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POINTS SHARED: Watford’s winning run comes to an end with draw at Middlesbrough 

 Published on: 5th April 2021   |   By: Geraint Roberts   |   Category: Watford FC

Watford FC’s six-game winning streak came to an end this afternoon after they were pegged back in the second half by Middlesbrough away from home. 

Ismaila Sarr’s opener in the first half put Watford in good stead to pick up yet another victory and even put them within touching distance of league leaders Norwich City, but they had to settle for a point after Yannick Bolasie equalised late in the second half. 

Xisco Munoz named one change to the side that beat Sheffield Wednesday on Friday, bringing in Ken Sema for Isaac Success. 

The first opportunity of the game fell to Philip Zinckernagel just after the 10-minute mark as effort deflected just wide of the post.

On the half hour mark, however, it was Zinckernagel again among the action and this time his strike from outside the box deflected off Sarr kindly, leaving the Boro goalkeeper helpless in goal to keep it out.

Middlesbrough thought they levelled the game five minutes after the second half started when Duncan Watmore slotted the ball beyond Bachmann, but the linesman had flagged for offside. 

On the 62nd minute, Watford almost got their second of the game after excellent link-up play between Sarr and Joao Pedro allowed the latter to get a shot away, but he could only turn the effort wide.

Pedro went close yet again on the 72nd minute, but again his bended effort went narrowly wide of the Middlesbrough goal. 

On the 78th minute, Middlesbrough did get their equaliser after a dangerous free kick from Paddy McNair found Bolasie in the box, and he couldn’t miss with his head from just a couple of yards out.

The result puts an end to Watford’s six-game winning run, but the Hornets remain in an excellent position to secure their return to the Premier League and received a boost not long later when Swansea lost to Preston North End. 

Next up for Munoz’s men is sixth placed Reading at Vicarage Road on Friday evening. 

Picture credit Watford FC

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