Friday 5 December 2014, 7:45pm at Craven Cottage, London
Fulham FC
Fulham
0
Watford
5
Abdi 15', 51'; Deeney (pen) 20', 37', 90'+3

18' Red Card

Marcus Bettinelli

19' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Gabor Kiraly
Off:Bryan Ruiz

61' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:George Williams
Off:Seko Fofana

15' Goal

Almen Abdi

20' Penalty

Troy Deeney

37' Goal

Troy Deeney
Assist by Gianni Munari

51' Goal

Almen Abdi
Assist by Matej Vydra

90'+3 Goal

Troy Deeney
Assist by Gianni Munari

77' Yellow Card

Sebastien Bassong Card was given for a foul

66' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Fernando Forestieri
Off:Matej Vydra

83' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Adlène Guédioura
Off:Daniel Tözsér

86' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Daniel Pudil
Off:Ikechi Anya

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Ten-man Fulham were beaten 5-0 by a devastating Watford side at Craven Cottage on Friday evening.

Ten-man Fulham were beaten 5-0 by a devastating Watford side at Craven Cottage on Friday evening.

The Whites found them behind early on when Almen Abdi’s free-kick defected through the wall and into the back of the net, before Fulham were reduced to 10 men when goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli denied Matej Vydra a clear goalscoring opportunity after he’d been put through.

Troy Deeney tucked away the subsequent penalty and grabbed his second and Watford’s third before the break to all but kill the game as a contest.

A stunning Abdi strike shortly after the restart added some further gloss to the scoreline for the visitors, before Deeney grabbed his hat-trick after breaking clear in stoppage time, on an evening that Whites supporters would rather forget.

Kit Symons made two changes to the side that defeated Brighton & Hove Albion six days previously, with Dan Burn returning from his ban to take the place of Shaun Hutchinson, while Seko Fofana was handed a full debut at the expense of Emerson Hyndman.

The game was preceeded with both teams coming together for a combined squad photo as part of Football Remembers week, aimed at recreating the spirit of togetherness that the troops of both sides demonstrated at Christmas during World War One in 1914.

Hugo Rodallega made sure Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes was alert on 45 seconds when he let fly first time from a good 35 yards, but the speculative effort was straight down the throat of the Brazilian who claimed comfortably.

The Hornets were then awarded a free-kick 25 yards from goal following a foul by Nikolay Bodurov. The decision was met with derision by the home fans who felt Fofana had been unfairly challenged just seconds earlier, and they would have been even more aggrieved had Bettinelli not pulled off a fine reflex save to keep out Daniel Tozser’s well-struck set-piece.

The subsequent corner was dangerous, too, with the ball flicked across goal and eventually cleared behind for another corner, which came to nothing.

In the seventh minute Deeney beat the offside trap to collect a long ball over the top which sent him through one-on-one before successfully lobbing Bettinelli. Thankfully, Kostas Stafylidis was on hand to make a fantastic acrobatic clearance off the line to save a certain goal.

Toszer was dictating the play for the hosts, who had started well, and his 14th minute swerver almost caught Bettinelli out but the Fulham stopper adjusted his body quickly to push the ball behind.

But just a minute later they did make the breakthrough. After winning a free-kick 20 yards from goal, Abdi smashed in a low strike that nicked off a man in the wall and beyond the reach of Bettinelli.

And things went from bad to disastrous on 18 minutes. Vydra was played in and rounded Bettinelli who caught his ankle as he went to claim the ball. Bryan Ruiz was the man sacrificed as Gabor Kiraly took his place between the sticks.

His first task was to face Deeney but the Watford captain won the battle of wits and sent him the wrong way to double Watford’s advantage.

With an extra man, the visitors dominated possession after that but it was Fulham who went closest to scoring the next goal on 29 minutes but Ross McCormack’s wicked cross was turned just wide by a Watford defender when it looked to be sailing in.

The third goal did go Watford’s way, though, when Gianni Munari’s headed through ball sent Deeney in behind, with the striker getting just enough of a toe on it to flick it beyond Kiraly.

A fine ball over the top sent Vydra into space on 43 minutes, but his powerful effort was beaten behind by Kiraly who watched it all the way, with Craig Cathcart then heading over from the resultant corner.

With just six minutes gone in the second half Fulham found themselves four goals down. Abdi was allowed time to shoot from 25 yards and he obliged with a stunning effort into the postage stamp of the goal.

Fulham came so close to pulling a goal back on the hour mark. Good skill by Lasse Vigen Christensen allowed him to cut the ball back to Rodallega, but Cathcart threw himself in front of the Colombian’s shot to prevent it finding the back of the net.

Symons then made his second substitution of the game, as Fofana made way for George Williams. Watford responded shortly after with a change of their own – Vydra replaced by Fernando Forestieri.

The Whites were awarded a free-kick in a good position on 68 minutes when McCormack was cynically taken down by Abdi who did well to avoid a booking. The Scotsman was tasked with taking the set-piece but he could only find the yellow wall.

Williams had Fulham’s next effort with a decent hit from range that wrong-footed Gomes after taking a deflection, but the former Tottenham Hotspur custodian recovered well to change direction and push the ball behind.

Sebastien Bassong then went into the book for a crude challenge on Jack Grimmer. McCormack sent in the free-kick from wide but it proved just too high for the leaping head of Burn.

It should really have been made 5-0 on 79 minutes when a hopeful clearance fortuitously sent Forestieri in on goal. The Italian rounded Kiraly but our tracksuit-bottomed keeper made a gigantic reach to claw the ball back off his toes. Superb claim by the big Hungarian.

The Hornets then made another alteration as Adlene Guedioura came on for Tozser, before replacing Ikechi Anya with Daniel Pudil shortly after.

Rodallega showed good strength to roll his marker and burst through in the 89th minute, but his volley from a tight angle flew a yard wide of Gomes’ far post.

With three minutes of added time being played, there was still time for Deeney to wrap up his hat-trick when he beat the offside trap before rifling beyond Kiraly to cap a miserable night for Fulham.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Friday 5 December 2014
Kick-off: 7:45pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 16,772

Referee: Paul Tierney

Fulham

Line-up: Bettinelli; Grimmer, Bodurov, Burn, Stafylidis; Parker; Christensen, Fofana (George Williams 61'); Ruiz (Kiraly 19'); Rodallega, McCormack

Unused substitutes: Hutchinson, Zverotic, Roberts, Hyndman, Dembele

Manager: Kit Symons

Watford

Line-up: Gomes; Cathcart, Angella, Sebastien Bassong; Paredes, Munari, Daniel Tözsér (Guédioura 83'), Abdi, Anya (Pudil 86'); Deeney, Vydra (Forestieri 66')

Unused substitutes: Bond, Doyley, Dyer, Ighalo

Manager: Slavisa Jokanovic

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Derby County 19 35
2 Ipswich Town 19 34
3 Brentford 19 34
4 A.F.C. Bournemouth 19 33
5 Middlesbrough 19 33
6 Watford 20 32
7 Blackburn Rovers 19 31
8 Cardiff City 19 29
9 Nottingham Forest 19 28
10 Charlton Athletic 19 28
11 Norwich City 19 27
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 19 27
13 Sheffield Wednesday 19 25
14 Reading 19 24
15 Leeds United 19 23
16 Fulham 20 22
17 Birmingham City 19 22
18 Bolton Wanderers 19 21
19 Huddersfield Town 19 21
20 Millwall 19 20
21 Rotherham United 19 19
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 19 18
23 Wigan Athletic 19 17
24 Blackpool 19 9
Goals
0
5
Total Shots
7
17
Shots On Target
2
10
Passing Accuracy
75%
84%
Fouls
5
14
Corners
5
10
Offsides
3
3
Bookings
0
1
Sending Offs
1
0
Fulham (4-4-2 (Diamond))
  • 40Marcus Bettinelli
  • 37Jack Grimmer
  • 6Nikolay Bodurov
  • 33Dan Burn
  • 3Konstantinos Stafylidis
  • 8Scott Parker
  • 21Lasse Vigen Christensen
  • 12Seko Fofana
  • 10Bryan Ruiz
  • 20Hugo Rodallega
  • 44Ross McCormack
Substitutes
  • 1Gabor Kiraly
  • 4Shaun Hutchinson
  • 13Elsad Zverotic
  • 14Patrick Roberts
  • 27George Williams
  • 28Emerson Hyndman
  • 25Moussa Dembele
Manager
  • Kit Symons
Watford (3-5-2)
  • 1Heurelho Gomes
  • 15Craig Cathcart
  • 4Gabriele Angella
  • 39Sebastien Bassong
  • 14Juan Carlos Paredes
  • 3Gianni Munari
  • 8Daniel Tözsér
  • 22Almen Abdi
  • 21Ikechi Anya
  • 9Troy Deeney
  • 20Matej Vydra
Substitutes
  • 30Jonathan Bond
  • 12Lloyd Doyley
  • 18Daniel Pudil
  • 7Adlène Guédioura
  • 23Lloyd Dyer
  • 11Fernando Forestieri
  • 24Odion Ighalo
Manager
  • Slavisa Jokanovic
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, Fulham 0, Watford 5.
  • 90'+4' Second Half ends, Fulham 0, Watford 5.
  • 90'+3' Goal! Fulham 0, Watford 5. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Gianni Munari with a through ball.
  • 89' Attempt missed. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Gabor Kiraly.
  • 89' Attempt saved. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gianni Munari.
  • 87' Foul by Sebastien Bassong (Watford).
  • 87' George Williams (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 87' Foul by Adlène Guédioura (Watford).
  • 87' Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 86' Substitution, Watford. Daniel Pudil replaces Ikechi Anya.
  • 83' Substitution, Watford. Adlène Guédioura replaces Daniel Tözsér.
  • 81' Foul by Ikechi Anya (Watford).
  • 81' Jack Grimmer (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 77' Sebastien Bassong (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 76' Foul by Sebastien Bassong (Watford).
  • 76' Jack Grimmer (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 76' Offside, Fulham. Hugo Rodallega tries a through ball, but Ross McCormack is caught offside.
  • 75' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 75' Attempt blocked. George Williams (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Konstantinos Stafylidis.
  • 72' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ikechi Anya.
  • 71' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 70' Delay in match Troy Deeney (Watford) because of an injury.
  • 69' Attempt blocked. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 68' Foul by Almen Abdi (Watford).
  • 68' Ross McCormack (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 67' Foul by Sebastien Bassong (Watford).
  • 67' Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 66' Substitution, Watford. Fernando Forestieri replaces Matej Vydra.
  • 63' Offside, Fulham. Gabor Kiraly tries a through ball, but Hugo Rodallega is caught offside.
  • 62' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ikechi Anya.
  • 61' Substitution, Fulham. George Williams replaces Seko Fofana.
  • 60' Gabriele Angella (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 60' Foul by Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham).
  • 60' Attempt blocked. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lasse Vigen Christensen.
  • 59' Corner, Watford. Conceded by Lasse Vigen Christensen.
  • 59' Corner, Watford. Conceded by Konstantinos Stafylidis.
  • 57' Attempt missed. Almen Abdi (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ikechi Anya.
  • 55' Attempt blocked. Ikechi Anya (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Almen Abdi.
  • 53' Foul by Gabriele Angella (Watford).
  • 53' Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 53' Foul by Gianni Munari (Watford).
  • 53' Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 51' Goal! Fulham 0, Watford 4. Almen Abdi (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Matej Vydra.
  • 48' Offside, Fulham. Gabor Kiraly tries a through ball, but Hugo Rodallega is caught offside.
  • Second Half begins Fulham 0, Watford 3.
  • 45'+4' First Half ends, Fulham 0, Watford 3.
  • 45'+2' Foul by Juan Carlos Paredes (Watford).
  • 45'+2' Ross McCormack (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 45'+1' Offside, Watford. Daniel Tözsér tries a through ball, but Ikechi Anya is caught offside.
  • 43' Attempt missed. Craig Cathcart (Watford) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Matej Vydra with a cross following a corner.
  • 43' Corner, Watford. Conceded by Gabor Kiraly.
  • 43' Attempt saved. Matej Vydra (Watford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Gianni Munari.
  • 41' Offside, Watford. Troy Deeney tries a through ball, but Matej Vydra is caught offside.
  • 40' Foul by Almen Abdi (Watford).
  • 40' Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 37' Goal! Fulham 0, Watford 3. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gianni Munari with a headed pass.
  • 37' Attempt blocked. Craig Cathcart (Watford) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 36' Corner, Watford. Conceded by Jack Grimmer.
  • 35' Foul by Craig Cathcart (Watford).
  • 35' Dan Burn (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 35' Corner, Watford. Conceded by Konstantinos Stafylidis.
  • 33' Attempt blocked. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sebastien Bassong with a cross.
  • 32' Corner, Watford. Conceded by Dan Burn.
  • 32' Attempt blocked. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Tözsér.
  • 29' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Gabriele Angella.
  • 27' Juan Carlos Paredes (Watford) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 27' Foul by Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham).
  • 23' Foul by Sebastien Bassong (Watford).
  • 23' Seko Fofana (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 22' Foul by Gabriele Angella (Watford).
  • 22' Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 21' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Daniel Tözsér.
  • 20' Goal! Fulham 0, Watford 2. Troy Deeney (Watford) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.
  • 19' Substitution, Fulham. Gabor Kiraly replaces Bryan Ruiz.
  • 18' Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham) is shown the red card.
  • 18' Penalty Watford. Matej Vydra draws a foul in the penalty area.
  • 18' Penalty conceded by Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham) after a foul in the penalty area.
  • 15' Goal! Fulham 0, Watford 1. Almen Abdi (Watford) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.
  • 14' Gabriele Angella (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 14' Foul by Seko Fofana (Fulham).
  • 14' Corner, Watford. Conceded by Marcus Bettinelli.
  • 14' Attempt saved. Daniel Tözsér (Watford) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
  • 14' Attempt blocked. Almen Abdi (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 12' Offside, Watford. Daniel Tözsér tries a through ball, but Ikechi Anya is caught offside.
  • 10' Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.
  • 9' Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 9' Foul by Gabriele Angella (Watford).
  • 8' Attempt blocked. Scott Parker (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Seko Fofana.
  • 7' Corner, Watford. Conceded by Konstantinos Stafylidis.
  • 7' Attempt blocked. Troy Deeney (Watford) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Tözsér with a through ball.
  • 4' Corner, Watford. Conceded by Jack Grimmer.
  • 3' Corner, Watford. Conceded by Marcus Bettinelli.
  • 3' Attempt saved. Daniel Tözsér (Watford) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.
  • 2' Foul by Nikolay Bodurov (Fulham).
  • 2' Troy Deeney (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 1' Attempt saved. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the centre of the goal.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.