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Watford 0-1 Bolton Wanderers

Manuel Almunia's error gifted Bolton a third straight win as Watford suffered their third consecutive home defeat.

The decisive moment came on 27 minutes when Almunia dropped a Neil Danns cross beneath his legs and Jermaine Beckford converted from close range.

Hornets goalkeeper Almunia failed to reappear for the second half.

Watford had chances to level but Bolton also threatened and Danns was denied by a sharp save from substitute Hornets keeper Jonathan Bond.

Dougie Freedman's side rise to 15th in the Championship table, while Watford drop to 10th.

Both sides created early openings but it was Bolton who made the breakthrough thanks to Almunia's mistake.

Any danger seemed to have been dealt with when the Spaniard bent down to gather a low Danns cross from the right. But, having got the ball within his grasp, the former Arsenal keeper let it squirm loose through his legs and Beckford gleefully capitalised.

Watford worked hard to recover, George Thorne shooting over before Nyron Nosworthy hit an acrobatic half-volley narrowly off target and Fernando Forestieri curled an effort wide.

Almunia was replaced in goal by Bond, who made his England Under-21 debut in midweek, and Hornets boss Gianfranco Zola introduced Diego Fabbrini soon after as he switched to a more attacking formation.

Bolton keeper Andy Lonergan saved well from Forestieri before Chung-Yong Lee missed the target at the other end with a lob when clean through.

And the visitors came close to doubling their lead when Danns capitalised on a slip from Daniel Pudil, but Bond was equal to his left-footed shot.

Danns had another opportunity with two minutes remaining but his strike from the right-hand side of the area was deflected over.

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Watford boss Gianfranco Zola on Bolton defeat

Watford manager Gianfranco Zola told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"It's been a long week after picking up a lot of injuries and to concede a goal like that was tough.

"We didn't create enough and Bolton are a good side that are in good form.

"There was too much of just passing the ball around when they had everyone behind the ball.

"We have to be better and get the ball wide more but it was tough today."

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Post-match: Bolton boss Freedman

Bolton boss Dougie Freedman:

"You go along through a season hoping to pick up two or three of the little opportunistic goals where it drops for you and Jermaine Beckford is the master at that - that's why I brought him to the club and he's won us the game.

"The two goalkeepers dropped the ball but I felt we had a player that was on form and he smacked it in the net.

"But, apart from that, I felt we controlled the game out of possession in the second half and controlled the way they played and I felt we deserved to win because of that."

Line-ups

Watford

  • 1AlmuniaSubstituted forBondat 45'minutes
  • 19Faraoni
  • 18Pudil
  • 6Ekstrand
  • 33NosworthySubstituted forFabbriniat 56'minutes
  • 27CassettiBooked at 10mins
  • 29Thorne
  • 8McEachran
  • 15AcuñaSubstituted forMensahat 79'minutes
  • 11Forestieri
  • 7Battocchio

Substitutes

  • 3Bellerín
  • 20Fabbrini
  • 23Iriney
  • 26Mensah
  • 28Smith
  • 30Bond
  • 32O'Nien

Bolton

  • 24Lonergan
  • 17McNaughton
  • 15Baptiste
  • 6Spearing
  • 4Mills
  • 5Ream
  • 18DannsSubstituted forHallat 90+5'minutes
  • 44Kamara
  • 10BeckfordBooked at 15minsSubstituted forNgogat 85'minutes
  • 21PratleySubstituted forMoritzat 75'minutes
  • 27Lee Chung-yong

Substitutes

  • 7Eagles
  • 9Ngog
  • 11Hall
  • 12Knight
  • 14Moritz
  • 31Wheater
  • 37Lee-Barrett
Referee:
Brendan Malone
Attendance:
15,247

Match Stats

Home TeamWatfordAway TeamBolton
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home19
Away9
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Watford 0, Bolton Wanderers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Watford 0, Bolton Wanderers 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Robert Hall replaces Neil Danns.
Attempt missed. Daniel Pudil (Watford) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Joshua McEachran.
Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Marco Cassetti.
Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Marco Cassetti.
Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Joel Ekstrand.
Attempt missed. Daniel Pudil (Watford) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by George Thorne following a set piece situation.
Diego Fabbrini (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers).
Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Daniel Pudil.
Attempt blocked. Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Ngog.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match George Thorne (Watford) because of an injury.
Delay in match Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) because of an injury.
Foul by George Thorne (Watford).
Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. David Ngog replaces Jermaine Beckford.
Diego Fabbrini (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers).
Offside, Bolton Wanderers. André Moritz tries a through ball, but Jermaine Beckford is caught offside.
Fernando Forestieri (Watford) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers).
Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Kevin McNaughton tries a through ball, but Neil Danns is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Fernando Forestieri (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Diego Fabbrini.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Bernard Mensah replaces Javier Acuña.
Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Daniel Pudil.
Attempt saved. Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by André Moritz.
Foul by Diego Fabbrini (Watford).
Lee Chung-Yong (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. André Moritz replaces Darren Pratley.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match George Thorne (Watford) because of an injury.
Attempt blocked. Cristian Battocchio (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Corner, Watford. Conceded by Alex Baptiste.
Attempt blocked. Diego Fabbrini (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Marco Davide Faraoni.
Foul by Fernando Forestieri (Watford).
Matthew Mills (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Marco Davide Faraoni (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Lee Chung-Yong (Bolton Wanderers).
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Burnley1610511735
2Leicester1611231035
3QPR1610511035
4Blackpool16772528
5Nottm Forest16763727
6Leeds16826526
7Derby16745725
8Reading16673525
9Brighton16664524
10Watford16655623
11Wigan15645422
12Ipswich16556220
13Huddersfield16556120
14Blackburn16556120
15Bolton16475-419
16Bournemouth16538-1018
17Millwall16457-1217
18Middlesbrough16376016
19Doncaster15447-1016
20Birmingham16439-515
21Charlton15357-714
22Sheff Wed15186-711
23Barnsley16259-1611
24Yeovil162311-149
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