Leicester 4-2 Watford

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Leicester   4 - 2   Watford

Leicester 4-2 Watford

Yakubu and Jeffrey Bruma both scored twice as Leicester kept their slim play-off hopes alive and ended Watford's chances.

Marvin Sordell fired into the top corner to put Watford ahead but Leicester equalised a minute later when Chelsea loanee Bruma struck.

Sordell drilled in a second but substitute Yakubu took advantage of an error from keeper Scott Loach to level.

Bruma smashed a 35-yard strike into the corner before Yakubu lobbed a fourth.

Leicester are six points adrift of sixth-placed Nottingham Forest with two games to play, meaning the play-offs, while achievable, are unlikely this season.

But Sven Goran Eriksson's side appear determined to end the campaign on a high.

Leicester could have scored in the fifth minute but Angelo Miguel Vitor failed to direct Paul Gallagher's corner on target.

Darius Vassell, recalled by Eriksson at the expense of Yakubu, hassled the Hornets defence before Patrick Van Aanholt smashed a 30-yard strike over the crossbar.

Watford suffered an early blow when Andreas Weimann hobbled off and was replaced by Sordell as the Foxes started to dominate.

Leicester almost broke the deadlock but Loach brilliantly parried away a Gallagher free-kick from long range.

However, despite all the home side's early pressure, it was the Hornets who opened the scoring after 27 minutes as substitute Sordell drilled the ball into the top corner from 20 yards.

Leicester equalised only a minute later when Bruma spectacularly fired into the bottom corner from 30 yards.

As the game sparked into life, Watford regained their one-goal advantage after 40 minutes when Sordell punished poor City defending and drilled in his second goal of the half from 18 yards.

The Foxes were aggrieved not to be awarded a penalty on 52 minutes as Vassell went down in the area before Andy King fired over the bar after a neat cut-back from Van Aanholt.

Danny Graham went up the other end and almost put the game to bed but his header was well saved by Chris Weale before Loach denied Vitor as Leicester upped the ante.

Yakubu, who came on for the injured Ritchie Wellens, took advantage of a horrible error from Loach to level things up at 2-2 after 62 minutes.

The home side looked the livelier of the two teams and went in front for the first time when Bruma smashed a stunning 35-yard strike into the top corner after 72 minutes before Yakubu added a fourth a minute later - the Nigerian lobbing the ball into the net after Loach parried Andy King's strike.

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Monday, 25 April 2011

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Home Team Score Away Team Time
Leicester 4-2 Watford FT
(HT 1-2)
  • Bruma 39
  • Yakubu 62
  • Bruma 73
  • Yakubu 75
  • Sordell 28
  • Sordell 41

Leicester

  • 01 Weale
  • 04 Van Aanholt
  • 05 Miguel Vitor
  • 12 Bruma (Tunchev 90+3)
  • 16 Naughton
  • 36 Mee
  • 10 King
  • 19 Wellens (Yakubu 45)
  • 22 Abe yellow card
  • 07 Gallagher
  • 37 Vassell (Dyer 89)

Substitutes

  • 40 Smith,
  • 03 Tunchev,
  • 15 Berner,
  • 06 Moreno,
  • 11 Dyer,
  • 09 Howard,
  • 24 Yakubu

Watford

  • 01 Loach
  • 02 Hodson
  • 05 Taylor (Bennett 88)
  • 06 Mariappa
  • 12 Doyley
  • 04 Eustace
  • 07 Cowie
  • 23 Mingoia (Drinkwater 82)
  • 09 Deeney
  • 10 Graham
  • 22 Weimann (Sordell 16)

Substitutes

  • 13 Gilmartin,
  • 17 Bennett,
  • 29 Thompson,
  • 11 Buckley,
  • 32 Drinkwater,
  • 20 Sordell,
  • 27 Massey
Ref: BatesAtt: 21,473
LEICESTER
WATFORD

Possession

  • Leicester 53%
  • Watford 47%

Attempts on target

  • Leicester 9
  • Watford 4

Attempts off target

  • Leicester 6
  • Watford 2

Corners

  • Leicester 13
  • Watford 2

Fouls

  • Leicester 5
  • Watford 7
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:56 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
  • 90:00+2:42 Substitution Jeffrey Bruma goes off and Aleksandar Tunchev comes on.
  • 90:00+2:42 Danny Graham produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.
  • 88:01 Substitution Lloyd Dyer is brought on as a substitute for Darius Vassell.
  • 87:23 Substitution Martin Taylor goes off and Dale Bennett comes on.
  • 84:43 Darius Vassell fouled by Lloyd Doyley, the ref awards a free kick. Kyle Naughton takes the free kick.
  • 82:12 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Paul Gallagher, save by Scott Loach.
  • 82:01 Darius Vassell takes a shot. Lloyd Doyley gets a block in.
  • 81:04 Substitution Daniel Drinkwater on for Piero Mingoia.
  • 79:21 Corner taken by Don Cowie, Ben Mee makes a clearance.
  • 79:06 Danny Graham takes a shot. Ben Mee gets a block in.
  • 74:16 GOAL - Ayegbeni YakubuLeicester 4 - 2 Watford A goal is scored by Ayegbeni Yakubu from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Leicester 4-2 Watford.
  • 72:41 Assist by Ben Mee.
  • 72:41 GOAL - Jeffrey BrumaLeicester 3 - 2 Watford Jeffrey Bruma grabs a goal. Leicester 3-2 Watford.
  • 71:04 Kyle Naughton produces a cross, save made by Scott Loach.
  • 69:34 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Paul Gallagher, John Eustace manages to make a clearance.
  • 69:03 Free kick awarded for a foul by Don Cowie on Yuki Abe. Free kick taken by Ben Mee.
  • 67:59 Don Cowie takes the free kick.
  • 67:59 Booking Yuki Abe is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 67:48 Yuki Abe challenges John Eustace unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 65:11 Ayegbeni Yakubu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adrian Mariappa. Scott Loach takes the direct free kick.
  • 61:29 GOAL - Ayegbeni YakubuLeicester 2 - 2 Watford Ayegbeni Yakubu grabs a goal from just outside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Leicester 2-2 Watford.
  • 60:21 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Paul Gallagher, clearance made by Martin Taylor.
  • 60:05 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Paul Gallagher from the left by-line, Adrian Mariappa makes a clearance.
  • 59:31 Corner taken right-footed by Paul Gallagher, Angelo Miguel Vitor takes a shot. Scott Loach makes a save.
  • 58:05 Paul Gallagher takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, save by Scott Loach.
  • 57:41 The ball is delivered by Andy King, clearance by John Eustace.
  • 57:07 The offside flag is raised against Troy Deeney. Jeffrey Bruma takes the free kick.
  • 55:40 Ayegbeni Yakubu challenges Adrian Mariappa unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Scott Loach.
  • 55:16 A cross is delivered by Kyle Naughton, clearance made by Lloyd Doyley.
  • 54:56 Lee Hodson crosses the ball, Danny Graham takes a shot. Save made by Chris Weale.
  • 54:39 Lee Hodson takes a short corner.
  • 53:36 Shot from deep inside the area by Andy King goes over the bar.
  • 49:55 The ball is sent over by Yuki Abe.
  • 48:31 Shot from just outside the box by Andy King misses to the right of the goal.
  • 48:08 Paul Gallagher takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Adrian Mariappa.
  • 48:01 A cross is delivered by Darius Vassell, blocked by Lloyd Doyley.
  • 46:15 Paul Gallagher takes a shot. Save by Scott Loach.
  • 45:36 Corner taken right-footed by Paul Gallagher, drilled left-footed shot by Ben Mee.
  • 45:26 Darius Vassell takes a shot. Lloyd Doyley gets a block in.
  • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+3:11 The ref blows to signal half-time.
  • 45:00+1:18 Paul Gallagher takes the inswinging corner, Troy Deeney makes a clearance.
  • 44:26 Angelo Miguel Vitor takes the direct free kick.
  • 44:26 Substitution Ayegbeni Yakubu comes on in place of Richie Wellens.
  • 44:26 Ben Mee fouled by Troy Deeney, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 40:48 GOAL - Marvin SordellLeicester 1 - 2 Watford Marvin Sordell gets on the score sheet with a goal from just inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Leicester 1-2 Watford.
  • 38:20 Assist on the goal came from Yuki Abe.
  • 38:20 GOAL - Jeffrey BrumaLeicester 1 - 1 Watford Jeffrey Bruma finds the back of the net with a goal from long range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Leicester 1-1 Watford.
  • 36:53 Danny Graham sends in a cross, Header from deep inside the area by Troy Deeney goes over the bar.
  • 35:35 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Scott Loach.
  • 34:45 The referee blows for offside against Marvin Sordell. Chris Weale takes the free kick.
  • 34:01 The referee blows for offside. Scott Loach takes the indirect free kick.
  • 33:27 Jeffrey Bruma fouled by Troy Deeney, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Weale takes the free kick.
  • 29:24 Richie Wellens concedes a free kick for a foul on Piero Mingoia. Troy Deeney restarts play with the free kick.
  • 28:34 Patrick Van Aanholt fouled by Don Cowie, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Richie Wellens.
  • 27:14 GOAL - Marvin SordellLeicester 0 - 1 Watford Goal scored by Marvin Sordell from just outside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Leicester 0-1 Watford.
  • 26:23 Danny Graham challenges Ben Mee unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ben Mee takes the free kick.
  • 25:32 Danny Graham is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Chris Weale restarts play with the free kick.
  • 24:05 Corner taken right-footed by Paul Gallagher from the right by-line, Header on goal by Ben Mee from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 23:49 The ball is swung over by Yuki Abe, Martin Taylor gets a block in.
  • 21:11 A cross is delivered by Paul Gallagher, clearance by Lloyd Doyley.
  • 19:25 The referee blows for offside against Troy Deeney. Chris Weale restarts play with the free kick.
  • 17:51 Patrick Van Aanholt sends in a cross, Adrian Mariappa manages to make a clearance.
  • 16:42 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Paul Gallagher, Martin Taylor makes a clearance.
  • 14:57 Paul Gallagher has an effort direct from the free kick, Scott Loach makes a save.
  • 14:57 Substitution Andreas Weimann leaves the field to be replaced by Marvin Sordell.
  • 14:57 John Eustace concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Gallagher.
  • 12:21 Effort on goal by Patrick Van Aanholt from long range goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 12:02 Paul Gallagher takes a outswinging corner.
  • 11:56 The ball is sent over by Darius Vassell, blocked by Adrian Mariappa.
  • 10:03 A cross is delivered by Richie Wellens.
  • 5:41 Corner taken by Paul Gallagher from the right by-line to the near post, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Angelo Miguel Vitor goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
  • 5:34 The ball is swung over by Andy King, John Eustace gets a block in.
  • 4:31 Andy King challenges John Eustace unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by John Eustace.
  • 0:00 The game begins.

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Npower Championship table snapshot

As it stood on 25 Apr 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 QPR 44 38 85
2 Norwich 44 24 80
3 Cardiff 44 25 79
4 Swansea 44 21 74
5 Reading 44 25 73
6 Nott'm Forest 44 12 69
7 Millwall 44 17 67
8 Burnley 44 5 67
9 Leeds 44 9 66
10 Hull 44 4 64
11 Leicester 44 3 63
12 Watford 44 10 61
13 Ipswich 44 -5 59
14 Portsmouth 44 -6 57
15 Middlesbrough 44 -6 56
16 Bristol City 44 -8 54
17 Coventry 44 -4 53
18 Barnsley 44 -12 52
19 Derby 44 -10 49
20 Crystal Palace 44 -22 47
21 Doncaster 44 -23 47
22 Sheff Utd 44 -31 41
23 Scunthorpe 44 -40 41
24 Preston 44 -26 39

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