Hornets fail to create buzz
Watford's unimpressive npower Championship campaign continued in a drab goalless draw against Millwall at Vicarage Road.
Despite signing a host of players on loan from Udinese, the Hornets - under new boss Gianfranco Zola - have endured an unspectacular start to the season.
The same can be said of the Lions - though less was expected of a side that seems content with a mid-table status in the second tier.
That combination led to a dull London derby, which was somewhat surprising given Millwall headed into the contest brimming with confidence after beating Nottingham Forest 4-1 away at the weekend.
The hosts came closest to scoring in the opening period when Fernando Forestieri's inventive finish was headed off the line after Lions midfielder Liam Trotter had grazed the post.
The second half, meanwhile, provided little entertainment for those in attendance - though the hosts came agonisingly close to snatching a spectacular winner when Almen Abdi hit the crossbar.
Watford impressed in the opening stages, keeping Millwall pegged back with some neat football that yielded the opening chance, which Abdi hit over.
The visitors came back into the game thereafter, however, and began to fashion openings of their own.
Chris Wood was close to grabbing the first goal, seeing his shot blocked after the ball ricocheted off Lloyd Doyley, before Mark Beevers headed over from the resulting corner.
Darius Henderson, getting plenty of criticism from the supporters of his former club, then curled just over having impressively worked an opening.
As the first period drew towards a conclusion, the Lions continued to edge proceedings and almost went ahead as Trotter's 30-yard piledriver skimmed the outside of the post.
The home side, though, had the better of the play at the end of the half; after Abdi's low shot was saved, Beevers had to be on high alert to head Forestieri's clever chip off the line.
The Lions re-emerged from the interval positively and came agonisingly close to going ahead, only for Wood to hit straight at Manuel Almunia after being found by James Henry.
The increasingly end-to-end nature of the game continued as Troy Deeney hit narrowly wide for the Hornets.
As the second half wore on, both sides were unwilling to drive forward, seemingly more worried about conceding than displaying invention.
That meant chances were increasingly few and far between, making Forestieri's wasteful effort - he hit a good opening wide - all the more frustrating.
Seemingly unwilling to let the game meander into a draw, Watford played with more urgency following the introduction of Matej Vydra without creating any real openings.
That changed in the dying moments when Abdi rattled the woodwork before Daniel Pudil hit narrowly wide as the Hornets had to settle for a point.