Preston 1-1 Watford

03 April 2010 05:41
Watford could have had more than a point against a disappointing Preston.Will Buckley put Watford ahead with his first goal for the club after he latched on to Heidar Helguson's header, beat Sean St Ledger and fired home. [LNB]Callum Davidson equalised for Preston by heading home Keith Treacy's cross but Watford quickly regained control. [LNB]Preston keeper Andy Lonergan made a superb save from John Eustace's diving header but the hosts nearly snatched a win when Neil Mellor shot just over. [LNB]Crystal Palace's draw with Middlesbrough means Watford remain a point above the relegation zone despite winning just once in their last 11 outings. [LNB]But the away side will feel Buckley's booking for diving when they had a first-half penalty claim rejected was harsh, and they could have had a winner when substitute Danny Graham bundled home Helguson's knockdown late in the game, only to see the linesman's flag raised. [LNB][LNB]Preston manager Darren Ferguson:[LNB]"We were far better, with more energy and more tempo. I felt we had the momentum after the equaliser but we just kept giving free-kick after free-kick away. [LNB]"But credit to the lads because they dug deep when they hemmed us in with set-pieces. [LNB]"At this stage of the season it is about character. Everyone is getting anxious because we're still not there and it's my job to keep a lid on that." [LNB]Watford manager Malky Mackay:[LNB]"Preston is never an easy place to come. It never has been throughout my time in this division, but I think we probably did enough to win the game.[LNB] [LNB][LNB] "We've got the point and I think we were unfortunate not to get all three. [LNB]"At this stage it's about character and belief and to be fair the players have shown that all season. They've sweated blood for us. I'm very proud of them. [LNB]"It's inconsistent refereeing. I thought the offside was marginal, plus Ross Wallace has had his elbow in Don Cowie's face. Don is groggy and has seen the doctor." [LNB][LNB] Live text and stats  [LNB] Saturday, 3 April 2010[LNB] Championship[LNB] Home Team Score Away Team Time Preston 1-1 Watford FT (HT 0-1) Davidson 53 Buckley 35 Preston 01 Lonergan 03 Davidson 05 Mawene 12 St. Ledger 19 Jones 07 Sedgwick (Treacy 38) 15 Coutts 23 James 25 Wallace yellow card 09 Brown 26 Parkin (Mellor 46) Substitutes 22 Henderson, 02 Hart, 20 Williams, 24 Ward, 04 Chaplow, 16 Treacy, 33 Mellor Watford 01 Loach 02 Mariappa 12 Doyley 15 Harley 17 Bennett 24 Taylor (Hodson 73) 05 Lansbury yellow card (Cowie 82) 20 Cleverley 22 Buckley yellow card (Graham 62) 28 Eustace 11 Helguson Substitutes 16 Lee, 33 Hodson, 07 Cowie, 08 McGinn, 10 Graham, 18 Hoskins, 26 Noble Ref: ShoebridgeAtt: 12,534 PRESTON WATFORD Possession Preston 55% Watford 45% Attempts on target Preston 6 Watford 9 Attempts off target Preston 7 Watford 4 Corners Preston 7 Watford 11 Fouls Preston 18 Watford 13 Final Result 95:38 The referee blows for the end of the match. Full Time 90:00+5:02 Billy Jones produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal. 90:00+3:22 Handball decision goes against Keith Treacy. Scott Loach takes the indirect free kick. 90:00+1:45 Callum Davidson produces a cross. 90:00+0:25 Foul by Chris Brown on Dale Bennett, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Scott Loach. 89:20 The ball is swung over by Jon Harley, Andy Lonergan makes a save. 88:22 Billy Jones takes a shot. Heidar Helguson gets a block in. 88:18 Paul Coutts produces a cross, clearance made by Adrian Mariappa. 88:00 Keith Treacy fouled by John Eustace, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Keith Treacy. 85:48 A cross is delivered by Lee Hodson. 85:22 Neil Mellor crosses the ball, Don Cowie manages to make a clearance. 82:16 The assistant referee signals for offside against Heidar Helguson. Andy Lonergan takes the indirect free kick. 79:11 Substitution Don Cowie replaces Henri Lansbury. 79:11 Free kick awarded for a foul by Keith Treacy on Henri Lansbury. Lee Hodson restarts play with the free kick. 78:05 Foul by Sean St. Ledger on Heidar Helguson, free kick awarded. Henri Lansbury crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left by-line, clearance made by Neil Mellor. 77:38 Ross Wallace is caught offside. Free kick taken by Scott Loach. 77:02 Corner taken left-footed by Jon Harley. 76:31 Sean St. Ledger is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick crossed by Henri Lansbury, clearance by Matthew James. 75:48 Effort from the edge of the area by Neil Mellor goes wide of the right-hand upright. 75:20 Tom Cleverley takes a outswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Youl Mawene. 75:10 The ball is crossed by Danny Graham, Youl Mawene makes a clearance. 74:06 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Tom Cleverley, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Heidar Helguson goes harmlessly over the crossbar. 73:11 Foul by Sean St. Ledger on Tom Cleverley, free kick awarded. The ball is swung over by Henri Lansbury, Jon Harley takes a shot. Blocked by Youl Mawene. 72:08 Substitution Lee Hodson replaces Martin Taylor. 72:08 Foul by John Eustace on Neil Mellor, free kick awarded. Callum Davidson takes the indirect free kick. 71:28 Paul Coutts takes a shot. John Eustace gets a block in. 71:06 Adrian Mariappa challenges Ross Wallace unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ross Wallace delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, clearance by John Eustace. 70:08 Danny Graham is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Andy Lonergan takes the indirect free kick. 69:10 Inswinging corner taken by Ross Wallace, Scott Loach makes a save. 69:05 The ball is delivered by Keith Treacy, Lloyd Doyley gets a block in. 67:56 Booking Ross Wallace goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. 67:31 The assistant referee signals for offside against Ross Wallace. Scott Loach takes the free kick. 67:18 Tom Cleverley takes a shot. Andy Lonergan makes a save. 66:45 Free kick awarded for a foul by Keith Treacy on Jon Harley. Direct free kick taken by Henri Lansbury. 65:30 The referee blows for offside against Danny Graham. Andy Lonergan restarts play with the free kick. 64:44 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tom Cleverley by Callum Davidson. Henri Lansbury crosses the ball in from the free kick, save made by Andy Lonergan. 63:30 Henri Lansbury sends in a cross, John Eustace takes a shot. Save by Andy Lonergan. 63:18 Chris Brown is caught offside. Free kick taken by Scott Loach. 62:54 Adrian Mariappa takes a shot. Save made by Andy Lonergan. 62:42 Heidar Helguson sends in a cross, clearance by Callum Davidson. 62:31 The ball is sent over by Heidar Helguson, Sean St. Ledger manages to make a clearance. 61:23 The ball is delivered by Henri Lansbury, Youl Mawene manages to make a clearance. 61:23 Substitution William Buckley leaves the field to be replaced by Danny Graham. 61:23 Jon Harley fouled by Billy Jones, the ref awards a free kick. Correction - 60:39 Booking Henri Lansbury shown a yellow card. 60:39 Booking Booking for John Eustace for unsporting behaviour. 60:08 Keith Treacy takes a shot. Save by Scott Loach. 59:20 Chris Brown challenges Adrian Mariappa unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by John Eustace. 57:55 Shot by Paul Coutts from outside the area goes high over the crossbar. 57:29 Corner taken by Ross Wallace played to the near post, clearance made by Lloyd Doyley. 57:23 The ball is crossed by Neil Mellor, Jon Harley makes a clearance. 57:17 Neil Mellor delivers the ball, clearance by Lloyd Doyley. 56:24 The offside flag is raised against William Buckley. Sean St. Ledger takes the direct free kick. 55:37 Sean St. Ledger fouled by John Eustace, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Andy Lonergan. 54:55 A cross is delivered by Adrian Mariappa. 53:28 The ball is swung over by Jon Harley, Youl Mawene makes a clearance. 52:09 The assist for the goal came from Keith Treacy. 52:09 GOAL - Callum Davidson:Preston 1 - 1 Watford Callum Davidson finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close range. Preston 1-1 Watford. 52:07 The ball is crossed by Keith Treacy, 51:48 Billy Jones delivers the ball. 51:28 The ball is swung over by Matthew James, clearance by Adrian Mariappa. 51:05 Heidar Helguson is caught offside. Free kick taken by Sean St. Ledger. 50:18 Chris Brown concedes a free kick for a foul on Dale Bennett. Scott Loach restarts play with the free kick. 49:42 Foul by Heidar Helguson on Callum Davidson, free kick awarded. Andy Lonergan restarts play with the free kick. 49:16 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jon Harley. 48:43 Billy Jones handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Shot comes in from Henri Lansbury from the free kick, Andy Lonergan makes a save. 47:36 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jon Harley by Paul Coutts. Tom Cleverley has an effort direct from the free kick. 45:59 Henri Lansbury concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Coutts. Free kick taken by Sean St. Ledger. 45:40 Keith Treacy sends in a cross, save by Scott Loach. 45:01 The game restarts for the second half. 45:01 Substitution Neil Mellor on for Jon Parkin. Half Time 45:00+1:09 The half-time whistle blows. 44:37 Corner taken by Ross Wallace, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Youl Mawene misses to the left of the goal. 44:30 The ball is delivered by Paul Coutts, blocked by Adrian Mariappa. 43:32 Tom Cleverley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Callum Davidson. Free kick crossed left-footed by Callum Davidson from left wing. 41:30 Free kick awarded for a foul by Dale Bennett on Ross Wallace. Free kick crossed left-footed by Ross Wallace, Heidar Helguson manages to make a clearance. 40:43 Tom Cleverley takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Keith Treacy makes a clearance. 40:26 Tom Cleverley takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Youl Mawene. 39:16 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sean St. Ledger by Heidar Helguson. Free kick taken by Andy Lonergan. 38:41 Keith Treacy takes a shot. Lloyd Doyley gets a block in. 37:19 Substitution Keith Treacy is brought on as a substitute for Chris Sedgwick. 37:19 Matthew James concedes a free kick for a foul on Henri Lansbury. Scott Loach takes the free kick. 34:27 Heidar Helguson provided the assist for the goal. 34:27 GOAL - William Buckley:Preston 0 - 1 Watford William Buckley fires in a goal from close range to the top left corner of the goal. Preston 0-1 Watford. 31:45 Andy Lonergan fouled by Heidar Helguson, the ref awards a free kick. Andy Lonergan takes the indirect free kick. 31:03 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Tom Cleverley, Martin Taylor takes a shot. Save by Andy Lonergan. 30:55 The ball is delivered by Jon Harley, Callum Davidson makes a clearance. 30:16 The ball is sent over by Ross Wallace, Jon Harley manages to make a clearance. 29:22 A cross is delivered by Sean St. Ledger, save by Scott Loach. 28:56 Corner taken by Ross Wallace, clearance made by Dale Bennett. 28:45 Jon Parkin takes a shot. Blocked by Lloyd Doyley. 27:54 Booking Caution for William Buckley. 27:00 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Tom Cleverley, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Martin Taylor misses to the left of the goal. 26:36 Jon Harley takes a shot. Andy Lonergan makes a save. 25:59 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adrian Mariappa by Ross Wallace. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Tom Cleverley from right wing, clearance made by Chris Brown. 24:26 Chris Brown gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Henri Lansbury. Scott Loach takes the free kick. 23:39 The assistant referee flags for offside against Heidar Helguson. Free kick taken by Callum Davidson. 22:27 Corner taken by Matthew James from the right by-line, clearance made by Heidar Helguson. 22:11 Adrian Mariappa crosses the ball, save by Andy Lonergan. 20:30 Billy Jones crosses the ball, Dale Bennett makes a clearance. 19:07 The ball is sent over by Paul Coutts. 17:58 The ball is swung over by Tom Cleverley, Martin Taylor has a headed effort from close in and clears the bar. 17:27 Inswinging corner taken by Tom Cleverley from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Jon Parkin. 17:21 A cross is delivered by Heidar Helguson, Billy Jones gets a block in. 16:03 Jon Parkin takes a shot. Blocked by Dale Bennett. 15:33 Foul by Heidar Helguson on Youl Mawene, free kick awarded. Youl Mawene takes the free kick. 14:58 Effort from the edge of the box by Chris Brown goes wide of the left-hand upright. 14:34 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Ross Wallace from the right by-line, clearance by Heidar Helguson. 14:22 Billy Jones delivers the ball, blocked by Jon Harley. 12:59 The ball is crossed by Ross Wallace, clearance by Dale Bennett. 11:39 The ball is swung over by Chris Sedgwick, Scott Loach makes a save. 10:33 The referee blows for offside against Heidar Helguson. Andy Lonergan takes the free kick. 9:54 Free kick awarded for a foul by Billy Jones on Jon Harley. Direct free kick taken by Lloyd Doyley. 9:02 Chris Brown is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Scott Loach. 8:16 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Tom Cleverley, Dale Bennett challenges Andy Lonergan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Andy Lonergan. 7:57 Tom Cleverley takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Chris Brown manages to make a clearance. 7:40 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jon Harley by Paul Coutts. Jon Harley restarts play with the free kick. 7:16 Ross Wallace takes a shot. Save by Scott Loach. 5:19 Billy Jones challenges Jon Harley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Henri Lansbury, Paul Coutts makes a clearance. 2:44 Foul by Youl Mawene on William Buckley, free kick awarded. Henri Lansbury produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Matthew James gets a block in. 1:30 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dale Bennett by Jon Parkin. Indirect free kick taken by Scott Loach. 1:08 Free kick awarded for a foul by Heidar Helguson on Youl Mawene. Andy Lonergan restarts play with the free kick. 0:08 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Ross Wallace, clearance made by Heidar Helguson. 0:00 The match has kicked off. Live text and data provided by The Press Association.[LNB]

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