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Watford 1-0 Fulham

Watford striker Troy Deeney
Watford striker Troy Deeney has scored 15 goals this season

Watford moved to within a point of the Championship leaders after a narrow victory over Fulham at Vicarage Road.

Middlesbrough's win over Millwall meant they overtook Derby, who lost against Brighton, into top slot.

Troy Deeney was the match winner early in the first half, thumping home after the visitors failed to clear the ball.

It was the home side's 70th league goal of the season, making them the highest scoring team in all four professional divisions of English football.

The result will feel harsh for the visitors who contributed plenty to the match, but ultimately came away with nothing, meaning they drop to 20th in the table, eight points above the relegation zone.

The ninth minute provided the crucial moment, as Fulham's defenders failed to react after goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli pushed the ball away, which fell to Deeney to thump strike into the roof of the net for his 15th goal of the campaign.

They could have extended their lead in the second half as Matej Vydra's shot looped over Bettinelli but came back off the crossbar.

Fulham could have been reduced to 10 men when Jazz Richards retaliated to a Vydra challenge by getting to his feet and pushing the Watford striker over, but received only a yellow card from the referee.

Cauley Woodrow and Shaun Hutchinson headed corners over the target for Fulham, and Ross McCormack had an effort saved by Heurelho Gomes late on, as they searched in vain for the leveller.

Watford head coach Slavisa Jokanovic: "It wasn't a brilliant game, but I must be positive and optimistic when we win some games like this.

"I understand it's always nice winning 5-0 or 3-2 or 4-2, but sometimes it's very difficult."

Fulham boss Kit Symons: "A draw would have been a fair result overall.

"We had the better possession, a couple of more shots than them but it was pretty even-steven really.

"But it was a decent performance, I've got no problem with the way we performed."

Line-ups

Watford

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Gomes
  • 15Cathcart
  • 4Angella
  • 31Hoban
  • 47Motta
  • 22AbdiSubstituted forForestieriat 87'minutes
  • 23Watson
  • 5GuédiouraBooked at 83mins
  • 18PudilSubstituted forLayunat 58'minutes
  • 9Deeney
  • 20VydraSubstituted forIghaloat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Layun
  • 8Tozser
  • 11Forestieri
  • 14Paredes
  • 21Anya
  • 24Ighalo
  • 30Bond

Fulham

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 40Bettinelli
  • 29RichardsBooked at 57mins
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 6Bodurov
  • 3Stafylidis
  • 19Tunnicliffe
  • 12FofanaBooked at 53mins
  • 32KavanaghSubstituted forKacaniklicat 76'minutes
  • 10RuizSubstituted forSmithat 76'minutes
  • 44McCormack
  • 16WoodrowSubstituted forRodallegaat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Kiraly
  • 2Hoogland
  • 5Amorebieta
  • 9Smith
  • 11Kacaniklic
  • 20Rodallega
  • 25Dembele
Referee:
Trevor Kettle
Attendance:
15,809

Match Stats

Home TeamWatfordAway TeamFulham
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home10
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away8
Fouls
Home9
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Watford 1, Fulham 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Watford 1, Fulham 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Ashley Richards.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Watford. Fernando Forestieri replaces Almen Abdi.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Miguel Layún (Watford) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  8. Booking

    Adlène Guédioura (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Adlène Guédioura (Watford).

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Matt Smith with a headed pass.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ben Watson (Watford) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is too high. Assisted by Gabriele Angella following a set piece situation.

  13. Post update

    Offside, Fulham. Shaun Hutchinson tries a through ball, but Matt Smith is caught offside.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Fulham. Alexander Kacaniklic replaces Sean Kavanagh.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Fulham. Matt Smith replaces Bryan Ruiz.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Hugo Rodallega (Fulham).

  17. Post update

    Gabriele Angella (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Almen Abdi (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  19. Post update

    Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Odion Ighalo (Watford).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Middlesbrough35199753242966
2Derby35198866372965
3Watford352051070422865
4Bournemouth35189869383163
5Norwich34188866372962
6Brentford351941257451261
7Ipswich34179854361860
8Wolves35169104842657
9Nottm Forest351311115750750
10Sheff Wed341113103032-246
11Blackburn341112114344-145
12Charlton351015103944-545
13Cardiff351111134246-444
14Birmingham341012123950-1142
15Huddersfield35119154560-1542
16Leeds34118153645-941
17Bolton35118164354-1141
18Reading35118163753-1641
19Brighton35913134043-340
20Fulham35116184659-1339
21Rotherham35813143553-1837
22Millwall35710183056-2631
23Wigan34610183147-1628
24Blackpool34410202968-3922
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