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Watford 3-3 Blackburn Rovers

David Dunn of Blackburn celebrates his side's goal

An injury-time header from Rudy Gestede secured a point for Blackburn at Vicarage Road, denying Watford a seventh straight home win.

Marco Cassetti's volley put Watford ahead but David Dunn equalised, before teeing up Craig Conway who calmly finished from eight yards.

Watford were level when Troy Deeney scored a penalty and took the lead through substitute Cristian Battocchio.

Watford coach Alec Chamberlain

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Post-match: Watford coach Chamberlain

But there was late drama as Tommy Spurr's cross was met by Gestede.

Both sides look set for another season in the Championship, locked in mid-table with nine fixtures remaining, but the Hornets' fine home form had given their fans some hope of a repeat of last year's run to the play-off final.

They led when Cassetti buried his first goal for the club from Deeney's cross, but Dunn lashed in from the edge of the box after Manuel Almunia had punched out a corner.

Veteran Dunn then slid in Conway for Rovers' second, only for referee Darren Sheldrake to penalise Todd Kane for handball, with Deeney scoring the penalty.

Battocchio ran clear to score with two minutes left but there was still time for Gestede to head in a last-gasp leveller.

Gary Bowyer

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Post-match: Blackburn manager Bowyer

Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer:

"We were comfortable at 2-1 and the penalty changes the course of the game.

"Our lad is stood two yards from (Ikechi) Anya when he crosses it and the ball hits the hand.

"We need to clarify, for the sake of the game, what is handball in the penalty area because you guys, you report on it and one week it's not been given and one week it has been given.

"We need some clarification because it changed the course of the game."

Watford head coach Beppe Sannino:

"I'm very disappointed but in English football you have to pay attention to the last, last minute of the game. This is the rule of English football.

"We nearly won this game but it was not only this game. Since I joined the club there were many games we have dropped points in the last five minutes of games.

"This game reflects Watford's season perfectly."

Line-ups

Watford

  • 1Almunia
  • 27Cassetti
  • 18Pudil
  • 6Ekstrand
  • 4AngellaBooked at 76mins
  • 31HobanSubstituted forMcGuganat 72'minutes
  • 28Tözsér
  • 8MerkelSubstituted forDiakitéat 75'minutes
  • 9Deeney
  • 21Anya
  • 16MurraySubstituted forBattocchioat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Battocchio
  • 10McGugan
  • 12Doyley
  • 19Faraoni
  • 23Diakité
  • 29Neill
  • 30Bond

Blackburn

  • 1Robinson
  • 2KaneBooked at 85mins
  • 3Spurr
  • 17Williamson
  • 16Keane
  • 4KilgallonBooked at 90mins
  • 29EvansBooked at 78mins
  • 8DunnSubstituted forVarneyat 90'minutes
  • 11Rhodes
  • 39Gestede
  • 32Conway

Substitutes

  • 5Hanley
  • 13Eastwood
  • 14Olsson
  • 15Varney
  • 19Taylor
  • 22Feeney
  • 23Dabo
Referee:
Darren Sheldrake
Attendance:
13,921

Match Stats

Home TeamWatfordAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home10
Away17
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home10
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Watford 3, Blackburn Rovers 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Watford 3, Blackburn Rovers 3.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Corry Evans.

Attempt blocked. Luke Varney (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rudy Gestede with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. Marco Cassetti (Watford) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Daniel Tözsér with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Todd Kane.

Goal!

Goal! Watford 3, Blackburn Rovers 3. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Matthew Kilgallon.

Luke Varney (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daniel Tözsér (Watford).

Booking

Matthew Kilgallon (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Matthew Kilgallon (Blackburn Rovers).

Troy Deeney (Watford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Luke Varney replaces David Dunn.

Goal!

Goal! Watford 3, Blackburn Rovers 2. Cristian Battocchio (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ikechi Anya following a fast break.

Foul by Gabriele Angella (Watford).

Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Todd Kane (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Lewis McGugan (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Todd Kane (Blackburn Rovers).

Attempt missed. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Paul Robinson following a set piece situation.

Foul by Daniel Pudil (Watford).

Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Thomas Spurr.

Booking

Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Samba Diakité (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers).

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Marco Cassetti.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Daniel Pudil.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Booking

Gabriele Angella (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Delay in match Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

Foul by Gabriele Angella (Watford).

Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Samba Diakité replaces Alexander Merkel.

Attempt missed. Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Joel Ekstrand (Watford).

Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Lewis McGugan replaces Tommy Hoban.

Marco Cassetti (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester3725753582
2Burnley38221333379
3QPR3820991569
4Derby38199102166
5Wigan37188111462
6Reading381611111459
7Nottm Forest3814159857
8Ipswich38151211757
9Brighton37151111856
10Bournemouth38141014-452
11Blackburn37131212-151
12Watford371213121049
13Sheff Wed38121214448
14Leeds3713816-547
15Middlesbrough38101612446
16Huddersfield3812917-445
17Bolton38101414-544
18Blackpool38101117-2141
19Birmingham38101018-840
20Doncaster38101018-2340
21Charlton3581116-1835
22Yeovil3871120-2232
23Barnsley3771119-3032
24Millwall3871120-3232
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