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Middlesbrough 1-1 Watford

Troy Deeney
Troy Deeney's equaliser drew Watford level on points with leaders Derby

Troy Deeney came off the bench to rescue a point for Watford after Kike had given Middlesbrough the lead.

Boro, who slip to fifth in the Championship, dominated the first half with Patrick Bamford forcing a fine early save from Jonathan Bond.

The hosts took the lead after the break with Kike finding the top corner, before Deeney levelled from six yards.

Watford, who are now level on points with leaders Derby, also hit the post through Joel Ekstrand's header.

Bamford proved a handful early on for the Watford defence, with the Boro forward seeing one effort saved by Bond and another hacked away inside the six-yard box.

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Jokanovic on Middlesbrough v Watford

Kike headed just over the bar, while at the other end Matej Vydra's shot from 25 yards was well kept out by Boro keeper Dimitrios Konstantopoulos.

Ikechi Anya also saw a drive from a narrow angle beaten away by Konstantopoulos before the hosts broke the deadlock on 49 minutes with Kike finding the net from inside the box.

Deeney's introduction galvanised Watford and he equalised just after the hour, converting Anya's pass from the byline.

The Hornets then hit the post after Tozser's set-piece was headed against the upright by Ekstrand, before Kike volleyed wide at the other end.

Late on, Konstantopoulos kept out Tozser's free-kick from range as the points were shared at the Riverside.

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka: "I'm very happy. It was one of our better games since I arrived at the club.

"If football was fair, we would have won 4-0 because in the first half we were very good and had so many chances.

"If we had taken them, the game would have been completely different.

"But when you don't finish off the game against one of the best teams in this league you can have problems."

Watford manager Slavisa Jokanovic: "I expected a little bit more from my players but I can be happy with the result. It is not easy to get one point at this stadium.

"Troy is an important guy for us. He gives us so much in a physical game like this when there were so many challenges and tackles.

"We have used him as a sub in the last three games and he will soon be starting."

Line-ups

Middlesbrough

  • 13Konstantopoulos
  • 5FredericksBooked at 90mins
  • 4AyalaBooked at 34mins
  • 6Gibson
  • 3Friend
  • 18WhiteheadBooked at 51mins
  • 8Clayton
  • 27Adomah
  • 10TomlinSubstituted forVossenat 82'minutes
  • 23BamfordBooked at 46minsSubstituted forReachat 73'minutes
  • 9Kike

Substitutes

  • 17Husband
  • 20Reach
  • 21Vossen
  • 22Omeruo
  • 24Nsue
  • 29Veljkovic
  • 40Mejias

Watford

  • 30Bond
  • 14Paredes
  • 6Ekstrand
  • 39Bassong Nguena
  • 18Pudil
  • 3Munari
  • 8Tozser
  • 21Anya
  • 20Vydra
  • 11ForestieriBooked at 39minsSubstituted forDeeneyat 53'minutes
  • 24IghaloSubstituted forAndrewsat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Andrews
  • 9Deeney
  • 12Doyley
  • 16Murray
  • 23Dyer
  • 31Hoban
  • 34Gilmartin
Referee:
James Adcock
Attendance:
17,491

Match Stats

Home TeamMiddlesbroughAway TeamWatford
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home16
Away17
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away9
Fouls
Home18
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Middlesbrough 1, Watford 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 1, Watford 1.

  3. Booking

    Ryan Fredericks (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Fredericks (Middlesbrough).

  5. Post update

    Ikechi Anya (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Jelle Vossen (Middlesbrough).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Matej Vydra (Watford).

  10. Post update

    Corner, Watford. Conceded by Adam Reach.

  11. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  12. Post update

    Delay in match Dimitrios Konstantopoulos (Middlesbrough) because of an injury.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Watford. Conceded by Dimitrios Konstantopoulos.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Daniel Tözsér (Watford) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Corner, Watford. Conceded by Albert Adomah.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Middlesbrough. Jelle Vossen replaces Lee Tomlin.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Keith Andrews.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Sebastien Bassong.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Derby1475224121226
2Watford1475226151126
3Wolves147522115626
4Bournemouth1473428141424
5Middlesbrough147341912724
6Norwich1465322121023
7Nottm Forest145722316722
8Blackburn146442120122
9Charlton145721615122
10Ipswich145632016421
11Cardiff145451817119
12Sheff Wed144731111019
13Brentford145451619-319
14Reading145361823-518
15Millwall144551416-217
16Rotherham144551518-317
17Huddersfield144551925-617
18Leeds144461418-416
19Wigan143651415-115
20Fulham144281925-614
21Brighton142751316-313
22Bolton143291324-1111
23Birmingham142571228-1611
24Blackpool141310822-146
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