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Ipswich Town (0) 1 - 1 (0) Watford

Sky Bet Championship 2013-14

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Referee: Graham Scott (Oxfordshire)

Manager: Mick McCarthy

Portman Road 15:00

Attendance: 16385

Manager: Giuseppe Sannino

Match Number: 3531

Goals

Home
 David McGoldrick (73)
Away
 Troy Deeney (80)

Substitutions

Home
 
Away
Sean MurrayCristian Battocchio (77)
Daniel PudilIkechi Anya (79)
Diego FabbriniFernando Forestieri (82)

Cards

Home
 Tommy Smith (11)
Away
 Daniel Pudil (60)
 Joel Ekstrand (71)
 George Thorne (76)

Teams

Away

Manuel Almunia

Marco Cassetti

Daniel Pudil

Joel Ekstrand

Gabriele Angella

Lloyd Doyley

Sean Murray

George Thorne

Troy Deeney

Diego Fabbrini

Lewis McGugan

Substitutes

Away

Jonathan Bond

Josh McEachran

Fernando Forestieri

Ikechi Anya

Iriney DaSilva

Cristian Battocchio

Nyron Nosworthy

Match Report

Troy Deeney rescues a point for Watford at Ipswich Town

Troy Deeney rescued a point for Watford in a 1-1 draw at Ipswich Town to ensure his new manager, Giuseppe Sannino, did not start his tenure with a defeat.

A loss for Watford looked likely when the home side were given a controversial penalty, stroked home by David McGoldrick in the 73rd minute, but the lead lasted just eight minutes before Deeney slid home from Marco Cassetti's cross.

In truth, a draw was a fair result in a largely dismal affair. Neither side gave an inch in a cagy opening, and the first shot at either goal did not come until the 22nd minute.

Watford edged the early proceedings and came closest to scoring, in the 25th minute, when Diego Fabbrini found space in the area and cannoned a shot against the near post from an acute angle. But

Ipswich fought back and the visitors were indebted to the agility of the recalled Manuel Almunia, who tipped over McGoldrick's 25-yard shot.

As in the first half, the second 45 minutes took time to get going. It was Watford who almost made the breakthrough when the impressive Fabbrini dissected the home defence and Sean Murray's goalbound shot was smartly turned around by Dean Gerken.

Just as the game was drifting into a drab goalless draw, Ipswich were given a chance to open the scoring. Frank Nouble's weak cross deflected off the arm of Gabriele Angella and the referee, Graham Scott, had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. After furious Watford protests died down, McGoldrick stroked home his ninth goal of the season.

But with nine minutes left Watford were level. The substitute Cristian Battocchio slid a teasing cross into the six-yard area and Deeney beat Smith to slide the ball home.

Ipswich came close to a winner in the 87th minute when McGoldrick found some rare space in the Watford box, but his shot was parried by Almunia, and Luke Hyam's header from the rebound came back off the crossbar.

The Guardian

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