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Tuesday, 12 September, 2000, 21:20 GMT 22:20 UK
Blackburn 3-4 Watford
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Graeme Souness (left) saw his Blackburn side throw away a two-goal lead
Watford came from two goals down to win a thriller at Blackburn and preserve their undefeated run.

It looked bleak for Graham Taylor's side as Rovers raced into a two-goal lead through David Dunn and Nathan Blake but they scored three times in 19 minutes - a couple from Micah Hyde and another from Heidar Helguson, to stun Rovers.

Watford's fourth from Tommy Mooney midway through the second half proved decisive, despite a second late goal from Blake.

Dunn scored his sixth of the season in the fifth minute, a header from a Matt Jansen cross, and then Blake bundled the ball home at the second attempt after his header had bounced back off the post.

Rovers' joy was short-lived when Hyde hit a left-foot volley out of Alan Kelly's reach and they were further rocked when Jansen was stretchered off with an ankle injury.

Fortuitous

Two goals in a minute late in the first half - a fortuitous header for Helguson and a 20-yard drive from Hyde - put Watford in the driving seat.

When Mooney powered home Paul Robinson's cross it looked all over but Blake added his second of the night to set up a grandstand finish.

Rovers wasted several chances and were left kicking themselves, losing their unbeaten run in a storming game neither side deserved to lose.

Blackburn threw everything forward in the second half with Damien Duff a livewire on the left and Blake a constant threat.

But Watford had organisation and discipline and always looked a menace on the break against the Blackburn defence which looked distinctly uncomfortable.


Blackburn: Kelly, Curtis, McAteer, Bjornebye, Short, Flitcroft, Dunn, Duff, Blake, Jansen, Berg.

Subs: Diawara, Johnson, Ostenstad, Carsley, Miller.

Watford: Baardsen, Cox, Robinson, Palmer, Hyde, Mooney, Noel-Williams, Smith, Helguson, Ward, Nielsen.

Subs: Ngonge, Gibbs, Easton, Foley, Chamberlain.

Referee: M Jones (Chester).

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