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Watford 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday

Watford
Atdhe Nuhiu's late header gave the Championship title to Bournemouth

Atdhe Nuhiu's stoppage-time strike saw Sheffield Wednesday secure a dramatic draw against Watford to deny them the Championship title.

Matej Vydra's headed the hosts in front during a dominant first-half display.

Having secured promotion last week, the Hornets knew a win would see them claim their maiden Championship title.

But substitute Nuhiu scored from close range, as Watford were made to pay for failing to take their chances, with Bournemouth taking top spot.

Watford started brightly, finding plenty of joy down the right, with Marco Motta and Miguel Layun exposing the Sheffield Wednesday defence.

Captain and attacking talisman Troy Deeney was at the centre of the first moment of controversy, as he latched on to Ben Watson's through ball and went down in the box as he looked to round goalkeeper Chris Kirkland, although the Wednesday man looked to have his hands on the ball.

Vydra's goalscoring milestone
Matej Vydra's header was Watford's 250th goal since the Pozzo family took control of the Hornets three years ago.

Watford continued to move forward with ease but the away fans made sure the home crowd knew Bournemouth had taken the lead against Charlton, as they belted out a chorus of "AFC Bournemouth, they're top of the league".

However, the party atmosphere returned to Vicarage Road midway through the first half as Vydra headed in his 16th league goal of the season.

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Jokanovic on Watford v Sheff Wed

Ikechi Anya almost made it two goals in two minutes but the winger could only find the side-netting from a tight angle.

Wednesday changed formation in an attempt to stem the attacks from Watford, but it was to no avail and the away side were lucky to go into the break only a goal down.

The Owls, safely situated in mid-table, came out looking to attack more in the second period and Chris Maguire and Tom Lees forced Heurelho Gomes in a couple of good saves.

Watford seemed to lose their attacking edge in the second half and were made to pay for failing to add to their narrow lead, as Nuhiu's equaliser in the 91st minute handed Bournemouth the title.

Watford head coach Slavisa Jokanovic: "We made mistakes during the game but the referee didn't give a penalty, it's a clear penalty and inside the last second of the game Nuhiu was offside 100% - I am sure of that.

"Promotion to the Premier League was our first target. We're disappointed we don't lift silverware, this was our dream, but now we must start thinking about what is in front of us."

Sheffield Wednesday boss Stuart Gray: "It feels like a huge point because at half-time I just could not believe we were only 1-0 down.

"That was probably one of the worst 45 minutes we've had. We were so disappointing.

"We were like a rabbit in the headlights. We gave them far too much respect, we stood off them, our passing was poor and then they created chance after chance."

Watford
Sheffield Wednesday's equaliser ended Watford's hopes of the Championship title
Watford
Heurelho Gomes was mobbed by Watford supporters at full-time, despite their title disappointment
Watford
Watford will play in the Premier League next season, for the first time since the 2006-07 campaign

Line-ups

Watford

  • 1Gomes
  • 15Cathcart
  • 4Angella
  • 39Connolly
  • 47MottaSubstituted forParedesat 68'minutes
  • 7Layun
  • 23Watson
  • 22Abdi
  • 21AnyaSubstituted forTozserat 71'minutes
  • 9Deeney
  • 20VydraSubstituted forIghaloat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Munari
  • 8Tozser
  • 11Forestieri
  • 14Paredes
  • 24Ighalo
  • 30Bond
  • 31Hoban

Sheff Wed

  • 43Kirkland
  • 36Vermijl
  • 15Lees
  • 2Buxton
  • 17Helan
  • 20LeeSubstituted forIsgroveat 77'minutes
  • 6SemedoBooked at 73mins
  • 33Melo
  • 10Maguire
  • 48KeaneSubstituted forMayat 77'minutes
  • 13LaverySubstituted forNuhiuat 37'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7May
  • 9Nuhiu
  • 19Maghoma
  • 23Wildsmith
  • 26De Havilland
  • 27Isgrove
  • 28Bus
Referee:
Lee Probert
Attendance:
20,250

Match Stats

Home TeamWatfordAway TeamSheff Wed
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home18
Away3
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away0
Fouls
Home8
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Watford 1, Sheffield Wednesday 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Watford 1, Sheffield Wednesday 1.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Atdhe Nuhiu.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Jeremy Helan.

Attempt saved. Daniel Tözsér (Watford) left footed shot from long range on the right is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Odion Ighalo.

Goal!

Goal! Watford 1, Sheffield Wednesday 1. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner following a set piece situation.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match (Watford).

Foul by Matthew Connolly (Watford).

Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match (Watford).

Almen Abdi (Watford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Tom Lees (Sheffield Wednesday).

Foul by Troy Deeney (Watford).

Tom Lees (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Watford. Almen Abdi tries a through ball, but Troy Deeney is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Odion Ighalo replaces Matej Vydra.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Lloyd Isgrove replaces Kieran Lee.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Stevie May replaces Will Keane.

Booking

Josè Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ben Watson (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josè Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday).

Attempt saved. Almen Abdi (Watford) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Troy Deeney.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Daniel Tözsér replaces Ikechi Anya.

Offside, Watford. Almen Abdi tries a through ball, but Troy Deeney is caught offside.

Almen Abdi (Watford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Josè Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday).

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Juan Carlos Paredes replaces Marco Motta.

Attempt blocked. Will Keane (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kieran Lee with a headed pass.

Foul by Ben Watson (Watford).

Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Troy Deeney (Watford) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Matej Vydra with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Marco Motta (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ikechi Anya with a cross.

Attempt missed. Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Will Keane.

Attempt missed. Miguel Layún (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Lewis Buxton (Sheffield Wednesday) because of an injury.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Lewis Buxton.

Attempt blocked. Troy Deeney (Watford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matthew Connolly with a through ball.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth462612898455390
2Watford462781191504189
3Norwich4625111088484086
4Middlesbrough4625101168373185
5Brentford462391478591978
6Ipswich4622121272541878
7Wolves4622121270561478
8Derby4621141185562977
9Blackburn461716136659767
10Birmingham461615155464-1063
11Cardiff461614165761-462
12Charlton461418145460-660
13Sheff Wed461418144349-660
14Nottm Forest461514177169259
15Leeds461511205061-1156
16Huddersfield451315175875-1754
17Fulham461410226283-2152
18Bolton461312215467-1351
19Reading461311224869-2150
20Brighton461017194454-1047
21Rotherham461116194667-2146
22Millwall46914234276-3441
23Wigan46912253964-2539
24Blackpool45413283691-5525
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