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Watford 1-0 Middlesbrough

Watford striker Troy Deeney (right) scores against Middlesbrough from the penalty spot

Watford made it 10 points from 12 after beating Middlesbrough in a game in which both sides finished with 10 men.

Troy Deeney put the hosts ahead with a penalty after Ben Gibson brought down Fernando Forestieri.

Watford then handed the initiative to Boro as Samba Diakite was sent off for a rash challenge on Dean Whitehead.

But Gibson was dismissed for a second booking after preventing keeper Jonathan Bond clearing the ball, before Watford saw out the game for victory.

The win puts Watford six points from the play-off positions, while Boro are a further two points adrift.

Striker Danny Graham, who netted 27 goals for the Hornets four seasons ago, had a chance to score against his former club after 28 minutes but chipped over the bar.

Boro then had the ball in the net only for Jonathan Woodgate's header to be disallowed for offside in a low key first half.

However, the game sparked into action after the break when Deeney confidently scored from the spot for his 14th goal of the season.

Diakite, who was making his full debut after joining on loan from QPR, was dismissed and, shortly afterwards, Gibson also made an early exit.

Watford contained any Boro threat and could even have extended their lead when substitute Ikechi Anya raced clear before shooting wide.

Watford manager Giuseppe Sannino:

"I think if the referee sent them off they deserved to be sent off.

"What I did like was all the game, not part of the game, because my team were able to suffer.

"They work as a unit, as a team and I'm very happy about my lads."

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka:

"We lost the game because of our mistakes.

"We were losing but we were one man more and I thought with the three substitutes I had made we could change the score but, five minutes later, Gibson was sent off and the game was very, very difficult.

"The problem is the mistakes. It's not the mentality or the capacity of my players because we played at 100% like we played a lot of games in the past."

Line-ups

Watford

Formation 3-5-2

  • 30Bond
  • 19FaraoniSubstituted forAnyaat 64'minutes
  • 18Pudil
  • 12DoyleySubstituted forHobanat 45'minutes
  • 4Angella
  • 27CassettiBooked at 37mins
  • 23DiakitéBooked at 52mins
  • 28Tözsér
  • 11ForestieriBooked at 59minsSubstituted forBattocchioat 71'minutes
  • 9Deeney
  • 16Murray

Substitutes

  • 3Bellerín
  • 7Battocchio
  • 8Merkel
  • 20Park
  • 21Anya
  • 24Woods
  • 31Hoban

Middlesbrough

Formation 4-5-1

  • 12Given
  • 8VargaSubstituted forMainat 73'minutes
  • 3Friend
  • 7Leadbitter
  • 39WoodgateSubstituted forKamaraat 84'minutes
  • 22GibsonBooked at 57mins
  • 11LedesmaSubstituted forCarayolat 45'minutes
  • 18Whitehead
  • 9Graham
  • 24ChalobahBooked at 59mins
  • 27Adomah

Substitutes

  • 6Butterfield
  • 13Konstantopoulos
  • 15Hines
  • 19Carayol
  • 23Main
  • 25Omeruo
  • 29Kamara
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
15,391

Match Stats

Home TeamWatfordAway TeamMiddlesbrough
Possession
Home36%
Away64%
Shots
Home11
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away7
Fouls
Home13
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Watford 1, Middlesbrough 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Watford 1, Middlesbrough 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mustapha Carayol (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Kei Kamara.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter with a headed pass.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough).

  6. Post update

    Sean Murray (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Offside, Watford. Sean Murray tries a through ball, but Troy Deeney is caught offside.

  8. Post update

    Nathaniel Chalobah (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Sean Murray (Watford).

  10. Post update

    Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Tommy Hoban.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Daniel Tözsér (Watford) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Troy Deeney.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Mustapha Carayol (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter.

  14. Post update

    Dean Whitehead (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Cristian Battocchio (Watford).

  16. Post update

    Offside, Watford. Daniel Pudil tries a through ball, but Troy Deeney is caught offside.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Middlesbrough. Kei Kamara replaces Jonathan Woodgate.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Daniel Pudil.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Danny Graham (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jonathan Woodgate.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. George Friend (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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9Wigan29127103328543
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11Leeds30126124339442
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13Huddersfield31117134042-240
14Middlesbrough31912104136539
15Bournemouth3099123750-1336
16Blackpool31811122842-1435
17Sheff Wed29712103637-133
18Birmingham3189143740-333
19Bolton31612133549-1430
20Doncaster3179152847-1930
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