FULL-TIME: Watford 2 Ipswich Town 1
IPSWICH Town were left to rue a host of missed chances in the first half as Watford came from behind to win 2-1 at Vicarage Road.
After Troy Deeney wasted a golden chance in the opening moments, Town took control and created chance after chance.
Daryl Murphy had already five attempts at goal before Jay Emmanuel-Thomas capitalised on a Carl Dickinson mistake to deservedly put the Blues in front with a simple finish after 18 minutes.
Michael Chopra then produced a contender for ‘miss of the season’ in the 33rd minute, firing wide of an open goal from no more than three yards,
Watford’s introduction of target man Chris Iwelumo in the 54th minute changed the game though, with the hosts suddenly having a physical presence to play around on a poor playing surface.
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Winger Sean Murray coolly side-footed the hosts level in the 70th minute after Damien Delaney had failed to deal with a long ball over the top and Aaron Cresswell’s block on Troy Deeney fell kindly to him in the area.
The home crowd were suddenly lifted and, with eight minutes to go, Watford grabbed a winner thanks to a mistake by Carlos Edwards. The Trinidadian badly under-hit a back pass, but it still left Deeney with plenty to do.
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Unfortunately for Town, the striker managed to slide in, shield the ball from keeper Alex McCarthy, get to his feet and curl an angled effort over Aaron Cresswell on the line.
- See Monday’s EADT and Ipswich Star for match analysis and reaction.