Watford’s first away game of the new campaign ended in a goalless draw against Sheffield Wednesday yesterday afternoon.
Summer signing Glenn Murray made his first start for the Hornets, and there was another debut from the bench for most recent signing James Garner, who signed on loan from Manchester United on Friday.
Sheffield Wednesday made the brightest start with the Hornets being rather slow out the blocks. Josh Windass found space in the box, but his effort was well saved from Foster just inside the first 10 minutes.
Windass had another speculative effort just minutes later, but this time his effort did not test Foster’s goal.
Watford’s first opportunity came after 25 minutes, and it was the new man Murray with the effort from the edge of the box, but the Owl’s keeper did well to keep it out.
The best chance of the first half fell for Sheffield Wednesday just moments before the half time whistle, with Tom Lees hitting the post.
Vladimir Ivic decided to make his first change on the 58th minute, bringing on Stipe Perica for Murray, and the Croatian almost made an instant impact after good play between Joao Pedro and Nathaniel Chalobah allowed him to get a headed effort on target, but it was well saved once more from Dawson.
Garner came on with just over 15 minutes to play for Domingos Quina as Ivic’s side pushed for all three points.
Captain Tom Cleverley had a decent chance as he curled an effort goalwards, but Dawson once again made a good save to keep the score level.
In the end both sides had to settle for a point, but it means Ivic’s unbeaten run as manager continues.
Next up for Watford is a trip to South Wales to play Newport County for the Carabao Cup third round on Tuesday night, before making the short trip to Luton Town the following Saturday afternoon.
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