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New Leeds owner Massimo Cellino meets manager Brian McDermott before tonight's game at Watford

New Leeds owner Massimo Cellino was at Vicarage Road to see his side thrashed by play-off chasing Watford.

Cellino confirmed earlier in the day that he had completed his controversial takeover of the Elland Road outfit.

Almen Abdi gave Watford an early lead when he nodded home Ikechi Anya's cross, before Anya headed the second from Marco Davide Faraoni's centre.

Troy Deeney's close-range strike left Watford seven points off sixth with a game in hand. Leeds have one win in 12.

Indeed Leeds could count themselves fortunate their latest setback was not even heavier.

Keeper Jack Butland had to deny Deeney, who also saw a late effort sail narrowly wide.

Noel Hunt failed to convert Leeds' only decent chance, provided by Dominic Poleon, early in the second half. And the striker nearly landed himself in trouble with a late challenge on Faraoni that earned him a yellow card.

Watford remain unbeaten at home since January 11 and are now seven points off the final play-off spot with a game in hand.

Watford manager Beppe Sannino: "I don't like to speak about the play-offs. I like to speak about the next match.

"It was a good win. Now we have six matches to play and hope to collect as many points as possible."

Leeds manager Brian McDermott: "Of course I'm under pressure - results suggest that.

"I'm not in a strong position now because of the results we've had over a period of time.

"I met [Cellino] before the game. We just talked about football. He's not looking to give me any assurances - I wouldn't expect any.

"He's an ambitious man; that's certainly not the sort of performance he wants to see.

"There's a big job here. It's a big club and there's a lot to be done, but he's got the clout to do it."

Line-ups

Watford

  • 1Almunia
  • 19Faraoni
  • 15RieraSubstituted forPudilat 86'minutes
  • 6Ekstrand
  • 4Angella
  • 27CassettiBooked at 28mins
  • 22AbdiSubstituted forMcGuganat 85'minutes
  • 16MurraySubstituted forMerkelat 90'minutes
  • 9DeeneyBooked at 67mins
  • 21Anya
  • 28Tözsér

Substitutes

  • 5Belkalem
  • 8Merkel
  • 10McGugan
  • 13Ranegie
  • 18Pudil
  • 30Bond
  • 31Hoban

Leeds

  • 30Butland
  • 22WoottonBooked at 49mins
  • 15Warnock
  • 17Brown
  • 4Lees
  • 5Pearce
  • 26Poleon
  • 18Tonge
  • 10HuntBooked at 61minsSubstituted forSmithat 67'minutes
  • 44McCormackSubstituted forWhiteat 82'minutes
  • 36MowattSubstituted forStewartat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Murphy
  • 14White
  • 16Pugh
  • 20Smith
  • 24Zaliukas
  • 28Stewart
  • 33Cairns
Referee:
Gavin Ward
Attendance:
16,212

Match Stats

Home TeamWatfordAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home9
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away1
Fouls
Home10
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Watford 3, Leeds United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Watford 3, Leeds United 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Cameron Stewart (Leeds United).

  4. Post update

    Daniel Pudil (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Watford. Alexander Merkel replaces Sean Murray.

  6. Post update

    Offside, Leeds United. Michael Brown tries a through ball, but Matt Smith is caught offside.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Watford. Conceded by Cameron Stewart.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Sean Murray (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Watford. Conceded by Jason Pearce.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lewis McGugan (Watford) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Watford. Daniel Pudil replaces Albert Riera.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Watford. Lewis McGugan replaces Almen Abdi.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Leeds United. Aidan White replaces Ross McCormack.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Stephen Warnock (Leeds United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Scott Wootton with a cross.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Marco Cassetti.

  16. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  17. Post update

    Delay in match Dominic Poleon (Leeds United) because of an injury.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Watford. Conceded by Jack Butland.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Dominic Poleon (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Ross McCormack.

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