Date: 5th March 2011 at 6:08pm
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Malky Mackay celebrated his new contract as Watford recorded their first win in nine games after battling to a hard fought victory over Millwall.

Watford made three changes from their last outing against Doncaster with Jenkins, Deeney and Buckley replacing Whichelow, Eustace and McGinn.

Watford started brightly and forced some early corners the last of which found Lee Hodson on the edge of the box and his vicious shot was blocked.

Millwall also produced some good early chances. First, Liam Trotter played a one-two with Steve Morison but put his effort over the bar. Danny Schofield also missed a good chance when he blazed over after Loach had parried Morison’s cross.

Watford’s goal continued to lead a charmed life as the robust Millwall continued carving out chances. James Henry found space on the left and his low cross bobbled around in the Watford area before Trotter’s header was deflected onto the bar and was cleared away.

Watford finished the half strongly with Weimann having a good effort saved and had a strong penalty appeal turned away when Martin Taylor was wrestled to the ground from a corner.

Half Time

Second Half

Millwall started the second half strongly and nearly took the lead within 60 seconds of the restart but Loach saved expertly from Henry.

Watford took the lead on 51 minutes when following a thrown in Don Cowie picked out Danny Graham with a defence splitting pass and striker fired under David Forde at the near post.

Watford defended strongly and looked dangerous on the break with Andy Weimann, who got the ball on halfway and ran through to the edge of the box but fired over. Millwall were also lucky to escape having a player sent off when Will Buckley beat Darren Purse to a lofted clearance with the defender wrestling Buckley to the ground but the referee waved away appeals for a free kick.

Millwall mustered one last chance for an equalizer when substitute Kevin Lisbie poked the ball through the Watford defence for Steve Morison but a combination of substitute Dale Bennett and Scott Loach got the ball away.


9 Replies to “Watford Battle To First Win In Nine”

  • Great result, although I thought the opposition had more than enough chances to score, but they didn’t take them, so a great team effort and I’m sure 1881 will be feeling a slight more confident?

  • i was in the vic rd end and the milwall fans were shocking. they threw coins, chairs and bottles at us, such sore losers.

  • I know a guy who had stuff thrown at him on his way to Watford Junction. They missed, but it’s just not football – will Millwall’s ‘hooligan culture’ ever diminish?

  • I still do not understand how the opposition are allowed out at the same time as the home fans, one day it will end in tears. Sadly wfc, where these idiots will not get retaliation, there****s grow hard in their pants and thus makes them feel good. Where they meet opponents who will give them a go, they will show respect and not walk round with hard-ons. Throwing a seat at a 6 year old is so hard!

  • All very true Andy. It probably isn’t necessary every week, but when you know you’ve got aggro fans, e.g. Millwall, or fans likely to kick or or there’s been particular dispute and anger on the field, just keep the home fans in. Get the few away fans out first, bish, bash, bosh. Problem solved.

  • We we’re lucky today.. We had one shot in the match & scored from it. Millwall played very well & prob deserved more from the game… All in all very good three points…

  • I am feeling a little more confident now… Still some very hard games to come.. Not sure weather Swansea losing is a good thing or a bad thing for midweek match. Still we have such a hard run in ahead of us…

  • 1881 there have not been many games I can think have been easy, all in all this must go down as one of best seasons in a long time, although we have struggled of late, we have secured another season in the championship and considering where we thought we would be at the start of the season. Some of the football has been class, the pitch has not helped and the loss of mutch and walker really hindered the team. But Malky will learn, if we could get some investment in to the team and ground, we could have a real push for promotion.

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