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Sheff Wed   2 - 1   Watford

Luke Varney's 89th-minute winner gave Sheffield Wednesday a vital league win against fellow relegation strugglers Watford.

Eddie Nolan fired low past Scott Loach on 56 minutes for his first-ever goal.

The Owls were only ahead for 10 minutes before Tom Cleverley curled a sublime free-kick into the top corner.

But Varney broke clear late on to smash the vital winner past Loach, moving the Owls above Watford and four points clear of the drop zone.


Sheffield Wednesday boss Alan Irvine on his side's battle against relegation:
"I'm still going for three wins. Until we get them I won't relax. We have an awful lot to do still.

"I am scared to death, it is really hard winning games in the Championship. It sounds better three from seven, but it is still very close. Too close for comfort.

"I'll be really surprised if there are not major issues to be resolved on the last day of the season."

Watford manager Malky Mackay:
"I know we are down there with seven or eight teams and we have to make sure we pick up as many points as we can.

"We're definitely confident we can stay in the division."

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Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Npower Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Sheff Wed 2-1 Watford FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Nolan 56
  • Varney 89
  • Cleverley 67

Sheff Wed

  • 01 Grant
  • 02 Spurr
  • 04 Purse
  • 15 Beevers
  • 32 Nolan
  • 06 Miller (Clarke 31)
  • 14 Potter
  • 17 O'Connor
  • 30 Soares (Jeffers 88)
  • 07 Tudgay
  • 19 Varney (Gray 90+1)

Substitutes

  • 22 O'Donnell,
  • 05 Hinds,
  • 20 Simek,
  • 33 Gray,
  • 11 Esajas,
  • 09 Jeffers,
  • 18 Clarke

Watford

  • 01 Loach
  • 02 Mariappa
  • 06 DeMerit
  • 12 Doyley
  • 24 M Taylor
  • 07 Cowie (Buckley 90+1)
  • 14 Jenkins (Harley 73)
  • 20 Cleverley
  • 28 Eustace
  • 11 Helguson
  • 18 Hoskins (Graham 60)

Substitutes

  • 16 Lee,
  • 15 Harley,
  • 33 Hodson,
  • 08 McGinn,
  • 22 Buckley,
  • 29 Bryan,
  • 10 Graham
Ref: DeadmanAtt: 18,449
SHEFF WED
WATFORD

Possession

  • Sheff Wed 53%
  • Watford 47%

Attempts on target

  • Sheff Wed 5
  • Watford 4

Attempts off target

  • Sheff Wed 3
  • Watford 2

Corners

  • Sheff Wed 4
  • Watford 5

Fouls

  • Sheff Wed 12
  • Watford 10
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:50 The referee brings the game to a close.
  • 90:00+4:10 Leon Clarke is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Scott Loach.
  • 90:00+0:06 Direct free kick taken by Tom Cleverley.
  • 90:00+0:06 Substitution William Buckley comes on in place of Don Cowie.
  • 90:00+0:06 Substitution Michael Gray comes on in place of Luke Varney.
  • 90:00+0:06 Foul by Mark Beevers on Heidar Helguson, free kick awarded.
  • 88:34 The assist for the goal came from Marcus Tudgay.
  • 88:34 GOAL - Luke VarneySheff Wed 2 - 1 Watford Luke Varney finds the net with a goal from inside the box high into the middle of the goal. Sheff Wed 2-1 Watford.
  • 87:26 Substitution (Sheff Wed) makes a substitution, with Francis Jeffers coming on for Tom Soares.
  • 82:48 Corner taken right-footed by Tom Cleverley, clearance by Marcus Tudgay.
  • 82:27 Corner taken left-footed by Heidar Helguson.
  • 81:20 Luke Varney takes a shot. Save by Scott Loach. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Darren Potter.
  • 81:03 Shot by Danny Graham. Save by Lee Grant.
  • 80:26 Unfair challenge on Eddie Nolan by Jon Harley results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Darren Purse.
  • 79:05 Eddie Nolan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Heidar Helguson. Direct free kick taken by Scott Loach.
  • 78:43 The ball is sent over by Eddie Nolan.
  • 78:15 Don Cowie concedes a free kick for a foul on Tommy Spurr. Free kick taken by Tommy Spurr.
  • 77:06 Don Cowie fouled by Luke Varney, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Martin Taylor.
  • 76:21 Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Heidar Helguson goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
  • 73:18 Leon Clarke has an effort at goal from long range that goes wide left.
  • 73:11 Substitution Ross Jenkins goes off and Jon Harley comes on.
  • 72:06 The ball is swung over by Tom Soares.
  • 70:39 Free kick awarded for a foul by Lloyd Doyley on Tom Soares. Tommy Spurr produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 69:42 Free kick awarded for a foul by Luke Varney on John Eustace. Scott Loach takes the direct free kick.
  • 68:26 Luke Varney concedes a free kick for a foul on Lloyd Doyley. Free kick taken by Adrian Mariappa.
  • 68:03 Tommy Spurr produces a cross, save made by Scott Loach.
  • 67:21 Tom Soares fouled by Lloyd Doyley, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Darren Potter.
  • 66:19 GOAL - Tom CleverleySheff Wed 1 - 1 Watford Tom Cleverley finds the net with a goal direct from the free kick from just outside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Sheff Wed 1-1 Watford.
  • 65:38 Handball by Darren Potter.
  • 64:31 Darren Potter takes a shot. Save by Scott Loach.
  • 64:17 Eddie Nolan sends in a cross.
  • Correction - 63:05 Tom Cleverley takes a shot. Darren Purse gets a block in.
  • 63:05 Tom Cleverley takes a shot. Tommy Spurr gets a block in.
  • 60:03 The ball is delivered by Tommy Spurr, clearance by Lloyd Doyley.
  • 60:03 Substitution (Watford) makes a substitution, with Danny Graham coming on for Will Hoskins.
  • 57:31 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Darren Potter, clearance by Martin Taylor.
  • 55:35 Assist by Darren Potter.
  • 55:35 GOAL - Eddie NolanSheff Wed 1 - 0 Watford Eddie Nolan fires in a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Sheff Wed 1-0 Watford.
  • 54:13 Will Hoskins takes a long range shot clearing the crossbar.
  • Correction - 52:50 Tom Cleverley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tommy Spurr. Tommy Spurr restarts play with the free kick.
  • 52:50 Foul by Tom Cleverley on Tommy Spurr, free kick awarded. Tommy Spurr takes the direct free kick.
  • 51:04 Heidar Helguson takes a shot. Save made by Lee Grant.
  • 49:34 Eddie Nolan produces a cross.
  • 48:36 Tom Soares crosses the ball.
  • 47:49 The ball is crossed by Luke Varney, Marcus Tudgay has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the goal.
  • 45:09 The assistant referee signals for offside against Luke Varney. Free kick taken by Scott Loach.
  • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:36 The half-time whistle blows.
  • 44:54 Luke Varney produces a cross, Scott Loach makes a save.
  • 42:26 Foul by Leon Clarke on Scott Loach, free kick awarded. Scott Loach restarts play with the free kick.
  • 41:49 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Darren Potter.
  • 39:40 A cross is delivered by Tommy Spurr, Martin Taylor manages to make a clearance. Unfair challenge on Heidar Helguson by Mark Beevers results in a free kick. Martin Taylor takes the free kick.
  • 32:50 The referee gives a free kick against Darren Potter for handball. Free kick taken by Tom Cleverley.
  • 30:57 Substitution Leon Clarke comes on in place of Tommy Miller.
  • 29:51 Foul by James O'Connor on Will Hoskins, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jay DeMerit.
  • 29:05 Marcus Tudgay fouled by Lloyd Doyley, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Darren Potter from right wing.
  • 27:07 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken by Darren Potter to short, save made by Scott Loach.
  • 26:15 Lloyd Doyley is caught offside. Free kick taken by Lee Grant.
  • 24:16 Unfair challenge on Darren Potter by Will Hoskins results in a free kick. Darren Potter produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 18:06 Unfair challenge on Darren Purse by Will Hoskins results in a free kick. Lee Grant takes the free kick.
  • 12:54 Foul by Heidar Helguson on Mark Beevers, free kick awarded. Lee Grant takes the free kick.
  • 12:19 Free kick awarded for a foul by Luke Varney on Adrian Mariappa. Free kick taken by Scott Loach.
  • 11:53 The referee blows for offside. Lee Grant takes the free kick.
  • 8:23 Corner taken by Tom Cleverley played to the near post.
  • 7:31 Darren Potter challenges Will Hoskins unfairly and gives away a free kick. Scott Loach takes the direct free kick.
  • 4:12 Unfair challenge on Darren Purse by Heidar Helguson results in a free kick. Lee Grant takes the free kick.
  • 3:49 Free kick awarded for a foul by Marcus Tudgay on Jay DeMerit. Scott Loach takes the free kick.
  • 3:23 Will Hoskins is caught offside. Free kick taken by Lee Grant.
  • 2:39 Tom Cleverley fouled by James O'Connor, the ref awards a free kick. Don Cowie takes the direct free kick.
  • 2:01 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Tom Cleverley.
  • 0:41 Corner taken right-footed by Don Cowie, Mark Beevers makes a clearance.
  • 0:00 The referee gets the match started.

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Championship table snapshot

As it stood on 24 Mar 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Newcastle 38 44 80
2 West Brom 39 35 78
3 Nottm Forest 39 23 70
4 Leicester 38 10 61
5 Swansea 39 2 61
6 Cardiff 38 16 59
7 Blackpool 39 10 54
8 Sheff Utd 39 3 54
9 Middlesbrough 39 9 53
10 Doncaster 39 3 52
11 Reading 37 -2 51
12 Coventry 39 -8 51
13 Bristol City 39 -10 49
14 Barnsley 38 -12 49
15 Preston 39 -10 48
16 Ipswich 39 -8 47
17 QPR 38 -5 46
18 Derby 39 -11 45
19 Scunthorpe 38 -19 44
20 Sheff Wed 39 -17 43
21 Watford 37 -9 42
22 Crystal Palace 38 -4 39
23 Plymouth 38 -15 37
24 Peterborough 39 -25 30


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