Watford 1-3 Bristol City

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Watford lost at home to a struggling Bristol City side who look to be pulling away from the relegation zone.

The home side took the lead after 19 minutes through Don Cowie’s shot after very good work from Danny Graham down the right hand side. His cross eluded Andreas Weimann but Cowie was there to finish off the move with a superb well taken goal.

A quickly taken throw-in from Lewin Nyatanga allowed Martin Woolford to cross for Nicky Maynard’s equaliser and the home defence seemed to be immobilised. But there was some controversy about this goal as there were two balls on the pitch and the referee was quite rightly booed off the pitch at half-time. 

The home side pressed forward and former Watford keeper David James did well to hold a powerful header by Graham and a fierce shot from Andi Weimann, while Marvin Elliott wasted a chance after a David Clarkson pass.

After the break, Cowie went close with a 25-yard shot but Bristol City took the lead when Maynard’s cross found Marvin Elliott who headed home with Scott Loach unable to do more than send it into the top of the net.

Watford pressed forward in the latter stages of the game, but Watford top scorer Danny Graham was guilty of wasting their only real chance as he sliced over the City net. But Bristol City put the game to bed when Brett Pitman, who had come on as a substitute with Andy Keogh for the hard-working Maynard and Clarkson, powered home Adomah’s cross in the third minute of injury time.

Despite a promising start, this was not the best performance I have ever seen but credit must go to Bristol City for the way they defended and for being more clinical in front of goal. Also, I think Malky Mackay is a really good manager but I have to question myself as to why he keeps playing Lee Hodson.

The win moves City into 17th position, seven points clear of the relegation zone, but Watford’s slump continues as the Hornets now have gone eight games in all competitions without a win. This defeat makes Saturday’s trip to Doncaster Rovers a must win game and this time I genuinely believe that.

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