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Watford 1-0 Middlesbrough

Watford striker Troy Deeney (right) scores against Middlesbrough from the penalty spot

Watford made it 10 points from 12 after beating Middlesbrough in a game in which both sides finished with 10 men.

Troy Deeney put the hosts ahead with a penalty after Ben Gibson brought down Fernando Forestieri.

Watford then handed the initiative to Boro as Samba Diakite was sent off for a rash challenge on Dean Whitehead.

But Gibson was dismissed for a second booking after preventing keeper Jonathan Bond clearing the ball, before Watford saw out the game for victory.

The win puts Watford six points from the play-off positions, while Boro are a further two points adrift.

Striker Danny Graham, who netted 27 goals for the Hornets four seasons ago, had a chance to score against his former club after 28 minutes but chipped over the bar.

Boro then had the ball in the net only for Jonathan Woodgate's header to be disallowed for offside in a low key first half.

However, the game sparked into action after the break when Deeney confidently scored from the spot for his 14th goal of the season.

Diakite, who was making his full debut after joining on loan from QPR, was dismissed and, shortly afterwards, Gibson also made an early exit.

Watford contained any Boro threat and could even have extended their lead when substitute Ikechi Anya raced clear before shooting wide.

Watford manager Giuseppe Sannino:

"I think if the referee sent them off they deserved to be sent off.

"What I did like was all the game, not part of the game, because my team were able to suffer.

"They work as a unit, as a team and I'm very happy about my lads."

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka:

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Alec Chamberlain: Watford coach on Middlesbrough win

"We lost the game because of our mistakes.

"We were losing but we were one man more and I thought with the three substitutes I had made we could change the score but, five minutes later, Gibson was sent off and the game was very, very difficult.

"The problem is the mistakes. It's not the mentality or the capacity of my players because we played at 100% like we played a lot of games in the past."

Line-ups

Watford

  • 30Bond
  • 19FaraoniSubstituted forAnyaat 64'minutes
  • 18Pudil
  • 12DoyleySubstituted forHobanat 45'minutes
  • 4Angella
  • 27CassettiBooked at 37mins
  • 23DiakitéBooked at 52mins
  • 28Tözsér
  • 11ForestieriBooked at 59minsSubstituted forBattocchioat 71'minutes
  • 9Deeney
  • 16Murray

Substitutes

  • 3Bellerín
  • 7Battocchio
  • 8Merkel
  • 20Park Chu-young
  • 21Anya
  • 24Woods
  • 31Hoban

Middlesbrough

  • 12Given
  • 8VargaSubstituted forMainat 73'minutes
  • 3Friend
  • 7Leadbitter
  • 39WoodgateSubstituted forKamaraat 84'minutes
  • 22GibsonBooked at 57mins
  • 11LedesmaSubstituted forCarayolat 45'minutes
  • 18Whitehead
  • 9Graham
  • 24ChalobahBooked at 59mins
  • 27Adomah

Substitutes

  • 6Butterfield
  • 13Konstantopoulos
  • 15Hines
  • 19Carayol
  • 23Main
  • 25Omeruo
  • 29Kamara
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
15,391

Match Stats

Home TeamWatfordAway TeamMiddlesbrough
Possession
Home36%
Away64%
Shots
Home11
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away7
Fouls
Home13
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Watford 1, Middlesbrough 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Watford 1, Middlesbrough 0.

Attempt missed. Mustapha Carayol (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Kei Kamara.

Attempt saved. Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter with a headed pass.

Foul by Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough).

Sean Murray (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Watford. Sean Murray tries a through ball, but Troy Deeney is caught offside.

Nathaniel Chalobah (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sean Murray (Watford).

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Tommy Hoban.

Attempt blocked. Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Daniel Tözsér (Watford) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Troy Deeney.

Attempt blocked. Mustapha Carayol (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter.

Dean Whitehead (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Cristian Battocchio (Watford).

Offside, Watford. Daniel Pudil tries a through ball, but Troy Deeney is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Kei Kamara replaces Jonathan Woodgate.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Daniel Pudil.

Attempt missed. Danny Graham (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jonathan Woodgate.

Attempt blocked. George Friend (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Danny Graham (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Dean Whitehead with a cross.

Attempt missed. Ikechi Anya (Watford) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Curtis Main replaces József Varga.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Tommy Hoban.

Attempt saved. Mustapha Carayol (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Cristian Battocchio replaces Fernando Forestieri because of an injury.

Dean Whitehead (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gabriele Angella (Watford).

Attempt saved. Troy Deeney (Watford) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Tommy Hoban.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Ikechi Anya replaces Marco Davide Faraoni.

Foul by József Varga (Middlesbrough).

Fernando Forestieri (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Marco Davide Faraoni (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Jonathan Woodgate.

Foul by József Varga (Middlesbrough).

Fernando Forestieri (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Tommy Hoban.

Booking

Fernando Forestieri (Watford) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Nathaniel Chalobah (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card.

Dean Whitehead (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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