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Watford 3-1 Millwall

Daniel Tozser
Tozser's free-kick from the edge of the area put Watford in front on the stroke of half-time

Watford moved two points clear at the top of the Championship with victory over Millwall at Vicarage Road.

Millwall had taken an early lead when Scott McDonald played through Martyn Woolford, who turned inside Joel Ekstrand before finishing superbly.

But Matej Vydra bundled home an equaliser before Daniel Tozser blasted in an edge-of-the-area free-kick to put the Hornets in front just on half-time.

Gianni Munari's first-time finish then saw Slavisa Jokanovic's side home.

Serb Jokanovic now has two wins and two draws from the four games since he replaced Billy McKinlay, and Watford have extended their unbeaten run to nine games.

Millwall, though, have only won once in their last 10 matches, but they are still five points above the drop zone in 16th.

Watford remembrance poppies
Before kick-off at Vicarage Road, the Rookery End of the ground was transformed into a giant poppy as more than 6,000 foils were held aloft

Despite their superior placing in the table, the hosts began sluggishly and fell behind when Woolford knocked in right-footed for his second goal of the season.

But after Juan Carlos Paredes hit a post and Odion Ighalo forced a fine save from Millwall keeper David Forde, Vydra drew the hosts level from a cleverly-worked corner.

Lions forward Ricardo Fuller was booked for his protestations when he had a penalty claim turned down and he would have been more incensed as the hosts went into the break in front when Tozser powered home a free-kick past the keeper's left on the stroke of half-time.

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Jokanovic on Watford v Millwall

The Lions were then punished for falling asleep from a free-kick after the break, allowing Vydra to cross for Munari to slot into the bottom corner.

Hornets defender Daniel Pudil was needed to clear Woolford's effort off the line, but the visitors could not force their way back into the match.

Watford head coach Slavisa Jokanovic: "I'm especially happy because we had a very good reaction after the Millwall goal.

"These three points are very important for us. I believe we can improve. We can still play better.

"After Millwall scored the goal, step by step we started improving and we had a good reaction."

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Holloway on Watford v Millwall

Millwall manager Ian Holloway: "Eighteen years I've been a manager and that's probably the hardest one I've had to stomach, to be honest.

"I think our football supporters are normally quite right and quite accurate and our fans got it right with the chants they directed towards the referee.

"The second half killed us because we came out, had a good go but we needed that goal.

"How we've lost by two goals, I don't know."

Line-ups

Watford

  • 1Gomes
  • 14Paredes
  • 39Bassong NguenaSubstituted forHobanat 32'minutesBooked at 62mins
  • 6Ekstrand
  • 18PudilSubstituted forDoyleyat 80'minutes
  • 3Munari
  • 8Tozser
  • 5Andrews
  • 24Ighalo
  • 20VydraSubstituted forDyerat 72'minutes
  • 9Deeney

Substitutes

  • 10McGugan
  • 11Forestieri
  • 12Doyley
  • 16Murray
  • 23Dyer
  • 30Bond
  • 31Hoban

Millwall

  • 1FordeBooked at 22mins
  • 29Wilkinson
  • 17Webster
  • 2DunneBooked at 45mins
  • 14BriggsBooked at 35minsSubstituted forMaloneat 60'minutes
  • 6WilliamsBooked at 90mins
  • 15Upson
  • 7MartinSubstituted forO'Brienat 83'minutes
  • 27McDonald
  • 11Woolford
  • 19FullerBooked at 41minsSubstituted forGueyeat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Shittu
  • 16Beevers
  • 18Gueye
  • 22O'Brien
  • 28Malone
  • 30Chaplow
  • 41King
Referee:
Robert Madley
Attendance:
17,000

Match Stats

Home TeamWatfordAway TeamMillwall
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home10
Away11
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away18

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Watford 3, Millwall 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Watford 3, Millwall 1.

  3. Booking

    Shaun Williams (Millwall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Shaun Williams (Millwall).

  5. Post update

    Odion Ighalo (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Shaun Williams (Millwall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Tözsér (Watford).

  8. Post update

    Corner, Watford. Conceded by Shaun Williams.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Juan Carlos Paredes (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ed Upson (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alan Dunne.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Gianni Munari.

  12. Post update

    Magaye Gueye (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Troy Deeney (Watford).

  14. Post update

    Foul by Ed Upson (Millwall).

  15. Post update

    Tommy Hoban (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Aiden O'Brien (Millwall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Heurelho Gomes.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Alan Dunne (Millwall) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Shaun Williams with a cross.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Tommy Hoban.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Millwall. Aiden O'Brien replaces Lee Martin.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Watford1585229161329
2Bournemouth1583431161527
3Middlesbrough1583422121027
4Wolves157622115627
5Derby1575325141126
6Norwich1575324131126
7Blackburn157442421325
8Ipswich156632216624
9Charlton155821716123
10Nottm Forest155732319422
11Cardiff156452118322
12Brentford156451820-222
13Sheff Wed154831212020
14Huddersfield155552225-320
15Reading155371926-718
16Millwall154561519-417
17Rotherham154561521-617
18Wigan153751718-116
19Leeds154471521-616
20Fulham154382228-615
21Brighton152761519-413
22Birmingham152671228-1612
23Bolton1532101426-1211
24Blackpool151311824-166
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