel Russell has an effort at goal from outside the area hitting the post.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Don Cowie, clearance by Ian Ashbee.
Centre by Danny Graham, clearance by Sean St. Ledger.
Don Cowie takes the inswinging corner, Darel Russell makes a clearance.
Darel Russell is brought on as a substitute for Keith Treacy.
Marvin Sordell comes on in place of John Eustace.
Keith Treacy has an effort at goal from 35 yards and went wide left of the net.
Jamie Proctor delivers the ball, Effort on goal by Keith Treacy from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
Danny Graham is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Iain Turner takes the free kick.
A goal is scored by Matthew Whichelow from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Watford 1-2 Preston.Assist by Stephen McGinn.
Corner taken right-footed by Adam Barton to the near post, save by Scott Loach.
Corner taken by Adam Barton played to the near post, Matthew Whichelow manages to make a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Jamie Proctor.
Jamie Proctor joins the action as a substitute, replacing Eddie Johnson.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen McGinn by Barry Nicholson. John Eustace takes the free kick.
Barry Nicholson sends in a cross, Shot from deep inside the area by Eddie Johnson clears the bar.
The ball is swung over by Lee Hodson, clearance by Leon Cort.
Lee Hodson crosses the ball, save by Iain Turner.
The ball is crossed by Lee Hodson, save by Iain Turner.
Foul by Sean St. Ledger on John Eustace, free kick awarded. Scott Loach takes the direct free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Adam Barton from the left by-line, clearance made by John Eustace.
A cross is delivered by Don Cowie.
Outswinging corner taken by Don Cowie from the right by-line, clearance made by Leon Cort.
John Eustace takes a shot. Sean St. Ledger gets a block in.
Booking for Keith Treacy for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for a foul by Keith Treacy on Adam Thompson. Don Cowie crosses the ball in from the free kick.
David Gray is given a yellow card. David Gray gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matthew Whichelow. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Adrian Mariappa.
Danny Graham decides to take a short corner.
Barry Nicholson challenges Matthew Whichelow unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Adrian Mariappa.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam Barton by John Eustace. Direct free kick taken by Adam Barton.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Barry Nicholson by Matthew Whichelow. Iain Turner restarts play with the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Lee Hodson, clearance by Adam Barton.
Ian Ashbee produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
Corner taken left-footed by Keith Treacy, save by Scott Loach.
Leon Clarke takes a shot. Blocked by Martin Taylor.
Adam Thompson replaces Daniel Drinkwater. Matthew Whichelow replaces Lloyd Doyley.
Adam Barton receives a yellow card. Adam Barton concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen McGinn. Lee Hodson crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Sean St. Ledger.
Unfair challenge on Lloyd Doyley by Eddie Johnson results in a free kick. Scott Loach takes the direct free kick.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Adam Barton from the left by-line, clearance made by Adrian Mariappa.
Billy Jones crosses the ball, clearance by Adrian Mariappa.
Leon Clarke grabs a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Watford 0-2 Preston.The assist for the goal came from Keith Treacy.
The ball is swung over by Lee Hodson, Iain Turner makes a save.
Billy Jones delivers the ball.
Corner taken short by Don Cowie. The ball is swung over by Daniel Drinkwater, Header from close range by Adrian Mariappa clears the bar.
Don Cowie sends in a cross, clearance by Leon Cort.
The ball is delivered by Danny Graham.
Danny Graham takes a shot. Save by Iain Turner.
The ball is sent over by Don Cowie, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Danny Graham goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Centre by Adrian Mariappa.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Leon Clarke by Martin Taylor. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Keith Treacy, save by Scott Loach.
Billy Jones delivers the ball, Lloyd Doyley manages to make a clearance.
Barry Nicholson takes a shot. Scott Loach makes a save.
Adrian Mariappa crosses the ball, clearance by David Gray.
Keith Treacy concedes a free kick for a foul on Adrian Mariappa. Scott Loach takes the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Danny Graham.
Don Cowie crosses the ball, Leon Cort manages to make a clearance.
Centre by Keith Treacy.
Eddie Johnson is caught offside. Free kick taken by Scott Loach.
Sean St. Ledger scores a headed goal from close in. Watford 0-1 Preston.Assist by Barry Nicholson.
Watford waiting on Buckley
Watford are waiting on the fitness of winger Will Buckley ahead of the visit of lowly Preston.
The former Rochdale man picked up an ankle injury after a heavy challenge during the 3-1 defeat to North End's rivals Burnley at the weekend and is receiving treatment.
Buckley is unlikely to play but Don Cowie could return in his place after a spell out with a thigh injury.
Popular full-back Lloyd Doyley also missed the game on Saturday with his hamstring injury but has a chance of returning.
Youngster Michael Bryan is still missing with an ankle injury, but midfielder Ross Jenkins is back after struggling with a tight hamstring.
The Hornets have not won in their last five games in all competitions.
Preston boss Phil Brown, meanwhile, looks set to persist with on-loan Everton goalkeeper Iain Turner between the posts.
Brown axed regular number one Andy Lonergan and replaced him with him new recruit Turner for Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Hull.
Brown said: "Iain Turner played well enough for me. He obviously knows the challenge and is over the moon at the opportunity of playing first-team football."
Rookie defender Conor McLaughlin suffered a fracture to his left fibula and a dislocated ankle in the recent defeat to Bristol City and faces several months on the sidelines.
Striker Iain Hume could remain sidelined with a hamstring strain as Brown bids to guide North End to their first win since he took the reins last month.
North End blow chance of vital victory
Preston's already slim hopes of npower Championship survival took a major blow as they threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at Watford.
Captain Sean St Ledger took just 40 seconds to put North End ahead and Leon Clarke doubled the lead before half-time to put manager Phil Brown in position to pick up his first win at the helm.
But Watford substitutes Matt Whichelow and Adam Thompson replied after the break to leave the Lilywhites staring relegation in the face and without a win since December 11.
Watford boss Malky Mackay saw his side produce a truly wretched display for the first hour until his half-time replacements scored but it is now six games without a win in all competitions for the Hornets.
North End kicked off 10 points from safety with Brown choosing to keep Everton loanee Iain Turner in goal ahead of regular first-choice Andy Lonergan.
A poor pitch looked likely to make passing difficult but North End stunned everyone inside the ground by scoring in the first minute.
They won a corner straight from kick-off which Adam Barton played deep to Barry Nicholson on the edge of the area.
He sliced his attempted shot but saw the ball fly straight to an unmarked St Ledger who headed in from five yards.
St Ledger looked stunned and no wonder, it was the first time North End had scored before the 88th minute under Brown.
Keith Treacy almost played in Clarke as the visitors looked to take advantage of a slow start from Watford, who endured a dreadful first half.
The Hornets were struggling to string two passes together and could have been two down but goalkeeper Scott Loach showed strong wrists to turn a powerful shot from Nicholson away to safety.
It came as no surprise when North End doubled their lead in the 37th minute.
Treacy streaked clear down the left and - in a carbon copy of the earlier chance - crossed for Clarke to slide in at the back post and finish from four yards out.
Clarke could have scored again in the final minute of the half but Loach did well to divert his chip wide before Ian Ashbee smashed a volley just over from the corner.
Mackay must have been livid with his side's woeful showing and made the two vital changes at the break as Whichelow and Thompson replaced Lloyd Doyley and Danny Drinkwater.
The hosts finally had a spell of pressure as Preston grew understandably nervous and Whichelow capped their first decent move of the night with a fine goal in the 69th minute.
The youngster exchanged a one-two with Andreas Weimann before beating a challenge on the edge of the area and curling a low shot beyond Turner and into the bottom corner.
North End sub Darel Russell then crashed a 25-yard shot against the post but moments later the strugglers showed just why they are adrift at the bottom by conceding a terrible 79th-minute equaliser.
A free-kick on the halfway line was allowed to bounce inside the area and Thompson appeared unmarked to steer his first career goal past Turner from the corner of the six-yard box.
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