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Watford   1 - 0   Plymouth

Watford v Plymouth

Watford 1-0 Plymouth

Heidar Helguson's second-half strike boosted Watford's survival hopes to keep Plymouth mired five points from safety in the Championship drop zone.

Helguson, who had earlier missed two presentable chances, tapped in from close range after John Eustace headed down Don Cowie's right-wing cross.

It was due reward for Watford, for whom Danny Graham had earlier beaten keeper David Stockdale only to strike a post.

Yannick Bolasie should have done better for Plymouth with an early header.

It was a massive result for Watford, moving them three points clear of the relegation zone and seven points ahead of second-from-bottom Plymouth.

On an afternoon when a testing pitch meant fluency was at a premium, it was also a deserved win for the Hornets, for whom Helguson's goal was his 10th since joining on loan from QPR.

Plymouth have only three games left to save themselves, and will not relish the prospect of playing promoted Newcastle in their next game.


Watford manager Malky Mackay:

"I can't remember Scott Loach having a save to make and on the balance of chances I think we deserved the win.

"I think it's a result that's been coming because performances have been decent without reward.

"It's hugely important for us, but I think we've got to keep pressing.

"I think there's teams that will be sucked back into it, so it's all to play for, for us.

Plymouth manager Paul Mariner:

"It's probably the worst performance since the Queens Park Rangers game away from home.

"I'm not critical of anybody in particular, I'm just critical of the group.

"All of us have got to rise to the challenge.

"Until it's impossible for us to stay up, we'll be fighting."

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Saturday, 10 April 2010

Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Watford 1-0 Plymouth FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Helguson 50

    Watford

    • 01 Loach
    • 02 Mariappa
    • 06 DeMerit
    • 17 Bennett
    • 33 Hodson
    • 07 Cowie
    • 08 McGinn
    • 14 Jenkins (Hoskins 89)
    • 28 Eustace
    • 10 Graham (Taylor 90+1)
    • 11 Helguson (Henderson 78 yellow card)

    Substitutes

    • 16 Lee,
    • 24 Taylor,
    • 34 Oshodi,
    • 29 Bryan,
    • 18 Hoskins,
    • 19 Henderson,
    • 26 Noble

    Plymouth

    • 21 Stockdale
    • 22 Rede Johnson
    • 23 Eckersley (Judge 67)
    • 29 Ngala
    • 35 Bhasera (Cooper 89)
    • 02 Duguid
    • 06 Clark
    • 07 Johnson
    • 36 Bolasie (Mason 68)
    • 08 Mackie yellow card
    • 10 Wright-Phillips

    Substitutes

    • 01 Larrieu,
    • 15 Barker,
    • 25 Judge,
    • 31 Folly,
    • 14 Fallon,
    • 32 Mason,
    • 33 Cooper
    Ref: AtkinsAtt: 14,246
    WATFORD
    PLYMOUTH

    Possession

    • Watford 50%
    • Plymouth 50%

    Attempts on target

    • Watford 3
    • Plymouth 0

    Attempts off target

    • Watford 7
    • Plymouth 6

    Corners

    • Watford 5
    • Plymouth 3

    Fouls

    • Watford 12
    • Plymouth 14
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:42 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
    • 90:00+2:44 Booking Liam Henderson receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 90:00+2:32 Karl Duguid fouled by Liam Henderson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by David Stockdale.
    • 90:00+0:54 Substitution Martin Taylor joins the action as a substitute, replacing Danny Graham.
    • 88:07 Substitution (Watford) makes a substitution, with Will Hoskins coming on for Ross Jenkins.
    • 88:07 Substitution Kenny Cooper comes on in place of Onismor Bhasera.
    • 88:07 Stephen McGinn decides to take the corner short.
    • 87:07 Joe Mason challenges Liam Henderson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Scott Loach.
    • 85:11 Foul by Ross Jenkins on Chris Clark, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Chris Clark.
    • 83:27 Free kick awarded for a foul by Bondz N'Gala on Lee Hodson. Scott Loach takes the free kick.
    • 77:42 Substitution Liam Henderson is brought on as a substitute for Heidar Helguson.
    • 75:55 Free kick awarded for a foul by Don Cowie on Onismor Bhasera. Damien Johnson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 74:35 A cross is delivered by Adrian Mariappa, David Stockdale makes a save.
    • 72:58 Foul by Stephen McGinn on Onismor Bhasera, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by David Stockdale.
    • 71:31 Short corner taken by Don Cowie.
    • 67:00 Substitution Joe Mason replaces Yannick Bolasie.
    • 67:00 Substitution Richard Eckersley leaves the field to be replaced by Alan Judge.
    • 66:28 John Eustace gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Onismor Bhasera. Damien Johnson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 63:45 Heidar Helguson challenges Bondz N'Gala unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Stockdale takes the free kick.
    • 63:13 Foul by Stephen McGinn on Karl Duguid, free kick awarded. David Stockdale takes the free kick.
    • 62:13 Bradley Wright-Phillips has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.
    • 61:01 Danny Graham handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by David Stockdale.
    • 59:28 The ball is sent over by Don Cowie, Karl Duguid manages to make a clearance.
    • 56:39 Header from deep inside the area by Heidar Helguson goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
    • 56:07 Reda Johnson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Heidar Helguson. Don Cowie takes the free kick.
    • 54:52 Booking Jamie Mackie is shown a yellow card.
    • 54:39 Jamie Mackie challenges Dale Bennett unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Scott Loach.
    • 49:08 GOAL - Heidar HelgusonWatford 1 - 0 Plymouth Heidar Helguson finds the net with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Watford 1-0 Plymouth.
    • 48:44 The ball is delivered by Don Cowie, David Stockdale makes a save.
    • 48:12 Unfair challenge on Chris Clark by Ross Jenkins results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Chris Clark.
    • 46:52 Karl Duguid challenges Heidar Helguson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Don Cowie. Heidar Helguson produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.
    • 46:05 Centre by Don Cowie.
    • 45:30 Stephen McGinn delivers the ball, John Eustace takes a shot. Save by David Stockdale.
    • 45:12 Ross Jenkins produces a cross.
    • 45:01 The second half has started.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:03 The referee calls an end to the first half.
    • 45:00+0:35 Shot from outside the area by Chris Clark misses to the left of the target.
    • 44:56 Danny Graham produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
    • 43:50 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Hodson by Richard Eckersley. Direct free kick taken by Scott Loach.
    • 43:09 Onismor Bhasera challenges Adrian Mariappa unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Don Cowie.
    • 41:52 A cross is delivered by Yannick Bolasie, blocked by Lee Hodson. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Damien Johnson from the right by-line, clearance made by Jay DeMerit.
    • 41:09 Corner from the right by-line taken by Damien Johnson, clearance by Heidar Helguson.
    • 39:56 Stephen McGinn gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Yannick Bolasie. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Damien Johnson from left channel.
    • 39:06 Centre by Heidar Helguson, Don Cowie produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 37:52 Corner taken by Don Cowie, Richard Eckersley makes a clearance. Ross Jenkins takes a shot. Blocked by Damien Johnson.
    • 37:07 Effort on goal by Heidar Helguson from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.
    • 34:32 Unfair challenge on Lee Hodson by Richard Eckersley results in a free kick. Scott Loach takes the direct free kick.
    • 33:33 Unfair challenge on Bondz N'Gala by John Eustace results in a free kick. David Stockdale restarts play with the free kick.
    • 33:04 Unfair challenge on John Eustace by Richard Eckersley results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Scott Loach.
    • 29:27 The ball is delivered by Jamie Mackie, clearance by Adrian Mariappa.
    • 28:10 Lee Hodson sends in a cross, save made by David Stockdale.
    • 27:25 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Don Cowie from the right by-line, Karl Duguid makes a clearance.
    • 27:06 Don Cowie produces a cross.
    • 26:21 Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Graham on David Stockdale. Free kick taken by David Stockdale.
    • 24:54 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Damien Johnson, Header from deep inside the area by Yannick Bolasie goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
    • 23:39 The ball is swung over by Ross Jenkins, Reda Johnson manages to make a clearance. Corner taken by Don Cowie.
    • 22:56 Jamie Mackie has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses left.
    • 21:58 Damien Johnson sends in a cross, save made by Scott Loach.
    • 19:21 Heidar Helguson challenges Reda Johnson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Don Cowie crosses the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Heidar Helguson misses to the right of the goal.
    • 18:31 John Eustace fouled by Jamie Mackie, the ref awards a free kick. Scott Loach takes the free kick.
    • 17:32 Bondz N'Gala challenges Adrian Mariappa unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Scott Loach.
    • 16:39 The ball is delivered by Don Cowie.
    • 12:03 Foul by Karl Duguid on Don Cowie, free kick awarded. Don Cowie takes the free kick.
    • 10:51 Shot by Jamie Mackie from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
    • 8:03 Onismor Bhasera delivers the ball.
    • 7:24 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jay DeMerit by Yannick Bolasie. Scott Loach takes the direct free kick.
    • 5:40 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ross Jenkins by Damien Johnson. John Eustace restarts play with the free kick. Shot by Ross Jenkins from a long way out goes over the net.
    • 3:07 Shot from outside the box by Chris Clark misses to the left of the target.
    • Correction - 0:22 Don Cowie is caught offside. Free kick taken by David Stockdale.
    • 0:22 The referee blows for offside. David Stockdale restarts play with the free kick.
    • 0:00 The referee gets the game started.

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    Championship table snapshot

    As it stood on 10 Apr 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Newcastle 42 51 92
    2 West Brom 43 39 86
    3 Nottm Forest 43 24 75
    4 Cardiff 43 19 70
    5 Leicester 43 10 67
    6 Swansea 43 3 65
    7 Blackpool 43 13 63
    8 Middlesbrough 43 12 61
    9 Bristol City 43 -7 59
    10 Sheff Utd 43 2 58
    11 Reading 41 0 56
    12 Doncaster 43 0 55
    13 Ipswich 43 -8 54
    14 Preston 43 -11 53
    15 Barnsley 43 -13 53
    16 Derby 43 -11 52
    17 Coventry 43 -13 52
    18 QPR 42 -7 51
    19 Watford 42 -10 48
    20 Scunthorpe 42 -24 47
    21 Crystal Palace 43 -3 46
    22 Sheff Wed 43 -19 45
    23 Plymouth 43 -19 41
    24 Peterborough 43 -28 31


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