Championship Game of the Week: Watford v Leicester 4th Dec 2010
Despite five postponements there was plenty of action in the Championship this weekend as the seven surviving games yielded over twenty four goals and a host of dramatic and entertaining football.
There was plenty of late drama to boot as Luciano Becchio scored two late goals to usurp a Neil Danns opener in the Leeds v Crystal Palace game, elsewhere Cardiff scored late to deny Preston a victory they needed desperately.
This week’s Championship game of the week also featured late drama in a game that included five goals, a dramatic comeback and a twist that all ensured an entertaining and gripping game at Vicarage Road.
Watford appeared to have the game wrapped up after just 22 minutes as John Eustace and Will Buckley scored without reply to put the Hornets firmly in the driving seat.
Whilst the Eustace goal was the result of a well worked routine the second goal was farcical as goalkeeper Chris Weale misjudged a through ball allowing Will Buckley to slot the ball into an open net.
The score remained unchanged up to half time and Watford seemed to be cruising to a comfortable victory. However the adage that a two goal lead is the most dangerous lead in football was proved conclusive as Andrew Taylor handled a Kyle Naughton cross inside the area and Paul Gallagher converted the resulting penalty to put Leicester back in the match.
Leicester went on to complete the comeback as Paul Gallagher scored his second in a weekend of braces across the Championship. The Scottish striker taking advantage of another dead ball situation albeit from the edge of the area rather than the penalty spot, as he whipped the ball into the bottom right hand corner.
So in twenty four second half minutes Leicester were back level, however this was not the end of the story as Danny Graham set Vicarage road alight by glancing an 85thminute header past Weale and secure the points for Malky Mackay’s men.
This was a great result for Watford who climbed a mammoth five places to go tenth, in large part to the large number of postponements
Five goals, a fightback and a late winner what more could you ask for from a game of football, unless of course you are on the losing side.
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