Date: 23rd August 2014 at 10:58pm
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Watford notched their second home win of the season with a convincing victory over a beleaguered Leeds Utd who finished the game with nine men. Fernando Forestieri put the Hornets in front before a Gabriel Tamas own goal saw the teams go in level. Troy Deeney put the Hornets ahead from the penalty spot after a foul by Guiseppe Bellusci for which he saw red. Forestieri added a third and Tozser a fourth before Sam Byram was dismissed in the final moments of the game.

Watford boss Beppe Sannino made four changes from the side that won 2-0 at Rotherham on Tuesday. Daniel Pudil, Daniel Tozser, Almen Abdi and Fernando Forestieri replaced Ikechi Anya, Keith Andrews, Lloyd Dyer and Matej Vydra. Their was a change of formation too with the Hornets reverting to the familiar 3-5-2. Their was no place in the squad for Lloyd Dyer after his well documented antics at Rotherham.

Leeds boss David Hockaday continued to mix-up his new foreign recruits with the English players at the club. Tomasso Bianchi and Mirco Antenucci continued in attack alongside last weekends match winner Billy Sharp.

Watford started the game brightly and came close to opening the scoring when Troy Deeney got on the end of a cross from Juan Carlos Paredes but headed over.

The Hornets continued their pressure on the Leeds defence and took the lead after 20 minutes through Fernando Forestieri. Daniel Tozser’s corner was cleared as far as Gianni Munari who found Gabriele Angella in the box. Angella looked to have been tripped but the ball broke to Forestieri who scored at the second attempt.

Forestieri came close to doubling the lead when he picked up the ball on the edge of the box and took it past Guiseppe Bellusci but shot straight at Marco Silvestri.

Then, after 32 minutes, the visitors equalised against the run of play through a Gabriel Tamas own goal. Good build up play from Leeds saw Luke Murphy collect the ball on the right. He drove a cross in which deflected off Tamas’ shins and flew past Heurelho Gomes.

Despite Leeds then taking control of the game for the remainder of the half it was the Hornets who came closest to retaking the lead. Tozser’s corner found Tommie Hoban unmarked but he could only head the ball over the bar.

Half Time: Watford 1-1 Leeds Utd
Second Half

The second half started brightly with both sides having chances to take the lead. Forestieri curled the ball just wide from the edge of the box for Watford, whilst Jason Pearce headed just over from a free kick for Leeds. Tozser also wasted an opportunity when he put a close range free kick high and wide after Deeney had been brought down.

The game changed in the 56th minute when the Hornets re-took the lead from the penalty spot in a move that saw the visitors reduced to ten men. Forestieri raced onto a through ball ahead of Guiseppe Bellusci who proceeded to hack him down inside the area. Bellusci was dismissed for denying a goal scoring opportunity while Deeney stepped up and scored the penalty, sending Silvestri the wrong way.

The Hornets then stepped up and dominated the remainder of the game making it 3-1 after 67 minutes through Forestieri’s second of the game. Munari found Forestieri 25-yards out. He proceeded to take the ball around three Leeds defenders before cutting the ball in off the post from a tight angle.

Forestieri came close to a hat-trick late on when he shot just wide from 20 yards. Deeney also went close when he saw a goal bound effort blocked just in front of the goal line.

However, further gloss was added to the scoreline in the first minute of stoppage time when Tozser blasted a 30-yard free kick into the bottom corner past Silvestri.

The afternoon got worse for the visitors in the final minute of stoppage time when Sam Byram was sent off for an off-the-ball incident with Daniel Pudil.

Full Time: Watford 4-1 Leeds Utd

Gomes, Hoban, Tamas, Angella, Paredes (Anya), Tozser, Abdi (Andrews), Munari, Pudil, Forestieri (Ighalo), Deeney

Subs Not Used: Bond (GK), Doyley, Fabbrini, Vydra

Leeds Utd: Silvestri, Byram, Bellusci, Pearce, Warnock, Murphy, Austin, Tonge (Poleon), Bianchi, Antenucci (Smith), Sharp (Cooper)

Subs Not Used: Taylor (GK), Wootton, Cook, Norris

Att: 15,674

Ref: Mr James Linington