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Watford 0-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Watford v Wolves
Wolves have taken seven points from the last three games

Wolves moved to within four points of the Championship's top six after Nouha Dicko's winner at Watford.

The visitors carved out a string of first-half chances, Hornets keeper Heurelho Gomes denying David Edwards and Kortney Hause with fine saves.

They went ahead when Rajiv van La Parra's pull back allowed Dicko to score from six yards.

Watford substitute Odion Ighalo twice went close towards the end on a frustrating day for the hosts.

The Hornets, seeking a fourth straight success, were outplayed before the interval as the visitors wasted numerous chances.

Former Tottenham keeper Gomes showed fine reactions to get down and divert a close-range effort from Edwards behind.

The 33-year-old then produced a spectacular full-length save to tip over an excellent long-range strike from Bakary Sako.

Dicko wasted a great chance when put clean through, before the 22-year-old broke the deadlock from close range after Van La Parra showed good vision to roll the ball into his path.

Watford pushed for an equaliser in the closing stages.

Visiting keeper Carl Ikeme pushed Ighalo's shot on to his crossbar at the near post.

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Jokanovic on Watford v Wolves

And the Watford substitute was frustrated again when he rattled the woodwork with Ikeme beaten.

Watford head coach Slavisa Jokanovic: "It's simple. The opposing team was stronger and faster.

"They played liked adults against kids in some parts of the game, especially in the first 45 minutes.

"It's not enough at this level when we have important dreams and thinking about the important things we want to do this season."

Wolves manager Kenny Jackett: "We had a lot of chances and were pretty dominant.

"The second period was a bit more dominant, nothing really much happened and then we've got the goal I felt we deserved by that time.

"I thought we showed fantastic character and heart; a lot of good blocks in that box and first to the ball to make sure we saw the game through and got the three points."

Line-ups

Watford

  • 1Gomes
  • 12Doyley
  • 15Cathcart
  • 39Bassong Nguena
  • 14Paredes
  • 3MunariSubstituted forForestieriat 64'minutes
  • 8TozserBooked at 71minsSubstituted forGuédiouraat 72'minutes
  • 22Abdi
  • 21Anya
  • 9DeeneyBooked at 43mins
  • 20VydraSubstituted forIghaloat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Guédioura
  • 11Forestieri
  • 18Pudil
  • 23Dyer
  • 24Ighalo
  • 30Bond
  • 31Hoban

Wolves

  • 1Ikeme
  • 33Iorfa
  • 6Batth
  • 5StearmanBooked at 64mins
  • 30Hause
  • 19PriceBooked at 90mins
  • 11McDonald
  • 17van La Parra
  • 4EdwardsSubstituted forEbanks-Landellat 90+2'minutes
  • 10Sako
  • 40DickoSubstituted forRoweat 86'minutesSubstituted forHenryat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Henry
  • 9Clarke
  • 12Graham
  • 14Evans
  • 15Rowe
  • 23Ebanks-Landell
  • 29Kuszczak
Referee:
Graham Scott
Attendance:
17,443

Match Stats

Home TeamWatfordAway TeamWolves
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home14
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away8
Fouls
Home9
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Watford 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Watford 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

Booking

Jack Price (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

Ikechi Anya (Watford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jack Price (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Ethan Ebanks-Landell replaces Dave Edwards.

Odion Ighalo (Watford) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. James Henry tries a through ball, but Rajiv van La Parra is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Odion Ighalo (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Troy Deeney with a headed pass.

Attempt blocked. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Cathcart.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. James Henry replaces Tommy Rowe because of an injury.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Danny Batth.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Tommy Rowe replaces Nouha Dicko.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Rajiv van La Parra (Wolverhampton Wanderers) because of an injury.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Lloyd Doyley.

Attempt saved. Odion Ighalo (Watford) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Adlène Guédioura.

Attempt missed. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Odion Ighalo.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Adlène Guédioura replaces Daniel Tözsér.

Booking

Daniel Tözsér (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Daniel Tözsér (Watford).

Dave Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

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

Attempt saved. Sebastien Bassong (Watford) left footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. Lloyd Doyley (Watford) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Tözsér with a cross.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Danny Batth.

Foul by Rajiv van La Parra (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Daniel Tözsér (Watford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Hand ball by Fernando Forestieri (Watford).

Booking

Richard Stearman (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Hand ball by Richard Stearman (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Fernando Forestieri replaces Gianni Munari.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Odion Ighalo replaces Matej Vydra.

Attempt missed. Dave Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Bakary Sako.

Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Kevin McDonald tries a through ball, but Nouha Dicko is caught offside.

Dangerous play by Nouha Dicko (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Sebastien Bassong (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daniel Tözsér (Watford).

goal

As It Stood

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4Middlesbrough23126538172142
5Brentford2312473933640
6Watford23115739241538
7Norwich23107643271637
8Blackburn239773533234
9Wolves239772632-634
10Nottm Forest2371063230231
11Cardiff238783031-131
12Charlton2361342425-131
13Sheff Wed2371061721-431
14Bolton2385102529-429
15Fulham2384113541-628
16Birmingham237792436-1228
17Reading2375112839-1126
18Rotherham2351082029-925
19Huddersfield2367102941-1225
20Leeds2366112534-924
21Millwall2358102438-1423
22Wigan2348112430-620
23Brighton2331192432-820
24Blackpool2327141740-2313
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