Watford 2-2 Norwich City

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Watford and Norwich City shared the spoils in an action-packed evening at Vicarage Road on Tuesday.

Watford got off to the worst start imaginable when Sam Vokes ran on to a Grant Holt pass and fired past Scott Loach. Only 77 seconds of the match had been played.

Though to Watford’s credit, they did put the Norwich City defence under huge amounts of pressure and carved out many opportunities to score. The pressure got to Norwich City as their defending seemed quite desperate at times.

Watford eventually equalised on the 26th minute when Danny Graham took advantage of a very lucky bounce of Elliott Ward and score his 27th goal of the season by firing the ball low past Norwich City keeper, John Ruddy.

Then ten minutes later, Watford took the lead when Danny Graham beat Zak Whitbread on the wing and whipped in a cross that found Don Cowie who took a touch before unleashing a powerful shot in off the underside of the crossbar.

It looked like that Norwich City was going to have back to back defeats for the first time under Paul Lambert and it should have been 3-1 to Watford. A great cross from Marvin Sordell found its way to Danny Graham but he managed to let the ball run over his foot and the chance was wasted.

 This wasted opportunity proved to be a big turning point as David Fox whipped in a freekick and Grant Holt, who was being fouled by Adrian Mariappa, headed across goal and Simeon Jackson tapped the ball home from about two yards.

It finished 2-2 and this draw puts Watford up to 11th place and their playoff hopes are vanishing as they’re not picking up wins and the teams in the playoffs and around the playoffs are all putting vital points on the board. Watford must now look to Saturday’s crunch match with Leeds United as a ‘make or break’ game. Win and there is a chance. Draw or loss and their playoff dreams are over.

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