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Saturday, 29 September, 2001, 13:24 GMT 14:24 UK
Watford 1-1 Preston
Gianluca Vialli's Watford extended their winless run to five games as they were held to a draw by Preston at Vicarage Road.

Preston took the lead after 22 minutes through Jonathan Macken.

And had it not been for an amazing own goal by Michael Jackson, they would probably have finished comfortable winners.

The visitors conceded a corner after 51 minutes and when Stephen Glass sent over the cross, Jackson climbed to head firmly into his own net.

The goal surprisingly failed to signal a rally from the home side. Too much of their play got bogged down in midfield and they were guilty of over-elaborating.

Preston had gone in front when Jackson fired the ball goalwards.

Espen Baardsen blocked the shot but was unable to hold the greasy ball and Jon Macken pounced to sweep home.

Misses galore

Macken then headed over when afforded another chance after 30 minutes from a Rob Edwards cross.

Watford made little impression and their one chance of the first half came after 34 minutes when Heidar Helguson played Nordin Wooter clear.

But the Dutchman opted to pass to his left and Preston were relieved to clear.

Watford made more of a game of it in the second half. Preston went close when Lee Cartwright crossed and Macken found space at the far post only to head straight at Baardsen.

Watford had a couple of half-chances when Stephen Hughes, one of three half-time substitutions made by Vialli, slipped the ball into the path of Marcus Gayle, who swung at the ball and lofted it badly wide.

Watford got behind the Preston defence on a couple of occasions but no-one was on hand to add the finishing touches to the crosses.


Watford: Baardsen, Cox, Galli, Robinson, Vernazza, Doyley, Fisken, Glass, Helguson, Smith, Wooter. Subs: Hughes, Chamberlain, Noel-Williams, Noble, Gayle.

Preston: Moilanen, Alexander, Jackson, Lucketti, Edwards, Gregan, Cartwright, Rankine, McKenna, Healy, Macken. Subs: Lucas, Murdock, Cresswell, Barry-Murphy, Anderson.

Referee: U Rennie (Sheffield)

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