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Bristol City   2 - 2   Watford

Bristol City v Watford

Bristol City 2-2 Watford

Watford's John Eustace grabbed a dramatic injury-time equaliser to deny 10-man Bristol City victory.

Danny Haynes put the visitors in front in the 38th minute before on-loan midfielder Tom Cleverley equalised with a fierce drive five minutes later.

But Paul Hartley regained the lead for City with a fine 30-yard free-kick on the stroke of half time.

Lewin Nyatanga was red carded in the 79th minute before Eustace bundled in from close range to earn a point.

The goal came in the 93rd minute and was deserved reward for a spirited display by the home side, who had two Heidar Helguson goals disallowed by the officials.

Neither side have recorded a victory in four games and are level on 32 points in the league.

Haynes notched his fourth of the season after excellent work from David Clarkson, but Manchester United midfielder Cleverley, who has impressed during his loan spell at Vicarage Road, punished a poor Jamie McAllister clearance to smash the equaliser two minutes from time.

But the Hornets conceded two minutes into first-half stoppage time courtesy of Hartley's powerful free-kick.

City keeper Dean Gerken produced a superb one-handed save to deny Danny Graham in the second half before denying Helguson minutes later.

Nyatanga's dismissal for a second yellow card issued for a foul on on-loan midfielder Henri Lansbury allowed Watford to push forward.

And they were rewarded right at the death as Eustace latched on to Helguson's touch.


Bristol City manager Gary Johnson on his side conceding a stoppage-time goal for the fourth time in seven game:
"Again we have let in a last-gasp equaliser and feel like we have lost, rather than drawn.

"I don't know what more we can do except to keep drilling the players on how to clear their lines.

"At the moment when the stoppage time board goes up it seems to create a siege mentality and we cannot hold onto the ball. It has cost us so many points this season and I'm more than frustrated by it."

Watford manager Malky Mackay:

"We have a young side and I'm very proud of the way they kept battling right up until the final whistle.

"City's goalkeeper has pulled off a string of fine saves in the second half and I was starting to think it just wasn't going to be our day.

"But we knew of their tendency to let in late goals so when five minutes of stoppage time was signalled I felt we still had every chance."

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Monday, 28 December 2009

Npower Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Bristol City 2-2 Watford FT
(HT 2-1)
  • Haynes 38
  • Hartley 45+2
  • Cleverley 43
  • Eustace 90+3

Bristol City

  • 22 Gerken
  • 02 Orr yellow card
  • 03 McAllister
  • 06 Carey
  • 32 Nyatanga two yellow cards, red card
  • 07 Elliott
  • 11 Hartley
  • 14 Skuse
  • 09 Clarkson (Fontaine 70)
  • 10 Maynard (Saborio 89)
  • 31 Haynes (Sproule 86)

Substitutes

  • 30 Henderson,
  • 04 Fontaine,
  • 28 Edwards,
  • 17 Sproule,
  • 21 Artus,
  • 27 Kington,
  • 33 Saborio

Watford

  • 01 Loach
  • 02 Mariappa
  • 06 DeMerit
  • 12 Doyley
  • 33 Hodson (L Henderson 85)
  • 05 Lansbury yellow card (Harley 73)
  • 07 Cowie
  • 20 Cleverley
  • 28 Eustace yellow card
  • 10 Graham
  • 11 Helguson

Substitutes

  • 16 Lee,
  • 15 Harley,
  • 17 Bennett,
  • 27 Sadler,
  • 04 Severin,
  • 18 Hoskins,
  • 19 L Henderson
Ref: LiningtonAtt: 16,035
BRISTOL CITY
WATFORD

Possession

  • Bristol City 46%
  • Watford 54%

Attempts on target

  • Bristol City 9
  • Watford 14

Attempts off target

  • Bristol City 6
  • Watford 5

Corners

  • Bristol City 6
  • Watford 4

Fouls

  • Bristol City 12
  • Watford 9
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+5:33 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
  • 90:00+3:59 Corner taken by Paul Hartley, Jay DeMerit manages to make a clearance.
  • 90:00+2:28 The assist for the goal came from Heidar Helguson.
  • 90:00+2:28 GOAL - John EustaceBristol City 2 - 2 Watford John Eustace fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Bristol City 2-2 Watford.
  • 90:00+2:04 Short corner worked by Tom Cleverley.
  • 90:00+1:48 Tom Cleverley takes a shot. Save by Dean Gerken.
  • 90:00+1:03 Corner from the right by-line taken by Tom Cleverley, Liam Fontaine makes a clearance.
  • 90:00+0:53 Liam Henderson produces a cross, clearance made by Louis Carey.
  • 88:43 Substitution Alvaro Saborio is brought on as a substitute for Nicky Maynard.
  • 88:15 Corner taken short by Paul Hartley.
  • 88:09 Paul Hartley produces a cross, clearance made by Jon Harley.
  • 88:01 Ivan Sproule takes a shot. Scott Loach gets a block in.
  • 87:36 Liam Henderson takes a shot. Dean Gerken gets a block in.
  • 86:57 Liam Henderson takes a shot. Save by Dean Gerken.
  • 84:53 Louis Carey restarts play with the free kick.
  • 84:53 Substitution Ivan Sproule comes on in place of Danny Haynes.
  • 84:53 Substitution Liam Henderson on for Lee Hodson.
  • 84:53 Unfair challenge on Marvin Elliott by Tom Cleverley results in a free kick.
  • 82:50 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marvin Elliott by Heidar Helguson. Louis Carey restarts play with the free kick.
  • 80:56 Shot comes in from Paul Hartley from the free kick.
  • 80:56 Booking John Eustace goes into the book.
  • 80:45 Unfair challenge on Nicky Maynard by John Eustace results in a free kick.
  • 79:22 Free kick awarded for a foul by Heidar Helguson on Dean Gerken. Direct free kick taken by Dean Gerken.
  • 78:00 Effort from outside the penalty box by Don Cowie goes wide left of the target.
  • 77:49 Don Cowie delivers the ball, clearance by Bradley Orr.
  • 77:09 The ball is crossed by Lloyd Doyley, Cole Skuse manages to make a clearance.
  • 74:50 Adrian Mariappa crosses the ball, Louis Carey manages to make a clearance.
  • 73:24 Outswinging corner taken by Paul Hartley, Heidar Helguson makes a clearance.
  • 72:32 The free kick is delivered left-footed by Jamie McAllister from right wing, Adrian Mariappa makes a clearance.
  • 72:32 Substitution Jon Harley replaces Henri Lansbury.
  • 72:32 Foul by Jay DeMerit on Danny Haynes, free kick awarded.
  • 68:47 Tom Cleverley crosses the ball, Heidar Helguson has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the goal.
  • 68:47 Substitution (Bristol City) makes a substitution, with Liam Fontaine coming on for David Clarkson.
  • 68:47 Sent off Lewin Nyatanga is sent off by the referee.
  • 68:27 Unfair challenge on Henri Lansbury by Lewin Nyatanga results in a free kick.
  • 67:41 A cross is delivered by Cole Skuse, Danny Haynes produces a header from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.
  • 67:10 Heidar Helguson takes a shot. Dean Gerken makes a save.
  • 65:29 Right-footed shot by Danny Graham hit the post.
  • 65:09 Danny Graham takes a shot. Dean Gerken manages to make a clearance.
  • 64:16 Danny Haynes takes a shot. Save by Scott Loach.
  • 63:03 Paul Hartley takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Heidar Helguson.
  • 62:41 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Paul Hartley, clearance made by Heidar Helguson.
  • 62:17 Nicky Maynard takes a shot. Scott Loach makes a clearance.
  • 61:41 Centre by Lee Hodson, Louis Carey manages to make a clearance.
  • 60:44 Tom Cleverley has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 60:22 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jamie McAllister on Don Cowie. Scott Loach takes the free kick.
  • 59:37 The assistant referee signals for offside against Heidar Helguson. Dean Gerken takes the indirect free kick.
  • 59:18 The referee blows for offside against Danny Graham. Indirect free kick taken by Dean Gerken.
  • 59:03 Danny Graham takes a shot. Save by Dean Gerken.
  • 58:48 Don Cowie takes a shot from 18 yards. Dean Gerken makes a save.
  • 57:14 Lewin Nyatanga gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tom Cleverley. Henri Lansbury restarts play with the free kick.
  • 56:28 The ball is crossed by John Eustace, clearance made by Lewin Nyatanga.
  • 54:22 Effort on goal by Henri Lansbury from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 54:03 Jay DeMerit fouled by Nicky Maynard, the ref awards a free kick. Scott Loach restarts play with the free kick.
  • 53:35 Jamie McAllister takes a shot and missed to the left of the target.
  • 51:39 Heidar Helguson is caught offside. Dean Gerken takes the free kick.
  • 50:07 The assistant referee flags for offside against David Clarkson. Indirect free kick taken by Scott Loach.
  • 49:53 David Clarkson takes a shot.
  • 48:39 Louis Carey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Heidar Helguson. Heidar Helguson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 47:40 David Clarkson concedes a free kick for a foul on Jay DeMerit. Scott Loach takes the direct free kick.
  • 46:02 Heidar Helguson concedes a free kick for a foul on Jamie McAllister. Dean Gerken takes the free kick.
  • 45:44 Bradley Orr crosses the ball, Scott Loach makes a save.
  • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+3:08 The players leave the pitch at half time.
  • 45:00+1:50 GOAL - Paul HartleyBristol City 2 - 1 Watford Paul Hartley scores a goal direct from the free kick from a long way out to the top left corner of the goal. Bristol City 2-1 Watford.
  • 45:00+1:05 Tom Cleverley concedes a free kick for a foul on Marvin Elliott.
  • 44:23 The assistant referee flags for offside against Heidar Helguson. Free kick taken by Dean Gerken.
  • 44:02 Jay DeMerit fouled by David Clarkson, the ref awards a free kick. Scott Loach restarts play with the free kick.
  • 42:31 GOAL - Tom CleverleyBristol City 1 - 1 Watford Tom Cleverley scores a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Bristol City 1-1 Watford.
  • 40:58 Free kick crossed by Tom Cleverley, Cole Skuse makes a clearance.
  • 40:58 Booking Lewin Nyatanga goes into the referee's book.
  • 40:21 Unfair challenge on Heidar Helguson by Lewin Nyatanga results in a free kick.
  • 39:45 Nicky Maynard takes a shot. Henri Lansbury gets a block in.
  • 37:03 David Clarkson provided the assist for the goal.
  • 37:03 GOAL - Danny HaynesBristol City 1 - 0 Watford Danny Haynes finds the net with a goal from just inside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Bristol City 1-0 Watford.
  • 35:23 The referee blows for offside against Heidar Helguson. Free kick taken by Dean Gerken.
  • 34:30 Free kick awarded for a foul by Lewin Nyatanga on Heidar Helguson. The ball is crossed by Tom Cleverley, Heidar Helguson takes a shot.
  • 33:21 Foul by Jamie McAllister on Don Cowie, free kick awarded. Don Cowie crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, Jamie McAllister makes a clearance.
  • 33:12 Centre by Danny Graham, clearance by Louis Carey.
  • 28:01 Tom Cleverley takes a shot. Save made by Dean Gerken.
  • 24:05 Effort from outside the area by David Clarkson goes wide right of the goal.
  • 23:53 Marvin Elliott takes a shot. Blocked by Henri Lansbury.
  • 23:02 Heidar Helguson takes a shot. Jamie McAllister gets a block in.
  • Correction - 20:58 Tom Cleverley takes the direct free kick.
  • 20:58 Direct free kick taken by Tom Cleverley.
  • 20:58 Booking Bradley Orr is booked.
  • Correction - 20:53 Foul by Bradley Orr on Tom Cleverley, free kick awarded.
  • 20:53 Free kick awarded for a foul by Bradley Orr on Tom Cleverley.
  • 19:00 Adrian Mariappa is penalised for a handball. Direct free kick taken by Jamie McAllister.
  • 17:52 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Paul Hartley, Headed effort from inside the area by Louis Carey misses to the left of the goal.
  • 17:46 The ball is delivered by Bradley Orr, Lloyd Doyley manages to make a clearance.
  • 16:45 Corner taken by Don Cowie, clearance by Cole Skuse.
  • 16:35 Danny Graham takes a shot. Blocked by Lewin Nyatanga.
  • 13:25 Paul Hartley takes a shot. Jay DeMerit gets a block in.
  • 12:30 Paul Hartley sends in a cross, Scott Loach makes a save.
  • 11:05 Henri Lansbury takes a shot. Dean Gerken makes a save.
  • 8:38 Foul by Marvin Elliott on Henri Lansbury, free kick awarded. Scott Loach restarts play with the free kick.
  • 7:52 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Cole Skuse by Henri Lansbury. Jamie McAllister takes the free kick.
  • 6:29 Booking Henri Lansbury is given a yellow card.
  • 5:49 The ball is sent over by Lee Hodson, save by Dean Gerken.
  • 4:48 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Don Cowie.
  • 4:41 The ball is swung over by Lee Hodson, clearance made by Louis Carey.
  • 3:05 John Eustace gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nicky Maynard. Paul Hartley delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel.
  • 2:13 Danny Haynes crosses the ball, save by Scott Loach.
  • 1:20 David Clarkson produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.
  • 1:04 Lee Hodson crosses the ball, save made by Dean Gerken.
  • 0:25 Danny Graham is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Paul Hartley.
  • 0:00 The referee gets the match started.

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Full Championship table
1 Newcastle 24 25 51
2 West Brom 23 26 45
3 Nottm Forest 24 16 43
4 Cardiff 23 15 37
5 Leicester 22 4 37
6 Swansea 24 2 37
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10 QPR 24 2 33
11 Middlesbrough 24 5 32
12 Bristol City 24 0 32
13 Watford 24 -4 32
14 Doncaster 23 2 30
15 Barnsley 22 -5 30
16 Preston 23 -3 29
17 Coventry 24 -9 28
18 Derby 24 -11 26
19 Ipswich 23 -7 24
20 Reading 24 -13 23
21 Scunthorpe 23 -19 23
22 Plymouth 23 -13 21
23 Sheff Wed 23 -14 19
24 Peterborough 24 -12 18


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