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Watford   1 - 1   Middlesbrough

Watford 1-1 Middlesbrough

Watford 1-1 Middlesbrough

Substitute Leroy Lita salvaged a point for Middlesbrough against Watford, but the draw all but ended the visitors' chances of a play-off place.

Watford took the lead through John Eustace who fired in a volley from the edge of the area.

Lita equalised for Boro nine minutes after the break when he pounced on a loose ball to fire in from close range.

Boro keeper Brad Jones also tipped Tom Cleverley's free-kick around the post early in the game.

And late on, Heidar Helguson had a golden chance to snatch the points for Watford but prodded wide at the back post from Cleverley's cross.


Watford boss Malky Mackay told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"It's a point more than we had. But I think the performance possibly merited a win.

"You look and see who has gained points and who has not gained points. But, at the moment, we keep looking at ourselves and we keep looking at the games that we've got ahead of us.

"I look at the performance today and the amount of work-rate and application they put into that and they're still driving forwards with five minutes to go to try and get the winner."

Middlesbrough manager Gordon Strachan:
"There were so many draws today and that sums the league up. To get above that then you've got to have individuals that can win the game sometimes.

"It looks like teams are getting draws at the moment and individuals have to come to the fore and we didn't have enough in the first half.

"People saying 'I want to win the game', 'I want to be the best player on the pitch'. It seemed to be a malaise of ordinary football out there in the first half but the second half was a little bit better."

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Saturday, 27 March 2010

Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Watford 1-1 Middlesbrough FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Eustace 21
  • Lita 55

Watford

  • 01 Loach
  • 02 Mariappa
  • 06 DeMerit
  • 12 Doyley
  • 24 Taylor
  • 05 Lansbury yellow card
  • 07 Cowie yellow card
  • 20 Cleverley
  • 22 Buckley (Graham 81)
  • 28 Eustace
  • 11 Helguson

Substitutes

  • 16 Lee,
  • 15 Harley,
  • 33 Hodson,
  • 08 McGinn,
  • 10 Graham,
  • 18 Hoskins,
  • 26 Noble

Middlesbrough

  • 01 Jones
  • 02 Hoyte
  • 03 Taylor
  • 19 McManus yellow card
  • 25 Williams
  • 31 Wheater yellow card
  • 16 O'Neil yellow card
  • 17 Robson
  • 20 Arca (Franks 84)
  • 12 Killen yellow card
  • 18 Miller (Lita 50)

Substitutes

  • 21 Coyne,
  • 05 Riggott,
  • 23 Grounds,
  • 33 Naughton,
  • 15 O'Shea,
  • 09 Lita,
  • 28 Franks
Ref: EastAtt: 14,038
WATFORD
MIDDLESBROUGH

Possession

  • Watford 48%
  • Middlesbrough 52%

Attempts on target

  • Watford 3
  • Middlesbrough 2

Attempts off target

  • Watford 12
  • Middlesbrough 4

Corners

  • Watford 7
  • Middlesbrough 4

Fouls

  • Watford 16
  • Middlesbrough 17
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:56 The referee ends the match.
  • 90:00+4:48 Don Cowie sends in a cross, clearance made by Gary O'Neil.
  • 90:00+4:22 Chris Killen is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Scott Loach.
  • 90:00+3:10 Free kick awarded for a foul by John Eustace on Chris Killen. Brad Jones takes the direct free kick.
  • 90:00+2:09 John Eustace sends in a cross, blocked by Andrew Taylor.
  • 90:00+1:29 The ball is delivered by Don Cowie, Brad Jones makes a save.
  • 90:00+0:56 Tom Cleverley takes a shot.
  • 88:06 Danny Graham takes a shot.
  • 85:53 Gary O'Neil challenges Adrian Mariappa unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Henri Lansbury.
  • 83:27 Substitution Jonathan Franks comes on in place of Julio Arca.
  • 82:39 Centre by Tom Cleverley, Shot from inside the six-yard box by Heidar Helguson goes wide right of the target.
  • 81:35 Julio Arca delivers the ball, Jay DeMerit manages to make a clearance.
  • 80:15 Substitution Danny Graham on for William Buckley.
  • 79:39 The ball is delivered by Andrew Taylor, clearance made by Jay DeMerit.
  • 78:39 Henri Lansbury takes a shot. Save made by Brad Jones.
  • 76:36 Shot from just outside the box by Tom Cleverley misses to the right of the goal.
  • 75:41 Leroy Lita takes a shot. Blocked by Adrian Mariappa. Corner taken left-footed by Barry Robson, Scott Loach makes a save.
  • 74:22 The ball is swung over by Adrian Mariappa, Stephen McManus manages to make a clearance.
  • 73:48 The referee blows for offside against Martin Taylor. Brad Jones takes the indirect free kick.
  • 73:17 Free kick taken by Henri Lansbury.
  • 73:17 Booking Gary O'Neil is given a yellow card.
  • 73:09 Gary O'Neil challenges Adrian Mariappa unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 72:43 The ball is delivered by Tom Cleverley, save by Brad Jones.
  • 71:29 Henri Lansbury sends in a cross.
  • 70:37 Free kick taken by Andrew Taylor.
  • 70:37 Booking Don Cowie booked for dissent.
  • 70:24 Foul by Henri Lansbury on Gary O'Neil, free kick awarded.
  • 69:30 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Martin Taylor by Leroy Lita. Scott Loach restarts play with the free kick.
  • 68:43 Chris Killen challenges John Eustace unfairly and gives away a free kick. Scott Loach restarts play with the free kick.
  • 67:58 Leroy Lita takes a shot. Adrian Mariappa gets a block in.
  • 66:54 Don Cowie handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Gary O'Neil from left channel, clearance by Lloyd Doyley.
  • 66:44 The ball is sent over by Tom Cleverley, Brad Jones makes a save.
  • Correction - 66:11 Tom Cleverley fouled by Barry Robson, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Henri Lansbury.
  • 66:11 Foul by Barry Robson on Tom Cleverley, free kick awarded. Henri Lansbury takes the free kick.
  • 65:10 Tom Cleverley takes a shot. Blocked by Justin Hoyte. Corner from the left by-line taken by Tom Cleverley, John Eustace has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the target.
  • 61:34 Henri Lansbury gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Barry Robson. David Wheater restarts play with the free kick.
  • 61:02 A cross is delivered by Don Cowie, Justin Hoyte manages to make a clearance.
  • 60:14 Tom Cleverley produces a cross, save made by Brad Jones.
  • 59:06 Chris Killen concedes a free kick for a foul on Jay DeMerit. Direct free kick taken by Scott Loach.
  • 58:31 Foul by Martin Taylor on Leroy Lita, free kick awarded. David Wheater takes the free kick.
  • 57:49 William Buckley challenges Stephen McManus unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Stephen McManus.
  • 57:12 Shot on goal by Heidar Helguson from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 55:34 Corner taken by Barry Robson played to the near post, save by Scott Loach.
  • 55:11 Corner taken by Barry Robson from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Heidar Helguson.
  • 55:03 The ball is crossed by Justin Hoyte, Jay DeMerit makes a clearance.
  • 54:05 Assist on the goal came from Julio Arca.
  • 54:05 GOAL - Leroy LitaWatford 1 - 1 Middlesbrough Leroy Lita grabs a headed goal from close in. Watford 1-1 Middlesbrough.
  • 53:45 Gary O'Neil sends in a cross. Julio Arca sends in a cross,
  • 53:05 Henri Lansbury takes the free kick.
  • 53:05 Booking The referee books David Wheater for unsporting behaviour.
  • 53:01 David Wheater is penalised for a handball.
  • 52:08 Henri Lansbury has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal.
  • 51:46 Andrew Taylor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Don Cowie. Don Cowie crosses the ball in from the free kick, David Wheater makes a clearance.
  • 50:55 Leroy Lita produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.
  • 49:00 Direct free kick taken by David Wheater. Barry Robson takes a inswinging corner.
  • 49:00 Substitution Leroy Lita on for Lee Miller.
  • 49:00 Foul by John Eustace on Barry Robson, free kick awarded.
  • 48:07 Don Cowie sends in a cross, Tom Cleverley has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the goal.
  • 47:02 Handball decision goes against Lee Miller. Scott Loach takes the free kick.
  • 46:30 John Eustace gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary O'Neil. Stephen McManus takes the direct free kick.
  • 45:42 A cross is delivered by William Buckley.
  • 45:01 The second half has started.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+3:04 The referee calls an end to the first half.
  • 45:00+2:18 Foul by Henri Lansbury on Chris Killen, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Gary O'Neil from left channel, save by Scott Loach.
  • 45:00+0:18 The ball is delivered by Barry Robson, Jay DeMerit makes a clearance.
  • 43:49 Free kick awarded for a foul by Heidar Helguson on Andrew Taylor. Brad Jones takes the direct free kick.
  • 42:38 Scott Loach restarts play with the free kick.
  • 42:38 Booking Chris Killen receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 41:41 Foul by Chris Killen on Henri Lansbury, free kick awarded.
  • 40:45 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adrian Mariappa by Barry Robson. Free kick taken by Scott Loach.
  • 38:37 Shot by William Buckley from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
  • 37:02 Free kick crossed left-footed by Barry Robson.
  • 37:02 Booking Henri Lansbury goes into the book.
  • 36:53 Foul by Henri Lansbury on Rhys Williams, free kick awarded.
  • 36:39 The ball is sent over by Don Cowie, Brad Jones makes a save.
  • 35:34 Foul by Barry Robson on William Buckley, free kick awarded. Lloyd Doyley takes the free kick.
  • 34:52 Julio Arca sends in a cross.
  • 33:28 Barry Robson delivers the ball.
  • 32:51 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Barry Robson by Tom Cleverley. Barry Robson crosses the ball in from the free kick, Heidar Helguson makes a clearance.
  • 32:01 Close range header by Heidar Helguson goes wide of the left-hand upright. Inswinging corner taken by Tom Cleverley from the left by-line played to the near post.
  • 30:09 Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Miller on Lloyd Doyley. Scott Loach takes the free kick.
  • 29:32 The assistant referee signals for offside against Heidar Helguson. Indirect free kick taken by Stephen McManus.
  • 27:57 Andrew Taylor crosses the ball, Lee Miller produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
  • 26:30 Foul by Lee Miller on Jay DeMerit, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Scott Loach.
  • 25:51 Unfair challenge on Barry Robson by Henri Lansbury results in a free kick. Brad Jones restarts play with the free kick.
  • 25:42 William Buckley crosses the ball, clearance by Stephen McManus.
  • 24:58 The assistant referee flags for offside against Lee Miller. Free kick taken by Scott Loach.
  • 22:49 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Heidar Helguson by Gary O'Neil. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Tom Cleverley, comfortable save by Brad Jones.
  • 22:33 Centre by Don Cowie, clearance made by Stephen McManus.
  • 21:29 Chris Killen concedes a free kick for a foul on Martin Taylor. Scott Loach restarts play with the free kick.
  • 20:38 GOAL - John EustaceWatford 1 - 0 Middlesbrough Goal scored by John Eustace from just outside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Watford 1-0 Middlesbrough.
  • 20:06 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Don Cowie from the right by-line, Chris Killen manages to make a clearance.
  • 17:57 The ball is crossed by Barry Robson, clearance made by Henri Lansbury.
  • 16:35 Free kick crossed right-footed by Tom Cleverley from left wing, clearance made by Julio Arca.
  • 16:35 Booking Stephen McManus booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 16:26 Foul by Stephen McManus on William Buckley, free kick awarded.
  • 15:27 Effort on goal by Don Cowie from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 14:11 Don Cowie takes the outswinging corner, Tom Cleverley fouled by Gary O'Neil, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Tom Cleverley from right by-line.
  • 13:03 Unfair challenge on Chris Killen by John Eustace results in a free kick. Stephen McManus takes the direct free kick.
  • 12:30 Effort from inside the area by Gary O'Neil misses to the left of the target.
  • 11:53 Don Cowie sends in a cross, blocked by Andrew Taylor. Don Cowie takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Lee Miller.
  • 9:06 Stephen McManus fouled by Heidar Helguson, the ref awards a free kick. Brad Jones restarts play with the free kick.
  • 8:16 Unfair challenge on Lee Miller by Martin Taylor results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Andrew Taylor.
  • 6:31 Rhys Williams produces a cross, Scott Loach makes a save.
  • 6:23 The ball is delivered by Justin Hoyte, Martin Taylor manages to make a clearance.
  • 6:00 Centre by Lee Miller, Henri Lansbury makes a clearance.
  • 5:11 Julio Arca produces a cross.
  • 4:34 The ball is sent over by Barry Robson.
  • 3:05 Justin Hoyte crosses the ball, John Eustace makes a clearance.
  • 1:29 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Heidar Helguson by Stephen McManus. Shot comes in from Tom Cleverley from the free kick, save made by Brad Jones. Tom Cleverley takes the inswinging corner, Gary O'Neil makes a clearance.
  • 0:55 Outswinging corner taken by Don Cowie from the right by-line, clearance made by Gary O'Neil.
  • 0:21 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Julio Arca by Don Cowie. Free kick taken by Andrew Taylor.
  • 0:00 The referee gets the match started.

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Championship table snapshot

As it stood on 27 Mar 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Newcastle 38 44 80
2 West Brom 40 35 79
3 Nottm Forest 39 23 70
4 Cardiff 39 17 62
5 Swansea 40 2 62
6 Leicester 39 9 61
7 Blackpool 40 12 57
8 Doncaster 40 4 55
9 Middlesbrough 40 9 54
10 Sheff Utd 39 3 54
11 Reading 38 -2 52
12 Coventry 40 -8 52
13 Bristol City 40 -9 52
14 Preston 40 -10 49
15 Barnsley 39 -13 49
16 Ipswich 40 -8 48
17 Derby 40 -10 48
18 QPR 39 -5 47
19 Sheff Wed 40 -17 44
20 Scunthorpe 38 -19 44
21 Watford 38 -9 43
22 Crystal Palace 39 -5 39
23 Plymouth 39 -17 37
24 Peterborough 40 -26 30


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