Watford 1-2 Middlesbrough

Scott McDonald

Scott McDonald scored a late winner for Middlesbrough as they beat 10-man Watford at Vicarage Road.

The home side took the lead when an Andre Bikey error led to Matej Vydra's shot being parried and Troy Deeney pounced to score from close range.

Marvin Emnes equalised with a close-range effort before Vydra was sent off for an apparent stamp on Nicky Bailey.

Middlesbrough eventually made their numerical advantage count when McDonald scored from 12 yards for the winner.

Australian McDonald had as he had not figured in the senior set up.

He came on as a 39th-minute substitute for Justin Hoyte and marked his return with a goal which gave Boro their first win in three matches.

Watford had made an ideal start when Vydra, who intercepted a short backpass from Bikey, had his shot saved by Jason Steele before Deeney scored.

The Hornets failed to make the most of their dominance and were punished by Emnes equalising for Boro.

The home side suffered a further setback with Vydra's red card and, after Bikey missed the target with a six-yard header, McDonald struck for the decisive goal.

Watford manager Gianfranco Zola:

"Unfortunately in four days we had two games and in both games we end up with 10 players, and I don't think we deserve that and especially today because my team was playing very good football and created a lot of chances.

"We allowed them to come back for a while because Middlesbrough is a good team and they scored.

"But we thought we still had the game in control. After that episode it was another story."

Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray:

"It [the red card] was obviously harsh for them. They started the game extremely well with their shape 3-5-2, I thought we were getting to grips with the game.

"The sending off obviously helped us and allowed us to have the ball.

"We still found it difficult to break them down but eventually got the second goal and saw the game out."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Watford

  • 01 Almunia
  • 05 Neuton (Murray - 81' )
  • 06 Hall
  • 18 Pudil
  • 27 Cassetti
  • 31 Hoban
  • 39 Chalobah
  • 08 Hogg
  • 22 Abdi (Yeates - 68' )
  • 09 Deeney (Geijo - 57' )
  • 20 Vydra Dismissed

Substitutes

  • 30 Bond
  • 12 Doyley
  • 40 Ekstrand
  • 07 Yeates
  • 16 Murray
  • 28 Smith
  • 36 Geijo

Middlesbrough

  • 01 Steele
  • 02 Hoyte (McDonald - 39' )
  • 03 Amougou
  • 04 Friend
  • 06 McManus
  • 07 Leadbitter
  • 10 Bailey
  • 16 McEachran Booked
  • 38 Haroun (Ledesma - 65' Booked )
  • 09 Emnes
  • 17 Jutkiew'z (Williams - 76' )

Substitutes

  • 32 Leutwiler
  • 15 Hines
  • 18 Halliday
  • 33 Smallwood
  • 11 Ledesma
  • 22 Williams
  • 27 McDonald
Ref: Rushton
Att: 12,006

Match Stats

Shots

13 15

On target

9 8

Corners

2 8

Fouls

9 13

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:15 Full time

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

90:00 +3:35

Unfair challenge on Scott McDonald by Marco Cassetti results in a free kick. Scott McDonald takes the direct free kick.

90:00 +2:05

Foul by Jonathan Hogg on Marvin Emnes, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jason Steele.

90:00 +1:57

Nathaniel Chalobah sends in a cross, clearance made by Andre Bikey.

90:00 +1:16 Booking

Booking Emmanuel Ledesma goes into the book.

90:00 +1:10

Foul by Emmanuel Ledesma on Fitz Hall, free kick awarded. Manuel Almunia takes the free kick.

90:00 +0:04

Luke Williams delivers the ball, clearance by Tommie Hoban.

89:19

Sean Murray takes a shot. Blocked by Stephen McManus.

85:33

Marvin Emnes takes a shot. Save made by Manuel Almunia.

85:21

Sean Murray sends in a cross, clearance by Andre Bikey.

84:58

Centre by Marco Cassetti, save by Jason Steele.

84:48

Centre by Daniel Pudil.

84:28

Centre by Daniel Pudil, clearance made by Stephen McManus.

82:18

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Daniel Pudil.

81:06

Scott McDonald gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mark Yeates. Mark Yeates fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save by Jason Steele.

80:10

Mark Yeates crosses the ball, clearance made by George Friend.

80:10 Substitution

Substitution Sean Murray on for Piccoli Neuton.

80:10

Foul by Josh McEachran on Fitz Hall, free kick awarded.

79:53

Emmanuel Ledesma takes a shot. Fitz Hall gets a block in.

78:29

The assistant referee signals for offside against Marvin Emnes. Free kick taken by Fitz Hall.

77:55

Daniel Pudil concedes a free kick for a foul on Nicky Bailey. Direct free kick taken by Nicky Bailey.

76:49 Goal scored

Goal! - Scott McDonald - Watford 1 - 2 Middlesbro A goal is scored by Scott McDonald from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Watford 1-2 Middlesbrough.

76:38

The ball is swung over by George Friend,

75:43 Substitution

Substitution (Middlesbrough) makes a substitution, with Luke Williams coming on for Lukas Jutkiewicz.

75:43

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark Yeates on George Friend. Direct free kick taken by Josh McEachran.

74:48 Booking

Booking Josh McEachran booked for unsporting behaviour.

74:23

Josh McEachran gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alexandre Geijo. Jonathan Hogg takes the direct free kick.

72:32

Emmanuel Ledesma challenges Piccoli Neuton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Piccoli Neuton takes the free kick.

71:40

Grant Leadbitter takes a shot. Save by Manuel Almunia.

70:06

A cross is delivered by Daniel Pudil, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen McManus by Mark Yeates. Jason Steele takes the direct free kick.

69:11

Shot by Scott McDonald from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.

67:39 Substitution

Substitution Mark Yeates replaces Almen Abdi.

66:55

The ball is swung over by Emmanuel Ledesma, Lukas Jutkiewicz concedes a free kick for a foul on Daniel Pudil. Manuel Almunia restarts play with the free kick.

66:19

The ball is sent over by Daniel Pudil, Jason Steele makes a save.

64:34 Substitution

Substitution Emmanuel Ledesma on for Faris Haroun.

64:08

Corner taken right-footed by Grant Leadbitter from the left by-line, Andre Bikey has a header from inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.

63:41

Scott McDonald takes a shot. Save by Manuel Almunia.

62:57

Nicky Bailey produces a cross, save made by Manuel Almunia.

62:01

Centre by George Friend.

59:43

Centre by George Friend, save by Manuel Almunia.

58:45

Nathaniel Chalobah takes a shot.

58:05

The ball is delivered by George Friend, save made by Manuel Almunia.

57:50

Daniel Pudil sends in a cross, Nicky Bailey gets a block in.

56:21 Substitution

Substitution Troy Deeney goes off and Alexandre Geijo comes on.

55:01

Marvin Emnes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nathaniel Chalobah. Manuel Almunia takes the direct free kick.

53:13

Effort on goal by Josh McEachran from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.

51:30

Stephen McManus challenges Troy Deeney unfairly and gives away a free kick. Almen Abdi crosses the ball, Troy Deeney has a header from close in and clears the crossbar.

50:37

Almen Abdi takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Josh McEachran.

49:12

Stephen McManus concedes a free kick for a foul on Almen Abdi. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Almen Abdi, Jason Steele makes a save.

48:39

Manuel Almunia fouled by Andre Bikey, the ref awards a free kick. Manuel Almunia takes the free kick.

48:25

Corner taken short by Josh McEachran.

47:50

Marvin Emnes delivers the ball.

47:24

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Grant Leadbitter from the right by-line, clearance made by Daniel Pudil.

47:01

Nicky Bailey takes a shot. Blocked by Piccoli Neuton.

46:48

A cross is delivered by George Friend, Piccoli Neuton makes a clearance.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:00 +2:13 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +1:52

A cross is delivered by Nicky Bailey, clearance made by Marco Cassetti.

45:00 +0:55

Grant Leadbitter delivers the ball, Headed effort from inside the box by Scott McDonald misses to the right of the target.

44:09

Nicky Bailey produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.

43:37

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Grant Leadbitter, Tommie Hoban manages to make a clearance.

42:03 Dismissal

Dismissal Matej Vydra is sent off.

41:28

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nicky Bailey by Matej Vydra. Free kick taken by Nicky Bailey.

40:30

Jonathan Hogg fouled by Scott McDonald, the ref awards a free kick. Manuel Almunia takes the direct free kick.

40:16

Faris Haroun produces a cross, clearance made by Fitz Hall.

39:13

The ball is delivered by Daniel Pudil, Almen Abdi has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.

37:13 Substitution

Substitution Scott McDonald comes on in place of Justin Hoyte.

36:49

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Grant Leadbitter, save by Manuel Almunia.

35:47

Corner taken right-footed by Grant Leadbitter from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Fitz Hall.

34:56

The ball is swung over by Troy Deeney, clearance made by Stephen McManus.

34:38

The ball is sent over by Marco Cassetti.

31:08

The ball is crossed by Marco Cassetti.

30:26

Josh McEachran decides to take the corner short.

30:01

Josh McEachran takes a shot. Save made by Manuel Almunia.

29:01 Goal scored

Goal! - Marvin Emnes - Watford 1 - 1 Middlesbro Goal scored by Marvin Emnes from close in to the top left corner of the goal. Watford 1-1 Middlesbrough.

28:48

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Grant Leadbitter,

28:23

George Friend takes a shot. Save by Manuel Almunia.

26:50

Centre by Justin Hoyte, Piccoli Neuton makes a clearance.

25:41

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marvin Emnes by Tommie Hoban. Free kick crossed by Grant Leadbitter, save made by Manuel Almunia.

23:08

Daniel Pudil delivers the ball, Jason Steele makes a save.

20:39

Daniel Pudil crosses the ball, clearance made by Andre Bikey.

20:15

Nathaniel Chalobah takes a shot. Andre Bikey gets a block in.

18:47

Nicky Bailey crosses the ball, Lukas Jutkiewicz has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the goal.

12:32

Matej Vydra takes a shot.

11:21

Foul by Almen Abdi on Nicky Bailey, free kick awarded. George Friend restarts play with the free kick.

11:02

The ball is swung over by Almen Abdi, save made by Jason Steele.

10:51

Troy Deeney takes a shot. Blocked by Stephen McManus.

9:36

Daniel Pudil takes a shot. Save made by Jason Steele.

7:14

A cross is delivered by Marco Cassetti, save by Jason Steele.

7:02

Centre by Marco Cassetti, Stephen McManus manages to make a clearance.

6:48

Daniel Pudil delivers the ball.

4:49

Marco Cassetti challenges George Friend unfairly and gives away a free kick. Josh McEachran takes the free kick.

4:08

Stephen McManus concedes a free kick for a foul on Matej Vydra. Almen Abdi takes the direct free kick.

3:06

Matej Vydra takes a shot. Blocked by Andre Bikey.

2:29

Nicky Bailey challenges Almen Abdi unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Nathaniel Chalobah.

0:53 Goal scored

Goal! - Troy Deeney - Watford 1 - 0 Middlesbro Troy Deeney fires in a goal from just outside the penalty box high into the middle of the goal. Watford 1-0 Middlesbrough.

0:30

Matej Vydra takes a shot. Save by Jason Steele.

0:00

The referee gets the game underway.

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