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Summary

  1. Watford XI: Gomes, Cathcart, Prodl, Britos, Ake, Abdi, Guedioura, Watson, Jurado, Ighalo, Deeney
  2. Sunderland XI: Pickford, Yedlin, T Robson, O’Shea, Kone, Larsson, Rodwell, Lens, Watmore Greenwood, N'Doye.

Live Reporting

By Patrick Jennings

All times stated are UK

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Watford 2-2 Sunderland

Right then, that’s all from me.

But you can follow all the reaction to today’s games, including this one, over here.

See you again soon.

Watford 2-2 Sunderland

There's no winner. 

But plenty of warm farewells for Flores from the Watford faithful instead as he applauds the fans. 

For Big Sam, a very decent showing from a mix of fringe players and academy graduates. He's got a grin on. 

Watford 2-2 Sunderland

Troy Deeney
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One last goal for Watford under Quique Sanchez Flores?

A corner thrown in deep, Britos meets it unmarked and strongly but the ball was already out of play. Goal kick, and one minute to play of the four.

Watford 2-2 Sunderland

Watford are too slow with it. A bit of space opens up for Lens on the Sunderland right but the home side win it back, swarming forward is Paredes but his cross is weak. 

Straight at Jordan Pickford with Ighalo and Deeney queuing up!

Watford 2-2 Sunderland

There are four minutes added on...

CHANCE!

Watford 2-2 Sunderland

Sam Allardyce
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Odion Ighalo can win it with a shot on target here! He turns inside the box but snatches one wide of the Sunderland goal. He took an absolute age with it too. A corner, which is cleared. 

Sam Allardyce is waving his men into the trench they've dug on the edge of their area.

There's still time...

Watford 2-2 Sunderland

Sunderland have been sitting deep, maybe that's why they've just given it away with a misplaced pass? 

Not used to having much of the ball? Three minutes to go...

Watford 2-2 Sunderland

Juan Carlos Paredes
AFP

Hmm. Something of that Watford buzz seems to have slipped slightly. 

Adlene Guedioura breezes into the box with a wonderful little run but throws it all away with a wayward pass towards Ighalo. Or was the Nigerian striker just snoozing?

SUBSTITUTION

Watford 2-2 Sunderland

A change in the Watford midfield now with Jurado off and Nordin Amrabat on to replace him.

Just under 10 to go...

Watford 2-2 Sunderland

Mario Suarez
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It's a case of all hands to the pump for Sunderland right now. Duncan Watmore is still running gallantly up top (does he ever tire?) but the momentum's definitely with the home side. 

Vicarage Road has been treated to a lot of Sunderland songs today but now the Hornets fans are in full voice.

Watford 2-2 Sunderland

Just under 15 minutes for somebody to find a winner then. Watford have come from behind to win plenty of times before at Vicarage Road...

SUBSTITUTION

Watford 2-2 Sunderland

Billy Jones comes on for the away side, replacing DeAndre Yedlin.

Watford 2-2 Sunderland

Quique Sanchez Flores
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Oooooh. A lot of noise from the home fans who think Kone brought down Troy Deeney clear on goal. 

The challenge, outside the box, looked very clumsy indeed. For some reason Kone slowed down and let Deeney in when he had things under control, shepherding the ball back towards his keeper. 

So was that a slip or a professional foul as the Watford man stole in? Referee Kevin Friend takes the lenient view.

SUBSTITUTION

Watford 2-2 Sunderland

Almen Abdi's been busy, had a couple of good chances with which he should have done more, and now he's off. It's Mario Suarez in his place.

Watford 2-2 Sunderland

Both these sides obviously very keen to provide some last day entertainment! How many more twists and turns will we have? 

The home fans are bouncing now.

SUBSTITUTION

Watford 2-2 Sunderland

Yann M'Vila is on for Seb Larsson in a change in the Sunderland midfield.

GOAL Watford 2-2 Sunderland

Troy Deeney (61 mins)

Troy Deeney scores
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Troy Deeney converts it! Low and into the corner, with the keeper going the other way. 

PENALTY TO WATFORD

Watford 1-2 Sunderland

A high boot from John O'Shea on Jurado in the box is given!

DISALLOWED GOAL

Watford 1-2 Sunderland

Dame N'Doye has one chalked off - he met Seb Larsson's low free-kick but the flag was up.

Watford 1-2 Sunderland

Ben Watson
Reuters

Argh! Ben Watson and Adlene Guedioura get in the way of one another on the edge of the box! 

The ball was sitting up beautifully to be hit, and in the end it was Guedioura who got their first, firing over the bar under pressure from his own player. Watson looked better placed.

GREAT SAVE!

Watford 1-2 Sunderland

This is lively! Lovely stuff from Jordan Pickford, tipping over Nathan Ake's curled effort from just outside the box. 

From the corner, Miguel Britos heads over when he perhaps should have done better.

SUBSTITUTION

Watford 1-2 Sunderland

And Sam Allardyce makes a change. Off comes Rees Greenwood, who's been with Sunderland since he was eight, and on comes George Honeyman, who's been with the club since he was 10.

GOAL Watford 1-2 Sunderland

Jeremain Lens (50 mins)

Jeremain Lens celebrates
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A breakaway goal and Sunderland are back in front. 

Duncan Watmore streams forward as a Watford corner is cleared, he's got time to drive on and pick out Jeremain Lens to his right, Nathan Ake is done with a little turn on the edge of the box and it's fired into the back of the net, low and pretty much through Heurelho Gomes.

GOAL Watford 1-1 Sunderland

Sebastian Prodl (47 mins)

Sebastian Prodl cele
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Straight after the break the home side are level! Sebastian Prodl pops up to nod home Guedioura's corner - his first Watford goal lifts the fans at Vicarage Road.  

Watford 0-1 Sunderland

Back under way.

One change to tell you about: Craig Cathcart is off and Juan Carlos Paredes is on for Watford.

HALF-TIME

Watford 0-1 Sunderland

Quique Sanchez Flores
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Well. Make nine changes for the final game of the season and you're effectively saying: Show me why you should stay. 

Sam Allardyce will have plenty of food for thought after this. Where's the Watford team that started this game so well though? Quique Sanches Flores' farewell party is at risk of falling flat.

CHANCE!

Watford 0-1 Sunderland

Sunderland want this. Here's Dame N'Doye bearing down on goal as the away side break, but he hesitates too much though and Sebastian Prodl can steal in to clear for a corner, which is cleared. 

DISALLOWED GOAL

Watford 0-1 Sunderland

Now then. On the replay this looks like it should stand and Sunderland could be two to the good. It's really tight as Duncan Watmore runs on to a defense-splitting pass and slides home, but the flag was up.

GOAL - Watford 0-1 Sunderland

Jack Rodwell (39 mins)

Jack Rodwell scores
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Here it is! Jack Rodwell steals in at the back stick to turn home a ball across goal. Gomes was counting on the man in front of him connecting but was beaten. 

Just moments before he'd saved brilliantly from Jeremain Lens, too. 

CLOSE!

Watford 0-0 Sunderland

Ooof!

Jack Rodwell now with a fierce effort from outside the box that flies just wide of the Watford goal! Gomes was well beaten. 

End-to-end these last few minutes. A goal before the break anyone?

GREAT SAVE!

Watford 0-0 Sunderland

Watford turn the screw. Jurado switches to the right flank and cuts in to Deeney, who can't collect it, but here's Abdi with a shot from the edge bravely blocked but only to Nathan Ake, who produces a fine save from Jordan Pickford low and to his left.

CLOSE!

Watford 0-0 Sunderland

Miguel Britos
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Chance for Watford now - after lovely footwork from Ighalo to make space for a shot he drives one low, but it's just wide of Pickford's frame from the edge of the box.

Before Christmas and he scores that. 

CLOSE!

Watford 0-0 Sunderland

Sunderland's best passage of play as Miguel Britos is forced to clear over his own crossbar from about three yards out. Duncan Watmore was picked out on the right and cut-back across goal, a delicious cushioned pass that Britos could well have turned in to his own net.

From the corner Gomes comes and flaps but eventually Watford chase it down, forcing the away side back.

Watford 0-0 Sunderland

What kind of an impression can Rees Greenwood make today then? Here he picks Craig Cathcart's pocket, wins a corner for the away side. But it's easily cleared again.

Just short on a bit of final quality... 

CHANCE!

Watford 0-0 Sunderland

Quique Sanchez Flores
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Again a decent chance for the Hornets. Ighlao twists and turns to beat O'Shea all ends up in the box, he fires on goal but DeAndre Yedlin comes sliding across to block it. 

Watford corner, easily cleared.

CHANCE!

Watford 0-0 Sunderland

Ping-Pong in the Sunderland box! A corner played to the back stick is headed back in by Ighalo, the away side can't clear it, the home side can't connect properly, and through a mix of flailing arms and legs, Almen Abdi fires straight at Pickford from the edge of the area.

Should have done better. It was tame.  

Watford 0-0 Sunderland

It's still looking like Watford's game to take, though.

Almen Abdi has another pop now, left foot this time, cutting in from the right he sends two Sunderland men sprawling... but can't direct his shot on target. Always high and wide, despite a bit of late curl.

Watford 0-0 Sunderland

It's relentless, the Sunderland support. Brilliant stuff. Securing your Premier League survival at the expense of your local rivals? That's a good feeling.

Watford 0-0 Sunderland

Ighalo and Deeney are looking ominous but so far they’ve not threatened Jordan Pickford in the Sunderland goal, despite Watford being clearly on top.

That's not stopping the away fans' party though; some are wearing Rafa Benitez masks (anyone need the reference?) and the vocal support is not letting up.

Watford 0-0 Sunderland

Jeremain Lens
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Watfrod are looking really smart here. Deeney, Ighalo and Jurado combine with some lovely play as the home side sweep from right to left. 

But when the crucial moment comes Ighalo wastes it with a weak shot from outside the box, rushed when he had time to take an extra touch.