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Portsmouth 2-0 Watford

Portsmouth 2-0 Watford

Two second-half goals ensured Portsmouth swept aside 10-man Watford and climbed above the Hornets into 17th place in the Championship table.

Marko Futacs nodded in David Norris's corner before Watford goalkeeper Scott Loach saved from Dave Kitson.

But Loach went from hero to villain when he was sent off for dragging down Futacs outside the box.

Portsmouth pressed forward and sealed victory when Hayden Mullins converted Erik Huseklepp's 87th-minute cross.

Portsmouth's win was well-deserved and their first in four matches.

They dominated the first half but Norris and Huseklepp both failed to find the target from distance early on.

At the other end, Marvin Sordell's deflected effort just before the break was as close as Watford came in the opening period.

The home fans had to wait just nine minutes into the second half, though, before Pompey converted their dominance into a lead, as Norris and Liam Lawrence's short-corner routine picked out Hungarian Futacs.

Lawrence had a goal disallowed and Norris brought a superb save out of Loach before the goalkeeper hauled down Futacs and was duly dismissed.

Watford boss Sean Dyche brought on Jonathan Bond, but the substitute goalkeeper could do nothing about Mullins' powerful finish after blocking his initial shot.

Portsmouth manager Michael Appleton:

"This is definitely our best win yet. It feels fantastic.

"We have created enough chances to win three games. The two (goals) flattered them.

"I said to the players before the game I took the defeat down at their place really personally. It knocked me a little bit."

Watford manager Sean Dyche:

"We were slightly off it. We have set the bar quite high. First half I thought we did OK and made some 'nearly' moments.

"Second half it was a tough one for us. There was a lot going against us and we found it tough to keep going.

"No lack of effort or organisation, just players not on their game."

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Monday, 2 January 2012

Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Portsmouth 2-0 Watford FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Futacs 54
  • Mullins 87

    Portsmouth

    • 13 Henderson
    • 04 Mokoena
    • 05 Pearce
    • 16 Mattock
    • 26 Ben-Haim
    • 07 Lawrence
    • 08 Mullins
    • 10 Huseklepp
    • 19 Norris
    • 09 Futacs yellow card
    • 18 Kitson yellow card

    Substitutes

    • 01 Ashdown,
    • 06 Hreidarsson,
    • 17 Williams,
    • 25 Mwaruwari,
    • 27 Kanu

    Watford

    • 01 Loach red card
    • 02 Hodson
    • 03 Dickinson yellow card
    • 06 Mariappa yellow card
    • 33 Nosworthy
    • 07 Yeates (Eustace 71)
    • 18 Kightly
    • 19 Buaben (Bond 83)
    • 32 Hogg
    • 09 Deeney (Iwelumo 64)
    • 20 Sordell

    Substitutes

    • 30 Bond,
    • 12 Doyley,
    • 04 Eustace,
    • 10 Iwelumo,
    • 25 Garner
    Ref: WilliamsonAtt: 14,362
    PORTSMOUTH
    WATFORD

    Possession

    • Portsmouth 50%
    • Watford 50%

    Attempts on target

    • Portsmouth 7
    • Watford 2

    Attempts off target

    • Portsmouth 7
    • Watford 1

    Corners

    • Portsmouth 9
    • Watford 7

    Fouls

    • Portsmouth 11
    • Watford 13
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+6:35 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
    • 90:00+2:57 Marko Futacs takes a shot.
    • 90:00+2:11 Marko Futacs produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 89:10 Aaron Mokoena challenges Chris Iwelumo unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jonathan Hogg.
    • 88:25 Jonathan Bond restarts play with the free kick.
    • 88:25 Booking Marko Futacs goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
    • 88:11 Foul by Marko Futacs on John Eustace, free kick awarded.
    • 86:21 The assist for the goal came from Liam Lawrence.
    • 86:21 GOAL - Hayden MullinsPortsmouth 2 - 0 Watford Hayden Mullins gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Portsmouth 2-0 Watford.
    • 85:38 Foul by John Eustace on Joe Mattock, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Joe Mattock.
    • 81:49 Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Dave Kitson.
    • 81:49 Substitution (Watford) makes a substitution, with Jonathan Bond coming on for Prince Buaben.
    • 81:49 Sent off The referee shows Scott Loach a red card for deliberate handball.
    • 81:37 Handball by Scott Loach.
    • 79:41 Unfair challenge on Erik Huseklepp by Lee Hodson results in a free kick. Liam Lawrence crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, clearance by John Eustace.
    • 78:36 Booking Dave Kitson is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
    • 78:20 Unfair challenge on Carl Dickinson by Dave Kitson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Kightly.
    • 76:26 Liam Lawrence produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 74:14 Michael Kightly takes a shot. Save by Stephen Henderson.
    • 71:42 Liam Lawrence is ruled offside. Scott Loach takes the free kick.
    • 70:45 Substitution John Eustace joins the action as a substitute, replacing Mark Yeates.
    • 68:11 Shot by Carl Dickinson from outside the box goes over the net.
    • 67:06 Michael Kightly fouled by Tal Ben-Haim, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Yeates produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, blocked by Aaron Mokoena.
    • 65:33 Booking Adrian Mariappa goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
    • 64:56 Adrian Mariappa gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Norris. Indirect free kick taken by Aaron Mokoena.
    • 63:55 Substitution Chris Iwelumo on for Troy Deeney.
    • 61:20 Hayden Mullins produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.
    • 60:45 Corner from the right by-line taken by Liam Lawrence, Nyron Nosworthy manages to make a clearance.
    • 59:51 David Norris takes a shot. Save by Scott Loach.
    • 55:05 Booking Carl Dickinson goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
    • 54:42 Carl Dickinson challenges Liam Lawrence unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Tal Ben-Haim.
    • 53:02 Assist on the goal came from Liam Lawrence.
    • 53:02 GOAL - Marko FutacsPortsmouth 1 - 0 Watford Marko Futacs grabs a headed goal from deep inside the penalty box. Portsmouth 1-0 Watford.
    • 52:46 Outswinging corner taken by Liam Lawrence,
    • 52:22 Liam Lawrence takes a shot. Save by Scott Loach.
    • 50:41 Mark Yeates takes a short corner.
    • 49:52 Dave Kitson takes a shot. Save made by Scott Loach.
    • 48:23 The ball is crossed by Mark Yeates, save by Stephen Henderson.
    • 46:38 Unfair challenge on Prince Buaben by Marko Futacs results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Mark Yeates.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:17 It is the end of the first-half.
    • 45:00+0:46 Corner taken by Mark Yeates from the right by-line, Liam Lawrence makes a clearance.
    • 44:56 Corner from the right by-line taken by Mark Yeates, Dave Kitson manages to make a clearance.
    • 44:20 Joe Mattock gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mark Yeates. Free kick taken by Mark Yeates.
    • 43:35 The ball is crossed by Tal Ben-Haim.
    • 43:09 Liam Lawrence decides to take the corner short.
    • 42:49 Effort on goal by Dave Kitson from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 37:53 Dave Kitson challenges Carl Dickinson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Scott Loach restarts play with the free kick.
    • 36:20 Marko Futacs concedes a free kick for a foul on Adrian Mariappa. Free kick taken by Mark Yeates.
    • 34:03 Corner from the left by-line taken by Liam Lawrence, free kick awarded for a foul by Dave Kitson on Scott Loach. Indirect free kick taken by Scott Loach.
    • 33:41 Dave Kitson takes a shot. Scott Loach makes a save.
    • 33:06 Marvin Sordell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Hayden Mullins. Stephen Henderson takes the indirect free kick.
    • 31:16 Corner taken right-footed by Liam Lawrence to the near post, clearance by Lee Hodson.
    • 29:07 The ball is delivered by Erik Huseklepp.
    • 28:06 Unfair challenge on Tal Ben-Haim by Troy Deeney results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Liam Lawrence.
    • 26:58 Unfair challenge on Jonathan Hogg by Marko Futacs results in a free kick. Carl Dickinson takes the free kick.
    • 26:04 Mark Yeates gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joe Mattock. Free kick taken by Stephen Henderson.
    • 25:06 The ball is swung over by Joe Mattock, Carl Dickinson makes a clearance.
    • 23:44 Corner taken by Mark Yeates from the left by-line to the near post, Marko Futacs makes a clearance.
    • 22:01 David Norris produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.
    • 15:18 Adrian Mariappa challenges Dave Kitson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Liam Lawrence takes the indirect free kick.
    • 14:48 Free kick awarded for a foul by Troy Deeney on Tal Ben-Haim. Indirect free kick taken by Stephen Henderson.
    • 14:18 Corner taken right-footed by Mark Yeates.
    • 13:31 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Mark Yeates from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Dave Kitson.
    • 11:34 Unfair challenge on Dave Kitson by Nyron Nosworthy results in a free kick. Liam Lawrence takes the indirect free kick.
    • 9:33 Corner taken by Liam Lawrence from the left by-line, clearance by Marvin Sordell.
    • 9:17 Erik Huseklepp takes a shot. Blocked by Mark Yeates.
    • 8:33 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jason Pearce by Troy Deeney. Stephen Henderson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 7:42 Liam Lawrence takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Scott Loach.
    • 7:11 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Liam Lawrence, clearance by Jonathan Hogg.
    • 6:40 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Liam Lawrence, Marvin Sordell makes a clearance.
    • 5:30 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nyron Nosworthy by Dave Kitson. Free kick taken by Scott Loach.
    • 2:16 Michael Kightly challenges Liam Lawrence unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Liam Lawrence.
    • 1:09 Carl Dickinson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Norris. Tal Ben-Haim restarts play with the free kick.
    • 0:29 Inswinging corner taken by Mark Yeates from the left by-line, Liam Lawrence makes a clearance.
    • 0:00 The referee gets the match started.

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    Championship table snapshot

    As it stood on 2 Jan 2012 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Southampton 25 19 47
    2 West Ham 25 17 47
    3 Cardiff 25 14 45
    4 Middlesbrough 25 7 45
    5 Reading 25 7 39
    6 Hull 25 1 39
    7 Blackpool 25 8 38
    8 Leeds 25 3 38
    9 Derby 25 -3 37
    10 Burnley 25 4 36
    11 Crystal Palace 25 0 36
    12 Leicester 25 5 35
    13 Brighton 25 -2 35
    14 Birmingham 23 6 34
    15 Peterborough 25 3 33
    16 Barnsley 25 -3 33
    17 Portsmouth 24 2 31
    18 Watford 25 -7 30
    19 Ipswich 24 -13 27
    20 Millwall 24 -3 26
    21 Bristol City 24 -12 24
    22 Nott'm Forest 25 -18 24
    23 Doncaster 25 -21 22
    24 Coventry 25 -14 19

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