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Watford 0-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Watford v Wolves
Wolves have taken seven points from the last three games

Wolves moved to within four points of the Championship's top six after Nouha Dicko's winner at Watford.

The visitors carved out a string of first-half chances, Hornets keeper Heurelho Gomes denying David Edwards and Kortney Hause with fine saves.

They went ahead when Rajiv van La Parra's pull back allowed Dicko to score from six yards.

Watford substitute Odion Ighalo twice went close towards the end on a frustrating day for the hosts.

The Hornets, seeking a fourth straight success, were outplayed before the interval as the visitors wasted numerous chances.

Former Tottenham keeper Gomes showed fine reactions to get down and divert a close-range effort from Edwards behind.

The 33-year-old then produced a spectacular full-length save to tip over an excellent long-range strike from Bakary Sako.

Dicko wasted a great chance when put clean through, before the 22-year-old broke the deadlock from close range after Van La Parra showed good vision to roll the ball into his path.

Watford pushed for an equaliser in the closing stages.

Visiting keeper Carl Ikeme pushed Ighalo's shot on to his crossbar at the near post.

And the Watford substitute was frustrated again when he rattled the woodwork with Ikeme beaten.

Watford head coach Slavisa Jokanovic: "It's simple. The opposing team was stronger and faster.

"They played liked adults against kids in some parts of the game, especially in the first 45 minutes.

"It's not enough at this level when we have important dreams and thinking about the important things we want to do this season."

Wolves manager Kenny Jackett: "We had a lot of chances and were pretty dominant.

"The second period was a bit more dominant, nothing really much happened and then we've got the goal I felt we deserved by that time.

"I thought we showed fantastic character and heart; a lot of good blocks in that box and first to the ball to make sure we saw the game through and got the three points."

Line-ups

Watford

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Gomes
  • 12Doyley
  • 15Cathcart
  • 39Bassong Nguena
  • 14Paredes
  • 3MunariSubstituted forForestieriat 64'minutes
  • 8TozserBooked at 71minsSubstituted forGuédiouraat 72'minutes
  • 22Abdi
  • 21Anya
  • 9DeeneyBooked at 43mins
  • 20VydraSubstituted forIghaloat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Guédioura
  • 11Forestieri
  • 18Pudil
  • 23Dyer
  • 24Ighalo
  • 30Bond
  • 31Hoban

Wolves

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Ikeme
  • 33Iorfa
  • 6Batth
  • 5StearmanBooked at 64mins
  • 30Hause
  • 19PriceBooked at 90mins
  • 11McDonald
  • 17van La Parra
  • 4EdwardsSubstituted forEbanks-Landellat 90+2'minutes
  • 10Sako
  • 40DickoSubstituted forRoweat 86'minutesSubstituted forHenryat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Henry
  • 9Clarke
  • 12Graham
  • 14Evans
  • 15Rowe
  • 23Ebanks-Landell
  • 29Kuszczak
Referee:
Graham Scott
Attendance:
17,443

Match Stats

Home TeamWatfordAway TeamWolves
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home14
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away8
Fouls
Home9
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Watford 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Watford 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

  3. Booking

    Jack Price (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Ikechi Anya (Watford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Jack Price (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Ethan Ebanks-Landell replaces Dave Edwards.

  7. Post update

    Odion Ighalo (Watford) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

  8. Post update

    Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. James Henry tries a through ball, but Rajiv van La Parra is caught offside.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Odion Ighalo (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Troy Deeney with a headed pass.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Cathcart.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. James Henry replaces Tommy Rowe because of an injury.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Watford. Conceded by Danny Batth.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Tommy Rowe replaces Nouha Dicko.

  14. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  15. Post update

    Delay in match Rajiv van La Parra (Wolverhampton Wanderers) because of an injury.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Lloyd Doyley.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Odion Ighalo (Watford) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Adlène Guédioura.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Odion Ighalo.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Watford. Adlène Guédioura replaces Daniel Tözsér.

  20. Booking

    Daniel Tözsér (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth23136452252745
2Ipswich23128338221644
3Derby23126544232142
4Middlesbrough23126538172142
5Brentford2312473933640
6Watford23115739241538
7Norwich23107643271637
8Blackburn239773533234
9Wolves239772632-634
10Nottm Forest2371063230231
11Cardiff238783031-131
12Charlton2361342425-131
13Sheff Wed2371061721-431
14Bolton2385102529-429
15Fulham2384113541-628
16Birmingham237792436-1228
17Reading2375112839-1126
18Rotherham2351082029-925
19Huddersfield2367102941-1225
20Leeds2366112534-924
21Millwall2358102438-1423
22Wigan2348112430-620
23Brighton2331192432-820
24Blackpool2327141740-2313
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