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Leeds United 2-3 Watford

Matej Vydra
Matej Vydra started his career at Italian side Udinese in 2010

Watford fought back from two goals down to earn a thrilling victory at Leeds.

Billy Sharp's tap in and Rodolph Austin's stunning volley gave the hosts an early lead before Troy Deeney's clinical finish reduced the deficit.

After the break Matej Vydra equalised as he rounded off a fine passing move by slotting in Deeney's cross.

The Czech then scored a dramatic winner as he collected Deeney's long pass and fired the ball home after his initial shot was saved by Marco Silvestri.

With Championship leaders Derby and second place Middlesbrough both losing, the win for Slavisa Jokanovic's side sees them move up into third, just a point off the automatic promotion places.

It was a different story inside the opening 20 minutes as United found themselves 2-0 up.

A defensive mix-up between Ikechi Anya and Heurelho Gomes led to the opening goal, as Gomes was forced to save Anya's powerful header back to him, but could only push it to Sharp who slammed in his 150th career strike.

Free-scoring Watford
Watford are now the highest scorers in all four divisions with 69 goals. Fellow Championship side Bournemouth and League One MK Dons are joint second with 67 league strikes.

Austin soon doubled the advantage as he controlled the ball with his thigh and then dipped a superb volley over a helpless Gomes.

However, Deeney gave the visitors some hope six minutes before the break as he ran onto Vydra's long ball and slotted past Silvestri for his 14th goal of the season.

Just 20 seconds into the second-half, Austin missed a golden opportunity to extend Leeds' advantage as he shot straight at Gomes and his weak follow-up was cleared off the line by Gabrielle Angella.

The hosts were made to pay as Deeney raced through on goal and squared the ball to Vydra who could not miss.

Vydra could have notched another moments later as struck straight at Silvestri, but he made amends 10 minutes from time with the winner as Watford hit the hosts on the break.

Leeds manager Neil Redfearn:

"Watford are a good side but you can't give good sides opportunities. We didn't play badly, but if you have a boxer on the ropes then you have to finish them off.

"Then, for some reason, we took a step back. They gave us the runaround a little bit and the goals, from our point of view, were too easy."

Watford manager Slavisa Jokanovic:

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Jokanovic on Leeds v Watford

"It's important my players start believing in themselves. In the end we won another strange game.

"We made some mistakes, gave them many presents and started the second half similarly. We have to control the situation a little bit better.

"We must continue to keep going, working hard and be prepared for what is in front of is.

"I am not thinking about promotion or what is happening in May. I have dreams but it is not time for them."

Line-ups

Leeds

  • 1Silvestri
  • 15Wootton
  • 3Bamba
  • 32Cooper
  • 21Taylor
  • 7Murphy
  • 23L CookBooked at 21mins
  • 2ByramSubstituted forCaniat 90+2'minutes
  • 4AustinSubstituted forOliveira Tavaresat 74'minutes
  • 27MowattSubstituted forAntenucciat 84'minutes
  • 8Sharp

Substitutes

  • 9Oliveira Tavares
  • 10Cani
  • 12Berardi
  • 13Taylor
  • 28Walters
  • 33Sloth
  • 34Antenucci

Watford

  • 1Gomes
  • 14ParedesSubstituted forHobanat 90+2'minutes
  • 15Cathcart
  • 6EkstrandSubstituted forAngellaat 42'minutes
  • 21Anya
  • 7LayunSubstituted forMunariat 53'minutes
  • 23WatsonBooked at 49mins
  • 22AbdiBooked at 87mins
  • 8Tozser
  • 9Deeney
  • 20Vydra

Substitutes

  • 3Munari
  • 4Angella
  • 11Forestieri
  • 18Pudil
  • 30Bond
  • 31Hoban
  • 47Motta
Referee:
Andy Haines
Attendance:
24,705

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamWatford
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home11
Away13
Shots on Target
Home6
Away6
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home3
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Leeds United 2, Watford 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Leeds United 2, Watford 3.

Attempt missed. Luke Murphy (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Craig Cathcart.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Craig Cathcart.

Foul by Tommy Hoban (Watford).

Charlie Taylor (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Edgar Cani replaces Sam Byram.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Tommy Hoban replaces Juan Carlos Paredes because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Juan Carlos Paredes (Watford) because of an injury.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Craig Cathcart.

Booking

Almen Abdi (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Almen Abdi (Watford).

Lewis Cook (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Mirco Antenucci replaces Alex Mowatt.

Goal!

Goal! Leeds United 2, Watford 3. Matej Vydra (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal following a fast break.

Attempt saved. Matej Vydra (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Troy Deeney with a through ball.

Attempt missed. Alex Mowatt (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Sam Byram.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Adryan replaces Rodolph Austin.

Attempt missed. Almen Abdi (Watford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Troy Deeney with a through ball.

Attempt saved. Alex Mowatt (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sam Byram.

Offside, Leeds United. Alex Mowatt tries a through ball, but Billy Sharp is caught offside.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Gabriele Angella.

Attempt missed. Ben Watson (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Matej Vydra.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Ikechi Anya.

Foul by Troy Deeney (Watford).

Sol Bamba (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Matej Vydra (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Troy Deeney.

Goal!

Goal! Leeds United 2, Watford 2. Matej Vydra (Watford) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Troy Deeney.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Gianni Munari replaces Miguel Layún.

Booking

Ben Watson (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ben Watson (Watford).

Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Luke Murphy (Leeds United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Rodolph Austin.

Attempt blocked. Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Billy Sharp.

Second Half

Second Half begins Leeds United 2, Watford 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Leeds United 2, Watford 1.

Foul by Gabriele Angella (Watford).

goal

As It Stood

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1Derby34198766353165
2Middlesbrough34189750242663
3Watford341951069422762
4Bournemouth34179867373060
5Ipswich33179754342060
6Norwich33178864372759
7Brentford34184125344958
8Wolves3416994740757
9Nottm Forest341311105648850
10Sheff Wed341113103032-246
11Blackburn341112114344-145
12Charlton34915103743-642
13Birmingham341012123950-1142
14Huddersfield34119144456-1242
15Cardiff341011133945-641
16Leeds34118153645-941
17Bolton34117164253-1140
18Reading34117163652-1640
19Fulham34116174658-1239
20Brighton34813133843-537
21Rotherham34813133450-1637
22Millwall34710173053-2331
23Wigan34610183147-1628
24Blackpool34410202968-3922
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