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Saturday, August 21, 1999 Published at 18:45 GMT 19:45 UK

Mooney strikes again

Watford hero Mooney heads Watford ahead

Watford 1-0 Bradford

Tommy Mooney was Watford's hero again as he popped up with the winner for the second week running.

The BBC's Steve Wilson: "This was barely as memorable as their victory at Anfield"
The striker and his boss Graham Taylor now face former club Aston Villa on Tuesday in ninth place, just a point behind the next visitors to Vicarage Road.

A decade ago at Villa Park the former England manager famously told the striker he was not good enough for the top flight.

But he is happy now to admit he got it wrong.

"He knows more about the game now," he said. "I've a lot of time for what he's done."

Six-pointer in August?

Mooney's winning strike at Anfield last week grabbed more headlines, but this win is likely to prove far more significant come the end of the season.

[ image: Peter Beagrie and Des Lyttle battle away]
Peter Beagrie and Des Lyttle battle away
These Premiership newcomers simply want to avoid relegation after their surprise promotion last season.

And while it is too early to talk of six-pointers, Taylor will be delighted that his side exploited home advantage and won a game that seemed set to end goalless.

The first half fare will have had the critics predicting a long dark winter for these sides.

Neither team displayed much Premiership quality, and there was little goalmouth action.

The second half improved, and Watford forced Gary Walsh to make vital saves.

Bradford boss Jewell threw Dean Saunders into the action and his side had a header cleared from beneath the crossbar.

Mooney goal

But then Mooney won the ball deep in Bradford territory, moved it wide to Kennedy and drifted behind the visitors' central defenders to thump home a header from the Northern Ireland international's cross.

Michel Ngonge hit the bar with a point- blank header but the flag had gone up for offside.

And Robert Page produced a great clearance to deny Gareth Grant in injury time.

Afterwards Jewell admitted his side were second best, and will simply hope to cancel this one out in the rematch at Valley Parade.

And both sides can now look forward to a bit more Premiership glamour in midweek.

A day after Villa's visit to Vicarage Road, the Bantams are off to Highbury.


Watford: Day, Lyttle, Williams, Page, Robinson, Hyde, Palmer, Easton, Kennedy, Ngonge, Mooney. Subs: Gibbs, Gudmundsson, Bonnot, Foley, Walker.

Bradford: Walsh, Halle, Wetherall, Dreyer, Jacobs, Lawrence, Whalley, Redfearn, Beagrie, Mills, Windass. Subs: Myers, Clarke, O'Brien, Grant, Saunders.

Referee: R Harris (Oxford)

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