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Watford 3-0 Leeds United

New Leeds owner Massimo Cellino meets manager Brian McDermott before tonight's game at Watford

New Leeds owner Massimo Cellino was at Vicarage Road to see his side thrashed by play-off chasing Watford.

Cellino confirmed earlier in the day that he had completed his controversial takeover of the Elland Road outfit.

Almen Abdi gave Watford an early lead when he nodded home Ikechi Anya's cross, before Anya headed the second from Marco Davide Faraoni's centre.

Troy Deeney's close-range strike left Watford seven points off sixth with a game in hand. Leeds have one win in 12.

Indeed Leeds could count themselves fortunate their latest setback was not even heavier.

Keeper Jack Butland had to deny Deeney, who also saw a late effort sail narrowly wide.

Noel Hunt failed to convert Leeds' only decent chance, provided by Dominic Poleon, early in the second half. And the striker nearly landed himself in trouble with a late challenge on Faraoni that earned him a yellow card.

Watford remain unbeaten at home since January 11 and are now seven points off the final play-off spot with a game in hand.

Watford manager Beppe Sannino: "I don't like to speak about the play-offs. I like to speak about the next match.

"It was a good win. Now we have six matches to play and hope to collect as many points as possible."

Leeds manager Brian McDermott: "Of course I'm under pressure - results suggest that.

"I'm not in a strong position now because of the results we've had over a period of time.

"I met [Cellino] before the game. We just talked about football. He's not looking to give me any assurances - I wouldn't expect any.

"He's an ambitious man; that's certainly not the sort of performance he wants to see.

"There's a big job here. It's a big club and there's a lot to be done, but he's got the clout to do it."

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester4127863589
2Burnley41231443283
3Derby41219112572
4QPR412010111270
5Wigan411910121467
6Reading411712121363
7Brighton41161312961
8Ipswich41161312761
9Bournemouth41171014161
10Nottm Forest41141710759
11Blackburn41151412359
12Watford401414121656
13Middlesbrough41131612955
14Bolton41121514-351
15Sheff Wed41121316049
16Leeds4113820-1147
17Huddersfield41121019-746
18Birmingham41111020-1043
19Doncaster41111020-2543
20Blackpool41101219-2442
21Charlton39101118-2041
22Millwall4191220-3039
23Barnsley4081220-2836
24Yeovil4181122-2535
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