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  • English Npower Championship
  • 12 January 2013, 3:00pm
  • The Riverside Stadium
  • Attendance: 17,499
M'broughM'broughvWatfordWatford
1
  • McDonald, 90+4
2
  • Vydra, 45+1
  • Vydra, 83

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Match ends, Middlesbrough 1, Watford 2.

90+4 mins:Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 1, Watford 2.

90+4 mins:Goal! Middlesbrough 1, Watford 2. Scott McDonald (Middlesbrough) header from the right side of the six yard box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Adam Reach with a cross.

90+2 mins:Scott McDonald (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90+1 mins:Foul by Adam Reach (Middlesbrough).

90+1 mins:Marco Cassetti (Watford) wins a free kick.

90 mins:Corner, Watford.

89 mins:Substitution, Watford. Mark Yeates replaces Matej Vydra.

89 mins:Foul by Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough).

89 mins:Almen Abdi (Watford) wins a free kick.

87 mins:Foul by Ishmael Miller (Middlesbrough).

87 mins:Lars Joel Ekstrand (Watford) wins a free kick.

87 mins:Attempt missed. Matej Vydra (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

86 mins:Corner, Middlesbrough.

84 mins:Substitution, Watford. John Eustace replaces Nathaniel Chalobah.

83 mins:Goal! Middlesbrough 0, Watford 2. Matej Vydra (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Almen Abdi.

82 mins:Foul by Nyron Nosworthy (Watford).

82 mins:Scott McDonald (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick.

81 mins:Offside, Middlesbrough. Scott McDonald tries a through ball, but Scott McDonald is caught offside.

77 mins:Attempt missed. Sebastian Hines (Middlesbrough) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter.

77 mins:Corner, Middlesbrough.

76 mins:Offside, Middlesbrough. Faris Haroun tries a through ball, but Faris Haroun is caught offside.

75 mins:Attempt saved. Matej Vydra (Watford) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved.

74 mins:Foul by Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough).

74 mins:Christian Battocchio (Watford) wins a free kick.

72 mins:Attempt missed. Faris Haroun (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

71 mins:Substitution, Middlesbrough. Merouane Zemmama replaces Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma.

71 mins:Foul by George Friend (Middlesbrough).

71 mins:Marco Cassetti (Watford) wins a free kick.

69 mins:Foul by Nathaniel Chalobah (Watford).

69 mins:George Friend (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick.

69 mins:Substitution, Middlesbrough. Ishmael Miller replaces Lukas Jutkiewicz.

67 mins:Attempt saved. Faris Haroun (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

65 mins:Foul by Lukas Jutkiewicz (Middlesbrough).

65 mins:Lars Joel Ekstrand (Watford) wins a free kick.

64 mins:Foul by Rhys Williams (Middlesbrough).

64 mins:Matej Vydra (Watford) wins a free kick.

63 mins:Attempt missed. Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

59 mins:Attempt missed. Adam Reach (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

57 mins:Substitution, Middlesbrough. Adam Reach replaces Joshua McEachran.

54 mins:Attempt missed. Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

53 mins:Attempt missed. Almen Abdi (Watford) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

51 mins:Foul by Lukas Jutkiewicz (Middlesbrough).

51 mins:Lars Joel Ekstrand (Watford) wins a free kick.

50 mins:Corner, Middlesbrough.

50 mins:Attempt blocked. Scott McDonald (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

49 mins:Corner, Watford.

48 mins:Attempt saved. Matej Vydra (Watford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.

48 mins:Corner, Middlesbrough.

46 mins:Attempt missed. Daniel Pudil (Watford) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Second Half begins Middlesbrough 0, Watford 1.

45+2 mins:First Half ends, Middlesbrough 0, Watford 1.

45+1 mins:Goal! Middlesbrough 0, Watford 1. Matej Vydra (Watford) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

45 mins:Foul by Lars Joel Ekstrand (Watford).

45 mins:Lukas Jutkiewicz (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick.

44 mins:Foul by Nicky Bailey (Middlesbrough).

44 mins:Troy Deeney (Watford) wins a free kick.

42 mins:Corner, Middlesbrough.

42 mins:Attempt saved. Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

38 mins:Foul by Marco Cassetti (Watford).

38 mins:Scott McDonald (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick.

35 mins:Foul by Joshua McEachran (Middlesbrough).

35 mins:Lloyd Doyley (Watford) wins a free kick.

33 mins:Foul by Nathaniel Chalobah (Watford).

33 mins:Faris Haroun (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick.

32 mins:Foul by George Friend (Middlesbrough).

32 mins:Marco Cassetti (Watford) wins a free kick.

32 mins:Foul by Lars Joel Ekstrand (Watford).

32 mins:Lukas Jutkiewicz (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick.

31 mins:Attempt missed. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma.

30 mins:Corner, Middlesbrough.

30 mins:Attempt blocked. Scott McDonald (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

29 mins:Foul by Sebastian Hines (Middlesbrough).

29 mins:Troy Deeney (Watford) wins a free kick.

28 mins:Corner, Watford.

26 mins:Attempt missed. Sebastian Hines (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter.

26 mins:Corner, Middlesbrough.

17 mins:Corner, Middlesbrough.

16 mins:Attempt missed. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from long range on the right misses to the left.

12 mins:Attempt saved. Scott McDonald (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

10 mins:Attempt missed. George Friend (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is too high. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter.

10 mins:Corner, Middlesbrough.

10 mins:Attempt blocked. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

8 mins:Foul by Faris Haroun (Middlesbrough).

8 mins:Almen Abdi (Watford) wins a free kick.

6 mins:Offside, Middlesbrough. Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma tries a through ball, but Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma is caught offside.

2 mins:Foul by Faris Haroun (Middlesbrough).

2 mins:Matej Vydra (Watford) wins a free kick.

2 mins:Attempt saved. Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

  • English Npower Championship
  • 12 January 2013, 3:00pm
  • The Riverside Stadium
  • Attendance: 17,499
M'broughM'broughvWatfordWatford
1
  • McDonald, 90+4
2
  • Vydra, 45+1
  • Vydra, 83

match report

Matej Vydra hit a brace as Watford pulled off a classic smash-and-grab to earn a 2-1 Championship win at Middlesbrough.

Vydra struck his 13th and 14th goals of the season as away-day specialists Watford ended Middlesbrough's impressive home run.

Czech Republic striker Vydra fired home in time added on at the end of the first half and struck his second in the 83rd minute to ensure Watford consolidated their play-off place. Scott McDonald headed home a consolation for Boro in the third minute of stoppage time.

Boro made all the running in the first half. Emmanuel Ledesma's 30-yard effort in the second minute warmed Manuel Almunia's hands and Lukas Jutkiewicz's shot from inside the penalty area was blocked by Watford defender Joel Ekstrand.

Watford saw enough of the ball, but by the time Almunia had turned away Ledesma's angled shot in the 42nd minute, the visitors had failed to muster a single effort on goal.

But in time added on at the end of the first half Watford struck against the run of play with their first shot of the game. Vydra pounced on a loose ball in the area and drilled a left-footed shot beyond Boro goalkeeper Jason Steele into the bottom corner.

Boro were still reeling after the restart and Vydra forced Steele into his first save when blocking the striker's 20-yard shot.

Almen Abdi, back from a pelvic injury, and Ledesma traded long-range strikes that flew wide before Boro's on-loan Chelsea teenager Josh McEachran was forced off injured in the 57th minute and replaced by Adam Reach.

Reach (twice), Ledesma and Faris Faroun all tried their luck from outside the area, the latter's superbly held by Almunia before Boro boss Tony Mowbray sent on Ishmael Miller for Jutkiewicz in the 69th minute.

Substitute midfielder Merouane Zemmama was then sent on for Ledesma as Mowbray looked to salvage a point, but Watford went close to extending their lead when Vydra's close-range effort forced a fine reflex save from Steele.

But Steele was helpless when Vydra steered home his second in the 83rd minute, taking Abdi's cross from the left in his stride to bury another finish into the bottom corner.

McDonald headed home Reach's cross in the 93rd minute, but it was a mere consolation.

team line-up

1Jason Steele
15Sebastian Hines
14Rhys Williams
4George Friend
7Grant Leadbitter
16Joshua McEachran57
38Faris Haroun
10Nicky Bailey
11Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma71
27Scott McDonald
17Lukas Jutkiewicz69

substitutes

8Kevin Thomson
33Richard Smallwood
30Ishmael Miller69
32Jayson Leutwiler
21Stuart Parnaby
5Merouane Zemmama71
25Adam Reach57

referee

Mark Brown

team line-up

1Manuel Almunia
27Marco Cassetti
12Lloyd Doyley
33Nyron Nosworthy
40Lars Joel Ekstrand
39Nathaniel Chalobah84
18Daniel Pudil
38Christian Battocchio
22Almen Abdi
20Matej Vydra89
9Troy Deeney

substitutes

41Fernando Forestieri
30Jonathan Bond
7Mark Yeates89
21Ikechi
11Craig Forsyth
4John Eustace84
36Alexandre Geijo

referee

Mark Brown

match stats

possession %5743
shots on target54
shots off target93
corners93
tackles won00
offsides30