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Summary

  1. Sunderland start the day 20th in Premier League, Watford 14th.
  2. Both teams without a win in four games
  3. Four changes for Watford with captain Troy Deeney on the bench
  4. Sunderland make one change with Lamine Kone replacing Sebastian Larsson

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By Matthew Henry

All times stated are UK

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FULL-TIME

Watford 1-0 Sunderland

And it hits the wall.

All over. Follow reaction to this game here .

Watford 1-0 Sunderland

One. Last. Chance. 

Free-kick to Sunderland. 30 yards out. Wahbi Khazri to take.

Watford 1-0 Sunderland

Watford boot the ball clear. A minute remaining and the ball is with Jordan Pickford.

Watford 1-0 Sunderland

Could this be Sunderland's chance? 

Bryan Ovideo is fouled. One last chance to pump the ball into the box?

Watford 1-0 Sunderland

We're into added four minutes of added time.

Sunderland need the ball and fast but John O'Shea has given away a free-kick.

SUBSTITUTION

Watford 1-0 Sunderland

A final change for Watford as M'Baye Niang is replaced by Juan Zuñiga. 

Watford 1-0 Sunderland

That is by far Sunderland's best effort on goal this afternoon.

Fabio Borini's shot from the edge of the box looked to be finding the bottom-right corner but Heurelho Gomes throws himself down low to push the ball wide.

That gives the visiting fans some encouragement to get behind their team as they roar David Moyes' side forward.

Fabio Borini
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Watford 1-0 Sunderland

Sunderland have created very little in this match but they really need something now. They're seven points from safety as things stand. Defoe looks to get a sight of goal but loses possession.

YELLOW CARD

Watford 1-0 Sunderland

That yellow card header is getting quite a workout in the last few minutes.

Lamine Kone hauls down M'Baye Niang on the touchline.

He's the third Sunderland man in the book.

YELLOW CARD

Watford 1-0 Sunderland

Sunderland's Wahbi Khazri has now earned himself a yellow card for furiously shouting in the face of the linesman.

The Tunisian thinks he should have won his side a corner but a goal-kick was given.

After seeing a replay, I'm not sure.

Wahbi Khazri
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YELLOW CARD

Watford 1-0 Sunderland

Watford look to break but Billy Jones drags back Isaac Success.

Jones gets his name taken by referee Lee Probert. As cynical as you get.

Watford 1-0 Sunderland

Watford have yet another corner after Jose Holebas' fierce shot is deflected narrowly over the Sunderland goal. 

Another corner follows - Watford's 13th of the match - and Fabio Borini just manages to clear ahead of Etienne Capoue. 

A second Sunderland change, Wahbi Khazri, a key member of Sunderland's escape from relegation last season, replaces Adnan Januzaj. 

Watford 1-0 Sunderland

Didier Ndong, who has looked good in the few minutes he has been on the field, feeds Adnan Januzaj but the Belgian forward's shot from the edge of the box is tame.

That is probably Sunderland's best chance and it was a weak, weak, weak effort.

Watford 1-0 Sunderland

How big a save could this be? 

Isaac Success is clear through on goal but his shot is saved by the legs of Jordan Pickford. Abdoulaye Doucoure's follow-up is blocked.   

If Sunderland are to have any chance of winning this game, and saving their season, they'll have Jordan Pickford to thank.

SUBSTITUTION

Watford 1-0 Sunderland

David Moyes makes a change straight away bringing on Didier Ndong for Darron Gibson. 

Britos break the deadlock

Watford 1-0 Sunderland

It's a first goal for Watford for Miguel Britos. 

A corner comes in from the right, Stefano Okaka is completely unmarked and his header deflects off Fabio Borini and onto the crossbar. The ball is then headed back towards the far post where Uruguayan Britos climbs high to head home.

Sunderland can count themselves a little unlucky with the goal but they left Okaka unmarked in the first place.

Watford 1-0 Sunderland
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GOAL - Watford 1-0 Sunderland

Miguel Britos

Miguel Britos
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SUBSTITUTION

Watford 0-0 Sunderland

A second change for Watford.

Nordin Amrabat is replaced by Isaac Success. Amrabat doesn't look too pleased to be going off. This is only his second game since New Year's Day. He was probably enjoying himself.

Watford 0-0 Sunderland

Sunderland see off the danger from the corner and another which followed.

M'Baye Niang has a shot from distance but it goes harmlessly wide.

Watford 0-0 Sunderland

Defoe is back on the pitch Sunderland fans! He looks as though he'll battle on. 

Watford have won themselves a corner after Daryl Janmaat's cross was blocked by Jason Denayer.

Watford 0-0 Sunderland

This could be the moment Sunderland have feared all season.

Jermain Defoe is down clutching his knee after a tussle for the ball. He may have twisted it.

The Englishman has scored 58% of Sunderland's goals this season. David Moyes' heart must be in his mouth.

Jermain Defoe
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Watford 0-0 Sunderland

Away we go again.

Watford 0-0 Sunderland

Watford captain Troy Deeney is out warming-up at half-time. He is missing today through illness.

Could we see the Hornets' main man after the break?

Here come the teams for the second half.

Watford 0-0 Sunderland

Watford probably just about shaded that half but you can tell these two are nervous in front of goal.

Sunderland have failed to score in six of the last seven games while Stefano Okaka - starting up front in place of top scorer Troy Deeney - wasted Watford's best chance. 

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HALF-TIME

Watford 0-0 Sunderland

The home side are the team looking for an opener before the break. Miguel Britos stabs a shot towards goal but there was no chance that was beating Jordan Pickford.

Replays show Darron Gibson took a little chance dragging back Nordin Amrabat in the area but the referee is not interested.

That is half-time.

Watford 0-0 Sunderland

Watford have definitely had the better chances in this half and just before the break they have another.

Niang again is the tormentor shooting from the left side of the penalty box but Jordan Pickford saves.

The England Under-21 international just about deals with the following corner.

We'll have two minutes of added time.

SUBSTITUTION

Watford 0-0 Sunderland

Kaboul is replaced by full-back Daryl Janmaat who is loudly booed by the Sunderland fans, a result of his Newcastle past.

Watford 0-0 Sunderland

This doesn't look good for Younes Kaboul.

He goes down clutching his right hamstring with no opposition player near him.

Watford boss Walter Mazzarri - who has been unlucky with injuries this season - slaps his thighs in frustration.

Kaboul is up but needs to be helped from the field, he'll play no further part against his former club.

Younes Kaboul
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Watford 0-0 Sunderland

It's a lovely day in Watford. There's plenty of yellow t-shirts and short sleeves on show in the home crowd.

There's plenty of red and white in the Sunderland end as well but that's no surprise. They're from up north.

Watford 0-0 Sunderland

That's really good play from Watford. 

They keep the ball for a good minute, passing and moving, before working it into the Sunderland penalty area. Lamine Kone shows his strength to win the ball back though. 

Etienne Capoue takes a shot from the edge of the area moments later. He gets a good connection but the ball drifts wide of the right-hand post.

Watford will be looking for more of that from the Frenchman - who is their second top scorer - in Troy Deeney's absence.

Etienne Capoue
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Watford 0-0 Sunderland

M'Baye Niang has been the best player on the pitch so far, looking to beat his man at every opportunity.

He leads a Watford counter-attack but is eventually snuffed out. At the other end Sunderland come forward before Fabio Borini gives the ball away looking for Defoe.

The Englishman has had just three touches so far the lowest on either side.

Watford 0-0 Sunderland

David Moyes is giving a big thumbs up to one of his players on the side-line. The Black Cats are weathering this little spell of pressure from Watford well.

They're yet to create an opportunity for Jermain Defoe however and that has been the trouble for Sunderland in recent weeks. Defoe has not scored in four games and neither has anyone at the club.

Will Defoe's goal for England last week inspire him today?

Jermain Defoe
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Watford 0-0 Sunderland

And another chance for Okaka!

Etienne Capoue's cross from the right finds the Italian in between the Sunderland centre-backs but he heads over from eight yards.

No wonder he is looking sheepish. As with the chance moments earlier, Okaka should have done better.

Watford 0-0 Sunderland

Pass it!

Stefano Okaka skips beyond John O'Shea with ease and surges towards the goal. He then decides to try another trick, attempting to beat Bryan Ovideo, but two Watford players were in better positions at the back post.

The Italian was a little selfish there.

Watford 0-0 Sunderland

Sunderland fans look away. Your relegation rivals Crystal Palace are 2-1 up at Stamford Bridge..

Watford 0-0 Sunderland

This game has started really well.

It is Jordan Pickford's turn to keep the scores goalless, twice getting down low to save, firstly from M'Baye Niang and secondly Abdoulaye Doucouré.

For two teams terribly out of form, they're both going for it.

Watford 0-0 Sunderland

Jason Denayer has indeed moved into midfield with Lamine Kone's return to the starting line-up.

The Sunderland fans are in good voice in a sold-out away end, their 12th away-day sell-out of the season. A mighty fine effort for a team who have spent much of the season in the relegation zone.

Heurelho Gomes makes the game's first save, getting down well to push a cross from Adnan Januzaj wide. That one looked to be sneaking in.

Jason Denayer (right)
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Watford 0-0 Sunderland

Now it's Sunderland's turn to press.

Jack Rodwell receives the ball from Jermain Defoe and drives down the left before his shot comes off a defender and onto the roof of the net.

The visitors swing a couple of crosses into the box from the following corner but can't capitalise.

Watford 0-0 Sunderland

Watford attack first and look dangerous.

Nordin Amrabat's deflected cross loops horribly towards the back post but Billy Jones manages to stoop and put the ball behind for a corner.

Tom Cleverley's delivery is poor moments later and the set piece comes to nothing.