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Millwall 0-2 Watford

Matej Vydra
Matej Vydra scored his 14th goal of the season for Watford

Watford remain just one point behind leaders Bournemouth after comfortably beating struggling Millwall.

The Hornets took the lead when Matej Vydra volleyed Ikechi Anya's pullback into the corner from 20 yards.

Midfielder Adlene Guedioura made it 2-0 from close range after a slick combination from Troy Deeney and Anya.

Millwall had chances but goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes was rarely troubled as Watford maintained a strong challenge for the automatic promotion places.

The Hornets were unbeaten in their last six Championship away games and nearly went ahead in the first minute after some lax defending from Millwall.

Daniel Tozser's long ball sent top scorer Deeney through on goal, but goalkeeper David Forde was quickly out to block his shot.

Midway through the first period Watford found some quality with Anya getting free down the left-hand side to deliver the pass which Vydra expertly volleyed past Forde from the edge of the area.

Millwall grew into the half but a scuffed Jimmy Abdou shot from a short free-kick was the nearest they came to finding an equaliser.

After the break Shaun Williams hit a 30-yard free-kick narrowly wide for the hosts before Watford took complete control with a second goal.

Once again Anya found space on the left-hand side and his pass was met by Guedioura from close range, leaving Forde no chance.

The hosts' Aiden O'Brien and Stefan Maierhofer were both denied by Gomes while Odion Ighalo, Deeney and Almen Abdi were thwarted by Forde in the closing stages to keep it at 2-0.

The result leaves Neil Harris's side seven points from safety with five games remaining, while Watford stay third, just one point behind league leaders Bournemouth and level on points with second-placed Norwich.

Watford manager Slavisa Jokanovic:

"I try to find ways to win the game, goal difference is not under my control. I don't have plans to win 6-0.

"We didn't have the game under control - I believe we should have had the game under control for more minutes.

"We had some problems during the game, but I can understand this, because it was a very important game and for Millwall too it was an important game."

Millwall interim manager Neil Harris thought his side should have had a penalty:

"It's as clear a penalty as you will see. Ed Upson was between the ball and the player. When you're near the bottom you don't always get decisions like that. It might have helped us if we'd have scored first, but that isn't what cost us the game.

"We're into the stage where we need to win some games quickly. We've come this far and been saying 'let's keep improving', but now we've got to win games.

"The difference, which was clear to see, was the quality in the final third and that's why a lot of the Watford players will be gracing the Premier League next season with or without the club."

Matej Vydra
Watford celebrate Matej Vydra's opening goal at The Den

Line-ups

Millwall

  • 1Forde
  • 4Cummings
  • 35NelsonBooked at 76mins
  • 16BeeversBooked at 79mins
  • 21HardingBooked at 54minsSubstituted forMaierhoferat 73'minutes
  • 15Upson
  • 26AbdouSubstituted forMartinat 68'minutes
  • 6Williams
  • 11WoolfordSubstituted forGueyeat 58'minutes
  • 9Gregory
  • 22O'Brien

Substitutes

  • 2Dunne
  • 7Martin
  • 10Bailey
  • 18Gueye
  • 27Archer
  • 29Taylor-Fletcher
  • 42Maierhofer

Watford

  • 1Gomes
  • 39Connolly
  • 4Angella
  • 31Hoban
  • 14ParedesSubstituted forMottaat 90+3'minutes
  • 5Guédioura
  • 8Tozser
  • 23Watson
  • 21AnyaSubstituted forAbdiat 60'minutes
  • 9Deeney
  • 20VydraSubstituted forIghaloat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Munari
  • 7Layun
  • 18Pudil
  • 22Abdi
  • 24Ighalo
  • 30Bond
  • 47Motta
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
12,075

Match Stats

Home TeamMillwallAway TeamWatford
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home11
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away5
Fouls
Home7
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Millwall 0, Watford 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Millwall 0, Watford 2.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Watford. Marco Motta replaces Juan Carlos Paredes.

  4. Post update

    Sid Nelson (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Adlène Guédioura (Watford).

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Daniel Tözsér (Watford) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left misses to the left following a corner.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Watford. Conceded by Mark Beevers.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Almen Abdi (Watford) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Adlène Guédioura with a through ball.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Almen Abdi.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Odion Ighalo (Watford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Adlène Guédioura with a through ball.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Watford. Odion Ighalo replaces Matej Vydra.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Magaye Gueye (Millwall) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stefan Maierhofer with a headed pass.

  13. Booking

    Mark Beevers (Millwall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Mark Beevers (Millwall).

  15. Post update

    Almen Abdi (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Aiden O'Brien (Millwall) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Stefan Maierhofer.

  17. Post update

    Ed Upson (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Almen Abdi (Watford).

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Magaye Gueye (Millwall) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Lee Martin with a cross.

  20. Booking

    Sid Nelson (Millwall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth422311889434680
2Norwich422310981443779
3Watford422471184483679
4Middlesbrough422391062323078
5Derby4220121074462872
6Ipswich4220111164481671
7Brentford422181371561571
8Wolves4220111163511271
9Nottm Forest421513146559658
10Blackburn411513135450458
11Charlton421317125154-356
12Cardiff421413155155-455
13Sheff Wed421316133844-655
14Birmingham411314144961-1253
15Leeds421410184756-952
16Huddersfield421312175269-1751
17Bolton421310195160-949
18Reading411211184463-1947
19Brighton421015174350-745
20Fulham42129215475-2145
21Rotherham421013194264-2243
22Wigan42812223757-2036
23Millwall41812213567-3236
24Blackpool42413253483-4925
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