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POOR PERFORMANCE: Watford suffer first home defeat as fans return to Vicarage Road

 Published on: 6th December 2020   |   By: Geraint Roberts   |   Category: Watford FC

Watford FC were beaten against Cardiff as they welcomed fans back to Vicarage Road for the first time since March.

Kieffer Moore’s first half strike to put The Bluebirds ahead turned out to be the only goal of the game as The Hornets dropped out of the play-off spots.

Vladimir Ivic named four changes to the side that drew against Nottingham Forest on Wednesday night, bringing in Craig Cathcart, Kiko Femenia, Nathaniel Chalobah and Domingos Quina.

Watford almost took the lead inside the first 15 minutes after Joao Pedro found space in the box, but the Brazilian could only drag his effort wide.

The away side’s first real chance of the first half came to the head of Sean Morrison after a good corner from Joe Bennett, but the guided effort went harmlessly wide.

Just two minutes before half time, Wales international Kieffer Moore took advantage of Watford’s failure to clear a corner and hit a sweet half volley beyond Foster to take the lead. 

Kiko Femenia had a decent chance to level things on the 70th minute mark after his effort forced Alex Smithies into a good save.

Seconds later Joao Pedro got on the end of James Garner’s cross, but the header fell safely into Smithies’ arms.

There were shouts for a Watford penalty in the dying moments of the game after Perica went down in the box after a shove from a Cardiff player, but the referee waved play on.

The Bluebirds held on to take all three points away from Vicarage Road and Watford are now winless in their last two games and find themselves just outside the play-off positions in seventh place.

Ivic will be looking for an immediate reaction next time out as they return to Vicarage Road once more, this time hosting Rotherham, who are currently 20th.

Picture credit: Watford FC 

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