Watford sentenced high-flying Leicester to a second straight defeat as goals by Almen Abdi and Fernando Forestieri sealed a deserved win for the hosts.

Abdi, on loan from Udinese, put Gianfranco Zola's Hornets ahead with his fourth goal of the season.

Fellow Udinese loanee Forestieri made it 2-0 after Foxes goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel had denied Daniel Pudil.

Searching for back-to-back wins

Watford have yet to win consecutive home league games since Gianfranco Zola took charge in the summer. Their next home game is against Millwall on Tuesday

David Nugent reduced the deficit but Leicester finished with 10 men after Zak Whitbread was dismissed.

Former Norwich player Whitbread received his marching orders in the 83rd minute after being shown his second yellow card of the match.

Watford had lost their previous two Championship games but they found themselves ahead at Vicarage Road when a clever pass from Forestieri released Abdi on the right and the midfielder advanced towards Schmeichel before slotting a low effort into the bottom corner.

It took the Foxes until the 30th minute to create an opening, Ben Marshall forcing a save out of Manuel Almunia, before a powerful Wes Morgan header was cleared off the Watford line by Jonathan Hogg.

The hosts doubled their lead when Forestieri, also on loan from Udinese, pounced on the loose ball after Schmeichel pulled off a terrific 68th minute save to frustrate Pudil.

Leicester hit back when Nugent controlled Paul Konchesky's cross and fired into the corner of the net in the 71st minute.

But any hopes of a comeback vanished when Whitbread brought down substitute Matej Vydra and was shown his second yellow card of the game with seven minutes of normal time remaining.

Watford manager Gianfranco Zola:

"They made it very difficult for us, but there were times in the game where we played very well.

"I thought the first goal was excellent and the movement of the team was very good. After that, we kept playing good stuff but after 30 minutes they came back strong and they made it difficult.

"But fortunately we did not concede in the first half and in the second half we changed gear and we were slow until the end."

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson:

"That is two games running (we have lost) which is something we need to rectify relatively quickly.

"But what I would say is as a group of players, so far this season they have been excellent.

"On the face of it, yes it has been a tough couple of games where we have not performed well as a team. But the reason for this is because we have too many players who are not quite hitting the very high standards of performance that they have hit so far this season."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Watford

  • 01 Almunia
  • 06 Hall (Anya - 90' )
  • 12 Doyley
  • 18 Pudil
  • 27 Cassetti
  • 31 Hoban
  • 39 Chalobah
  • 08 Hogg
  • 22 Abdi (Smith - 86' )
  • 09 Deeney
  • 41 Forestieri (Vydra - 79' )

Substitutes

  • 30 Bond
  • 07 Yeates
  • 21 Anya
  • 28 Smith
  • 38 Battocchio
  • 20 Vydra
  • 36 Geijo

Leicester

  • 01 Schmeichel
  • 03 Konchesky
  • 05 Morgan
  • 06 Whitbread Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 22 Moore
  • 04 Drinkwater Booked (Dyer - 46' )
  • 07 Marshall (Waghorn - 62' )
  • 10 King
  • 16 James
  • 24 Knockaert (Futacs - 62' )
  • 35 Nugent

Substitutes

  • 13 Logan
  • 08 Danns
  • 11 Dyer
  • 17 Gallagher
  • 14 Waghorn
  • 18 Schlupp
  • 29 Futacs
Ref: D'Urso
Att: 12,954

Match Stats

Shots

15 7

On target

8 3

Corners

8 3

Fouls

8 7

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +7:36 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +5:33

The referee blows for offside against Troy Deeney. Indirect free kick taken by Kasper Schmeichel.

90:00 +4:59

Matej Vydra takes a shot. Kasper Schmeichel makes a save.

90:00 +4:11

Ikechi Anya produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.

90:00 +1:26 Substitution

Substitution Ikechi Anya joins the action as a substitute, replacing Fitz Hall.

86:39

Matej Vydra produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.

85:33 Substitution

Substitution (Watford) makes a substitution, with Connor Smith coming on for Almen Abdi.

82:50

Almen Abdi crosses the ball in from the free kick, Wes Morgan makes a clearance.

82:50 Dismissal

Dismissal Zak Whitbread is sent off by the referee.

82:30

Matej Vydra fouled by Zak Whitbread, the ref awards a free kick.

80:53

The ball is delivered by Liam Moore, Fitz Hall manages to make a clearance.

79:21

Matty James fouled by Almen Abdi, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Matty James.

78:23 Substitution

Substitution Matej Vydra replaces Fernando Forestieri.

78:12

David Nugent is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Manuel Almunia.

77:27

Marko Futacs takes a shot. Save made by Manuel Almunia.

77:01

Daniel Pudil has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.

75:30

Inswinging corner taken by Martyn Waghorn from the right by-line, Effort from deep inside the area by Zak Whitbread misses to the left of the goal.

74:44

Jonathan Hogg takes a shot. Save made by Kasper Schmeichel. Corner taken by Fernando Forestieri from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Wes Morgan.

74:08

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Konchesky by Troy Deeney. Free kick taken by Kasper Schmeichel.

73:49

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Daniel Pudil by Martyn Waghorn. Manuel Almunia takes the direct free kick.

70:59

Assist on the goal came from Paul Konchesky.

70:59 Goal scored

Goal! - David Nugent - Watford 2 - 1 Leicester David Nugent finds the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Watford 2-1 Leicester.

69:32

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Martyn Waghorn, save made by Manuel Almunia.

68:40

Free kick awarded for a foul by Almen Abdi on Liam Moore. Martyn Waghorn restarts play with the free kick.

67:15 Goal scored

Goal! - Fernando Forestieri - Watford 2 - 0 Leicester A goal is scored by Fernando Forestieri from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Watford 2-0 Leicester.

66:01

Fernando Forestieri produces a cross.

61:34 Substitution

Substitution Marko Futacs comes on in place of Anthony Knockaert.

61:34 Substitution

Substitution Ben Marshall goes off and Martyn Waghorn comes on.

60:20

Troy Deeney takes a shot. Zak Whitbread gets a block in. Corner taken by Fernando Forestieri from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Andy King.

57:59

The ball is swung over by Liam Moore, save made by Manuel Almunia.

57:46

The ball is swung over by Ben Marshall, Fitz Hall makes a clearance.

56:15

Troy Deeney takes a shot. Kasper Schmeichel makes a save.

55:28

Handball decision goes against Paul Konchesky. Manuel Almunia takes the indirect free kick.

55:14

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nathaniel Chalobah on Anthony Knockaert. Free kick taken by Anthony Knockaert.

53:20

Fernando Forestieri is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Paul Konchesky takes the free kick.

52:31

Zak Whitbread concedes a free kick for a foul on Nathaniel Chalobah. Nathaniel Chalobah restarts play with the free kick.

51:34

The ball is sent over by Troy Deeney.

51:15

Fernando Forestieri takes a shot. Blocked by Wes Morgan.

49:48

A cross is delivered by Jonathan Hogg.

49:33

Unfair challenge on Tommie Hoban by David Nugent results in a free kick. Tommie Hoban takes the direct free kick.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Lloyd Dyer comes on in place of Danny Drinkwater.

45:00 +2:51 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +2:29

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Daniel Pudil, Wes Morgan manages to make a clearance.

45:00 +2:17 Booking

Booking Zak Whitbread receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

45:00 +2:06

A cross is delivered by Daniel Pudil, clearance made by Zak Whitbread.

45:00 +1:40

The ball is sent over by Ben Marshall, clearance by Tommie Hoban.

45:00 +0:09

Jonathan Hogg gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kasper Schmeichel. Indirect free kick taken by Kasper Schmeichel.

44:07

Fitz Hall takes the indirect free kick.

44:07 Booking

Booking Booking for Danny Drinkwater.

43:54

Danny Drinkwater gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Almen Abdi.

43:25

Zak Whitbread fouled by Troy Deeney, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Kasper Schmeichel.

41:39

Anthony Knockaert takes a shot. Blocked by Jonathan Hogg.

40:24

The ball is delivered by Daniel Pudil, Matty James manages to make a clearance. Fernando Forestieri takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Zak Whitbread.

39:36

Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Jonathan Hogg goes wide of the right-hand upright.

37:43

Effort from the edge of the penalty area by David Nugent goes wide of the left-hand post.

36:45

The referee blows for offside. Manuel Almunia takes the indirect free kick.

34:12

Corner taken by Fernando Forestieri from the right by-line, Liam Moore makes a clearance.

32:47

David Nugent sends in a cross, Nathaniel Chalobah manages to make a clearance.

30:26

Ben Marshall takes a shot. Tommie Hoban gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Anthony Knockaert, clearance made by Nathaniel Chalobah.

28:41

Effort on goal by Ben Marshall from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.

28:11

Foul by Troy Deeney on Wes Morgan, free kick awarded. Wes Morgan takes the free kick.

26:25

Daniel Pudil produces a cross, save made by Kasper Schmeichel.

25:17

The offside flag is raised against David Nugent. Manuel Almunia takes the indirect free kick.

24:20

The referee blows for offside. Direct free kick taken by Manuel Almunia.

22:26

Centre by Marco Cassetti, save made by Kasper Schmeichel.

21:14

Daniel Pudil has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.

19:16

Daniel Pudil sends in a cross, Wes Morgan manages to make a clearance. Fernando Forestieri takes a shot. Save by Kasper Schmeichel.

17:52

Jonathan Hogg challenges Liam Moore unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kasper Schmeichel restarts play with the free kick.

16:58

Zak Whitbread concedes a free kick for a foul on Troy Deeney. Nathaniel Chalobah delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, Zak Whitbread makes a clearance.

13:43

Assist by Fernando Forestieri.

13:43 Goal scored

Goal! - Almen Abdi - Watford 1 - 0 Leicester Almen Abdi finds the back of the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Watford 1-0 Leicester.

12:22

Inswinging corner taken by Fernando Forestieri from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Zak Whitbread. Corner taken by Fernando Forestieri from the right by-line, clearance made by Zak Whitbread.

10:43

Effort on goal by Troy Deeney from just inside the area clears the bar.

10:15

The ball is delivered by Daniel Pudil, save made by Kasper Schmeichel.

9:48

Jonathan Hogg fouled by Matty James, the ref awards a free kick. Fitz Hall takes the direct free kick.

5:03

Troy Deeney takes a shot. Blocked by Paul Konchesky. Corner taken by Fernando Forestieri from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Paul Konchesky.

4:00

Almen Abdi produces a cross.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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