A goal from John Eustace was enough to keep Watford’s slim playoff dreams flickering in a mediocre game at Vicarage Road.
Watford put Barnsley under immense pressure in the early stages of the opening half and got off to a great start with John Eustace scoring with only 70 seconds on the clock. This goal came about after Troy Deeney headed Don Cowie’s corner against the bar, but John Eustace was there to lash it home from two yards.
Things looked really good from then on with Watford having 5 more corners but could not score from them. The best chance was when John Eustace’s header was tipped over the bar by Luke Steele. This was before Matt Hill nodded wide at the other end.
Barnsley managed to keep Danny Graham quiet for long periods of the game and when he did find space to have a shot on goal, Barnsley’s defending was heroic. Danny Graham then chipped in a cross for Marvin Sordell but his header was only just off target.
Reuben Noble-Lazarus’s powerful shot was probably the closest Barnsley came to a goal but Scott Loach did extremely well to save it as the ball was hit with real pace and venom. Then Bobby Hassell slashed the ball over the bar as Barnsley searched for an equalising but to no avail.
This win puts Watford 11th and 5 points of the playoffs with 9 points to play for. So Watford have to win all their remaining games to have a sniff of finishing 6th. Just think where Watford would be if we managed to hold on to the leads against Norwich City, Burnley, Portsmouth, Leeds United and Crystal Palace.