LIVE: Vicarage Road pays tribute to Graham Taylor as Watford play out uninspiring draw with Middlesbrough
Watford boss thinks side’s performance could have been affected by Graham Taylor tributes during Boro draw
Jon Mark’s 3CR commentary
Watford had barely threatened all afternoon but took the lead with a far more convincing strike from Holebas. The Greek international stole the ball from Cristhian Stuani and lashed a shot inside Victor Valdes’ near post from 20 yards.
report: If someone had warned me about the stress that would come with supporting Watford, I probably would have opted out. Unfortunately however, I’m too far in and as a consequence I found myself in Middlesbrough on a Sunday afternoon.
Middlesbrough moved back to the top of the table with a 1-0 win over Wigan on Friday, but they were knocked off the summit within three days by Watford, who moved into pole position themselves before being usurped by Bournemouth and Norwich later on Easter Monday.
Watford actually grew stronger as the game went on, and could have won by a wider margin than two. Even more encouraging was the way they defended the threat of Patrick Bamford, one of the Championship’s in-form strikers, who barely got a sight of goal.
With his stilted English delivered in unwavering monotone, Slavisa Jokanovic – Watford’s fourth manager of the season – seems an unlikely inspiration but in these most pressured circumstances his side produced probably their most convincing display of the season.
Scott McDonald scored a late winner for Middlesbrough as they beat 10-man Watford at Vicarage Road. The home side took the lead when an Andre Bikey error led to Matej Vydra’s shot being parried and Troy Deeney pounced to score from close range.
It’s fair to say that a quarter of an hour or so in few will have been anticipating this kind of scoreline. We were aided in no small part by the very early opening, resultant from a weak backpass from the Centre Back Formerly Known as Bikey… Vydra latched onto it, Steele blocked his shot but the ball broke for Troy Deeney to loft the ball into an empty net.
Final programme notes from Sean Dyche and Laurence Bassini
As you always do on the final day, you look around the pitch for signs of what next season might bring, for the points that need addressing, for the players who need tying down lest they fly away. One last look before a summer of idle discussion and speculation…and we’ll mostly leave all of that for the footie-less weeks.