Hull 0 - 1 Watford Match Report.
Watford ran out 1-0 winners on Tuesday night at the KC Stadium after a brilliant Troy Deeney goal sealed the victory. The Hornets now move to within 1 point of the tigers. Hull tried hard but they could not beat Jonathan Bond in the Hornets goal as well as the Hornets back three. The one bad point of the night was that Fitz Hall limped off in the first half with a suspected Hamstring injury. He was replaced by Lloyd Doyley who made his 400th Watford appearance. Another good aspect of the night was that Prince Buaben returned for the Hornets coming on as a 83rd minute substitute. Gianfranco Zola made one change to the side that drew 3-3 with Burnley. Matej Vydra replaced Fernando Forestieri. Their was one change on the bench as well. Jonathan Hogg missed out with a thigh strain so Prince Buaben took his place on the bench. Troy Deeney captained the Hornets again as Lloyd Doyley started on the bench. Hull also made one change. Striker Gedo replaced the suspended David Meyler. Hull started the match much brighter than the Hornets. Alex Bruce shot well over in the 3rd minute whilst Jonathan Bond had to be alert to collect George Boyd's cross in the 10th minute. Soon after, the hornets had two chances. Almen Abdi threw the ball to Ikechi Anya whose shot from 30 yards out went wide of the target. Then in the 15th minute, Almen Abdi collected a Troy Deeney pass and saw a powerful shot go inches over. But then in the 25th minute, Fitz Hall limped off in with a suspected hamstring injury and was replaced by Lloyd Doyley who made his 400th career appearance. Hornets January target Robbie Brady then went close for Hull as he saw his effort go narrowly wide. The game then hit a bit of a flat spot with both sides struggling to keep possession in what was a cagy affair. But in the 41st minute, the Hornets took the lead. The Hornets broke away and Matej Vydra found Almen Abdi who passed to Captain Troy Deeney. Deeney tried his luck from 20 yards and his curling effort went into the top corner of the Hull goal giving David Stockdale no chance sending the 1290 traveling Watford fans wild. This was Deeney's second goal from 20 yards in two games as he scored another brilliant goal from 22 yards against Burnley on good friday. As well as this, it was Deeney's 16th goal of the season. Bond then made an excellent save deep into first half stoppage time. George Boyd hit a close range volley which Bond got down well to save excellently.
Half Time - 0-1
Hull agai started the half brighter than the Hornets and nearly went ahead in the 49th minute. Jay Simpson got away from Joel Ekstrand and the striker saw his shot saved by Jonathan Bond. Bond made another good save in the 53rd minute when he saved Robert Koren's shot from outside the penalty area. Gianfranco Zola made his second change of the evening in the 55th minute which saw Daniel Pudil replace Matthew Briggs. Deeney then saw an effort inside the penalty area saved by David Stockdale as the Hornets searched for that all important second goal. As the game went on, the Hornets had to defend more and more. Zola made his final change in the 83rd minute when Matej Vydra was replaced by Prince Buaben who was making his first appearance of the season after injury had kept him out nearly all year. Hull tried their hardest in the final stages but could not beat Bond in the Hornets goal after four minutes of injury time Referee Robert Madley blew his whistle meaning that the 3 points were heading back to heartfordshire.
Full Time - 0-1
Hull - Stockdale (GK), Bruce (Quinn 68), Chester, Hobbs (Proschwitz 77), Elmohamady, Faye, Koren (C), Boyd, Brady, Gedo (Evans 68), Simpson.
Subs Not Used - Jakupovic (GK), Rosenior, Cairney, Fathy.
Goals - None
Bookings - None.
Watford - Bond (GK), Ekstrand, Hall (Doyley 25), Cassetti, Anya, Chalobah, Battochio, Abdi, Briggs (Pudil 55), Deeney (C), Vydra (Buaben 83).
Subs Not Used - Bonham (GK), Yeates, Geijo, Forestieri.
Goals - Deeney (41)
Bookings - Ekstrand.
Possesion - 55% Hull 45% Watford.
Attendance - 20,043 (1290 Watford Fans)
Referee - Robert Madley.