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Leicester   4 - 1   Watford

Leicester City 4-1 Watford

Leicester City 4-1 Watford

Ten-man Leicester moved a step closer to securing a Championship play-off place and deepened Watford's relegation fears with a convincing victory.

Martyn Waghorn fired the Foxes ahead from the penalty spot and Paul Gallagher added a stunning second before Steve Howard was sent off.

Nigel Pearson's side pulled further clear with goals from Jay Spearing and James Vaughan.

Martin Taylor pulled a goal back for the Hornets late on.

The result ensures Leicester remain four points clear of seventh-placed Blackpool with two games remaining.

But Watford remain in serious danger at the other end of the table following a first defeat in four.

Leicester went ahead in controversial circumstances nine minutes before the break when Jay DeMerit was penalised for a foul on Richie Wellens, despite appearing to take the ball with his challenge, and Waghorn made no mistake with the resulting spot-kick.

The home side doubled their lead five minutes later as Gallagher lashed home a superb left-footed volley from the edge of the area.

Watford's hopes of mounting a comeback were lifted when Howard received a straight red card on the stroke of half-time for a lunging tackle on Ross Jenkins in first-half stoppage time.

But it was Leicester who struck again six minutes after the interval, Spearing applying the finish after the Hornets had failed to deal with a bouncing ball in the area.

Vaughan, on as a replacement for Gallagher, wasted a clear chance to add a fourth for the hosts as he fired straight at Loach.

However, the on-loan Everton youngster did manage to get on the scoresheet in the 67th minute when he held off his marker before finishing coolly.

Watford substitute Taylor reduced his side's arrears 13 minutes from time with a header from Michael Bryan's corner, but Leicester were already home and dry.


Leicester manager Nigel Pearson:

"We are not quite there yet, but we are in a decent position.

"We've worked hard to be in this good position and now we've got to make sure we see that through.

"I've not had a chance to look at the sending off, but the referee's assistant said it was a caution. From what I've heard though, it was a rash challenge."

Watford manager Malky Mackay:

"This is a tough place to come to with Leicester heading for the play-offs.

"You've got to be on your mettle, and we weren't today. We can't afford to give such good players so much time and space.

"We didn't really perform and now we've got three games to go and have to make sure we get as many points as possible, starting at QPR on Tuesday."

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Saturday, 17 April 2010

Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Leicester 4-1 Watford FT
(HT 2-0)
  • Waghorn (pen) 36
  • Gallagher 41
  • Spearing 51
  • Vaughan 67
  • Taylor 78

Leicester

  • 01 Weale
  • 04 Morrison
  • 06 Brown
  • 15 Berner
  • 25 Hobbs
  • 10 King
  • 19 Wellens (Adams 58)
  • 34 Spearing
  • 09 Howard red card
  • 18 Waghorn (Kermorgant 65)
  • 24 Gallagher (Vaughan 46 yellow card)

Substitutes

  • 13 Logan,
  • 33 Bruce,
  • 07 Solano,
  • 16 Adams,
  • 17 N'Guessan,
  • 22 Kermorgant,
  • 27 Vaughan

Watford

  • 01 Loach
  • 02 Mariappa
  • 06 DeMerit (Taylor 56)
  • 15 Harley
  • 17 Bennett
  • 33 Hodson (Helguson 50)
  • 05 Lansbury
  • 07 Cowie (Bryan 69)
  • 14 Jenkins
  • 28 Eustace
  • 10 Graham

Substitutes

  • 16 Lee,
  • 24 Taylor,
  • 08 McGinn,
  • 29 Bryan,
  • 11 Helguson,
  • 18 Hoskins,
  • 26 Noble
Ref: MillerAtt: 24,765
LEICESTER
WATFORD

Possession

  • Leicester 50%
  • Watford 50%

Attempts on target

  • Leicester 7
  • Watford 5

Attempts off target

  • Leicester 4
  • Watford 1

Corners

  • Leicester 4
  • Watford 16

Fouls

  • Leicester 7
  • Watford 3
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+5:42 The referee ends the match.
  • 90:00+5:15 Corner from the right by-line taken by Michael Bryan, clearance made by Wayne Brown.
  • 90:00+0:26 Shot by Nicky Adams from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.
  • 87:45 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Henri Lansbury.
  • 86:34 Booking Booking for James Vaughan for unsporting behaviour.
  • 86:21 Henri Lansbury fouled by James Vaughan, the ref awards a free kick. Scott Loach restarts play with the free kick.
  • 83:22 The official flags Martin Taylor offside. Chris Weale restarts play with the free kick.
  • 79:06 Henri Lansbury takes a shot. Save by Chris Weale.
  • 77:59 Assist on the goal came from Michael Bryan.
  • 77:59 GOAL - Martin TaylorLeicester 4 - 1 Watford Martin Taylor grabs a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Leicester 4-1 Watford.
  • 76:42 corner taken by Michael Bryan, Jon Harley takes a shot. Save by Chris Weale. Corner from the right by-line taken by Michael Bryan,
  • Correction - 74:36 The assistant referee flags for offside against Heidar Helguson. Chris Weale takes the indirect free kick.
  • 74:36 Heidar Helguson is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Chris Weale.
  • 73:36 Outswinging corner taken by Henri Lansbury from the right by-line, clearance by Wayne Brown.
  • 71:40 Shot from just outside the box by James Vaughan misses to the left of the target.
  • 68:03 Substitution Don Cowie leaves the field to be replaced by Michael Bryan.
  • 66:54 The assist for the goal came from Jay Spearing.
  • 66:54 GOAL - James VaughanLeicester 4 - 0 Watford James Vaughan gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Leicester 4-0 Watford.
  • 65:55 Unfair challenge on Nicky Adams by John Eustace results in a free kick. Nicky Adams takes the free kick.
  • 64:47 Substitution (Leicester) makes a substitution, with Yann Kermorgant coming on for Martyn Waghorn.
  • 61:35 Outswinging corner taken by Henri Lansbury from the right by-line played to the near post, Corner taken right-footed by Henri Lansbury from the right by-line, clearance made by Jay Spearing. Wayne Brown manages to make a clearance. Henri Lansbury takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Jack Hobbs.
  • 58:40 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Don Cowie, clearance by Jay Spearing.
  • 57:32 Substitution Nicky Adams replaces Richie Wellens.
  • 57:32 John Eustace is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Chris Weale restarts play with the free kick.
  • 55:53 Substitution Martin Taylor on for Jay DeMerit.
  • 54:06 James Vaughan takes a shot. Save made by Scott Loach.
  • 52:46 Corner taken right-footed by Don Cowie, clearance by Wayne Brown.
  • 50:54 GOAL - Jay SpearingLeicester 3 - 0 Watford Jay Spearing finds the back of the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Leicester 3-0 Watford.
  • 49:43 Substitution Lee Hodson goes off and Heidar Helguson comes on.
  • 48:11 Inswinging corner taken by Martyn Waghorn, save by Scott Loach. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jay Spearing, Henri Lansbury makes a clearance.
  • Correction - 45:01 Substitution James Vaughan replaces Paul Gallagher.
  • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
  • 45:01 Substitution James Vaughan is brought on as a substitute for Paul Gallagher.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+4:11 The first half comes to an end.
  • 45:00+2:21 Free kick taken by Scott Loach.
  • 45:00+2:21 Sent off The referee shows Steve Howard a red card.
  • 45:00+1:22 Steve Howard concedes a free kick for a foul on Ross Jenkins.
  • 44:33 Martyn Waghorn is penalised for a handball. Dale Bennett restarts play with the free kick.
  • 44:07 Richie Wellens is adjudged to have handled the ball. Direct free kick taken by John Eustace.
  • 40:56 GOAL - Paul GallagherLeicester 2 - 0 Watford Paul Gallagher finds the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Leicester 2-0 Watford.
  • 38:29 Martyn Waghorn concedes a free kick for a foul on Dale Bennett. Scott Loach restarts play with the free kick.
  • 37:50 Steve Howard has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses left.
  • 37:14 Free kick awarded for a foul by John Eustace on Steve Howard. Chris Weale takes the direct free kick.
  • 35:54 GOAL - Martyn WaghornLeicester 1 - 0 Watford Martyn Waghorn scores a placed penalty. Leicester 1-0 Watford.
  • 34:59 Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Richie Wellens by Jay DeMerit.
  • 33:51 Effort on goal by Martyn Waghorn from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
  • 33:15 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Paul Gallagher, clearance by Jon Harley.
  • 31:28 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Eustace by Jay Spearing. Lee Hodson takes the free kick.
  • 29:57 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Don Cowie from the left by-line, save by Chris Weale. Jon Harley takes a short corner.
  • 28:50 Henri Lansbury takes a shot. Chris Weale makes a save.
  • 26:53 Martyn Waghorn is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jay DeMerit takes the free kick.
  • 26:03 Steve Howard concedes a free kick for a foul on John Eustace. Lee Hodson takes the free kick.
  • 25:25 Inswinging corner taken by Jon Harley, Wayne Brown makes a clearance.
  • 24:59 Martyn Waghorn takes a shot. Save by Scott Loach.
  • 23:13 Henri Lansbury takes a shot. Jack Hobbs gets a block in. The official flags Martyn Waghorn offside. Indirect free kick taken by Scott Loach.
  • 21:26 Danny Graham has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 18:41 Inswinging corner taken by Paul Gallagher from the left by-line, clearance by Adrian Mariappa.
  • 17:22 Martyn Waghorn takes a shot. Scott Loach makes a comfortable save.
  • 13:51 Unfair challenge on Danny Graham by Wayne Brown results in a free kick. Henri Lansbury takes the free kick. Short corner taken by Jon Harley from the right by-line.
  • 7:43 Paul Gallagher takes a shot. Scott Loach makes a save.
  • 7:01 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Jon Harley, clearance made by Wayne Brown.
  • 4:51 Corner from the left by-line taken by Don Cowie, Andy King makes a clearance.
  • 3:59 Unfair challenge on John Eustace by Jay Spearing results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Dale Bennett.
  • 3:18 Paul Gallagher sends in a cross, Jay DeMerit manages to make a clearance.
  • 0:00 The match has kicked off.

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Championship table snapshot

As it stood on 17 Apr 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Newcastle 43 52 95
2 West Brom 44 41 89
3 Nottm Forest 44 22 75
4 Cardiff 44 20 73
5 Leicester 44 13 70
6 Swansea 44 5 68
7 Blackpool 44 15 66
8 Middlesbrough 44 10 61
9 Reading 43 5 59
10 Bristol City 44 -10 59
11 Sheff Utd 43 2 58
12 Doncaster 44 0 56
13 Ipswich 44 -8 55
14 Preston 44 -11 54
15 Derby 44 -11 53
16 Coventry 44 -13 53
17 Barnsley 44 -15 53
18 QPR 43 -8 51
19 Scunthorpe 43 -21 50
20 Watford 43 -13 48
21 Crystal Palace 44 -3 47
22 Sheff Wed 43 -19 45
23 Plymouth 43 -19 41
24 Peterborough 44 -34 31


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