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Watford 3-0 Leeds United

New Leeds owner Massimo Cellino meets manager Brian McDermott before tonight's game at Watford

New Leeds owner Massimo Cellino was at Vicarage Road to see his side thrashed by play-off chasing Watford.

Cellino confirmed earlier in the day that he had completed his controversial takeover of the Elland Road outfit.

Almen Abdi gave Watford an early lead when he nodded home Ikechi Anya's cross, before Anya headed the second from Marco Davide Faraoni's centre.

Troy Deeney's close-range strike left Watford seven points off sixth with a game in hand. Leeds have one win in 12.

Indeed Leeds could count themselves fortunate their latest setback was not even heavier.

Keeper Jack Butland had to deny Deeney, who also saw a late effort sail narrowly wide.

Noel Hunt failed to convert Leeds' only decent chance, provided by Dominic Poleon, early in the second half. And the striker nearly landed himself in trouble with a late challenge on Faraoni that earned him a yellow card.

Watford remain unbeaten at home since January 11 and are now seven points off the final play-off spot with a game in hand.

Watford manager Beppe Sannino: "I don't like to speak about the play-offs. I like to speak about the next match.

"It was a good win. Now we have six matches to play and hope to collect as many points as possible."

Leeds manager Brian McDermott: "Of course I'm under pressure - results suggest that.

"I'm not in a strong position now because of the results we've had over a period of time.

"I met [Cellino] before the game. We just talked about football. He's not looking to give me any assurances - I wouldn't expect any.

"He's an ambitious man; that's certainly not the sort of performance he wants to see.

"There's a big job here. It's a big club and there's a lot to be done, but he's got the clout to do it."

Line-ups

Watford

  • 1Almunia
  • 19Faraoni
  • 15RieraSubstituted forPudilat 86'minutes
  • 6Ekstrand
  • 4Angella
  • 27CassettiBooked at 28mins
  • 22AbdiSubstituted forMcGuganat 85'minutes
  • 16MurraySubstituted forMerkelat 90'minutes
  • 9DeeneyBooked at 67mins
  • 21Anya
  • 28Tözsér

Substitutes

  • 5Belkalem
  • 8Merkel
  • 10McGugan
  • 13Ranegie
  • 18Pudil
  • 30Bond
  • 31Hoban

Leeds

  • 30Butland
  • 22WoottonBooked at 49mins
  • 15Warnock
  • 17Brown
  • 4Lees
  • 5Pearce
  • 26Poleon
  • 18Tonge
  • 10HuntBooked at 61minsSubstituted forSmithat 67'minutes
  • 44McCormackSubstituted forWhiteat 82'minutes
  • 36MowattSubstituted forStewartat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Murphy
  • 14White
  • 16Pugh
  • 20Smith
  • 24Zaliukas
  • 28Stewart
  • 33Cairns
Referee:
Gavin Ward
Attendance:
16,212

Match Stats

Home TeamWatfordAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home9
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away1
Fouls
Home10
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Watford 3, Leeds United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Watford 3, Leeds United 0.

Foul by Cameron Stewart (Leeds United).

Daniel Pudil (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Alexander Merkel replaces Sean Murray.

Offside, Leeds United. Michael Brown tries a through ball, but Matt Smith is caught offside.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Cameron Stewart.

Attempt blocked. Sean Murray (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Jason Pearce.

Attempt blocked. Lewis McGugan (Watford) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Daniel Pudil replaces Albert Riera.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Lewis McGugan replaces Almen Abdi.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Aidan White replaces Ross McCormack.

Attempt missed. Stephen Warnock (Leeds United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Scott Wootton with a cross.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Marco Cassetti.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Dominic Poleon (Leeds United) because of an injury.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Jack Butland.

Attempt saved. Troy Deeney (Watford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ikechi Anya.

Attempt saved. Dominic Poleon (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Ross McCormack.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Foul by Cameron Stewart (Leeds United).

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

Hand ball by Troy Deeney (Watford).

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Matt Smith replaces Noel Hunt.

Booking

Troy Deeney (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Goal!

Goal! Watford 3, Leeds United 0. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Almen Abdi.

Offside, Leeds United. Jason Pearce tries a through ball, but Noel Hunt is caught offside.

Hand ball by Sean Murray (Watford).

Hand ball by Almen Abdi (Watford).

Attempt saved. Noel Hunt (Leeds United) header from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tom Lees.

Booking

Noel Hunt (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card.

Cameron Stewart (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Almen Abdi (Watford).

Attempt saved. Cameron Stewart (Leeds United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Noel Hunt.

Stephen Warnock (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marco Davide Faraoni (Watford).

Attempt missed. Daniel Tözsér (Watford) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sean Murray.

Booking

Scott Wootton (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester4127863589
2Burnley41231443283
3Derby41219112572
4QPR412010111270
5Wigan411910121467
6Reading411712121363
7Brighton41161312961
8Ipswich41161312761
9Bournemouth41171014161
10Nottm Forest41141710759
11Blackburn41151412359
12Watford401414121656
13Middlesbrough41131612955
14Bolton41121514-351
15Sheff Wed41121316049
16Leeds4113820-1147
17Huddersfield41121019-746
18Birmingham41111020-1043
19Doncaster41111020-2543
20Blackpool41101219-2442
21Charlton39101118-2041
22Millwall4191220-3039
23Barnsley4081220-2836
24Yeovil4181122-2535
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