Danny Graham’s 21st goal of the season was enough as Watford edged out a narrow win against Millwall.
Watford boss Malky Mackay signed a new three-and-a-half year deal this week and celebrated in the best possible fashion.
Liam Trotter’s early low shot went just wide and Don Cowie’s 25-yard effort dipped over the crossbar, but Millwall looked dangerous on the counter-attack and Danny Schofield should have tested Watford keeper Scott Loach on the quarter-hour mark but he fired the ball over. Don Cowie went close for Watford with a drive, and Troy Deeney should’ve done better with a header.
Watford finally tested Millwall goalkeeper David Forde in the final minute of the half when he had to tip an absolute belter from centre-half Adrian Mariappa over the top as it looked like that it would creep into the top corner.
Scott Loach was then called into action at the start of the second half when he got down well to keep out a stinging shot from James Henry, before the hosts scored the only goal in the 51st minute.
Don Cowie’s ball from the left found Graham and he pulled off a fantastic turn and shot which beat David Forde at his near post and found the bottom corner of the goal. But although the win edged Watford ahead of Millwall in the table, both sides do look destined to end the season in mid-table.
Watford will travel to Swansea on Tuesday night who will be looking to bounce back after a shock 1-0 defeat away at Scunthorpe United. Then, it’s a home game against Sheffield United who have not won under fairly new manager Micky Adams.