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Summary

  1. Watford XI: Gomes, Paredes, Cathcart, Britos, Anya, Abdi, Suarez, Watson, Jurado, Deeney, Ighalo
  2. Aston Villa XI: Bunn, Hutton, Toner, Clark, Lescott, Cissokho, Bacuna, Westwood, Gueye, Ayew, Gestede

Live Reporting

By Patrick Jennings

All times stated are UK

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  1. FULL-TIME

    Watford 3-2 Aston Villa

    That's it! The Troy Deeney late show!

    That's it from me as well, but you can follow all the reaction to this late drama, and more, over here.

  2. Watford 3-2 Aston Villa

    Troy Deeney

    My word. They don't give up do they?! Troy Deeney is deadly in the box, breaking what's left of Villa hearts as he slots home what surely will be the winner.   

    Troy Deeney
  3. Post update

    Watford 2-2 Aston Villa

    Are Watford done now though? There are five minutes added on...

  4. Watford 2-2 Aston Villa

    Troy Deeney

    There it is! Troy Deeney levels late for Watford and denies Villa! His touch the telling one on Steven Berghuis' ball in.   

    Troy Deeney
  5. SUBSTITUTION

    Watford 1-2 Aston Villa

    Scott Sinclair comes on to replace Idrissa Gueye. The Villa fans applaud his slow-walk off with gusto. 

    Just a few minutes to go for their side's first win in 11 games, a fourth of the season.

  6. Post update

    Watford 1-2 Aston Villa

    Watford again throw it in the mixer. Ashley Westwood heads out, Ciaran Clark the next one, Clark follows up with a block on Ighalo and Toner booms it away. For now.

  7. Post update

    Watford 1-2 Aston Villa

    Almen Abdi floats in a deep cross and Miguel Britos reckons he's been hauled down in the box on his way up to meet it but the ref waves him away. 

    I'm struggling to think of an appeal as half-hearted.

    Troy Deeney
  8. Post update

    Watford 1-2 Aston Villa

    Gueye is back up and OK as Watford press for this late leveller. Is it to be?

  9. YELLOW CARD

    Watford 1-2 Aston Villa

    Now Almen Abdi goes in the book for Watford. A very late challenge on Gueye, who's still down. 

    It's all got a bit scrappy here...

  10. SUBSTITUTION

    Watford 1-2 Aston Villa

    Goalscorer and all-round threat Jordan Ayew is off, with midfielder Carlos Sanchez the man to replace him as Villa look to sit on this. 

  11. YELLOW CARD

    Watford 1-2 Aston Villa

    Hello, what's this? Villa's keeper booked for time-wasting. 

    They've got just over 10 minutes to hang on...

    Mark Bunn
  12. Post update

    Watford 1-2 Aston Villa

    Almen Abdi again from the free-kick - this time blocked by the wall.  

    On the replay, I reckon Cissokho might have been dealt with harshly. He's stretching and it's awkward but he definitely gets the ball first, toes it away. The ref clearly feels he took too much of Anya as well. 

    Watford broke with such pace though. In a flash Villa's attack was theirs. 

  13. RED CARD

    Watford 1-2 Aston Villa

    Aston Villa will have to defend their lead with 10 men. Ikechi Anya is brought down by  Aly Cissoko bearing down on goal, last man. 

    Did he just get a toe on the ball first though?

    Aly Cissokho
  14. Post update

    Watford 1-2 Aston Villa

    They've created practically nothing in this second half, Watford.

    So far. Just under twenty minutes to go to conjure something. 

  15. SUBSTITUTION

    Watford 1-2 Aston Villa

    Another change for Watford. Jurado coming off (he's looked dangerous) and Nordin Amrabat on to replace him. 

  16. CLOSE!

    Watford 1-2 Aston Villa

    That's a great chance for Kevin Toner latching on to Ashley Westwood's free-kick. The Watford back line were beaten by the ball, but Toner could only head down awkwardly and it squirms wide. 

    Gestede then has a first-time shot in the box blocked by Cathcart, right in front of his keeper, excellent defending, hands behind the back. It'll sting a bit.

    Rudy Gestede
  17. Post update

    Watford 1-2 Aston Villa

    Villa look like building on this you know. Gestede flicks a corner on the back stick, where Joleon Lescott is very close to making a telling contact.

    Alan Hutton gets in on the act now, pushing way up the pitch, but he just can't find Jordan Ayew with a little flick in the box.

    Jordan Ayew
  18. CLOSE!

    Watford 1-2 Aston Villa

    Troy Deeney meets an in-swinging deep corner to the back post with his head, it's a weak effort well directed that's cleared off the line in plenty of time by Ashley Westwood. Great ball again from Jurado.

  19. SUBSTITUTION

    Watford 1-2 Aston Villa

    It's not working and the Watford boss knows it.

    Quique Sanchez Flores calls right wing-back Juan Carlos Paredes off, Dutch winger Steven Berghuis the man to replace him. 

  20. Post update

    Watford 1-2 Aston Villa

    Watford have had the stuffing knocked out of them a bit here. They're a goal down to bottom of the league, already relegated Villa. Again. 

    Almen Abdi's equalising free-kick and the warmth of the home dressing room are both a long time ago now.