Ipswich Town 1-1 Watford

Giuseppe Sannino

Troy Deeney's late goal earned Watford a draw at Ipswich Town in Beppe Sannino's first game in charge of the Hornets.

The hosts took a controversial lead through David McGoldrick's penalty after Gabriele Angella was adjudged to have handled Frank Nouble's cross.

But Sannino, who became Watford's new head coach on Wednesday, saw his side level with nine minutes remaining.

Deeney slid the ball home from Cristian Battocchio's low cross to equalise.

However, Ipswich nearly grabbed a late winner when Luke Hyam headed against the crossbar after McGoldrick's shot had been parried by Watford goalkeeper Manuel Almunia.

Sannino took charge at Watford after former boss Gianfranco Zola resigned on Monday following a run of just one win in 10 matches.

The hosts went ahead through McGoldrick's 73rd-minute penalty, his ninth goal of the season, but their advantage only lasted eight minutes before Deeney's leveller.

Watford finished third in the Championship last season and are now 14th in the table, while Ipswich, unbeaten in five games, are ninth, three points off a play-off position.

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Post-match: Ipswich boss McCarthy

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy said:

"I will take a point as Watford are a good side. Last year they came here and absolutely murdered us. So it shows how far we have come.

"Overall, maybe they deserved a point because we weren't that dominant.

"I like him [Sannino], I like his passion on the side and he had a smile on his face."

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Watford coach Alec Chamberlain on Ipswich draw

Watford head coach Beppe Sannino said:

"It was a dream for me to land in England and this game was 90 minutes of my life that I was always dreaming about.

"I have only been here for two days and I am not a magician. I knew the kind of football in the Championship but my first thoughts are with Gianfranco Zola.

"He did an amazing job last season and this was his team. I was able to show my passion on the touchline and I thought, tactics-wise, we were good, but there is a lot of work to do."

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Burnley2112721843
2QPR2112631342
3Leicester2113351142
4Derby2112451840
5Leeds211047934
6Reading21975634
7Nottm Forest21894733
8Brighton21885732
9Ipswich21876631
10Blackpool21876-131
11Blackburn21867230
12Wigan20848128
13Huddersfield21768127
14Watford21687226
15Bournemouth217410-1325
16Birmingham21669024
17Middlesbrough21588123
18Bolton21588-423
19Millwall215610-1721
20Doncaster215511-1920
21Charlton214710-919
22Sheff Wed20389-917
23Yeovil214512-1117
24Barnsley213711-1916
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