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Summary

  1. Aston Villa XI: Guzan; Hutton, Richards, Clark, Richardson; Sanchez, Gueye, Veretout; Gil, Sinclair; Ayew
  2. Watford XI: Gomes; Nyom, Britos, Cathcart, Ake; Capoue, Watson; Paredes, Deeney, Abdi; Ighalo

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By Caroline Chapman

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

Aston Villa 2-3 Watford

An Aston Villa fan
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It's not looking good for Aston Villa. They remain bottom with only five points to their name. Watford move up to 11th after claiming the win.

That's it from me on here. Our reaction to Saturday's games continues on this link 

Full-time

Aston Villa 2-3 Watford

That's it. Aston Villa lose. Again.

Aston Villa 2-3 Watford

Striker Troy Deeney breaks forward and plays in Ettiene Capoue but his shot is put behind for a corner.

Watford are hanging for full-time now. 

Aston Villa 2-3 Watford

Aston Villa manager Remi Garde seems pensive, concerned perhaps, as his side look like they're about to fall to their 11th league defeat of the season.

Watford are still pushing forward in these final few minutes, but look tired now. 

Aston Villa 2-3 Watford

That's Watford's first headed goal of the season. What a stat.

Now there's a bit of handbags after a high jump from Etienne Capoue, who has already been booked. The referee lets it slide. 

Goal - Aston Villa 2-3 Watford

Jordan Ayew

Wait...this just got interesting.

Jordan Ayew controls, turns and strikes an absolute cannonball into the bottom corner. 

Villa couldn't do it, could they? They have 10 minutes of injury time to find an equaliser.

4 - Troy Deeney has scored four times in his last five Premier League games. Hornet.

'Sheer desire from Deeney'

Aston Villa 1-3 Watford

Kevin Kilbane

Former Everton winger on Final Score

"Sheer desire from Deeney - he wanted to score that goal. He climbed highest and got to that ball first, and a goal came from it."

Goal - Troy Deeney

Aston Villa 1-3 Watford

Troy Deeney scores
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We think Birmingham fan Troy Deeney enjoyed that one. 

A wonderful bullet header, from Odion Ighalo's looping shot, makes it four in five for the Watford striker. 

The Villa players look shell-shocked. The Hornets fans are bouncing. 

Aston Villa 1-2 Watford

Watford sub keeper Giedruis Arlauskis has his first touch of the ball as he latches onto an in-swinging Villa ball. He has a bit of a tangle with Craig Cathcart, but luckily not as harsh as Heurelho Gomes earlier, and the ball is cleared. 

Aston Villa 1-2 Watford

Jordan Ayew makes a darting run into the box and tumbles down, and while the Villa fans shout for a penalty, the players themselves don't fight for it.

There's action on the Watford bench as Adlene Guedioura comes on for Almen Abdi - their final change. 

Aston Villa 1-2 Watford

It's quietened down now. Watford are keeping possession nicely, while Aston Villa search for some answers. 

Goal replay

Aston Villa 1-2 Watford

Alan Hutton tried to stop Troy Deeney's ball finding Odion Ighalo. I guess technically he succeeded.  

Own goal
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Aston Villa 1-2 Watford

Among all the goal and injury action, there's been a couple of substitutes.

Ikechi Anya replaces Juan Carlos Paredes for Watford, while Aston Villa have brought on Adama Traoré for Carles Gil.

'It was actually a good finish...'

Aston Villa 1-2 Watford

Kevin Kilbane

Former Everton winger on Final Score

"Hutton had to make the challenge because otherwise Ighalo would have had a clean shot on goal. In fact, it was actually a good finish..."

Goal - Aston Villa 1-2 Watford

Alan Hutton OG

Villa are behind again. Poor old Alan Hutton

Troy Deeney passed the ball through to Odion Ighalo, but Hutton got the last touch as we went to put in a tackle and it went past Brad Guzan.

Pressure on the hosts now. 

Aston Villa 1-1 Watford

The Hornets bench are quick into action, and substitute keeper Giedruis Arlauskis is about to enter the fray for his Premier League debut.

The Lithuania international played against England in October, letting in three goals.

Heurelho Gomes is still being treated on the pitch, so there will be a long delay to the end of the game. 

Aston Villa 1-1 Watford

Watford keeper Heurelho Gomes has just been clattered in the head by his own man Craig Cathcart, and he's wiggling his legs in pain. Looks like a head injury and he's receiving oxygen from the medical team.  

Aston Villa 1-1 Watford

Heurelho Gomes = butter fingers.

The Watford keeper comes to collect a Scott Sinclair ball-in but drops it, and panics, before it's eventually cleared. A let-off for the Hornets.

Aston Villa 1-1 Watford

After a decent spell of Watford possession, Aston Villa finally nab the ball. Alan Hutton rushes down the wing with speed but he can't fend off Etienne Capoue and it goes out of play.

Watford then race forward but Villa's defence hustle the ball into the hands of Brad Guzan.

Aston Villa 1-1 Watford

Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores issues instructions to his players
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Twelve of the 14 league goals Watford have conceded this season have been scored in the second half of matches, amounting to a league-high tally of 86%.

But early doors in the second half they're pegging Villa back in their own half. Manager Quique Sanchez Flores will be happy with that.

'Great response from Villa'

Aston Villa 1-1 Watford

Dion Dublin

Former Aston Villa striker on Final Score

"I am looking at Aston Villa to see if they can build on their last 10 minutes. In the first-half Watford came flying out of the blocks and then Micah Richards, the captain, stood up and got the goal. It was a great response and now it is about game management. Can they go on now?"  

Here we go again...

Aston Villa 1-1 Watford

Troy Deeney and Micah Richards
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The players are back out. The raining is pouring. Can either side grab a winner in the second half? Let's find out. 

Can Villa buck the trend?

Aston Villa 1-1 Watford

Win, lose or draw, Aston Villa will stay bottom of the Premier League today. 

But a victory here may inject a bit of belief that they can escape danger. A defeat and they will equal the league record for the lowest points tally after 14 matches of a season.

No pressure, lads.

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First-half stats

Aston Villa 1-1 Watford

The stats don't lie - Aston Villa have dominated possession and have had more efforts on target.

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Half-time

Aston Villa 1-1 Watford

One minute extra is added before the referee blows up for half-time.

Entertaining game so far. 

'It was offside...'

Aston Villa 1-1 Watford

Kevin Kilbane

Former Everton winger on Final Score

Micah Richards scores for Aston Villa
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"I think Richards is offside. It's a brilliant header, finished so well... but it was offside!"

Aston Villa 1-1 Watford

Villa (left on this map) have actually had loads more touches of the ball than Watford - including nine in the box. And they have finally made that pressure tell.

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GOAL - Aston Villa 1-1 Watford

Micah Richards

Aston Villa's Micah Richards celebrate
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That's a huge goal for Villa. 

Jordan Veretout's free-kick falls to Micah Richards who sneaks in and heads perfectly past the keeper. 

Was he slightly offside? Perhaps but the flag stays down.

Cue wild celebrations. 

Aston Villa 0-1 Watford

Close again by Villa. Ciaran Clark tries to slide onto the end of a Jordan Ayew flick from a corner but it goes wide and he narrowly avoids colliding with the back post. 

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Aston Villa 0-1 Watford

A lovely, dancing move from Scott Sinclair and Villa's top scorer has a punt from distance but Heurelho Gomes pulls off a superb save to tip over the curling shot.

Aston Villa 0-1 Watford

 Heurelho Gomes is on hand again to keep Aston Villa at bay.

The Watford keeper twice denies Jordan Ayew, although the flag was raised by the linesman for offside. 

Aston Villa 0-1 Watford

24 - No player has scored more league goals in the top four tiers than Odion Ighalo in 2015 (24, level with Harry Kane). Buzzing.

Aston Villa 0-1 Watford

It's getting a bit wobbly again at the back for Villa.

Carlos Sanchez makes a mess of Brad Guzan's pass, allowing goalscorer Odion Ighalo to rush in but Micah Richards is on hand to clear. 

At the other end, Idrissa Gueye has a go from 25 yards with a curling effort but it goes wide. 

Goal replay

Aston Villa 0-1 Watford

You can see here the hash Villa made of Watford's goal. Kieran Richardson, Carlos Sanchez and Ciaran Clark all failed to clear the danger.  

Watford
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Aston Villa 0-1 Watford

Brad Guzan conceded four last week but the Villa keeper just pulled off a really decent save from Etienne Capoue from close range, after some good work by Troy Deeney.

'Ighalo finished it well'

Aston Villa 0-1 Watford

Kevin Kilbane

Former Everton winger on Final Score

"Villa are a bit unlucky, but Richardson is playing Ighalo onside and is four or five feet too deep. He's trying to get back in line with his defence but he failed to do so, and Ighalo finished it well."