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Watford 0-0 Stoke

Darius Henderson
Henderson missed another penalty mid-week against Bristol City

A point against 10-man Watford was enough to take Stoke to the top of the Championship table.

Darius Henderson failed to convert a penalty for the second time in a week as Watford played out a sixth consecutive draw.

Henderson's 54th-minute spot-kick was saved by Stoke keeper Carlo Nash, after Andy Griffin fouled John-Joe O'Toole.

Watford captain John Eustace was sent off on 23 minutes for a high challenge on Stoke's Richard Cresswell.


  • Watford boss Aidy Boothroyd:
    "I know it's irritating for fans, because nobody seems to want to win it. We're exactly the same.

    "With the two penalty misses, we can consider ourselves unfortunate.

    "I'll have to have a chat with Darius before I decide if he'll take the next one."

  • Stoke boss Tony Pulis:
    "We've got to put things into context. We always thought it would be a difficult game for us.

    "Watford didn't play on Saturday and then played Bristol on Tuesday. We played Saturday and then had to go to Norwich and didn't get home 'til 3am.

    "It takes its toll. Then we come and play against 'warriors'. The Football League should look at the fixtures. "


    Watford: Lee, Bromby, Shittu, DeMerit, Sadler, Smith, Eustace, O'Toole, McAnuff, Henderson, John (Williamson 46).
    Subs Not Used: Poom, Stewart, Kabba, Ellington.

    Sent Off: Eustace (23).

    Booked: Henderson, McAnuff.

    Stoke: Nash, Riggott, Cort (Gallagher 46), Shawcross, Griffin, Cresswell, Delap, Dickinson (Pugh 53), Whelan, Fuller, Bothroyd (Diao 59).
    Subs Not Used: Simonsen, Parkin.

    Booked: Fuller, Shawcross, Gallagher.

    Att: 18,338

    Ref: Rob Styles (Hampshire).




    see also
    Premier League hopefuls
    13 Mar 08 |  Championship
    Stoke complete late Bothroyd deal
    14 Mar 08 |  Stoke City
    Barnet recruit Watford's Parkes
    14 Mar 08 |  Barnet


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