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Watford (2) 2 - 1 (0) Ipswich Town

NPower Championship 2010-11

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Referee: P Miller

Manager: Malky Mackay

Vicarage Road 19:45

Attendance: 11,836

Manager: Roy Keane

Match Number: 3373


 Stephen McGinn (41)
 Marvin Sordell (43)
 David Norris (69)


Marvin SordellTroy Deeney (70)
Michael BryanWill Buckley (76)


 David Norris (59)



Scott Loach

Andrew Taylor

Martin Taylor

Adrian Mariappa

Lloyd Doyley

John Eustace

Stephen McGinn

Michael Bryan

Jordan Mutch

Danny Graham

Marvin Sordell



Rene Gilmartin

Lee Hodson

Dale Bennett

Josh Walker

Will Buckley

Matt Whichelow

Troy Deeney

Match Report

Seven up for marvellous Marvin Sordell

Marvin Sordell enhanced his reputation as one of the hottest young prospects in the Championship by scoring the decisive goal that lifted Watford into third place.

Both sides were in the top six before kick-off, so a tight contest was expected - and nobody left disappointed.

The damage was done to Roy Keane's Ipswich side in a devastating two-minute spell just before the break when Watford scored both of their goals.

They were both headers, with 19-year-old Sordell poaching the crucial second with a fine leap and finish.

Watford manager Malky Mackay was full of praise for in-form Sordell, saying: 'It was a fantastic header and his movement was fantastic.

He's learning every week. It's not an easy thing to score goals at Championship level but he's doing that because he's working hard - and he's got a good partner alongside him in Danny Graham.'

Ipswich started brightly, looking particularly dangerous on the break. Jason Scotland was frustrated twice, powering one close-range shot over and then striking wide from 20 yards.

Watford had some promising spells of possession, and put in threatening crosses, but lacked incisiveness in front of goal.

That changed when they snatched the lead just before half-time. Although they had played plenty of neat football, it was the sort of goal Watford have become renowned for down the years.

Lloyd Doyley delivered a long-range throw from the right that was headed on by Martin Taylor before Stephen McGinn's close-range volley flew beyond visiting goalkeeper Brian Murphy.

Rattled by that goal, Ipswich leaked another two minutes later. Andrew Taylor delivered a deep cross and Sordell headed in his seventh of the season. Ipswich were handed a lifeline in the 69th minute when a Grant Leadbitter corner was not cleared properly by keeper Scott Loach and David Norris directed a looping, long-range header over the sprawling England Under-21 goalkeeper.

Ipswich stepped up a gear and substitute Ronan Murray thought he had snatched a last-gasp equaliser after touching in another Leadbitter corner, only to see his finish ruled out for offside.

Town boss Keane said: 'It was a silly five minute spell in the first half that cost us. We were nice and solid in the first half but then they were poor goals to give away.

'In the second half, we responded pretty well. We could have done with scoring our goal a bit earlier. It was always going to be hard for us.

'Our final ball could have been a touch better but that's the hardest part in football. We got in good positions but one or two players took an extra touch. It's just that extra bit of quality that we lack. That will come with experience.'

Watford lack experience, too, but their young guns have learned quickly. Despite moving into the top three, Mackay was cautious when discussing whether this squad can maintain their brilliant progress throughout the season.

'Everyone looks to target 52 points, then we see where we can go,' explained Mackay. 'Teams can have massive injury spells. Teams can acquire money. It's a really tough league. We have got a really small squad so nobody is getting carried away.

'It was really pleasing that we won this, especially after Portsmouth when we didn't get something from the game. We've conceded late goals so it was great to actually get that win.

'We've got youngsters who have been excellent. But we need to keep them wrapped in cotton wool.'

Arindam Rej (Mail Online)

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