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Watford 2-1 Preston

Watford came back from a goal down to earn a win over Preston thanks to Tommy Smith's 50th goal for the club.

Sean St Ledger put the visitors ahead when he swept in a shot after Watford had failed to clear their lines.

But Jon Harley half-volleyed a first-time strike across keeper Andy Lonegran to equalise with his first goal since September 2006.

Smith then slotted in at the second attempt for Watford, who held on despite some intense Preston pressure.


Watford manager Adrian Boothroyd on forward Tommy Smith:
"I'm thrilled for Tommy because he's been outstanding for us this season.

"He's chipping in with goals and he has the ability to manipulate the ball in tight situations.

"He's also got work rate as well. You need soldiers and artists in your team and it's rare that you have a player with both.

"He's proven himself in the Premier League as he was our best player that year."

Preston boss Alan Irvine:
"We deserved to lose because of our defending in the first half.

"The defending for both goals was terrible but they are the only four defenders we have fit at the moment.

"We created chances after the break but we didn't create enough that our domination warranted.

"We are conceding goals through some poor defending and not being clinical enough in the box.


Watford: Lee, Sadler, DeMerit (Bromby 89), Ward, Mariappa, Williamson, Harley, O'Toole, Priskin (Henderson 79), Smith, Hoskins (Bangura 87).
Subs Not Used: Tyler, Ainsworth.

Goals: Harley 12, Smith 21.

Preston: Lonergan, Jones, Mawene, St. Ledger, McEveley, Sedgwick, Nicholson (Parkin 86), McKenna (Jarrett 73), Wallace, Brown, Mellor (Elliott 46).
Subs Not Used: Chris Neal, Carter.

Booked: St. Ledger, Brown.

Goals: St. Ledger 5.

Att: 14,087

Ref: Kevin Wright (Cambridgeshire).



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