Troy Deeney's ninth goal of the season earned a point for Watford, who had substitute Adrian Mariappa sent off.

Hull started superbly when Andy Dawson's fine cross from the right was headed in by James Chester.

But the Hornets soon levelled when John Eustace slipped the ball inside on the left edge of the penalty area and Deeney turned it home from six yards.

Hull's Corry Evans hit the bar and Mariappa, who came on at half-time, saw red for two bookings in four minutes.

The point did little for either side, both of whom remain some way from the play-off places.

Following the two early goals, Watford goalkeeper Tomas Kuszczak, on loan from Manchester United, kept out Chester's header from a Dawson corner and also blocked a Matty Fryatt strike.

Evans saw an angled drive from inside the area strike the woodwork, while Josh King was narrowly off target with a header from Robert Koren's cross.

Watford defender Carl Dickinson twice went close to putting his side in front with a header and then a shot wide in as many minutes.

Hull sensed victory but Koren fired just wide from the edge of the area and then had a shot blocked.

Hornets manager Sean Dyche sent on Chris Iwelumo with seven minutes remaining and within 60 seconds the striker lashed a low shot inches wide, but the game ended in stalemate.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (4)

Watford

  • 35 Kuszczak
  • 03 Dickinson
  • 05 Taylor (Mariappa - 46' Dismissed after an earlier booking )
  • 12 Doyley
  • 33 Nosworthy
  • 04 Eustace
  • 19 Buaben
  • 22 Murray
  • 32 Hogg
  • 09 Deeney
  • 25 Garner (Iwelumo - 83' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Loach
  • 06 Mariappa
  • 24 Whichelow
  • 26 Assombalonga
  • 10 Iwelumo

Hull City

  • 28 Mannone
  • 02 Rosenior
  • 03 Dawson
  • 05 Chester Booked
  • 34 Cooper
  • 08 Evans
  • 10 Koren
  • 14 Cairney
  • 12 Fryatt
  • 27 King (Stewart - 52' )
  • 29 Garcia (Brady - 75' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Oxley
  • 26 Bradley
  • 07 Stewart
  • 30 Olofinjana
  • 17 Brady
Ref: Dowd
Att: 11,596

Match Stats

Shots

10 11

On target

3 7

Corners

3 12

Fouls

8 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:29 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +0:42

Lloyd Doyley fouled by Matt Fryatt, the ref awards a free kick. Tomasz Kuszczak takes the direct free kick.

88:40

Chris Iwelumo takes a shot. Andy Dawson gets a block in.

88:04

Carl Dickinson fouled by Robbie Brady, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tomasz Kuszczak.

87:52

Troy Deeney produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.

85:16

Liam Rosenior delivers the ball, Lloyd Doyley makes a clearance.

83:26

Effort from inside the area by Chris Iwelumo misses to the right of the target.

82:44 Substitution

Substitution Joe Garner leaves the field to be replaced by Chris Iwelumo.

81:29

Short corner taken by Robert Koren from the right by-line.

81:15

Robert Koren takes a shot. Lloyd Doyley gets a block in.

77:57

Robert Koren produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.

76:26

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Andy Dawson, Tomasz Kuszczak makes a save.

76:18

Robbie Brady produces a cross, Lloyd Doyley makes a clearance.

74:27 Substitution

Substitution Robbie Brady comes on in place of Richard Garcia.

73:43

The ball is sent over by Liam Rosenior, clearance made by Nyron Nosworthy.

73:10

A cross is delivered by Cameron Stewart, clearance made by Carl Dickinson.

70:18

Robert Koren is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Direct free kick taken by Joe Garner.

69:38

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Andy Dawson from the right by-line, clearance by John Eustace.

69:29

The ball is sent over by Liam Cooper, clearance by Lloyd Doyley.

68:14

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Hogg by Corry Evans. Jonathan Hogg takes the free kick.

67:27

Nyron Nosworthy fouled by Matt Fryatt, the ref awards a free kick. Nyron Nosworthy takes the direct free kick.

64:55

Free kick crossed by Andy Dawson, Lloyd Doyley manages to make a clearance.

64:55 Dismissal

Dismissal Adrian Mariappa is sent off.

64:45

Adrian Mariappa challenges Liam Rosenior unfairly and gives away a free kick.

63:26

Carl Dickinson delivers the ball.

61:14

Andy Dawson has an effort direct from the free kick, Tomasz Kuszczak makes a save.

61:14 Booking

Booking The referee books Adrian Mariappa for unsporting behaviour.

60:55

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Cameron Stewart by Adrian Mariappa.

57:32

Shot from deep inside the area by Carl Dickinson clears the crossbar.

57:05

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joe Garner by Andy Dawson. Free kick taken by Nyron Nosworthy.

56:36

Headed effort from deep inside the area by Carl Dickinson misses to the right of the target.

55:50

Free kick taken by Joe Garner.

55:50 Booking

Booking The referee books James Chester for unsporting behaviour.

55:43

Joe Garner fouled by James Chester, the ref awards a free kick.

52:57

A cross is delivered by Lloyd Doyley, Liam Rosenior manages to make a clearance.

51:24 Substitution

Substitution Cameron Stewart replaces Joshua King.

49:39

Corner taken by Sean Murray from the left by-line.

49:32

Carl Dickinson delivers the ball, Liam Cooper makes a clearance.

47:14

Effort on goal by Troy Deeney from inside the box misses to the right of the target.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Martin Taylor leaves the field to be replaced by Adrian Mariappa.

45:00 +2:03 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +1:40

Andy Dawson fouled by Troy Deeney, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Vito Mannone.

44:18

The ball is swung over by Robert Koren, Joshua King has a header from close range and clears the crossbar.

44:06

Joshua King takes a shot. Martin Taylor gets a block in.

41:42

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matt Fryatt by Nyron Nosworthy. Robert Koren fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

39:13

Andy Dawson delivers the ball, Tomasz Kuszczak makes a save.

38:41

Inswinging corner taken by Andy Dawson, clearance made by Troy Deeney.

36:43

Foul by Nyron Nosworthy on Joshua King, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Robert Koren.

35:57

Carl Dickinson sends in a cross, clearance by Liam Cooper.

33:20

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Andy Dawson, save made by Tomasz Kuszczak.

33:14

Joshua King crosses the ball, blocked by Nyron Nosworthy.

32:24

Sean Murray takes a shot. Save by Vito Mannone.

30:58

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Carl Dickinson by Joshua King. Tomasz Kuszczak takes the free kick.

27:09

Prince Buaben concedes a free kick for a foul on Tom Cairney. Direct free kick taken by Vito Mannone.

24:08

Corry Evans takes a shot.

23:24

Liam Rosenior takes a shot. Blocked by Nyron Nosworthy.

23:09

Corner taken right-footed by Robert Koren from the left by-line, clearance made by Prince Buaben.

20:56

Short corner taken by Robert Koren.

20:38

Matt Fryatt takes a shot. Save made by Tomasz Kuszczak.

19:53

Troy Deeney gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Chester. Free kick taken by James Chester.

17:24

Andy Dawson takes the inswinging corner, Jonathan Hogg manages to make a clearance.

16:56

Inswinging corner taken by Robert Koren from the left by-line, Lloyd Doyley makes a clearance.

16:30

Corner taken left-footed by Andy Dawson from the right by-line, James Chester takes a shot. Save made by Tomasz Kuszczak.

13:50

Robert Koren is ruled offside. Tomasz Kuszczak takes the free kick.

11:25

The assist for the goal came from John Eustace.

11:25 Goal scored

Goal! - Troy Deeney - Watford 1 - 1 Hull Troy Deeney scores a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Watford 1-1 Hull.

10:50

Corner taken by Sean Murray from the right by-line, John Eustace takes a shot.

10:40

The ball is swung over by Joe Garner, blocked by Andy Dawson.

9:18

Joe Garner produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses left.

8:48

Andy Dawson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Hogg. Sean Murray restarts play with the free kick.

6:21

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Martin Taylor by Robert Koren. Free kick taken by Tomasz Kuszczak.

3:38

The assist for the goal came from Andy Dawson.

3:38 Goal scored

Goal! - James Chester - Watford 0 - 1 Hull James Chester scores a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Watford 0-1 Hull.

3:14

Inswinging corner taken by Andy Dawson,

3:09

A cross is delivered by Liam Rosenior, clearance by Lloyd Doyley.

1:32

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Richard Garcia by Nyron Nosworthy. Vito Mannone restarts play with the free kick.

0:57

Corner taken right-footed by Sean Murray, Liam Rosenior makes a clearance.

0:00

The game begins.

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