A penalty each for both sides saw Watford and Brentford share the spoils last night in the Championship, in a result that sees the Hornets remain in third place for the time being.
Watford would have hoped for more after Brentford saw Ethan Pinnock sent off just before the hour mark, but Ivan Toney managed to cancel out Troy Deeney’s penalty.
Manager Vladimir Ivic named two changes to the starting eleven that beat Birmingham City on Saturday, bringing in Christian Kabasele and Ismaila Sarr for Ben Wilmot and Domingos Quina.
The game, which will be the last for the time being that allows fans into Vicarage Road, started off quickly, with the first big chance of the game falling to Sarr after 15 minutes after he spun and shot in the box, but the Brentford goalkeeper saved comfortably.
Watford looked certain to fall behind just minutes later though after Toney rose above anyone else to meet Mbuemo’s cross, but his effort went narrowly wide.
Toney looked dangerous once more on the 37th minute after his effort hit the post from outside the box.
Just before the hour mark, Pinnock brought down Sarr in the penalty area and received a red card from the referee, allowing Deeney to step up from the spot and he expertly smashed the ball home to give the Hornets the lead.
However, moments later, Brentford were awarded a penalty for themselves when Kabasele was adjudged to have handballed in the box, and Toney matched Deeney’s effort to level things once more.
With less than 10 minutes remaining on the clock, Watford thought they had snatched all three points after Sarr crossed the ball towards substitute Stipe Perica, who nodded the ball into the net, only for the linesman to raise his flag for a controversial offside.
Brentford managed to hold on for a point in the end, which on the balance of play across the game, seemed fair.
Watford are back in action this Saturday at 3pm to face Huddersfield away from home.
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