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Watford   1 - 1   Doncaster

Malky Mackay was denied a winning start as Watford boss after Doncaster striker James Hayter cancelled out Danny Graham's early strike.

Debutant Graham put the hosts ahead just before the half-hour mark when he nudged home Tommy Smith's wayward shot.

The visitors levelled before the break when Hayter met Brian Stock's cross and looped his header over Scott Loach.

Ross Jenkins, Scott Severin and Smith had chances to win the game for Watford but all failed to find the net.

Both sides struggled to create clear-cut chances but Doncaster boss Sean O'Driscoll will have gone home the happier of the two managers.

O'Driscoll, who opted against starting any of his summer signings, will have been particularly pleased with veteran goalkeeper Neil Sullivan.

As Watford pressed for a winner in the later stages of the game Sullivan was tested on several occasions, saving a tame effort from Adrian Mariappa before pulling off an assured stop from Smith's drive.

Meanwhile Mackay, who handed debuts to midfielder Severin and striker Graham, will be left to rue the lack of cutting edge which left his side with only a point.


Watford manager Malky Mackay:
"I was pleased with the effort in the second half. They went out and were really positive.

"What I asked them to do in the second half was really press them and go out them and push forward.

"I was delighted with the effort in the second half and the way that with five, 10 minutes to go we were still pressing and pushing on."

Doncaster manager Sean O'Driscoll on a shot by Dean Shiels:
"We've got a tape of the game and it's clearly over the line.

"It's a difficult one to give. The linesman was 40 yards away and the referee's in line with it, but until you get cameras on the goalline it's one of those that you've got to take on the chin.

"I think we can both play a lot better than we showed. It was extremely hot, and the game was in fits and starts throughout the 90 minutes."

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Saturday, 8 August 2009

Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Watford 1-1 Doncaster FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Graham 27
  • Hayter 38

Watford

  • 01 Loach
  • 02 Mariappa
  • 06 DeMerit
  • 12 Doyley
  • 24 Williamson
  • 04 Severin
  • 07 Cowie
  • 08 Smith
  • 11 McAnuff (Hoskins 76)
  • 14 Jenkins
  • 10 Graham

Substitutes

  • 16 Lee,
  • 15 Harley,
  • 33 Hodson,
  • 28 Eustace,
  • 29 Bryan,
  • 18 Hoskins,
  • 25 Ellington

Doncaster

  • 01 Sullivan
  • 03 Roberts
  • 06 Chambers
  • 11 Lockwood
  • 21 Hird
  • 08 Stock
  • 10 Spicer (O'Connor 87)
  • 17 Woods
  • 12 Hayter
  • 14 Heffernan (Oster 74)
  • 22 Shiels (Coppinger 67)

Substitutes

  • 13 Smith,
  • 02 O'Connor,
  • 24 Dumbuya,
  • 15 Wilson,
  • 16 Oster,
  • 26 Coppinger,
  • 07 Guy
Ref: SwarbrickAtt: 15,636
WATFORD
DONCASTER

Possession

  • Watford 54%
  • Doncaster 46%

Attempts on target

  • Watford 4
  • Doncaster 2

Attempts off target

  • Watford 5
  • Doncaster 1

Corners

  • Watford 1
  • Doncaster 4

Fouls

  • Watford 10
  • Doncaster 17
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:05 The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
  • 88:21 The ball is sent over by James Coppinger, clearance made by Ross Jenkins.
  • 87:32 Brian Stock challenges Danny Graham unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Scott Severin.
  • 85:55 Free kick taken by Ross Jenkins.
  • 85:55 Substitution James O'Connor comes on in place of John Spicer.
  • 85:55 Lloyd Doyley fouled by John Spicer, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 84:55 Foul by Martin Woods on Tommy Smith, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Scott Loach.
  • 79:42 Tommy Smith takes a shot. Save by Neil Sullivan.
  • 79:19 John Oster gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adrian Mariappa. Free kick taken by Jay DeMerit.
  • 78:56 Effort from outside the penalty box by Scott Severin goes wide right of the goal.
  • 78:04 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jay DeMerit by James Hayter. Scott Severin takes the direct free kick.
  • 77:14 Corner taken right-footed by Don Cowie, Header on goal by Mike Williamson from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 76:41 The ball is delivered by Adrian Mariappa, clearance made by Adam Lockwood.
  • 75:34 Mike Williamson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 75:34 Substitution Will Hoskins comes on in place of Jobi McAnuff.
  • 75:34 Foul by James Chambers on Tommy Smith, free kick awarded.
  • 74:28 Ross Jenkins challenges Martin Woods unfairly and gives away a free kick. Brian Stock restarts play with the free kick.
  • 73:25 Substitution John Oster replaces Paul Heffernan.
  • 72:26 Jay DeMerit challenges James Coppinger unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Martin Woods, clearance by Mike Williamson.
  • 69:59 Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Tommy Smith misses to the left of the goal.
  • 66:55 A cross is delivered by James Chambers, blocked by Don Cowie. Martin Woods delivers the ball in from the corner, save by Scott Loach.
  • 65:48 Substitution James Coppinger replaces Dean Shiels.
  • 65:48 The ball is sent over by Ross Jenkins.
  • Correction - 65:10 Martin Woods gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ross Jenkins. Direct free kick taken by Jay DeMerit.
  • 65:10 Ross Jenkins fouled by Martin Woods, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jay DeMerit.
  • 64:49 Tommy Smith takes a shot. Neil Sullivan makes a comfortable save.
  • 64:09 Lloyd Doyley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Hayter. Free kick crossed by Martin Woods, save by Scott Loach.
  • 63:23 Centre by Don Cowie.
  • 62:44 Centre by Dean Shiels, save by Scott Loach.
  • 61:25 Ross Jenkins has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 60:50 Danny Graham fouled by James Chambers, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Don Cowie.
  • 59:48 Unfair challenge on Adam Lockwood by Tommy Smith results in a free kick. Adam Lockwood restarts play with the free kick.
  • 59:22 The ball is swung over by Paul Heffernan, Scott Loach makes a save.
  • 58:44 The referee blows for offside. Neil Sullivan takes the direct free kick.
  • 57:55 Scott Severin concedes a free kick for a foul on Martin Woods. Martin Woods takes the free kick.
  • 55:42 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Martin Woods played to the near post, Dean Shiels takes a shot. Clearance by Scott Loach. Martin Woods decides to take a short corner.
  • 55:36 Gareth Roberts crosses the ball, Lloyd Doyley manages to make a clearance.
  • 54:58 The offside flag is raised against Paul Heffernan. Direct free kick taken by Scott Loach.
  • 54:20 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Hayter by Jay DeMerit. Martin Woods takes the direct free kick. The ball is delivered by Gareth Roberts, clearance by Mike Williamson.
  • 53:52 Adrian Mariappa sends in a cross, save made by Neil Sullivan.
  • 53:26 The ball is delivered by Jobi McAnuff, clearance by Adam Lockwood.
  • 48:51 Tommy Smith delivers the ball.
  • 48:28 The ball is swung over by Tommy Smith, Adam Lockwood manages to make a clearance.
  • 45:01 The second half has started.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:07 The referee blows for half time.
  • 43:55 Sam Hird gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Graham. Don Cowie delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Sam Hird manages to make a clearance.
  • 43:20 Tommy Smith sends in a cross.
  • 42:10 John Spicer takes a shot from long range which goes wide of the right-hand post.
  • 40:41 Scott Severin takes a shot. Clearance by Adam Lockwood.
  • 39:49 James Hayter gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lloyd Doyley. Free kick taken by Scott Loach.
  • 37:23 Brian Stock provided the assist for the goal.
  • 37:23 GOAL - James HayterWatford 1 - 1 Doncaster James Hayter scores a headed goal from just inside the area. Watford 1-1 Doncaster.
  • 37:21 Brian Stock produces a cross,
  • 36:31 The ball is sent over by Don Cowie.
  • 34:30 Brian Stock concedes a free kick for a foul on Tommy Smith. Mike Williamson takes the free kick.
  • 32:45 Unfair challenge on Scott Severin by John Spicer results in a free kick. Don Cowie produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 31:22 Mike Williamson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dean Shiels. Free kick crossed by Brian Stock, save by Scott Loach.
  • 26:57 The assist for the goal came from Tommy Smith.
  • 26:57 GOAL - Danny GrahamWatford 1 - 0 Doncaster Danny Graham finds the net with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Watford 1-0 Doncaster.
  • 26:54 The ball is crossed by Tommy Smith,
  • 26:20 Don Cowie fouled by Sam Hird, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Don Cowie.
  • 26:01 Jay DeMerit fouled by Paul Heffernan, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Scott Loach.
  • 25:24 Unfair challenge on Brian Stock by Jobi McAnuff results in a free kick. Neil Sullivan takes the free kick.
  • 24:17 A cross is delivered by James Hayter, clearance made by Lloyd Doyley.
  • 22:05 The referee blows for offside against Danny Graham. Neil Sullivan takes the direct free kick.
  • 20:34 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jay DeMerit by Paul Heffernan. Scott Loach restarts play with the free kick.
  • 20:15 Martin Woods delivers the ball, clearance made by Mike Williamson.
  • 19:48 The offside flag is raised against Danny Graham. Neil Sullivan takes the free kick.
  • 17:11 Unfair challenge on Ross Jenkins by Brian Stock results in a free kick. Adrian Mariappa crosses the ball in from the free kick. The ball is sent over by Don Cowie.
  • 16:15 Jobi McAnuff gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gareth Roberts. Brian Stock crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, save by Scott Loach.
  • 15:11 The assistant referee signals for offside against Paul Heffernan. Direct free kick taken by Scott Loach.
  • 8:49 A cross is delivered by John Spicer.
  • 6:43 Danny Graham concedes a free kick for a foul on Brian Stock. Brian Stock takes the free kick.
  • 5:14 The official flags Don Cowie offside. Sam Hird takes the free kick.
  • 4:38 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Martin Woods from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Jay DeMerit.
  • 2:55 Foul by John Spicer on Don Cowie, free kick awarded. Don Cowie takes the free kick.
  • 1:47 James Chambers produces a cross, save made by Scott Loach.
  • 0:00 The referee starts the match.

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Championship results

8 Aug 2009 23:59 UK

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Cardiff 4-0 Scunthorpe R
Crystal Palace 1-1 Plymouth R
Derby 2-1 Peterborough R
Leicester 2-1 Swansea R
Preston 2-2 Bristol City R
QPR 1-1 Blackpool R
Reading 0-0 Nottm Forest R
Sheff Wed 2-2 Barnsley R
Watford 1-1 Doncaster R
West Brom 1-1 Newcastle R

Championship table snapshot

As it stood on 8 Aug 2009 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Cardiff 1 4 3
2 Derby 1 1 3
3 Leicester 1 1 3
4 Barnsley 1 0 1
5 Bristol City 1 0 1
6 Preston 1 0 1
7 Sheff Wed 1 0 1
8 Blackpool 1 0 1
9 Crystal Palace 1 0 1
10 Doncaster 1 0 1
11 Newcastle 1 0 1
12 Plymouth 1 0 1
13 QPR 1 0 1
14 Watford 1 0 1
15 West Brom 1 0 1
16 Middlesbrough 1 0 1
17 Nottm Forest 1 0 1
18 Reading 1 0 1
19 Sheff Utd 1 0 1
20 Coventry 0 0 0
21 Ipswich 0 0 0
22 Peterborough 1 -1 0
23 Swansea 1 -1 0
24 Scunthorpe 1 -4 0


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