Tuesday 3 March 2015, 7:45pm at Vicarage Road, Watford
Watford
1
Deeney 9'
Fulham FC
Fulham
0

9' Goal

Troy Deeney

83' Yellow Card

Adlène Guédioura Card was given for a foul

58' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Miguel Layún
Off:Daniel Pudil

66' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Odion Ighalo
Off:Matej Vydra

87' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Fernando Forestieri
Off:Almen Abdi

53' Yellow Card

Seko Fofana Card was given for a foul

57' Yellow Card

Ashley Richards Card was given for a foul

66' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Hugo Rodallega
Off:Cauley Woodrow

76' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Alexander Kacaniklic
Off:Sean Kavanagh

76' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Matt Smith
Off:Bryan Ruiz

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Fulham slipped to a slender 1-0 defeat to Watford in what was an even encounter at Vicarage Road on Tuesday evening.

Fulham slipped to a slender 1-0 defeat to Watford in what was an even encounter at Vicarage Road on Tuesday evening.

Troy Deeney added the finishing touch to a corner in the early stages to put his side in front, but there wasn’t much between the sides in the first half, although Matej Vydra did hit the woodwork for the hosts.

Fulham fought valiantly after the restart and perhaps should have been awarded a penalty when Bryan Ruiz’s cross was handled in the area, or when Seko Fofana was tumbled off the ball as he burst through.

All the pressure in the closing stages was applied by the Whites but they couldn’t find the goal which would have given them a deserved point.

Kit Symons made two changes in midfield, with Fofana and Sean Kavanagh coming in for Lasse Vigen Christensen and Scott Parker. Fernando Amorebieta was on the substitutes bench having recovered from injury, as was Matt Smith following the expiry of his loan spell with Bristol City.

After a brief pause in the game with just a minute played due to a deflated ball, Ross McCormack tried his luck from distance but his powerful strike was well blocked.

The Whites looked comfortable in the opening stages, controlling possession of the ball, but found themselves one down on nine minutes. An Almen Abdi corner from the left was flicked on by Craig Cathcart and needed the save from Marcus Bettinelli, but he was then exposed as Deeney pounced to rifle the ball in after it dropped kindly for the Watford captain.

Fulham refused to let their heads drop, though, and almost drew level on the quarter hour mark when McCormack bundled his way into a shooting position, only to see his fierce effort beaten away by Heurelho Gomes.

There was then something of a lull in proceedings, with neither side testing the opposition goalkeeper until Abdi let fly from 25 yards in the 28th minute, but Bettinelli was equal to his low strike.

The Whites were next to threaten when, on 31 minutes, Kavanagh’s deep cross was met at the far post by Ryan Tunnicliffe who headed back across the face of goal, but it was cleared before a Fulham man could pop it in from close range.

Abdi had already demonstrated his shooting ability to Fulham earlier in the season when he netted a stunner at the Putney End, and he went close to another beauty on 35 minutes when he put his foot through Vydra’s lay-off. He made the sweetest of contacts with the ball some 25 yards out but thankfully just missed the target by a few inches.

A minute later it looked like Cauley Woodrow’s looping header from Ruiz’s cross might drop into the net, but Ben Watson was able to clear from near the line at the expense of a corner that came to nothing.

Three minutes before half-time Watford went incredibly close to a second goal when Vydra’s first time shot looked set to dip over Bettinelli, only to thud against the crossbar and away to safety.

Ruiz then tried to capitalise on a defensive error when a Hornets defender’s clearance hit Woodrow, but his low shot was comfortably held by Gomes.

The first notable action of the second half saw Fofana booked for a late challenge on Daniel Pudil.

Fulham were then denied a seemingly stonewall penalty on 56 minutes when Ruiz’s cross was blatantly handled in the area by Cathcart, although it was the Hornets’ turn to feel aggrieved at a refereeing decision shortly after when Jazz Richards was only booked for a barge on Vydra.

The first change of the game was made on 58 minutes, with Pudil making way for Miguel Layun, before Woodrow and Abdi each missed the target as both sides searched for the evening’s second goal.

That proved to be Woodrow’s final involvement as he was replaced by Hugo Rodallega, with Vydra making way for Watford’s top scorer Odion Ighalo at the same time.

The second half was not providing as much action as the first but Fofana had the Fulham fans on their feet when he drove forward on 71 minutes, but his left footer deflected behind for a corner, from which Shaun Hutchinson headed over.

With quarter of an hour remaining, Symons made a double change as Smith came on for Ruiz, and Kavanagh made way for Alexander Kačaniklić.

Smith had an immediate impact as he flicked a long ball onto McCormack who got beyond the last line of defence but saw his shot parried away by Gomes.

Fulham were upping the pressure and forcing the home side into mistakes, with Adlene Guedioura becoming the first Watford man to be awarded a yellow card when he thumped into Kostas Stafylidis on 82 minutes.

Smith was causing no end of problems since his introduction and he won another header in the area on 84 minutes but Rodallega smashed his overhead kick off target, when he might have been better off leaving it to McCormack.

Layun then connected well with the ball 20 yards from goal but saw his left footed effort sail over, and they then made their final change as Fernando Forestieri came on for Abdi.

Fulham saw another decent penalty shout fall on deaf ears in the 90th minute when Fofana was bundled off the ball in the area, with the referee giving a goal kick.

In the four minutes stoppage time added on at the end Smith looped a header over the bar and McCormack’s firm shot was held by Gomes, but for all the Whites’ endeavour an equaliser proved elusive as they slipped to a narrow defeat at Vicarage Road.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Tuesday 3 March 2015
Kick-off: 7:45pm

Venue: Vicarage Road, Watford
Attendance: 15,809

Referee: Trevor Kettle

Watford

Line-up: Gomes; Cathcart, Angella, Hoban; Motta, Abdi (Forestieri 87'), Watson, Guédioura, Pudil (Miguel Layún 58'); Deeney, Vydra (Ighalo 66')

Unused substitutes: Bond, Paredes, Daniel Tözsér, Anya

Manager: Slavisa Jokanovic

Fulham

Line-up: Bettinelli; Richards, Hutchinson, Bodurov, Stafylidis; Tunnicliffe; Fofana, Kavanagh (Kacaniklic 76'); Ruiz (Matt Smith 76'); Woodrow (Rodallega 66'), McCormack

Unused substitutes: Kiraly, Hoogland, Amorebieta, Dembele

Manager: Kit Symons

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Middlesbrough 35 66
2 Derby County 35 65
3 Watford 35 65
4 A.F.C. Bournemouth 35 63
5 Norwich City 34 62
6 Brentford 35 61
7 Ipswich Town 34 60
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 35 57
9 Nottingham Forest 35 50
10 Sheffield Wednesday 34 46
11 Blackburn Rovers 34 45
12 Charlton Athletic 35 45
13 Cardiff City 35 44
14 Birmingham City 34 42
15 Huddersfield Town 35 42
16 Leeds United 34 41
17 Brighton and Hove Albion 35 40
18 Bolton Wanderers 34 40
19 Reading 34 40
20 Fulham 35 39
21 Rotherham United 35 37
22 Millwall 35 31
23 Wigan Athletic 34 28
24 Blackpool 34 22
Goals
1
0
Total Shots
10
12
Shots On Target
4
4
Passing Accuracy
68%
74%
Fouls
9
7
Corners
4
8
Offsides
2
2
Bookings
1
2
Sending Offs
0
0
Watford (3-5-2)
  • 1Heurelho Gomes
  • 15Craig Cathcart
  • 4Gabriele Angella
  • 31Tommy Hoban
  • 47Marco Motta
  • 22Almen Abdi
  • 23Ben Watson
  • 5Adlène Guédioura
  • 18Daniel Pudil
  • 9Troy Deeney
  • 20Matej Vydra
Substitutes
  • 30Jonathan Bond
  • 7Miguel Layún
  • 14Juan Carlos Paredes
  • 8Daniel Tözsér
  • 21Ikechi Anya
  • 11Fernando Forestieri
  • 24Odion Ighalo
Manager
  • Slavisa Jokanovic
Fulham (4-4-2 (Diamond))
  • 40Marcus Bettinelli
  • 29Ashley Richards
  • 4Shaun Hutchinson
  • 6Nikolay Bodurov
  • 3Konstantinos Stafylidis
  • 19Ryan Tunnicliffe
  • 12Seko Fofana
  • 32Sean Kavanagh
  • 10Bryan Ruiz
  • 16Cauley Woodrow
  • 44Ross McCormack
Substitutes
  • 1Gabor Kiraly
  • 2Tim Hoogland
  • 5Fernando Amorebieta
  • 11Alexander Kacaniklic
  • 9Matt Smith
  • 20Hugo Rodallega
  • 25Moussa Dembele
Manager
  • Kit Symons
Goals
0
0
Total shots
0
0
Ball played into the final third of the pitch
0
0
Minutes played by player
0
0
Assists from open play
0
0
Crosses
0
0
Tackles
0
0
Successful aerial duels
0
0
Duel over the possession of the ball where a player wins the ball
0
0
Pass forwards
0
0
Successful dribbles
0
0
Sum of all a players ball events
0
0
Accurate passes
0
0
Key passes
0
0
Player intercepts a pass
0
0
Goalkeeper saves
0
0
Goalkeeper catches a cross
0
0
  • Match ends, Watford 1, Fulham 0.
  • 90'+5' Second Half ends, Watford 1, Fulham 0.
  • 90'+3' Attempt saved. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
  • 90'+2' Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Ashley Richards.
  • 87' Substitution, Watford. Fernando Forestieri replaces Almen Abdi.
  • 86' Attempt missed. Miguel Layún (Watford) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Odion Ighalo.
  • 84' Attempt missed. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.
  • 83' Adlène Guédioura (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 82' Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 82' Foul by Adlène Guédioura (Watford).
  • 80' Attempt saved. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Matt Smith with a headed pass.
  • 79' Attempt missed. Ben Watson (Watford) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is too high. Assisted by Gabriele Angella following a set piece situation.
  • 78' Offside, Fulham. Shaun Hutchinson tries a through ball, but Matt Smith is caught offside.
  • 76' Substitution, Fulham. Alexander Kacaniklic replaces Sean Kavanagh.
  • 76' Substitution, Fulham. Matt Smith replaces Bryan Ruiz.
  • 76' Foul by Hugo Rodallega (Fulham).
  • 76' Gabriele Angella (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 75' Attempt saved. Almen Abdi (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
  • 73' Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 73' Foul by Odion Ighalo (Watford).
  • 72' Attempt missed. Shaun Hutchinson (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Bryan Ruiz with a cross following a corner.
  • 71' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Gabriele Angella.
  • 71' Attempt blocked. Seko Fofana (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ashley Richards.
  • 70' Ashley Richards (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 70' Foul by Miguel Layún (Watford).
  • 67' Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 67' Foul by Almen Abdi (Watford).
  • 66' Substitution, Watford. Odion Ighalo replaces Matej Vydra.
  • 66' Substitution, Fulham. Hugo Rodallega replaces Cauley Woodrow.
  • 64' Attempt missed. Almen Abdi (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Miguel Layún.
  • 62' Attempt missed. Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Bryan Ruiz with a cross following a corner.
  • 61' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Tommy Hoban.
  • 59' Attempt blocked. Miguel Layún (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 58' Substitution, Watford. Miguel Layún replaces Daniel Pudil.
  • 57' Foul by Ashley Richards (Fulham).
  • 57' Matej Vydra (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 57' Ashley Richards (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 56' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Craig Cathcart.
  • 55' Attempt saved. Craig Cathcart (Watford) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Almen Abdi with a cross.
  • 55' Corner, Watford. Conceded by Nikolay Bodurov.
  • 53' Seko Fofana (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 52' Foul by Seko Fofana (Fulham).
  • 52' Daniel Pudil (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 50' Ashley Richards (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 50' Foul by Daniel Pudil (Watford).
  • 50' Foul by Sean Kavanagh (Fulham).
  • 50' Marco Motta (Watford) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 49' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Daniel Pudil.
  • 48' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ben Watson.
  • 47' Offside, Watford. Adlène Guédioura tries a through ball, but Almen Abdi is caught offside.
  • 46' Corner, Watford. Conceded by Konstantinos Stafylidis.
  • 46' Offside, Fulham. Shaun Hutchinson tries a through ball, but Ross McCormack is caught offside.
  • Second Half begins Watford 1, Fulham 0.
  • 45'+3' First Half ends, Watford 1, Fulham 0.
  • 45'+1' Foul by Cauley Woodrow (Fulham).
  • 45'+1' Tommy Hoban (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 45' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 45' Delay in match Daniel Pudil (Watford) because of an injury.
  • 44' Attempt saved. Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Cauley Woodrow.
  • 42' Matej Vydra (Watford) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the right side of the box. Assisted by Adlène Guédioura.
  • 39' Foul by Shaun Hutchinson (Fulham).
  • 39' Troy Deeney (Watford) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 37' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ben Watson.
  • 37' Attempt blocked. Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bryan Ruiz with a cross.
  • 37' Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 37' Foul by Almen Abdi (Watford).
  • 35' Attempt missed. Almen Abdi (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Troy Deeney.
  • 32' Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 32' Foul by Matej Vydra (Watford).
  • 31' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Gabriele Angella.
  • 30' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Gabriele Angella.
  • 28' Attempt saved. Almen Abdi (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Troy Deeney.
  • 27' Corner, Watford. Conceded by Shaun Hutchinson.
  • 20' Offside, Watford. Craig Cathcart tries a through ball, but Troy Deeney is caught offside.
  • 19' Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 19' Foul by Adlène Guédioura (Watford).
  • 15' Attempt saved. Ross McCormack (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Cauley Woodrow.
  • 11' Attempt blocked. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 10' Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 10' Foul by Almen Abdi (Watford).
  • 9' Goal! Watford 1, Fulham 0. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal following a corner.
  • 8' Corner, Watford. Conceded by Seko Fofana.
  • 7' Foul by Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham).
  • 7' Adlène Guédioura (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 2' Attempt blocked. Ross McCormack (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Konstantinos Stafylidis.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.