Date: 5th April 2008 at 7:04pm
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The most important statistic of the afternoon was of course the scoreline and between now and the end of the season it will remain so, but really, scratching a little deeper than the surface, performances are what should be counting right now.

We`re highly unlikely to win automatic promotion and should we go up through the play off`s we`re coming straight back down if we offer this little. Any other promotion-chasing side would`ve put Coventry to sword long before they snatched their leveller. Not Watford, “We are Watford” claimed the free flags, and here, they should have added, we do things the hard way

This was very much the Watford of recent weeks, do not let the three points fool you, nor can you let Nathan Ellington`s first goal in nearly two months kid you into thinking he`s hit form at the right time, he hasn`t.

However, to add a positive spin on this afternoon`s events, Tommy Smith did at least show some cutting edge when given his opportunity to win the game and we are back up to fourth, whatever that counts for.

Watford took the lead just seven minutes in when Tommy Smith squared the ball to Nathan Ellington, who, with absolutely no expectation on his shoulder rocketed the ball past Kasper Schmeichel and into the bottom left-hand corner from outside the area.

Whereas the best teams with the most quality would take Coventry to pieces in their vulnerable state near the bottom of the league and with just 3 wins under Chris Coleman, Watford managed the complete opposite. Leon Best was the Sky Blues main threat and on three occasions it was the Irishman who worked Richard Lee with low efforts from around the penalty area.

There was still time for Tommy Smith to manage an astounding miss, crashing a shot well wide of a virtually open goal after a cross down the right made it to the left-hand side of the penalty area. Some old adage about being easier to score than miss?

Half-time: 1-0

The second half smacked of Watford at their worst as for much of it the midfield battle was lost, Coventry evidently wanting the game more as they bossed the midfield and were first to everything, with that in mind it was little surprise 15 minutes in that Best equalised.

A good cross from the left came to Leon Best who was unmarked on the right hand side of the six yard box to plant a header back over Richard Lee and into the bottom right-hand corner.

Watford`s long ball game did unfortunately pay off in the end and no doubt Aidy Boothroyd will be punching the air with delight tonight after his boring tactics were enough to win the Hornets three points.

From a dangerous Coventry free kick, Lee hoofed the goal kick toward Nathan ‘elephant` Ellington who amazingly flicked-on for Tommy Smith to race onto the loose ball before clinically prodding underneath Schmeichel

Full-time: 2-1

Style has to start coming before substance if we`re to get anywhere in the footballing world. End of.

Coventry City
Schmeichel, Duffy (Mifsud 46), Fox, Dann, Ward, Osbourne, Stephen Hughes, Doyle, Gray (Thornton 88), Best, Simpson (Hines 72).

Referee: Mr D Deadman

Player Ratings

Lee-6
Little to do other than stop a couple of tame Best efforts.

Doyley-4
Spoons for feet.

Shittu (c) -7
Imperious as ever.

Bromby-6
A couple of hacks, but solid.

Sadler-6
A couple of nice passes, untroubled defensively.

Smith-7
Excellently taken winner and a decent display.

O’Toole-4
Poor in everything.

Williamson-4
Almost anonymous.

McAnuff-5
Enjoyed about two runs all afternoon.

Ellington-3
A joke, again. Did look slightly fitter and more interested, earning him that score, just.

Kabba-4
Slightly better than the above joke.