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Watford 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday

Connor Wickham scores

Sheffield Wednesday earned their first away victory of the season as Connor Wickham grabbed the only goal in their game at Watford.

Wickham scored with a 20-yard free-kick for his fifth goal for the Owls since joining on loan from Sunderland.

Watford, who suffered their fifth-successive home defeat, had more chances but could not get an equaliser.

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Post-match: Watford manager Gianfranco Zola

Sean Murray and Ikechi Anya had efforts saved by Damian Martinez before Fernando Forestieri shot wide late on.

The win, Sheffield Wednesday's second in three games, failed to move the Owls out of the bottom three but has taken them to within one point of 21st-placed Charlton.

But Watford, who came third in the Championship in 2012-13 and lost in the play-offs, have now failed to win in nine games and dropped into the bottom half of the table for the first time this season.

Gianfranco Zola's side started brightly as Murray's corner picked out Marco Cassetti but the unmarked defender could not direct his header underneath the crossbar.

The hosts created another opening when Nyron Nosworthy's ball forward picked out the run of Anya but, after side-stepping Roger Johnson on the edge of the area, the Scottish international was unable to hit the target with his right-footed shot.

Wednesday took the lead in the 24th minute after Wickham converted a free-kick he had won after being fouled by Nosworthy.

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Sheffield Wednesday caretaker manager Stuart Gray

That proved to be the visitors' only shot on target with Murray and Anya frustrated by Martinez as Watford pushed to score their first goal in four home matches.

But Watford continued to be wasteful, and their afternoon was summed up in the last minute of injury-time when Diego Fabbrini fed Forestieri, but with only Martinez to beat from six yards out he stabbed the ball wide.

Sheffield Wednesday caretaker boss Stuart Gray:

"I thought we deserved it. I'm pleased for Connor because he stays out after training and practises those free-kicks, so it was no fluke as such.

"The pleasing thing is obviously getting the clean sheet with a great away win.

"Watford are a good side, we felt at the start of the game we could hold our own if we could keep the crowd quiet because they've not been scoring at home or winning at home and I don't think it was a smash and grab."

Watford boss Gianfranco Zola:

"We tried to do something different, just to play one striker less and to have a more balanced team. We created some chances but they weren't enough.

"What is the real problem? I don't know. We are not going through a good moment in terms of confidence because we produce chances but it's difficult for us to score.

"And when they (the opposition) attack, they do it once and then they score so that certainly doesn't help the confidence of the players. That is what is creating a lot of pressure with the players and everyone.

"I know football is about results and results are more important than anything. I understand that and I'll see what is the best thing to do."

Line-ups

Watford

  • 30Bond
  • 19FaraoniSubstituted forFabbriniat 49'minutes
  • 27Cassetti
  • 16Murray
  • 33Nosworthy
  • 17HallSubstituted forMcGuganat 81'minutes
  • 3Bellerín
  • 29Thorne
  • 9Deeney
  • 7BattocchioSubstituted forForestieriat 69'minutes
  • 21Anya

Substitutes

  • 1Almunia
  • 4Angella
  • 8McEachran
  • 10McGugan
  • 11Forestieri
  • 18Pudil
  • 20Fabbrini

Sheff Wed

  • 26Martinez
  • 22Palmer
  • 3Johnson
  • 27McPhailSubstituted forOlofinjanaat 75'minutes
  • 8JohnsonBooked at 32mins
  • 36Loovens
  • 20LeeBooked at 67mins
  • 6Semedo
  • 29WickhamBooked at 69mins
  • 10MaghomaSubstituted forMcCabeat 88'minutes
  • 17HelanBooked at 83mins

Substitutes

  • 1Kirkland
  • 11Johnson
  • 16McCabe
  • 21Corry
  • 32Llera
  • 34Nuhiu
  • 35Olofinjana
Referee:
Phil Gibbs
Attendance:
15,476

Match Stats

Home TeamWatfordAway TeamSheff Wed
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home10
Away2
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Watford 0, Sheffield Wednesday 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Watford 0, Sheffield Wednesday 1.

Attempt missed. Fernando Forestieri (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Diego Fabbrini.

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Rhys McCabe tries a through ball, but Connor Wickham is caught offside.

Foul by Fernando Forestieri (Watford).

Josè Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Troy Deeney (Watford).

Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Reda Johnson.

Héctor Bellerín (Watford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Reda Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Rhys McCabe replaces Jacques Maghoma.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Marco Cassetti.

Offside, Watford. Sean Murray tries a through ball, but Diego Fabbrini is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Sean Murray (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Jeremy Helan (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card.

Fernando Forestieri (Watford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Reda Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday).

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Lewis McGugan replaces Fitz Hall.

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Damián Martinez tries a through ball, but Connor Wickham is caught offside.

Diego Fabbrini (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday).

Foul by Fernando Forestieri (Watford).

Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Seyi Olofinjana replaces Stephen McPhail.

Foul by Sean Murray (Watford).

Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Diego Fabbrini (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday).

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Fernando Forestieri replaces Cristian Battocchio.

Foul by Marco Cassetti (Watford).

Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Diego Fabbrini (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday).

Foul by Sean Murray (Watford).

Josè Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Liam Palmer.

Attempt blocked. Cristian Battocchio (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by George Thorne.

goal

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