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Ipswich Town 1-0 Watford

Mick McCarthy

Tommy Smith hammered in a late winner to give Ipswich Town victory over promotion rivals Watford.

The defender finished a goalmouth scramble in the 83rd minute to lift Mick McCarthy's side to fourth.

In the first half home keeper Bartosz Bialkowski made a point-blank save from Gianni Munari before Heurelho Gomes tipped over Daryl Murphy's superb flicked effort at the other end.

Watford's Fernando Forestieri shot over from six yards before Smith won it.

It could prove an important win for Town who, like Watford, find themselves in the thick of a congested promotion race in the Championship, where the top six are separated by just four points.

They controlled the majority of the possession against the Hornets, who had suffered a surprise 2-1 defeat at Birmingham City in midweek, but could have been behind early on when Forestieri slipped in Munari, only for the Italian to shoot at the legs of Bialkowski.

For all their ownership of the ball, Town could only register Murphy's first-time flicked volley as a clear first-half chance, but Gomes denied the Irishman a 10th goal in his last 12 games.

Had Forestieri slotted in Matej Vydra's wicked cross in the final 25 minutes, Slavisa Jokanovic might have been celebrating his third win as Watford boss, however he now has two defeats on his record, both of which have come in the last five days.

Instead, his counterpart McCarthy was able to celebrate a third consecutive win when Kevin Bru's shot from the edge of the area rattled around the six-yard box and New Zealand international Smith had the wherewithal to flash in a shot that Gomes got a hand to but failed to keep out.

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Mick McCarthy: Ipswich boss on win over Watford

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy:

"I've not looked at the league. I'm not interested. I'm just really pleased with the performance and the victory.

"I think Watford are a very good team. I think we've had to play exceptionally well and defend really well.

"Both goalies and defences played well and at half-time I said that was a really good Championship game. It was about whoever blinked first and they did."

Watford boss Slavisa Jokanovic:

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Slavisa Jokanovic: Watford head coach on Ipswich loss

"I can be happy with some parts of the game. My team had chances, particularly in the first half.

"But my team played many minutes precisely how Ipswich wanted us to.

"I need more control from my team. My team is working very hard and fighting.

"We need more control because if we play the same way as Ipswich, they are stronger - more physical. My team is a little bit different."

Line-ups

Ipswich

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 4Chambers
  • 5Smith
  • 6Berra
  • 3Mings
  • 17Bru
  • 18Tabb
  • 50WilliamsSubstituted forBishopat 61'minutes
  • 9Murphy
  • 10McGoldrickBooked at 43minsSubstituted forSammonat 90+4'minutes
  • 12Hunt

Substitutes

  • 2Parr
  • 11Anderson
  • 14Bajner
  • 27Bishop
  • 29Ambrose
  • 32Sammon
  • 38Crowe

Watford

  • 1Gomes
  • 14ParedesBooked at 33mins
  • 6EkstrandBooked at 58mins
  • 39Bassong Nguena
  • 18Pudil
  • 3MunariBooked at 75mins
  • 8Tozser
  • 5AndrewsSubstituted forMurrayat 86'minutes
  • 20Vydra
  • 9Deeney
  • 11ForestieriSubstituted forIghaloat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10McGugan
  • 12Doyley
  • 15Cathcart
  • 16Murray
  • 23Dyer
  • 24Ighalo
  • 30Bond
Referee:
Eddie Ilderton
Attendance:
22,490

Match Stats

Home TeamIpswichAway TeamWatford
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home17
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home10
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Ipswich Town 1, Watford 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 1, Watford 0.

Attempt missed. Troy Deeney (Watford) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Juan Carlos Paredes.

Attempt saved. Gianni Munari (Watford) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Odion Ighalo.

Attempt blocked. Matej Vydra (Watford) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Conor Sammon replaces David McGoldrick.

Foul by Kevin Bru (Ipswich Town).

Daniel Pudil (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Stephen Hunt (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Daniel Pudil (Watford).

Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Troy Deeney (Watford).

Foul by Jay Tabb (Ipswich Town).

Troy Deeney (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town).

Juan Carlos Paredes (Watford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Sean Murray replaces Keith Andrews.

Stephen Hunt (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Sebastien Bassong (Watford).

Goal!

Goal! Ipswich Town 1, Watford 0. Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal following a set piece situation.

Attempt blocked. Kevin Bru (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Stephen Hunt (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Dangerous play by Daniel Pudil (Watford).

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Christophe Berra.

Attempt blocked. Odion Ighalo (Watford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Troy Deeney.

Attempt saved. Kevin Bru (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Teddy Bishop.

Offside, Ipswich Town. Teddy Bishop tries a through ball, but David McGoldrick is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Kevin Bru (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Sebastien Bassong.

Booking

Gianni Munari (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gianni Munari (Watford).

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Odion Ighalo replaces Fernando Forestieri.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Heurelho Gomes (Watford) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Fernando Forestieri (Watford) right footed shot from very close range is too high. Assisted by Matej Vydra with a cross following a fast break.

Attempt missed. Stephen Hunt (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by David McGoldrick.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Tyrone Mings.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Teddy Bishop replaces Jonathan Williams because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Derby1795333161732
2Bournemouth1794433161731
3Middlesbrough1794426121431
4Ipswich178632517830
5Watford1785430191129
6Brentford178452423128
7Blackburn177642724327
8Charlton176922018227
9Wolves177642222027
10Norwich177552519626
11Nottm Forest176742623325
12Cardiff176562121023
13Sheff Wed174941214-221
14Reading176382227-521
15Leeds175572024-420
16Huddersfield175572531-620
17Fulham175482731-419
18Millwall174671924-518
19Rotherham174671524-918
20Brighton173861720-317
21Bolton1752102027-717
22Wigan173771822-416
23Birmingham173771429-1516
24Blackpool1714121129-187
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