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Watford   3 - 0   Sheff Utd

Watford 3-0 Sheffield United

Watford 3-0 Sheffield United

Watford profited from some poor Sheffield United defending to win for the first time in eight games.

On-loan Tom Cleverley served notice of the threat Watford posed in attack, hitting the post with a fine free-kick.

Cleverley then headed home as three Blades defenders criminally let the ball bounce in the box.

After the break Heidar Helguson clipped home after more ponderous defending, before Don Cowie's free-kick from the touchline flew straight into the net.


Watford boss Malky Mackay after Tottenham's bid for keeper Scott Loach was rejected:

"There was a lot of speculation and distractions around Scott yesterday.

"But he realises the benefits of staying and playing regular football and he was outstanding again today.

"I made my feelings clear about keeping Scott and I was not put under any pressure to sell him."

Sheffield United boss Kevin Blackwell:
"I was a bit surprised myself by that performance but we had mitigating circumstances.

"Yesterday we had a back four lined up of Kyle Walker, Nyron Nosworthy, Chris Morgan and Toni Kallio and I've ended up with nothing like that.

"Watford have not had to work for their goals, they were all gimmes."

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Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Watford 3-0 Sheff Utd FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Cleverley 39
  • Helguson 55
  • Cowie 74

    Watford

    • 01 Loach
    • 02 Mariappa
    • 06 DeMerit
    • 12 Doyley
    • 24 Taylor
    • 05 Lansbury
    • 07 Cowie
    • 14 Jenkins (Harley 83)
    • 20 Cleverley (Graham 75)
    • 28 Eustace
    • 11 Helguson (Hoskins 81)

    Substitutes

    • 16 Lee,
    • 15 Harley,
    • 17 Bennett,
    • 08 McGinn,
    • 29 Bryan,
    • 10 Graham,
    • 18 Hoskins

    Sheff Utd

    • 23 Bunn
    • 05 Morgan (Fortune 41)
    • 06 Nosworthy yellow card
    • 19 Stewart
    • 26 Geary
    • 04 Montgomery
    • 15 Harper yellow card
    • 28 Quinn yellow card
    • 07 Henderson yellow card (Evans 68)
    • 17 Cresswell
    • 18 Ward (Yeates 46)

    Substitutes

    • 13 Bennett,
    • 33 Fortune,
    • 02 France,
    • 11 Yeates,
    • 12 Williamson,
    • 09 Evans,
    • 37 Camara
    Ref: HillAtt: 13,076
    WATFORD
    SHEFF UTD

    Possession

    • Watford 57%
    • Sheff Utd 43%

    Attempts on target

    • Watford 6
    • Sheff Utd 2

    Attempts off target

    • Watford 4
    • Sheff Utd 3

    Corners

    • Watford 7
    • Sheff Utd 3

    Fouls

    • Watford 7
    • Sheff Utd 14
    • Final Result
    • 90:00+4:20 The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:09 Goal kick taken long by Mark Bunn (Sheff Utd).
    • 90:00+3:55 Shot by Will Hoskins (Watford) right-footed from left channel (20 yards), over the bar.
    • 90:00+3:20 Attacking throw-in by Adrian Mariappa (Watford).
    • 90:00+2:48 Attacking throw-in by Adrian Mariappa (Watford).
    • 90:00+2:32 Defending throw-in by James Harper (Sheff Utd).
    • 90:00+1:21 Goal kick taken long by Mark Bunn (Sheff Utd).
    • 89:44 Foul by Mark Yeates (Sheff Utd) on Jon Harley (Watford). Free kick taken right-footed by Jay DeMerit (Watford) from left channel, resulting in open play.
    • 89:11 Goal kick taken long by Scott Loach (Watford).
    • 88:51 Cross by Jordan Stewart (Sheff Utd), shot by Nick Montgomery (Sheff Utd) right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), over the bar.
    • 88:44 Cross by Jordan Stewart (Sheff Utd), clearance by Martin Taylor (Watford).
    • 87:16 Defending throw-in by Derek Geary (Sheff Utd).
    • 86:51 Corner from left by-line taken short right-footed by Don Cowie (Watford).
    • 86:33 Shot by Danny Graham (Watford) right-footed from left channel (25 yards), save (tipped over) by Mark Bunn (Sheff Utd).
    • 86:15 Defending throw-in by Derek Geary (Sheff Utd).
    • 85:28 Attacking throw-in by Jordan Stewart (Sheff Utd).
    • 84:48 Goal kick taken long by Scott Loach (Watford).
    • 83:22 Shot by Stephen Quinn (Sheff Utd) right-footed from right side of penalty area (6 yards), save (caught) by Scott Loach (Watford).
    • 83:10 Attacking throw-in by Derek Geary (Sheff Utd).
    • 82:54 Substitution Watford substitution: Ross Jenkins replaced by Jon Harley (tactical).
    • 81:33 Free kick taken right-footed by Henri Lansbury (Watford) from right channel, resulting in open play.
    • 81:33 Booking Nyron Nosworthy (Sheff Utd) booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 81:29 Foul by Nyron Nosworthy (Sheff Utd) on Will Hoskins (Watford).
    • 80:29 Free kick taken right-footed by Mark Bunn (Sheff Utd) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 80:29 Substitution Watford substitution: Heidar Helguson replaced by Will Hoskins (tactical).
    • 80:13 Heidar Helguson (Watford) caught offside.
    • 79:56 Defending throw-in by Jordan Stewart (Sheff Utd).
    • 79:36 Attacking throw-in by Adrian Mariappa (Watford).
    • 78:25 Foul by Heidar Helguson (Watford) on Derek Geary (Sheff Utd). Free kick crossed left-footed by Jordan Stewart (Sheff Utd) from right channel, save (caught) by Scott Loach (Watford).
    • 78:10 Goal kick taken long by Mark Bunn (Sheff Utd).
    • 77:55 Shot by Henri Lansbury (Watford) right-footed from right side of penalty area (18 yards), missed right.
    • 77:36 Attacking throw-in by Lloyd Doyley (Watford).
    • 77:28 Attacking throw-in by Mark Yeates (Sheff Utd).
    • 77:14 Booking Nick Montgomery (Sheff Utd) booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 75:42 Foul by Nick Montgomery (Sheff Utd) on Ross Jenkins (Watford). Free kick taken right-footed by Martin Taylor (Watford) from left channel, resulting in open play.
    • 75:13 Goal kick taken long by Scott Loach (Watford).
    • 74:45 Substitution Watford substitution: Tom Cleverley replaced by Danny Graham (tactical).
    • 73:58 Shot by Stephen Quinn (Sheff Utd) right-footed from left channel (20 yards), over the bar.
    • 73:07 GOAL - Don CowieWatford 3 - 0 Sheff Utd Free kick scored by Don Cowie (Watford) right-footed (top-right of goal) from left channel (35+ yards).Watford 3-0 Sheff Utd.
    • 71:59 Foul by Nick Montgomery (Sheff Utd) on Tom Cleverley (Watford).
    • 71:28 Defending throw-in by Derek Geary (Sheff Utd).
    • 70:40 Defending throw-in by Derek Geary (Sheff Utd).
    • 70:21 Attacking throw-in by Lloyd Doyley (Watford).
    • 70:01 Foul by Derek Geary (Sheff Utd) on Ross Jenkins (Watford). Free kick taken right-footed by Jay DeMerit (Watford) from left channel, resulting in open play.
    • 69:33 Cross by Tom Cleverley (Watford), resulting in open play.
    • 69:15 Attacking throw-in by Adrian Mariappa (Watford).
    • 68:17 Goal kick taken long by Mark Bunn (Sheff Utd).
    • 67:44 Substitution Sheff Utd substitution: Darius Henderson replaced by Ched Evans (tactical).
    • 67:15 Cross by Tom Cleverley (Watford), clearance by Jordan Stewart (Sheff Utd).
    • 67:01 Corner from left by-line taken short right-footed by Don Cowie (Watford).
    • 66:25 Attacking throw-in by Adrian Mariappa (Watford).
    • 66:03 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Don Cowie (Watford) to centre, clearance by Nyron Nosworthy (Sheff Utd).
    • 65:51 Cross by Tom Cleverley (Watford), clearance by Jordan Stewart (Sheff Utd).
    • 65:27 Attacking throw-in by Adrian Mariappa (Watford).
    • 65:21 Attacking throw-in by Adrian Mariappa (Watford).
    • 65:08 Defending throw-in by Adrian Mariappa (Watford).
    • 64:34 Defending throw-in by Derek Geary (Sheff Utd).
    • 63:43 Free kick taken right-footed by Scott Loach (Watford) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 63:43 Booking Darius Henderson (Sheff Utd) booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 63:33 Foul by Darius Henderson (Sheff Utd) on Lloyd Doyley (Watford).
    • 63:23 Attacking throw-in by Derek Geary (Sheff Utd).
    • 63:01 Defending throw-in by Derek Geary (Sheff Utd).
    • 61:57 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Don Cowie (Watford) to near post, save (caught) by Mark Bunn (Sheff Utd).
    • 61:43 Attacking throw-in by Adrian Mariappa (Watford).
    • 61:30 Attacking throw-in by Adrian Mariappa (Watford).
    • 61:14 Defending throw-in by Derek Geary (Sheff Utd).
    • 61:04 Defending throw-in by Lloyd Doyley (Watford).
    • 60:51 Defending throw-in by Lloyd Doyley (Watford).
    • 60:25 Attacking throw-in by Jordan Stewart (Sheff Utd).
    • 59:45 Handball by Jonathan Fortune (Sheff Utd). Free kick crossed right-footed by Tom Cleverley (Watford) from left channel, save (caught) by Mark Bunn (Sheff Utd).
    • 59:35 Defending throw-in by Lloyd Doyley (Watford).
    • 59:10 Defending throw-in by Lloyd Doyley (Watford).
    • 58:55 Attacking throw-in by Richard Cresswell (Sheff Utd).
    • 58:41 Defending throw-in by Lloyd Doyley (Watford).
    • 58:30 Attacking throw-in by Derek Geary (Sheff Utd).
    • 58:22 Cross by Derek Geary (Sheff Utd), clearance by Jay DeMerit (Watford).
    • 57:25 Defending throw-in by Adrian Mariappa (Watford).
    • 57:09 Attacking throw-in by Nick Montgomery (Sheff Utd).
    • 55:54 Corner from left by-line taken short right-footed by Don Cowie (Watford).
    • 55:42 Attacking throw-in by Lloyd Doyley (Watford). Cross by Lloyd Doyley (Watford), clearance by Jonathan Fortune (Sheff Utd).
    • 55:35 Attacking throw-in by Lloyd Doyley (Watford).
    • 54:01 GOAL - Heidar HelgusonWatford 2 - 0 Sheff Utd Goal by Heidar Helguson (Watford) right-footed (high centre of goal) from right side of penalty area (18 yards).Watford 2-0 Sheff Utd.
    • 53:23 Foul by Nyron Nosworthy (Sheff Utd) on Henri Lansbury (Watford). Free kick taken right-footed by Adrian Mariappa (Watford) from right channel, passed.
    • 51:43 Attacking throw-in by Derek Geary (Sheff Utd).
    • 51:18 Attacking throw-in by Lloyd Doyley (Watford).
    • 50:57 Goal kick taken long by Scott Loach (Watford).
    • 50:38 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by James Harper (Sheff Utd) to far post, resulting in ball out of play.
    • 50:20 Cross by Jordan Stewart (Sheff Utd), blocked by Don Cowie (Watford).
    • 50:02 Attacking throw-in by Jordan Stewart (Sheff Utd).
    • 49:24 Attacking throw-in by Lloyd Doyley (Watford).
    • 49:18 Defending throw-in by Derek Geary (Sheff Utd).
    • 49:11 Cross by Martin Taylor (Watford), resulting in ball out of play.
    • 48:39 Attacking throw-in by Adrian Mariappa (Watford).
    • 48:30 Attacking throw-in by Don Cowie (Watford).
    • 47:27 Attacking throw-in by Lloyd Doyley (Watford).
    • 46:56 Darius Henderson (Sheff Utd) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Scott Loach (Watford) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 46:03 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Tom Cleverley (Watford) to far post, foul by Heidar Helguson (Watford) on Jonathan Fortune (Sheff Utd). Free kick taken right-footed by Mark Bunn (Sheff Utd) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 45:44 Shot by Heidar Helguson (Watford) left-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), save (tipped round post) by Mark Bunn (Sheff Utd).
    • 45:15 Defending throw-in by Derek Geary (Sheff Utd).
    • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
    • 45:01 Substitution Sheff Utd substitution: Jamie Ward replaced by Mark Yeates (tactical).
    • 45:00+5:04 The referee calls an end to the first half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+4:51 Attacking throw-in by Jordan Stewart (Sheff Utd).
    • 45:00+4:41 Attacking throw-in by Nick Montgomery (Sheff Utd).
    • 45:00+4:11 Attacking throw-in by Jordan Stewart (Sheff Utd).
    • 45:00+4:04 Attacking throw-in by Jordan Stewart (Sheff Utd).
    • 45:00+2:48 Attacking throw-in by Lloyd Doyley (Watford).
    • 45:00+2:05 Defending throw-in by Adrian Mariappa (Watford).
    • 45:00+1:19 Defending throw-in by Adrian Mariappa (Watford).
    • 45:00+0:43 Don Cowie (Watford) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Mark Bunn (Sheff Utd) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 45:00+0:14 Cross by Tom Cleverley (Watford), save (caught) by Mark Bunn (Sheff Utd).
    • 44:42 Defending throw-in by Jordan Stewart (Sheff Utd).
    • 44:23 Attacking throw-in by Adrian Mariappa (Watford).
    • 43:26 Goal kick taken long by Mark Bunn (Sheff Utd).
    • 42:43 Darius Henderson (Sheff Utd) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Scott Loach (Watford) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 42:31 Defending throw-in by Derek Geary (Sheff Utd).
    • 41:31 Goal kick taken long by Mark Bunn (Sheff Utd).
    • 40:58 Foul by Jordan Stewart (Sheff Utd) on Henri Lansbury (Watford). Free kick taken right-footed by Scott Loach (Watford) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 40:16 Free kick taken left-footed by Jordan Stewart (Sheff Utd) from left channel, resulting in open play.
    • 40:16 Substitution Sheff Utd substitution: Chris Morgan replaced by Jonathan Fortune (injury).
    • 39:55 Foul by Henri Lansbury (Watford) on Stephen Quinn (Sheff Utd).
    • 39:36 Attacking throw-in by Derek Geary (Sheff Utd).
    • 38:13 Assist by Martin Taylor (Watford) from own half.
    • 38:13 GOAL - Tom CleverleyWatford 1 - 0 Sheff Utd Headed goal by Tom Cleverley (Watford) (low centre of goal) from left side of penalty area (6 yards).Watford 1-0 Sheff Utd.
    • 37:08 Attacking throw-in by Adrian Mariappa (Watford).
    • 35:23 Cross by Adrian Mariappa (Watford), clearance by Chris Morgan (Sheff Utd).
    • 35:16 Attacking throw-in by Adrian Mariappa (Watford).
    • 32:48 Foul by Darius Henderson (Sheff Utd) on Martin Taylor (Watford). Free kick taken right-footed by Scott Loach (Watford) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 32:29 Cross by Adrian Mariappa (Watford), clearance by James Harper (Sheff Utd).
    • 31:44 Goal kick taken long by Mark Bunn (Sheff Utd).
    • 31:33 Cross by Adrian Mariappa (Watford), resulting in ball out of play.
    • 31:23 Cross by Tom Cleverley (Watford), resulting in open play.
    • 30:51 Cross by Henri Lansbury (Watford), save (caught) by Mark Bunn (Sheff Utd).
    • 30:44 Attacking throw-in by Don Cowie (Watford).
    • 29:41 Foul by Chris Morgan (Sheff Utd) on Heidar Helguson (Watford). Free kick taken right-footed by Tom Cleverley (Watford) from right channel (30 yards),
    • 29:30 Darius Henderson (Sheff Utd) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Scott Loach (Watford) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 28:23 Free kick taken right-footed by Scott Loach (Watford) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 28:23 Booking Stephen Quinn (Sheff Utd) booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 28:16 Foul by Stephen Quinn (Sheff Utd) on Scott Loach (Watford).
    • 26:54 Attacking throw-in by Derek Geary (Sheff Utd).
    • 26:34 Defending throw-in by Lloyd Doyley (Watford).
    • 26:26 Attacking throw-in by Derek Geary (Sheff Utd).
    • 25:57 Attacking throw-in by Jordan Stewart (Sheff Utd).
    • 25:39 Goal kick taken long by Mark Bunn (Sheff Utd).
    • 25:10 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Don Cowie (Watford) to far post, header by Heidar Helguson (Watford) from right side of penalty area (12 yards), missed left.
    • 24:16 Foul by Jordan Stewart (Sheff Utd) on Henri Lansbury (Watford). Free kick taken right-footed by Scott Loach (Watford) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 23:35 Foul by Martin Taylor (Watford) on Darius Henderson (Sheff Utd). Free kick taken right-footed by James Harper (Sheff Utd) from left channel, resulting in open play.
    • 22:33 Goal kick taken long by Scott Loach (Watford).
    • 21:38 Shot by Heidar Helguson (Watford) right-footed from right side of penalty area (6 yards), save (punched) by Mark Bunn (Sheff Utd).
    • 21:13 Attacking throw-in by Adrian Mariappa (Watford).
    • 20:43 Attacking throw-in by Jordan Stewart (Sheff Utd).
    • 19:47 Foul by Tom Cleverley (Watford) on Nick Montgomery (Sheff Utd). Free kick taken right-footed by James Harper (Sheff Utd) from right wing, header by Chris Morgan (Sheff Utd) from left side of penalty area (12 yards), save (parried) by Scott Loach (Watford).
    • 19:08 Heidar Helguson (Watford) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Mark Bunn (Sheff Utd) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 18:20 Attacking throw-in by Derek Geary (Sheff Utd).
    • 18:01 Attacking throw-in by Derek Geary (Sheff Utd).
    • 17:44 Attacking throw-in by Derek Geary (Sheff Utd).
    • 16:40 Defending throw-in by Lloyd Doyley (Watford).
    • 16:26 Cross by Stephen Quinn (Sheff Utd), clearance by Lloyd Doyley (Watford).
    • 14:44 Free kick taken right-footed by Jay DeMerit (Watford) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 14:44 Booking James Harper (Sheff Utd) booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 14:39 Foul by James Harper (Sheff Utd) on John Eustace (Watford).
    • 14:32 Defending throw-in by Derek Geary (Sheff Utd).
    • 14:13 Attacking throw-in by Lloyd Doyley (Watford).
    • 13:56 Darius Henderson (Sheff Utd) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Scott Loach (Watford) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 13:24 Defending throw-in by Derek Geary (Sheff Utd).
    • 13:18 Defending throw-in by Derek Geary (Sheff Utd).
    • 11:55 Defending throw-in by Jordan Stewart (Sheff Utd).
    • 11:50 Attacking throw-in by Adrian Mariappa (Watford).
    • 11:34 Cross by Darius Henderson (Sheff Utd), clearance by Lloyd Doyley (Watford).
    • 10:53 Attacking throw-in by Stephen Quinn (Sheff Utd).
    • 10:41 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by James Harper (Sheff Utd) to centre, clearance by Heidar Helguson (Watford).
    • 10:01 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by James Harper (Sheff Utd) to near post, save (punched) by Scott Loach (Watford).
    • 9:27 Attacking throw-in by Jordan Stewart (Sheff Utd).
    • 8:57 Goal kick taken long by Mark Bunn (Sheff Utd).
    • 8:34 Defending throw-in by Jordan Stewart (Sheff Utd).
    • 6:41 Foul by Adrian Mariappa (Watford) on Darius Henderson (Sheff Utd). Free kick taken right-footed by Mark Bunn (Sheff Utd) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 6:26 Attacking throw-in by Don Cowie (Watford).
    • 5:39 Foul by Darius Henderson (Sheff Utd) on Martin Taylor (Watford). Free kick taken right-footed by Scott Loach (Watford) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 5:18 Goal kick taken long by Mark Bunn (Sheff Utd).
    • 5:10 Attacking throw-in by Adrian Mariappa (Watford).
    • 4:36 Goal kick taken long by Scott Loach (Watford).
    • 3:28 Attacking throw-in by Adrian Mariappa (Watford).
    • 2:43 Attacking throw-in by Lloyd Doyley (Watford).
    • 2:10 Goal kick taken long by Scott Loach (Watford).
    • 1:59 Shot by Stephen Quinn (Sheff Utd) left-footed from left side of penalty area (18 yards), over the bar.
    • 0:18 Foul by Jay DeMerit (Watford) on Darius Henderson (Sheff Utd). Free kick crossed left-footed by Stephen Quinn (Sheff Utd) from left channel, clearance by Adrian Mariappa (Watford).
    • 0:00 The referee starts the match.

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    2 Feb 2010 23:59 UK


    Championship table snapshot

    As it stood on 2 Feb 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Newcastle 27 27 56
    2 Nottm Forest 28 23 52
    3 West Brom 27 26 50
    4 Cardiff 27 22 45
    5 Swansea 27 3 42
    6 Sheff Utd 28 1 41
    7 Blackpool 27 10 40
    8 Leicester 26 2 39
    9 Middlesbrough 28 7 37
    10 Bristol City 27 -4 36
    11 Barnsley 27 -5 36
    12 Watford 27 -3 35
    13 Preston 27 -5 35
    14 QPR 27 -4 34
    15 Doncaster 26 -1 33
    16 Coventry 28 -8 33
    17 Scunthorpe 27 -13 33
    18 Derby 28 -11 32
    19 Sheff Wed 28 -12 31
    20 Crystal Palace 27 2 30
    21 Ipswich 27 -8 29
    22 Reading 27 -16 26
    23 Plymouth 26 -14 24
    24 Peterborough 28 -19 18


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