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Ipswich Town 1-1 Watford

Giuseppe Sannino

Troy Deeney's late goal earned Watford a draw at Ipswich Town in Beppe Sannino's first game in charge of the Hornets.

The hosts took a controversial lead through David McGoldrick's penalty after Gabriele Angella was adjudged to have handled Frank Nouble's cross.

But Sannino, who became Watford's new head coach on Wednesday, saw his side level with nine minutes remaining.

Deeney slid the ball home from Cristian Battocchio's low cross to equalise.

However, Ipswich nearly grabbed a late winner when Luke Hyam headed against the crossbar after McGoldrick's shot had been parried by Watford goalkeeper Manuel Almunia.

Sannino took charge at Watford after former boss Gianfranco Zola resigned on Monday following a run of just one win in 10 matches.

The hosts went ahead through McGoldrick's 73rd-minute penalty, his ninth goal of the season, but their advantage only lasted eight minutes before Deeney's leveller.

Watford finished third in the Championship last season and are now 14th in the table, while Ipswich, unbeaten in five games, are ninth, three points off a play-off position.

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy said:

"I will take a point as Watford are a good side. Last year they came here and absolutely murdered us. So it shows how far we have come.

"Overall, maybe they deserved a point because we weren't that dominant.

"I like him [Sannino], I like his passion on the side and he had a smile on his face."

Watford head coach Beppe Sannino said:

"It was a dream for me to land in England and this game was 90 minutes of my life that I was always dreaming about.

"I have only been here for two days and I am not a magician. I knew the kind of football in the Championship but my first thoughts are with Gianfranco Zola.

"He did an amazing job last season and this was his team. I was able to show my passion on the touchline and I thought, tactics-wise, we were good, but there is a lot of work to do."

Line-ups

Ipswich

Formation 4-3-3

  • 22Gerken
  • 4Chambers
  • 3Cresswell
  • 19Hyam
  • 6Berra
  • 5SmithBooked at 12mins
  • 8Skuse
  • 16Tunnicliffe
  • 10McGoldrick
  • 35Nouble
  • 9Murphy

Substitutes

  • 1Loach
  • 7Edwards
  • 11Anderson
  • 15Mings
  • 17Graham
  • 18Tabb
  • 26Taylor

Watford

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Almunia
  • 27Cassetti
  • 18PudilBooked at 60minsSubstituted forAnyaat 80'minutes
  • 6EkstrandBooked at 72mins
  • 4Angella
  • 12Doyley
  • 16MurraySubstituted forBattocchioat 77'minutes
  • 29ThorneBooked at 77mins
  • 9Deeney
  • 20FabbriniSubstituted forForestieriat 83'minutes
  • 10McGugan

Substitutes

  • 7Battocchio
  • 8McEachran
  • 11Forestieri
  • 21Anya
  • 23Santos Da Silva
  • 30Bond
  • 33Nosworthy
Referee:
Graham Scott
Attendance:
16,385

Match Stats

Home TeamIpswichAway TeamWatford
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home17
Away5
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away1
Fouls
Home10
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Ipswich Town 1, Watford 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 1, Watford 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Tunnicliffe (Ipswich Town).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Hand ball by David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town).

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ikechi Anya (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Lewis McGugan.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Frank Nouble (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

  8. Post update

    Luke Hyam (Ipswich Town) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Frank Nouble.

  10. Post update

    Ryan Tunnicliffe (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Marco Cassetti (Watford).

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Watford. Fernando Forestieri replaces Diego Fabbrini.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town).

  14. Post update

    Diego Fabbrini (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Ipswich Town 1, Watford 1. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Watford. Ikechi Anya replaces Daniel Pudil because of an injury.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town).

  18. Post update

    George Thorne (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Watford. Cristian Battocchio replaces Sean Murray.

  20. Booking

    George Thorne (Watford) is shown the yellow card.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burnley21127233151843
2QPR21126324111342
3Leicester21133533221142
4Derby21124545271840
5Leeds2110473223934
6Reading219753024634
7Nottm Forest218942922733
8Brighton218852518732
9Ipswich218763125631
10Blackpool218762425-131
11Blackburn218672624230
12Wigan208482423128
13Huddersfield217682524127
14Watford216873129226
15Bournemouth2174102639-1325
16Birmingham216692626024
17Middlesbrough215883231123
18Bolton215882327-423
19Millwall2156102542-1721
20Doncaster2155111837-1920
21Charlton2147101726-919
22Sheff Wed203892231-917
23Yeovil2145121728-1117
24Barnsley2137111938-1916
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