Sunday May 12, 2013 Semifinal Finished Vicarage Road Stadium

Watford 3 - 1 Leicester City

  • Vydra 15’, 65’
  • Deeney 90’
  • Nugent 19’

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  1. Championship - Deeney seals Watford final play-off place after thrilling finish

    Championship - Deeney seals Watford final play-off place after thrilling finish

    Troy Deeney netted the winner seconds after Leicester missed a penalty as Watford sealed a play-off final spot with a 3-1 win. More

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    Time:90'
    • Watford
    • Leicester City
    • 90+9' There goes the final whistle! A 3-2 win for Watford on aggregate. 3-1 on the day. Deeney is held aloft on the shoulders of the Watford fans. Great header back across goal by Hogg to supply Deeney's winning goal.
    • 90+8' Amazing scenes around the ground as Deeney disappears into the home crowd. There are supporters on the pitchh. Astonishing end to this match. Leicester can't believe it.
    • 90+7' GOAL! Deeney thumps a loose ball into the net. Ferocious finish by Deeney and Watford now lead 3-1. Would you believe this. Watford are heading for Wembley.
    • 90+5' SAVED BY ALMUNIA! Two brilliant stops by Almunia to stop from Knockaert before Watford hit on the break. Astonishing end to this match.
    • 90+4' PENALTY TO LEICESTER! Knockaert takes a dive under pressure from Cassetti, but the referee has bought it.
    • 90+3' Great ball in by Nugent, but Kane can't connect properly in the middle.
    • 90+1' Nugent with a little ball through the middle, but no takers on hand to convert. Almunia with the easiest of tasks to collect.
    • 89' Four minutes to be added to this match. But perhaps more with this injury.
    • 88' Looks like Ekstrand is going to be bandaged up here. He is still down on the deck. A bit of a break for players.
    • 87' A hold-up then in proceedings here. Both men on the deck. Knockaert doing a spot of limping. Esktrand still receiving treatment.
    • 86' Ekstrand and Knockaert collide going for the same ball. That was a tough old collision. Medics being called for.
    • 85' Schmeichel wallops the ball long down the park. One goal will win this for either side now.
    • 84' Not sure there will be much time added to this match. Pearson trying to encourage his side to remain organised.
    • 83' Morgan again winning the ball ahead Deeney. Watford dominant, but can't find a third goal.
    • 82' Deeney trying to get away from Morgan before he nudges the ball back to Schmeichel, who hammers it long.
    • 81' Looks like we could be heading for extra-time time here unless one of these sides can come up with some magic in the closing moments.
    • 80' King back to deprive Forestieri of possession. Watford with over 70 percent of possession at the moment.
    • 79' Vydra can't collect the loose ball and that enables Morgan to bring it out from deep.
    • 78' Watford keeping the ball with some purpose again. In no rush to get it forward as the ball makes its way back to Almunia.
    • 77' Anya on the charge of Watford. Slides the ball into the heart of the Leicester box, but Schmeichel comes out to clasp the loose ball.
    • 76' Battocchio departs to be replaced by Hogg. All getting very frantic now.
    • 75' Forestieri trying to cut open the visiting side, but King comes up with a brilliant challenge. What a tackle that is.
    • 74' Deeney slides the ball into the Leicester net, but he is narrowly offside. Almost a third goal for the home side.
    • 73' Morgan manages to get a header at goal from a free-kick out wide, but all too easy for Almunia to make the stop.
    • 72' Kane bounds into the home area. Thumps the shot at goal. Solid enough stop from Almunia. Leicester working their way back into this contest.
    • 71' Nugent goes for goal again. But over the bar. And Nigel Pearson is furious about that effort. Two good free-kick chances have come and gone.
    • 70' Nugent takes a tumble under pressure from Ekstrand. 22 yards from goal. Chance again here for the visiting side.
    • 69' Kane getting the abuse of the Watford fans after that effort. The home side back in the Leicester half.
    • 68' Waste of a free-kick as the ball flies miles over the home bar to the amusment of the home supporters.
    • 67' Kane takes a tumble under pressure from Cassetti. Free-kick to the visiting side here.
    • 66' This tie is suddenly all level again at 2-2. All getting very interesting now. 24 minutes left for either team to snatch a place at Wembley.
    • 65' GOAL! Vydra scores for Watford. Brilliant move from the home side. Lovely team goal. One-two with Deeney and there is the finish.
    • 64' Off goes Doyley and on comes Forestieri for the home side.
    • 63' Keane on hand to head out Anya's cross. Seems to be a certain anxiousness about Watford's play suddenly. And there is a change coming.
    • 62' Knockaert with a solid tackle to prevent Briggs from making any gains down a flank.
    • 61' Knockaert is penalised for offside after setting off too soon.
    • 60' Off goes Wood and on comes Harry Kane. 30 minutes left in this contest.
    • 59' Briggs with some more decent play, but Leicester hold firm. A change coming here for the visitors.
    • 58' Abdi loses the ball after a strong surge up the park, but Schlupp then sheds possession for no apparent reason.
    • 57' Watford on the move. Briggs to Vydra but his pass to Abdi is knocked wide of goal. Big moments. Inches wide of the target.
    • 56' Dyer can't control the ball out wide. Leicester continue to try to keep the ball on the deck before De Laet is guilty of a foul.
    • 55' Chalobah smashes a shot well wide of goal from distance. Ball spins wide of the target.
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    • 53' De Laet on the run. Crosses for Wood, but he can only nod into the arms of Almunia in the home goal.
    • 52' Chalobah winning the ball from Nugent. This game warming up. No sign of tension in the air yet. Leicester clinging to this 2-1 aggregate lead.
    • 51' Battocchio showing off some wonderful skill. Hammers the ball at goal, but inches wide of the Leicester goal. Took a deflection. Watford piling it on here.
    • 50' De Laet catches Briggs with a late challenge. And he is down clutching his knee before we play on. No lasting harm done.
    • 49' Knockaert goes for goal, but ends up lifting his free-kick well over the bar.
    • 48' Late challenge by Ekstrand on Wood. Free-kick chance for Leicester from 25 yards.
    • 47' Cassetti smashes a shot over the bar from distance. Never really got hold of that effort.
    • 46' We are off and running then in the second period.
    • 45+2' There goes the whistle for the break! 1-1 at half-time. Leicester lead 2-1 overall in the tie. All to play for in the second half.
    • 44' Morgan fouling Almunia in the area as the goalkeeper came off his line from Knockaert's delivery. We are into two minutes of time added on.
    • 43' A corner here for Leicester before the break. What a time this would be to net. A seventh corner of the match.
    • 42' Looks like the Leicester fans are going to be happiest at the break. Watford need another goal otherwise the game is up for them. Plenty of time to rescue matters.
    • 41' Another fine piece of play by Anya. Super cross, but Deeney loses his balance as his snapshot clears the bar by a couple of yards.
    • 40' Neither team playing as though they were involved in a real scrap in Leicester on Thursday. Both looking very fresh.
    • 39' Schmeichel thumps the long ball down the park. 1-1 then in this contest with five minutes remaining of a fairly frantic first period.
    • 38' Wes Morgan making himself heard as he tries to organise matters at the back. Schlupp holding himself together before Anya brings down the Leicester man.
    • 37' Watford look to build from the back as Anya scampers down a flank. Anya in looking for Deeney, but he can't connect. Leicester wallop the danger clear.
    • 36' Schmeichel showing why he is rated as the Championship's finest goalkeeper. Looking very smart. No chance with the goal, it must be said.
    • 35' Vydra tries to pick out Deeney on the run, but he clips the pass with too much strength through the middle as Schmeichel again races from his line to collect.
    • 34' Knockaert almost in for a second Leicester goal, but he hesitates when an earlier shot on the run might well have paid dividends.
    • 33' Anya showing off his considerable skills to float in a cross. Met by Deeney, but he hooks the ball over the bar with his overhead kick.
    • 32' Leceister going through to the play-off final as we stand in this contest. But here come Watford.
    • 31' Wood is booked for carrying on his run and walloping a shot off the bar. A silly and needless booking there.
    • 30' Pitch looks ideal for passing football. Dyer tries to pick out Wood, but he is inches offside.
    • 29' Ball over the top tries to find Nugent, but too much pace on the pass as Almunia comes off his line to collect with some ease.
    • 28' Chalobah is back on the park here to rejoin the action. Watford back to 11 men. Zola looking fairly relaxed in the technical area despite losing that goal.
    • 27' Watford on the move through Anya before Deeney sees a long-range strike land in the arms of Schmeichel. No real pace in that hit.
    • 26' Chalobah departing the scene for a moment or two. Needing a few minutes to compose himself, but should be able to resume.
    • 25' Knockaert can't control the ball. Meanwhile, Chalobah is needing some treatment here after being challenged by King. Was nothing intentional in the tackle.
    • 24' After going 16 games without scoring for Leicester, David Nugent has now netted two in his last two. Fine way to end the drought.
    • 23' Morgan winning the ball ahead of Cassetti. That is a strong piece of play by the defender. This match continue to ebb and flow.
    • 22' De Laet rises to get away the cross from Anya. Some fine footwork by him out wide. De Laet doing well to head clear the danger from inside his own area.
    • 21' Cassetti takes no chances as he hammers the ball long down the park from inside his own area. Watford fans stunned by that reverse.
    • 20' Matej Vydra's goal against Leicester was his first for Watford in his last 14 appearances.
    • 19' Schmeichel off his line quickly to prevent Deeney from getting a free shot at goal. This game is already bubbling up nicely.
    • 18' And suddenly it is the visiting fans who can be heard. Great delivery by Matthew James from the corner.
    • 17' GOAL! Nugent rises to head into the corner of the net. Poor marking, but that is a brilliant finish from the striker. Leicester lead 2-1 in the match overall. 1-1 on the day.
    • 16' Bit of a hold-up in play for the injury before Leicester earn themselves a corner here. Can they hit back right away?
    • 15' Matthew Briggs guilty of a foul on Ritchie De Laet as the Watford fans celebrate.
    • 14' Vicarage Road is bouncing and no wonder. What a marvellous goal that is. Had no right to net from there as the ball dropped over his shoulder. Battocchio with the pass.
    • 13' GOAL! Vydra nets for Watford with a stunning strike with a volley. What a goal that is. No chance for Schmeichel in the visiting goal. 1-1 now overall.
    • 12' De Laet again bounding down a flank, but his cross is cut out and Leicester have a corner. But it comes to nothing.
    • 11' The Hornets have gone five games unbeaten against Leicester at Vicarage Road, winning four and drawing one.
    • 10' Both teams chasing goals here as Schmeichel wallops the ball long down the pitch.
    • 9' Brilliant stop by Schmeichel to halt a powerful drive by Deeney. What a super move that was by Watford.
    • 8' Breathtaking start to this contest. It was appeals against Ekstrand for the illegal use of a hand from that flick on by De Laet.
    • 7' Brilliant counter attack by Watford. Deeney sends Vydra racing through, but he wallops the shot wide of goal. Inches wide. Should have been the opener.
    • 6' Super start here by Leicester as Almunia comes out to collect the cross from De Laet.
    • 5' Knockaert's corner comes in at space. De Laet almost in for the opener, but Watford scramble it clear. Appeals for a penalty, but ball came off hand.
    • 4' Knockaert races onto a pass from Nugent, but cut out by Watford at the expense of a corner. Esktrand heads out, but Leicester soon have another corner.
    • 3' Morgan deals well with a long ball over the top. Fine header clear under pressure from Deeney.
    • 2' Bith teams feeling each other out in these opening moments. No chances as yet.
    • 1' We are off and running. Glorious day for football it must be said.
    • 12:25 Gianfranco Zola: "Now we need to get ready and play the best game of our season as that is what will be necessary to beat Leicester. But I am sure we can do it. I am confident because we have goals in our side and we have Troy Deeney back from suspension."
    • 12:20 Nigel Pearson: "It is tight. Both teams recognise that it is a very close contest. We go into this game with confidence, and we would like to progress. As always, it is about trying to get the best side to go and do the job. Having looked at the players who started the other night, we've deciced to go the same way. It is about keeping your nerve today and being able to play under pressure. It could well be who makes the fewest mistakes who goes through."
    • 12:15 Three changes for Watford from the first leg - in come left-back Matthew Briggs, midfielder Cristian Battocchio and striker Troy Deeney for Daniel Pudil, Jonathan Hogg and Alex Geijo while Leicester are unchanged.
    • 12:10 David Nugent's first goal in 17 games settled the first leg in the home side's favour.
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    • 12:05 TEAM NEWS: Watford: Almunia; Doyley, Ekstrand, Cassetti; Anya, Abdi, Chalobah, Battocchio, Briggs; Deeney, Vydra. Subs: Bond, Hall, Pudil, Eustace, Hogg, Geijo, Forestieri. /// Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Keane, Schlupp, Knockaert, James, King, Dyer, Wood, Nugent. Subs: Konchesky, Drinkwater, Marshall, Vardy, Logan, Moore, Kane
    • 12:00 Welcome as Leicester travel to Vicarage Road for their Championship semi-final second-leg holding a 1-0 advantage.
  • Summary

    • 90+9' There goes the final whistle! A 3-2 win for Watford on aggregate. 3-1 on the day. Deeney is held aloft on the shoulders of the Watford fans. Great header back across goal by Hogg to supply Deeney's winning goal.
    • 90+7' GOAL! Deeney thumps a loose ball into the net. Ferocious finish by Deeney and Watford now lead 3-1. Would you believe this. Watford are heading for Wembley.
    • 90+5' SAVED BY ALMUNIA! Two brilliant stops by Almunia to stop from Knockaert before Watford hit on the break. Astonishing end to this match.
    • 90+4' PENALTY TO LEICESTER! Knockaert takes a dive under pressure from Cassetti, but the referee has bought it.
    • 87' A hold-up then in proceedings here. Both men on the deck. Knockaert doing a spot of limping. Esktrand still receiving treatment.
    • 76' Battocchio departs to be replaced by Hogg. All getting very frantic now.
    • 74' Deeney slides the ball into the Leicester net, but he is narrowly offside. Almost a third goal for the home side.
    • 65' GOAL! Vydra scores for Watford. Brilliant move from the home side. Lovely team goal. One-two with Deeney and there is the finish.
    • 64' Off goes Doyley and on comes Forestieri for the home side.
    • 61' Knockaert is penalised for offside after setting off too soon.
    • 60' Off goes Wood and on comes Harry Kane. 30 minutes left in this contest.
    • 57' Watford on the move. Briggs to Vydra but his pass to Abdi is knocked wide of goal. Big moments. Inches wide of the target.
    • 51' Battocchio showing off some wonderful skill. Hammers the ball at goal, but inches wide of the Leicester goal. Took a deflection. Watford piling it on here.
    • 46' We are off and running then in the second period.
    • 45+2' There goes the whistle for the break! 1-1 at half-time. Leicester lead 2-1 overall in the tie. All to play for in the second half.
    • 31' Wood is booked for carrying on his run and walloping a shot off the bar. A silly and needless booking there.
    • 30' Pitch looks ideal for passing football. Dyer tries to pick out Wood, but he is inches offside.
    • 17' GOAL! Nugent rises to head into the corner of the net. Poor marking, but that is a brilliant finish from the striker. Leicester lead 2-1 in the match overall. 1-1 on the day.
    • 13' GOAL! Vydra nets for Watford with a stunning strike with a volley. What a goal that is. No chance for Schmeichel in the visiting goal. 1-1 now overall.
    • 9' Brilliant stop by Schmeichel to halt a powerful drive by Deeney. What a super move that was by Watford.
    • 5' Knockaert's corner comes in at space. De Laet almost in for the opener, but Watford scramble it clear. Appeals for a penalty, but ball came off hand.
    • 1' We are off and running. Glorious day for football it must be said.
    • 12:05 TEAM NEWS: Watford: Almunia; Doyley, Ekstrand, Cassetti; Anya, Abdi, Chalobah, Battocchio, Briggs; Deeney, Vydra. Subs: Bond, Hall, Pudil, Eustace, Hogg, Geijo, Forestieri. /// Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Keane, Schlupp, Knockaert, James, King, Dyer, Wood, Nugent. Subs: Konchesky, Drinkwater, Marshall, Vardy, Logan, Moore, Kane

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