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Monday, August 30, 1999 Published at 22:01 GMT 23:01 UK

Leicester add to Watford's woes

First half goal from Izzet (centre) proved the winner

Leicester 1-0 Watford

A scrambled goal by Muzzy Izzet on the stroke of half-time was enough to give Leicester a crucial win against struggling Watford at Filbert Street.

The BBC's Steve Wilson: "Watford hardly caused Leicester any problems"
The home side's win puts them in fifth place in the FA Carling Premiership.

Watford, who never got on top of dominant Leicester, are sixth from bottom, with two wins out of six, and four losses.

[ image: Power and pace: Emile Heskey (right)]
Power and pace: Emile Heskey (right)
Leicester were soon into their stride.

England U21 international Emile Heskey immediately caused problems for the Watford defence.

He made two runs to the touch-line which failed to generate an end product, but then found Stefan Oakes in space on the edge of the area after squaring the ball back into his path.

However Oakes, brought in to replace the injured Impey, dragged his shot well wide.

A corner from Izzet picked out Gerry Taggart at the far post, but he failed to make a clean contact on his header.

Robbie Savage also headed past the post from a Steve Guppy centre as the home side peppered the Watford back three with a succession of crosses.

Watford showed some neat approach play, but little in the way of concrete chances.

[ image: Ngonge (left) battles with Taggart]
Ngonge (left) battles with Taggart
They had to wait until the 35th minute for their first effort on goal, which was a weak effort from Des Lyttle that was comfortably saved by Pegguy Arphexad - a replacement for the injured Tim Flowers.

But on the stroke of half time, it was the home side who deservedly went ahead.

Day, under pressure from Heskey, failed to hold on to another demanding centre from Sinclair and the loose ball broke to Guppy.

He fired a low effort back across the goal and Izzet was perfectly placed to deflect the ball into the net.

Tit-for-tat booking

It proved to be the winner in a second half which was scrappier than the first but saw Leicester continue to enjoy the vast majority of possession, with Izzet again impressing in midfield.

Watford's Paul Robinson was booked for a challenge from behind on Heskey, who needed treatment.

But the Leicester man was also yellow carded in the 56th minute when he took revenge on Robinson with a lunging challenge.


Arphexad, Sinclair, Elliott, Taggart, Izzet, Lennon, Savage, Oakes, Guppy, Heskey, Cottee. Subs: Gilchrist, Marshall, Wilson, Hodges, Zagorakis.

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

Referee: N Barry (Scunthorpe)

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