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Watford 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday: Hosts secure sixth successive win

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Ismaila Sarr (right) took the congratulations after his cross forced Tom Lees to score an own goal

Promotion-hopefuls Watford beat struggling Sheffield Wednesday, who were without boss Darren Moore after he tested positive for Covid-19, to record a sixth successive victory.

The hosts took an early lead when Tom Lees slid Ismaila Sarr's low cross into his own goal.

Jordan Rhodes had a great chance to level for the Owls when a deep ball fell to him at the back post but he could not keep his effort down.

That was as good as it got for Wednesday and they remain second from bottom, six points adrift of safety.

Watford look like they could well be going in the opposite direction to the Owls after they moved nine points clear of third-placed Swansea.

The Welsh side, who face Birmingham City later on Friday, do have two games in hand on the Hornets but have lost their past two matches.

In a game of few chances it was a moment of quality that brought about the game's only goal, Sarr bringing down a well-hit pass before firing a teasing centre across the face of goal that Lees could only put past his own goalkeeper Joe Wildsmith.

Wednesday only revealed an hour before kick-off that boss Moore would be absent for the game and that cannot have helped their preparations for what had already looked like an arduous task.

They battled well but, Rhodes' chance aside, they never really threatened to get back into the match.

The Owls host play-off hopefuls Cardiff on Monday and Watford will look to continue their excellent run when they visit Middlesbrough on the same day.

Watford boss Xisco Munoz:

"We have seven games more and we will see how many we need for our goal.

"I promise you we are very ambitious. Everyone wants the best. We will see, but we are working hard to cut out the mistakes. We try to give the best for our club.

"The first objective is to try to get in the play-offs, the second objective is to try to take second position.

"And if it is possible, because we are working very hard, we will try to arrive at the top."

Sheffield Wednesday assistant manager Jamie Smith:

(On Moore) "He's OK. He was watching the game and was in contact with the analysts over the phone. I don't know how long I'll be in charge. We'll know more in the next couple of days.

"I'm disappointed for the players. I felt we had done enough to get something but it's good that we created opportunities.

"There were positives to take from the game and we will continue fighting for every single point. We'll learn from it and move on."

Line-ups

Watford

Formation 4-3-3

  • 26Bachmann
  • 21Femenía
  • 5Troost-Ekong
  • 31SierraltaBooked at 30mins
  • 11Masina
  • 14ChalobahSubstituted forC Sánchezat 84'minutes
  • 19HughesBooked at 64mins
  • 7ZinckernagelSubstituted forGoslingat 60'minutes
  • 23Sarr
  • 22SuccessSubstituted forGrayat 61'minutes
  • 10João PedroSubstituted forSemaat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Foster
  • 3Ngakia
  • 12Sema
  • 16Gosling
  • 17Lazaar
  • 18Gray
  • 27Kabasele
  • 28C Sánchez
  • 44Hungbo

Sheff Wed

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 28WildsmithBooked at 78mins
  • 19UrhoghideBooked at 38mins
  • 15LeesSubstituted forShawat 85'minutes
  • 13BörnerBooked at 2mins
  • 5PatersonSubstituted forGreenat 82'minutes
  • 8PelupessySubstituted forPalmerat 77'minutes
  • 6Hutchinson
  • 11ReachBooked at 41mins
  • 10Bannan
  • 20Rhodes
  • 18Windass

Substitutes

  • 2Palmer
  • 7K Harris
  • 14Penney
  • 16Green
  • 24Brown
  • 26Shaw
  • 29Hunt
  • 44Jackson
  • 45Kachunga
Referee:
Chris Kavanagh

Match Stats

Home TeamWatfordAway TeamSheff Wed
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home11
Away8
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home19
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Watford 1, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Watford 1, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Watford. Conceded by Julian Börner.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday).

  5. Post update

    Kiko Femenía (Watford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Carlos Sánchez (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Liam Shaw (Sheffield Wednesday).

  8. Post update

    Dan Gosling (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ismaila Sarr (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner following a corner.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Watford. Conceded by Osaze Urhoghide.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Liam Shaw replaces Tom Lees because of an injury.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Watford. Carlos Sánchez replaces Nathaniel Chalobah.

  13. Post update

    Tom Lees (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Andre Gray (Watford).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Andre Green replaces Callum Paterson because of an injury.

  16. Post update

    Callum Paterson (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Francisco Sierralta (Watford).

  18. Booking

    Joe Wildsmith (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ken Sema (Watford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ismaila Sarr.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Liam Palmer replaces Joey Pelupessy.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich39259557282984
2Watford39239756263078
3Swansea38209945301569
4Brentford371911765392668
5Barnsley39198125043765
6Reading391891253421163
7Bournemouth3817111058382062
8Cardiff3916101355381758
9Middlesbrough39168154742556
10Millwall391316103936355
11Stoke391413124442255
12QPR381411134243-153
13Luton38148163143-1250
14Bristol City39154203952-1349
15Blackburn391210175043746
16Nottm Forest391112163138-745
17Preston39136204050-1045
18Derby391110182942-1343
19Huddersfield37119174152-1142
20Birmingham391011182950-2141
21Coventry38912173251-1939
22Rotherham35105203848-1035
23Sheff Wed38108202848-2032
24Wycombe3979232661-3530
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