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20th February 2016- FA Cup Fifth Round, Watford 1 Leeds United 0

Referee:
Michael Oliver
Attendance:
18,336

Watford reached the FA Cup quarter-finals for the first time since 2007 after Scott Wootton’s own goal gifted them victory against Leeds.

It took Quique Sanchez Flores’ side until the 54th minute to break down their Championship opponents on Saturday, when Wootton turned Ben Watson’s cross into his own net.

It was fitting that an error-strewn cup tie should be decided by an awful own goal from Leeds defender Scott Wootton, who volleyed a harmless cross from Ben Watson into his own net shortly after half-time.

Watford had made six changes and, with their top scorer, Odion Ighalo, on the bench, their only real opportunities early on came from corners. Troy Deeney, starting behind Nordin Amrabat, headed wide in the second minute before the Uruguayan defender Miguel Britos did the same from Watson’s corner when he was given time in the Leeds penalty area. Other than those half-chances and a deflected shot from Étienne Capoue, Marco Silvestri went untested.

There’s a distinct lack of Cup fever at Vicarage Road for this one, it has to be said, where the more gormless of Watford’s support betray their long-standing desire to be Premier League wankers by trotting out the “One-nil on your big day out” chant, and gurning “who?” at Leeds subs, including Alex Mowatt who anyone paying any level of attention will have heard of.  That trick was moronic when Birmingham City were doing it to us 15 years ago, it’s now both moronic and old.

I’ve been staring at my laptop for a couple of hours now. Part of me wondering how to start this post, part of me distracted by Football League Tonight and Forestieri getting sent off and Lloyd Doyley giving away a penalty on his Rotherham debut. 

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4th May 2013- Championship, Watford 1 Leeds United 2

Watford missed out on automatic promotion after losing to Leeds in a game delayed by serious injury to keeper Jonathan Bond. Dominic Poleon put Leeds in front, but Almen Abdi levelled shortly after. Watford’s Troy Deeney then saw red for two bookable offences before news of a late Cardiff equaliser at Hull left the Hornets needing a goal to go up. But Ross McCormack scored Leeds’ winner with the help of a blunder by replacement keeper Jack Bonham.

Bond, who was taken to hospital in the first half after Poleon’s shove to Anya, was only on the pitch after regular keeper Manuel Almunia injured himself during the warm-up.

The blood on the pitch told its own story, as did 16 minutes of stoppage time at the end of the first half, and it was a dereliction of duty on the part of the referee, Graham Salisbury, that he did not send Poleon off. Overall Salisbury did not cover himself in glory, having earlier missed Michael Brown denying Jonathan Hogg a clear goalscoring opportunity when he tripped the Watford midfielder in the area.

“I thought at the end that we were going to make it,” admitted Zola, now compelled to lift his men ahead of the first leg of their play-off semi-final against Leicester on Thursday night. “There were 10 minutes to go and, although we had one player fewer, I believed we had the quality. I was taking a big gamble but we had to try.”

This ought to hurt. When you turn away and distract yourself with other things, it ought to be staring you straight in the face whenever you look back. It ought to make you want to punch the wall and throw things and find some really destructive gardening to do. If I take solace in anything – and I’m struggling – then it’s in the reaction of Jonathan Hogg, whose post-match lap of honour was so reluctant and desultory that it barely took him beyond the centre circle and never, not for a moment, involved looking at anything other than his own feet. Lap of honour? Bollocks to that.

10th November 2012- Championship, Leeds United 1 Watford 6

Watford ObserverWatford thrash nine-man Leeds United 6-1 at Elland Road

BBC SportLeeds United slumped to an embarrassing home defeat and are now without a win in six league games after Watford scored six goals at Elland Road.

skyWatford’s army of loan rangers ran riot at Elland Road with a 6-1 victory Leeds United in the Championship on Saturday.

guardianNeil Warnock admitted he lost interest in this game after seeing his midfielder Rodolph Austin suffer a suspected broken leg during his Leeds side’s thrashing by Watford.

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28th August 2010- Championship, Watford 0 Leeds United 1

BBC SportLeeds captain Richard Naylor hit the winner in his 450th career appearance to end Watford’s unbeaten start to the season in a poor game at Vicarage Road.

skyLeeds United made it back-to-back Championship victories as captain Richard Naylor struck to end Watford’s unbeaten start to the season.

BSAD imageThe sort of game, frankly, that I was dreading in the summer. Leeds weren’t particularly better than us – but they were bigger, stronger and, crucially, one goal up for most of the game.

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21st May 2006- Championship Playoff Final, Leeds United 0 Watford 3

BSAD image BSAD reports:“Anything is possible.”  It’s the best phrase of the day, undoubtedly. And it comes from, if you like, the best man. Anything is possible. Not anything’s possible, a shrug of the shoulders to say that, hey, it just might rain five pound notes tomorrow. That’s not Adrian Boothroyd. No, take out the apostrophe: anything is possible. A defiant, substantial statement of intent. A summary of the man, perhaps.

BSAD image You’re not taking it all in. Not really. You can’t.  And why should you? The events you’ve just witnessed don’t happen to lowly Watford. You’re standing in someone else’s dreamland, a fantasy world of yellow and red confetti – delight, delirium and disbelief are the dominant emotions.

“From New York to Cardiff”
“Winning is believing”
“Disconnected”
“Trouble!”
“From Blooms Bar, Tel Aviv”
“View from afar”
“Childhood memories”
“Bermuda black-out”
“Bloody hell”
“We always win three-nil”
“Good omen, bad omen”
“The red car”
“Three-nil on an L-shaped pitch”
“On seeing a miracle in Brussels”
“An early taste of champagne and glory”
“Magic carpet”
“The Horn treatment”
“Safe again”
“Hahnemann was there”
“Hat korso es két palinka”
“Confessions of a recent convert”
“What it’s really all about”
“Oh baby!”
“Hell freezing over”
“Parallel universes”
“The long road to Cardiff”
“Fireworks”
“Very superstitious”
“Waving the flag”
“Dear Diary”
“Hornets on top down under”

Playoff Final photo album

BBC Sport Watford booked their place in the Premiership with a convincing victory over Leeds in a frantic play-off final.

guardian Kevin Blackwell could never have imagined the implications of his coach Adrian Boothroyd joining Watford last year. After little more than 14 months in charge the man whose appointment was greeted by supporters at Vicarage Road with concern, bewilderment and general unease yesterday etched his name in the club’s history and confirmed his status as one of the brightest young managers in English football when he secured promotion to the Premiership at the expense of his former mentor.

Mighty Might Whites report

100 greatest100 Greatest Watford wins- No.4: Watford went to Cardiff a few days before the final and familiarised themselves with the Millennium Stadium.  ‘We had this feeling that Leeds thought they had already won it,’ says DeMerit. ‘That was the sense we had. We used that to our advantage and it really spurred us on.’

Yorkshire Evening Post-Ten years after play-off final defeat how knock-on effect cost Leeds more than £30m

1st October 2005- Championship, Watford 0 Leeds United 0

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guardianIf the Premiership is considered boring and lacking in quality these days, God forbid either of these sides should rise from the Championship to join it.

BSAD image“If you like dubstep but didn’t reach DMZ’s fourth incredible Brixton bash, where were ya?” asks Martin Clark, by way of introduction to his vital monthly round-up of London’s grime and dubstep scenes for the excellent Pitchfork site. And I don’t have an answer to that, frankly.

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9th April 2005- Championship, Watford 1 Leeds United 2

Aidy Boothroyd’s first programme notes.

BSAD image BSAD report: I was there, obviously. But less so, much less so. That’s not to suggest that I didn’t fully appreciate that this was a vital match for Watford Football Club, nor that I didn’t applaud a courageous, occasionally inspired, and much less deeply flawed team performance that rose to the occasion and deserved to take more from it than mere encouragement. I saw it all, with nose pressed up against the glass, conscious of everything and yet not part of it. When we scored, I heard myself saying “Yes!” and felt myself rising to my feet; the instincts that would’ve done those things in a reactive blur don’t seem to be working properly. I saw it all, and felt only echoes, remote tremors.

Why? I don’t know. This is new to me, all new. What I do know is that, like so many amazing things that happen in football stadia, the total support demanded by Graham Simpson requires the suspension of disbelief. It needs the conjuring up of an “us” from so much that has so little in common; an “us” that encompasses the stands, the dressing room and the directors’ box to become a football club rather than just a PLC with employees and customers. But you can’t put all of that on hold for three weeks – three weeks of exercising absolute power and authority, of claiming leadership, of seizing complete responsibility – then expect to resume where you left off. “Us” is for fifty-two weeks of the year, or not at all. And you can’t generate genuine belief in a long-term plan for survival and eventual prosperity, then demand the same belief in a new approach when you suddenly change your mind.

English League Championship Table »
Brighton and Hove A 1-1 Leicester City
Cardiff City 0-2 Wigan Athletic
Derby County 3-1 Stoke City
Gillingham 1-0 Burnley
Millwall 4-3 Crewe Alexandra
Nottingham Forest 0-3 Plymouth Argyle
Rotherham United 1-2 Preston North End
Sheffield United 3-2 Queens Park Rangers
Sunderland 1-2 Reading
Watford 1-2 Leeds United
West Ham United 3-0 Coventry City

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3rd October 1999- Premier League, Watford 1 Leeds United 2

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BSAD imageBSAD report: Sandwiched between Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United, it’s easy to see Leeds as something of a respite. It has as much to do with not seeing their shirts on every high street and their absence from the intolerable hype of the Champions League as anything. Above all, they’re still recognisable as a football club (fans that sing, quaint stuff like that) rather than the entertainments arm of some giant multinational – although the imminent share purchase by Sky will soon put paid to that. You get three points if you beat them, but you don’t get to parade around the office on Monday morning.

Body language, it was all in the body language. As I watched the Golden Boys warming-up, I could sense something just wasn’t quite right; they seemed sluggish and tired, the usual passion and vigor was missing. It was almost as if there was some kind of player-fan synergy going on. Some of their lethargy rubbed off onto us and some of ours onto them.

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10th November 1992-League Cup Third Round, Watford 2 Leeds United 1

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BSAD imageBSAD report: Trevor Putney did the only good thing he ever did for Watford in my opinion and planted the free kick on Holdsworth’s head, who proceeded to cushion a header past a surprised Lukic. Who cared about the poor Leeds marking, for Holdsworth’s goal sparked a first class terrace mental. 

100 greatest100 Greatest Watford wins- No.13: The old Vicarage Road terrace deserved one last hurrah, a final send-off before being bulldozed and replaced with a smart new stand.

OzWhiteLUFC report:The Watford game was the last time that Eric Cantona wore a Leeds shirt. His last European game ended in defeat at the hands of Rangers, his last League game was an ignominious 4-0 drubbing at Maine Road by Manchester City and the final ignominy was his miserable game at Watford, all in the space of seven days.

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Taken from programme on 14th November 1992-New Division One, Watford 0 Portsmouth 0

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