Saturday January 1, 2011 Day 25 Finished Vicarage Road Stadium

Watford 3 - 0 Portsmouth

  • Taylor 42’
  • Sordell 52’
  • Graham 70’

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  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Watford
    • Portsmouth
    • 90+3' The full-time whistle goes at Vicarage Road, and what a night is has been for Watford: Malky Mackay's side have won 3-0 with goals from Andrew Taylor, Danny Graham and Marvin Sordell! Take a look at Taylor's if you get the chance - it was a real stunner. Thanks for joining me.
    • 90+2' Watford build from the back once more, and Cotterill's anger is reaching boiling point at the moment.
    • 90+1' Halford is shown a straight red card! The defender makes a rash challenge on Cowie, then petulantly squares up to him, pressing his head against the Watford man's. The specific offence? He was sent off just for being an idiot, I'd imagine.
    • 90' Three minutes are to be added at the end of this second half and Watford are cruising.
    • 89' Utaka finds Kanu, but the Nigerian has not managed to get involved too much tonight.
    • 88' Taylor skips down the left, and his game could hardly have gone better this evening!
    • 87' Dickinson whips over a deep cross to the back post, and that is a fine delivery which Nugent heads straight at Loach!
    • 86' Whichelow comes on to replace Buckley, and he has enjoyed a tremendous game.
    • 85' Utaka surges forward at pace and drives a low shot wide of the far post with Loach untroubled.
    • 84' Sonko finds Nugent with a raking long ball, but the forward is unable to latch on to it.
    • 83' Watford keep the ball in their half patiently, and they are in no rush to push forward now.
    • 81' Kilbey rises high at the back post to meet a deep cross from Ward, but he heads wide rather tamely.
    • 79' Nugent throws his arms up in frustration as he fires a wild shot over the bar, and that was pretty shoddy.
    • 77' Mutch is impressing for Watford again, and he jinks inside and out of Dickinson, causing him all sorts of problems.
    • 75' Nugent gets the ball down once more in the Watford half, but he fails to make any impact.
    • 73' Utaka is booked for a mistimed challenge on Cowie, and the winger definitely deserves that.
    • 71' Cotterill looks like he is about to burst with frustration on the touchline as he watches his side struggle.
    • 69' GOAL!!!!! GRAHAM MAKES IT THREE! It goes from bad to worse for Portsmouth as Danny Graham races clear and plants an emphatic and composed finish beyond Ashdown for Watford's third goal!
    • 68' Sonko is caught out of position once more by Mutch, and he nearly gets in on goal.
    • 66' Watford are dominating, and Portsmouth are really struggling to get into this second half.
    • 64' Utaka brings the ball down the right at pace, but his delivery is atrocious and it angers Cotterill!
    • 62' Mokoena slips inside the Pompey area to almost let in Sordell once more, but he recovers well.
    • 60' Watford are keeping the ball with supreme confidence, and why wouldn't they be? The Hornets are having a cracking evening.
    • 58' Doyley heads narrowly wide as he jumps high to meet a fine delivery, and that was a great chance!
    • 56' Eustace is replaced by Ross Jenkins for Watford, and Mackay is happy to shore things up now.
    • 54' Tom Kilbey comes on to replace Nadir Ciftci as Pompey make a change to freshen things up.
    • 52' GOAL!!!!! SORDELL MAKES IT TWO! The striker races clear of Sonko and keeps his composure to slot a low finish beyond Ashdown with consummate ease - Watford lead 2-0!
    • 51' Watford are enjoying a very fine spell of possession now after a slow start to this second half.
    • 49' Kanu fails to generate any power as he heads on target from close range, and that was poor.
    • 47' Portsmouth dominate the early possession, stroking the ball around at the back with consummate ease.
    • 46' The second half is underway at Vicarage Road, and I can't be alone in hoping that we witness a goal even more special than Taylor's...
    • 45+1' The half-time whistle goes at Vicarage Road, and Watford lead Portsmouth by Andrew Taylor's thunderbolt strike three minutes before the break!
    • 45' Just one minute will be added at the end of this first half.
    • 43' Mutch continues to show his pace with a bright run down the right wing and a cross intended for Sordell.
    • 41' GOAL!!!! WHAT A STRIKE FROM TAYLOR! The ball bounces around in the Pompey box, before Taylor unleashes a quite spectacular volley from the edge of the penalty area into the top corner of the net - it's a goal of the season contender, no doubt!
    • 39' Mullins clashes with Mutch, and this is becoming a very fragmented.
    • 37' Nugent powers down the right and cuts back a precise ball towards Kanu, only for Taylor to intercept.
    • 35' Mullins and Ward combine in midfield to good effect, before the latter loses out to Cowie.
    • 33' Doyley gets down the right as Watford continue to play with real width, but again the delivery is poor.
    • 31' Eustace brings the ball down the right for Watford at pace, but Dickinson makes a sturdy challenge.
    • 29' Sordell races into the Pompey box, and goes down in what looks like a dive, but he leaps straight back up to his feet!
    • 27' Cowie surges through on goal, and is proving a real problem for Pompey as he scuffs his shot wide.
    • 25' Mariappa wins a towering header in the Watford box as Ward curls over a delivery.
    • 23' Taylor storms down the left for Watford, before whipping over a devilish delivery from the right, but Sordell mistimes his run.
    • 21' Mackay has his notepad out, writing frantically on the touchline as his side keep the ball.
    • 19' Buckley drives a fierce shot from range which drifts wide of the far post, but that was a good effort.
    • 17' Portsmouth have spent most of the game so far defending, and Watford continue to press forward.
    • 15' Mutch continues to look very bright in this match, and the midfielder battles very hard with Utaka.
    • 13' Loach lumps a long ball upfield, and Sordell and Graham fail to bring the ball down in their stride.
    • 11' Mullins makes a stern challenge on Eustace, and this is a very scrappy opening to this match.
    • 9' Ward and Cowie battle away doggedly in midfield looking to seize the initiative for their side.
    • 7' Halford maraudes down the right and gets a cross into the box, but Kanu cannot quite get on the end of this one.
    • 5' Graham and Sonko clash as both players leap for a high ball in the Pompey half.
    • 3' Ashdown, who was an injury doubt for Portsmouth, lumps a long ball upfield towards Halford.
    • 1' The first half is underway at Vicarage Road, and Portsmouth kick us off....
    • - The teams are in at Vicarage Road, with the referee for this evening's clash Andy D'Urso.
    • - Watford: Loach, Doyley, Martin Taylor, Mariappa, Andrew Taylor, Eustace, Cowie, Buckley, Mutch, Graham, Sordell. Subs: Gilmartin, Walker, Jenkins, Bennett, Whichelow, Massey, Thompson
    • - Portsmouth: Ashdown, Halford, Mokoena, Sonko, Dickinson, Ciftci, Ward, Mullins, Utaka, Nugent, Kanu. Subs: Flahavan, Hreidarsson, Rocha, Kilbey
    • - Watford and Portsmouth do battle in their Championship late kick-off clash at Vicarage Road.
  • Summary

    • 90+1' Halford is shown a straight red card! The defender makes a rash challenge on Cowie, then petulantly squares up to him, pressing his head against the Watford man's. The specific offence? He was sent off just for being an idiot, I'd imagine.
    • 87' Dickinson whips over a deep cross to the back post, and that is a fine delivery which Nugent heads straight at Loach!
    • 69' GOAL!!!!! GRAHAM MAKES IT THREE! It goes from bad to worse for Portsmouth as Danny Graham races clear and plants an emphatic and composed finish beyond Ashdown for Watford's third goal!
    • 52' GOAL!!!!! SORDELL MAKES IT TWO! The striker races clear of Sonko and keeps his composure to slot a low finish beyond Ashdown with consummate ease - Watford lead 2-0!
    • 41' GOAL!!!! WHAT A STRIKE FROM TAYLOR! The ball bounces around in the Pompey box, before Taylor unleashes a quite spectacular volley from the edge of the penalty area into the top corner of the net - it's a goal of the season contender, no doubt!
    • 29' Sordell races into the Pompey box, and goes down in what looks like a dive, but he leaps straight back up to his feet!
    • - Watford: Loach, Doyley, Martin Taylor, Mariappa, Andrew Taylor, Eustace, Cowie, Buckley, Mutch, Graham, Sordell. Subs: Gilmartin, Walker, Jenkins, Bennett, Whichelow, Massey, Thompson
    • - Portsmouth: Ashdown, Halford, Mokoena, Sonko, Dickinson, Ciftci, Ward, Mullins, Utaka, Nugent, Kanu. Subs: Flahavan, Hreidarsson, Rocha, Kilbey

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • S. Loach
      • L. Doyley
      • A. Mariappa
      • M. Taylor
      • A. Taylor Goal
      • J. Mutch
      • J. Eustace Substitution Out (60′)
      • W. Buckley Substitution Out (88′)
      • D. Cowie
      • M. Sordell Goal Substitution Out (90′)
      • D. Graham Goal

      Subs

      • R. Jenkins Substitution In60′
      • D. Bennett
      • R. Gilmartin
      • J. Walker
      • G. Massey Substitution In90′
      • M. Whichelow Substitution In88′
      • A. Thompson
    • Starting line-up

      • J. Ashdown
      • G. Halford Red Card
      • A. Mokoena
      • I. Sonko Substitution Out (85′)
      • C. Dickinson Yellow Card
      • J. Ward
      • H. Mullins
      • N. Ciftci Substitution Out (60′)
      • N. Kanu
      • J. Utaka Yellow Card
      • D. Nugent

      Subs

      • H. Hreidarsson Substitution In85′
      • R. Rocha
      • D. Flahavan
      • T. Kilbey Substitution In60′
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