Watford started stronger and more quickly, centre-half Martin Taylor scuffing a volley wide from an early corner. The hosts, however, went ahead in the 15th minute when Jordon Mutch’s free-kick delivery from the right was met crisply by the skipper, John Eustace as he got away from his marker to steer his shot into the far corner past Chris Weale who was in-goal instead of Chris Kirkland who is in on loan from Wigan Athletic.
Mutch and Leicester midfielder Andy King then traded long-range efforts which both fizzed wide. Will Buckley soon doubled Watford’s lead in comical fashion in the 22nd minute. Though defender Jack Hobbs was dispossessed on the halfway line, there still looked little danger as the ball was punted forward. But Leicester goalkeeper Chris Weale made a complete hash of cutting out the pass, misjudging the flight of the ball to present Buckley with the easy task of tapping into an open goal. It was no more than Watford deserved.
Eriksson’s side rallied just before the break and then deservedly pulled a goal back five minutes after the restart. Former Aston Villa and Manchester City forward Darius Vassell ran into the area before playing in Kyle Naughton on the overlap and when his cross struck Andrew Taylor, referee Kevin Wright had no hesitation in awarding the penalty. Former Blackburn man Paul Gallagher smashed it into the roof of the net, before being denied an equalizer minutes later when Scott Loach pulled off a reflex save with his feet. His equalizer came when, after being fouled on the edge of the area by Lloyd Doyley, he whipped a smart effort over the wall and past Loach to find the bottom corner.
But Watford sealed victory with five minutes to go when Mutch – whose set-pieces had been consistently immaculate – floated in another great cross which Graham flicked across Weale and into the far corner. I personally think Jordon Mutch is up there with the greatest set pieces in the Championship this season. Watford will definitely have the chance to show what they’re made of when they travel to high-flying leaders, Queens Park Rangers on Friday night then Cardiff City on the 28th December.