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Charlton 2-3 Watford

Watford eased their relegation fears with a win against a Charlton side who slipped further towards the drop.

Don Cowie drilled in a shot to put the Hornets ahead before Tresor Kandol ended a powerful run by rounding keeper Scott Loach and slotting in to level.

Kandol gave Charlton the lead with a header but Watford again equalised when Grzegorz Rasiak swivelled and superbly volleyed into the top left corner.

Tamas Priskin curled home from just inside the area for Watford's winner.

Charlton are now 12 points adrift of safety, with time running out fast.

They now have just 10 games to save themselves, starting with Tuesday night's daunting trip to promotion-chasing Reading (10 March, 2000 GMT).


Charlton boss Phil Parkinson:

"Once we went down there was an air of resignation about us.

"With five minutes to go I'd expect us to be fighting to get into their box but we did not see enough of that.

"I sensed it on the pitch and I felt the fighting spirit was lacking and we ran out of steam in the second half."

Watford boss Brendan Rodgers:

"For the last six weeks we've been in good form.

"If you take out the game in midweek (to Plymouth), the quality of football has been very good.

"You need the characteristics to win matches and in the last six weeks we have found the winning formula."


Charlton: Elliot, Butterfield, Ward, Hudson, Youga, Sam (Soares 84), Spring (Zhi 68), Racon, Bailey, Kandol, Burton (Todorov 74).
Subs Not Used: Randolph, Holland.

Goals: Kandol 21, 33.

Watford: Loach, Doyley, Mike Williamson, Mariappa, Harley, McAnuff, Jenkins, Cork, Cowie, Smith (Rasiak 40), Priskin (Lee Williamson 88).
Subs Not Used: Lee, Hoyte, Cauna.

Goals: Cowie 17, Rasiak 56, Priskin 83.

Att: 20,052

Ref: Andy Penn (W Midlands).



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