Watford FC stole all three points in the final few minutes of the game against Birmingham City this afternoon, after a late penalty from the captain, Troy Deeney.
Kristian Pederson was shown a red card four a foul on Stipe Perica that led to the Watford penalty, and the Hornets held on after that to take all three points back to Vicarage Road.
Vladimir Ivic, who won the November Manager of the Month award yesterday, named three changes to the side, bringing in Ben Wilmot, James Garner and Domingos Quina.
The first half was relatively quiet with little to shout about from both teams until the 37th minute when Gary Gardner’s corner for the Blues was flicked on by San Jose, but luckily for the Hornets the far post kept the ball out.
Watford’s first real chance of the game came mid-way through the second half when Ben Wilmot found Troy Deeney with a long ball, but the captain’s attempted lob was caught by Neil Etheridge.
The Hornets started to find their feet after that with Deeney among the action once more after he got his head on the end of Ken Sema’s cross, but it went narrowly wide.
With seven minutes remaining on the clock, Watford had their golden chance to snatch the points when Stipe Peirca was brought down by Pederson, who was sent off for the challenge.
Deeney stepped up confidently as always for the penalty and hammered it down the middle, leaving Etheridge little chance of keeping it out.
The Hornets held on comfortably in the end and now find themselves in fourth place in the Championship.
The games continue to come thick and fast as we approach the festive period, and Ivic’s men are back in action once more on Tuesday night as they welcome Brentford to Vicarage Road.
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