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Swansea   1 - 1   Watford

Highlights - Swansea 1-1 Watford

Swansea 1-1 Watford

Swansea City held on to second place in the Championship but had to settle for a draw against Watford.

Brendan Rodgers' team looked in control of the match in the first half and were rewarded with Stephen Dobbie's 26th minute strike.

But Watford were the better side after half-time and deserved their 78th minute equaliser from Danny Graham inside the six-yard box.

Alan Tate went close towards the end but his shot went wide of the target.

The Swans will now look back on Saturday's defeat at Scunthorpe and the Watford draw as a real missed opportunity in the promotion race.

In contrast, the Hornets will be delighted with the point at the Liberty Stadium having ended an eight-match winless streak at the weekend.

Rodgers rues Swans defensive show

It was the hosts who enjoyed the first clear-cut chance of the evening courtesy of an incisive pass from Joe Allen.

Yet recipient Nathan Dyer got caught in two minds and saw his eventual attempt turned around a post by Scott Loach, with Alan Tate forcing a solid effort from the resulting corner.

Allen was proving a real livewire in the early exchanges as Swansea typically enjoyed plenty of possession.

Watford were looking to frustrate the home side although Graham found himself in a promising position in the final third only to fire horribly wide.

Dyer forced a parried save from Loach at the other end before Swansea took the lead on the back of some great approach play.

A flowing move found its way to midfielder Mark Gower who laid on an inch-perfect pass to find Dobbie who poked the ball past Loach.

The pace of the game slowed considerably after Swansea`s opener, something which suited the Hornets.

Swans keeper Dorus de Vries had to produce a double stop to keep out Will Buckley as Watford weaved attacking openings.

And the Dutchman again saved well from Graham after he got in behind the home defence, although Swansea held out to keep their one-goal advantage at the break.

That almost became 2-0 within minutes of the restart as Loach tipped over Dobbie`s 20-yard effort after Watford lost possession in a dangerous area.

Watford changed things just before the hour mark, introducing Marvin Sordell and switching to a 4-4-2 system.

And the change immediately provided effective as Watford had more men in the attacking third, with Troy Deeney heading straight at De Vries.

Swansea desperately needed a second goal and they were punished 12 minutes from time. Deeney found Graham with a great ball and the prolific striker finally got the better of De Vries with an exquisite finish.

Both sides enjoyed chances to take all three points but the clash ended all square.

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Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Npower Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Swansea 1-1 Watford FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Dobbie 26
  • Graham 78

Swansea

  • 01 De Vries
  • 02 Williams yellow card
  • 03 Taylor
  • 05 Tate
  • 22 Rangel
  • 12 Dyer
  • 21 Sinclair
  • 24 Allen
  • 27 Gower
  • 14 Dobbie
  • 19 Moore (Beattie 87)

Substitutes

  • 25 Ma-Kalambay,
  • 17 Serran,
  • 08 Pratley,
  • 11 Van der Gun,
  • 29 Richards,
  • 37 Britton,
  • 09 Beattie

Watford

  • 01 Loach
  • 02 Hodson
  • 05 Taylor
  • 06 Mariappa
  • 17 Bennett yellow card
  • 04 Eustace
  • 07 Cowie
  • 11 Buckley (Sordell 59)
  • 14 Jenkins
  • 09 Deeney
  • 10 Graham

Substitutes

  • 13 Gilmartin,
  • 29 Thompson,
  • 23 Mingoia,
  • 24 Whichelow,
  • 31 Isaac,
  • 20 Sordell,
  • 22 Weimann
Ref: MasonAtt: 14,410
SWANSEA
WATFORD

Possession

  • Swansea 58%
  • Watford 42%

Attempts on target

  • Swansea 9
  • Watford 5

Attempts off target

  • Swansea 6
  • Watford 2

Corners

  • Swansea 12
  • Watford 3

Fouls

  • Swansea 6
  • Watford 10
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:11 The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
  • 90:00+1:49 Shot from outside the box by Alan Tate goes wide right of the target.
  • 90:00+1:24 Outswinging corner taken by Mark Gower from the right by-line, clearance by Danny Graham.
  • 90:00+0:30 Corner from right by-line taken by Don Cowie.
  • 87:53 Effort from the edge of the box by Marvin Sordell goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 86:18 Unfair challenge on John Eustace by Ashley Williams results in a free kick. Scott Loach restarts play with the free kick.
  • 86:18 Substitution Craig Beattie replaces Luke Moore.
  • 86:18 Booking Ashley Williams receives a yellow card.
  • 84:52 Alan Tate takes a shot. Save made by Scott Loach.
  • 83:15 Free kick awarded for a foul by Martin Taylor on Luke Moore. Direct free kick taken by Mark Gower.
  • 82:51 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Dorus De Vries.
  • 81:08 Joe Allen challenges Marvin Sordell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Don Cowie restarts play with the free kick.
  • 79:41 John Eustace gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Neil Taylor. Free kick taken by Neil Taylor.
  • 77:20 Assist on the goal came from Troy Deeney.
  • 77:20 GOAL - Danny GrahamSwansea 1 - 1 Watford Danny Graham finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Swansea 1-1 Watford.
  • 76:10 The offside flag is raised against Angel Rangel. Scott Loach takes the free kick.
  • 73:24 Stephen Dobbie takes a shot. Blocked by Martin Taylor. Mark Gower takes a outswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Marvin Sordell.
  • 66:11 The assistant referee signals for offside against Marvin Sordell. Free kick taken by Dorus De Vries.
  • 63:39 Stephen Dobbie takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.
  • 62:06 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Don Cowie, Troy Deeney takes a shot. Comfortable save by Dorus De Vries.
  • 60:03 Corner from the right by-line taken by Mark Gower, Headed effort from inside the area by Ashley Williams misses to the left of the goal.
  • 58:56 Foul by Luke Moore on Adrian Mariappa, free kick awarded. Scott Loach takes the direct free kick.
  • 58:56 Substitution (Watford) makes a substitution, with Marvin Sordell coming on for Will Buckley.
  • 57:48 The referee blows for offside against Nathan Dyer. Scott Loach restarts play with the free kick.
  • 56:38 Don Cowie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Sinclair. Mark Gower takes the free kick.
  • 51:30 Mark Gower decides to take the corner short. Foul by Dale Bennett on Scott Sinclair, free kick awarded. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Scott Sinclair.
  • 50:27 Effort on goal by Nathan Dyer from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 48:43 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Eustace by Joe Allen. Don Cowie takes the free kick.
  • 47:51 Alan Tate fouled by Danny Graham, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ashley Williams.
  • 47:16 Stephen Dobbie handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Scott Loach restarts play with the free kick.
  • 46:40 Stephen Dobbie takes a shot. Scott Loach makes a save. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Mark Gower played to the near post, clearance made by Will Buckley.
  • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:08 The match has reached half-time.
  • 45:00 Free kick awarded for a foul by Will Buckley on Neil Taylor. Ashley Williams takes the free kick.
  • 44:20 Danny Graham takes a shot. Save by Dorus De Vries.
  • 43:25 Mark Gower takes a short corner.
  • 42:13 Scott Sinclair has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
  • 40:53 Neil Taylor concedes a free kick for a foul on Troy Deeney. Scott Loach restarts play with the free kick.
  • 39:23 Ross Jenkins gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Dobbie. Direct free kick taken by Mark Gower.
  • 32:49 Will Buckley takes a shot. Save by Dorus De Vries. Short corner taken by Don Cowie from the left by-line.
  • 30:59 Corner taken by Mark Gower from the right by-line.
  • 29:13 Mark Gower takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Will Buckley manages to make a clearance.
  • 28:38 Luke Moore takes a shot. Comfortable save by Scott Loach.
  • 25:52 The assist for the goal came from Mark Gower.
  • 25:52 GOAL - Stephen DobbieSwansea 1 - 0 Watford Stephen Dobbie finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Swansea 1-0 Watford.
  • 20:11 Nathan Dyer takes a shot. Save made by Scott Loach.
  • 19:22 Danny Graham has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.
  • 16:48 Alan Tate fouled by Danny Graham, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Dorus De Vries.
  • 12:25 Unfair challenge on Will Buckley by Stephen Dobbie results in a free kick. Scott Loach restarts play with the free kick.
  • 10:40 The assistant referee signals for offside against Troy Deeney. Ashley Williams restarts play with the free kick.
  • 9:10 Stephen Dobbie takes a shot. Will Buckley gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Mark Gower from the right by-line, Martin Taylor makes a clearance.
  • 7:34 Nathan Dyer takes a shot. Save made by Scott Loach. Outswinging corner taken by Mark Gower, clearance made by Dale Bennett. Alan Tate takes a shot. Scott Loach makes a save.
  • 6:30 Troy Deeney takes a shot. Save by Dorus De Vries.
  • 4:12 Neil Taylor fouled by Dale Bennett, the ref awards a free kick. Neil Taylor takes the free kick.
  • 4:12 Booking Dale Bennett is booked.
  • 3:30 Will Buckley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nathan Dyer. Angel Rangel takes the free kick.
  • 1:26 Mark Gower takes a short corner.
  • 0:52 Corner taken by Mark Gower from the right by-line played to the near post, Dale Bennett manages to make a clearance.
  • 0:00 The referee gets the match started.

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Npower Championship table snapshot

As it stood on 8 Mar 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 QPR 36 35 70
2 Swansea 36 17 63
3 Norwich 36 13 63
4 Cardiff 36 14 61
5 Leeds 36 11 60
6 Nott'm Forest 36 14 59
7 Burnley 34 12 56
8 Reading 36 17 54
9 Hull 36 3 52
10 Leicester 36 -2 52
11 Watford 35 9 50
12 Millwall 36 8 50
13 Portsmouth 36 1 50
14 Bristol City 36 -4 47
15 Barnsley 36 -10 46
16 Ipswich 35 0 45
17 Doncaster 36 -17 43
18 Coventry 35 -7 41
19 Derby 36 -6 40
20 Middlesbrough 35 -9 40
21 Crystal Palace 36 -21 38
22 Scunthorpe 35 -27 34
23 Sheff Utd 36 -24 32
24 Preston 35 -27 25


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