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Watford FC promotion chase live blog
Updated 3:27pm Saturday 4th May 2013 in News
This live event has finished
- Watford FC vs Leeds United Kick-off at Vicarage Road at 12.45
- Promotion rivals Hull FC to play champions Cardiff at same time
- Watford Leeds 1-2
- Hull Cardiff 2-2
- Debutante Jack Bonham on after Almunia and Bond injured in match and warm up
Zola tells Sky Sports Jonathon Bond has gone to hospital with a broken nose. Hopes there is no other in injury.
Watford players doing a lap around pitch clapping the fans.
The other play-off is between Brighton and Crystal Palace.
Leicester take the last play-off slot after beating Forest 3-2 in the end. Bolton could only draw 2-2 with Blackpool.
Hornets are applauded off the pitch. Wasn’t to be today for Watford. They go into the play-offs where they face Leicester City.
@Observer_Owl It was alive until the end but #WatfordFC have lost 2-1 to Leeds. So it is Leicester City on Thursday night in the play-off semi-final
Straight into the wall. And it is all over. Hull clinch promotion.
Looks like Yeates will take it.
Free kick to Watford on the edge of the Leeds area.
Watford still pressuring for a goal. But Leeds are holding firm.
Four minutes of added time left.
Heart-break. Leeds catch Watford on the break, McCormack attempts to chip Bonham, who fumbles ball into his own net. Absolutely gutting.
Forestieri hits the side netting. Watford getting close.
Pudil yellow card for dissent.
Defended and goes out for Leeds goal kick.
Watford on the attack. Abdi has a shot blocked. Hornets have a corner.
Watford have 5 minutes of regular time plus added time to find a winner.
Marshall saves again. And that is full time 2-2. It's all down to Watford now.
Watford are heading for promotion if they can find a winner. But Hull have free kick on the edge of Cardiff's area. Tense.
GOAAAAAAAAAALL Cardiff draw level 2-2. The Hornets have a lifeline.
Cardiff now have a penalty. Unbelieveable.
Marshall saves the penalty. Still 2-1 to Hull.
Hull awarded a penalty. Hull fans have just invaded the pitch before the match has ended prolonging the match.
Now into four minutes of added time at the KC Stadium.
Andrew Taylor shown a second yellow card for Cardiff. Looking even less likely they will do Watford a favour now.
Watford come close. Vydra has a deflected shot which almost wrong-footed Kenny. Good save from the goalkeeper.
About Five minutes of regular time left at KC Stadium. Hull are still winning 2-1. Cardiff not making a huge effort to change the score line at the moment.
Substitution: Vydra comes on for Anya. Would be a good time to end his dry spell in front of goal.
Observer_Owl #WatfordFC's hopes of promotion have been dealt a blow with Deeney being sent off. 2nd yellow card for late tackle. 1st kicking ball away
Deeney sent off after getting second yellow. Massive blow for Watford.
Bolton are back in the last play-off slot as Nottingham Forest and Leicester are drawing 2-2.
Cardiff squanders the opportunity by rolling it into the Hull wall. Still 2-1.
Still 2-1 to Hull at KC Stadium. But Cardiff have a free kick on the edge of Hull's area.
From @Observer_Owl #WatfordFC's best passage of play for a while leads to an opening but Forestieri was closed down before he could shoot.
Vicarage Road a little subdued after news of Hull City’s second goal filters through.
Dispatch from Walkabout:
@Ben_WatfordObs: Second half underway but many still queuing at the bar, Dutch courage anyone? #WatfordFC
Second half has kicked off at Vicarage Road.
Unless Cardiff can score it won't matter what Watford do, Hull will be up.
Hull have taken the lead 2-1. McShane heads home from a corner.
Watford now have to win if that score stays the same. Cardiff still have 30 minutes to do the Hornets another favour though.
Hull have just equalised 1-1.
Hull looking very shaky after conceding that goal. Cardiff dominating at the moment. Still 0-1.
Pics from our photographer Holly Cant of Hornets' fans celebrating the equaliser.
Fraizer Campbell has just scored for Cardiff. Hull 0-1 down and Watford are going up as it stands.
Hull Cardiff has kicking off again at the KC Stadium for the second half.
It has been a nervous 62 minutes.
@Ben_WatfordObs "Cheers and applause for the half time whistle #WatfordFC"
Half time whistle blown at Vicarage Road. Remains 1-1.
Worrying news on Jonathon Bond. Looks like he suffered a serious neck injury in that clash. More when we get it.
Crowds in Walkabout in town centre are lifted by Watford equaliser.
@Ben_WatfordObs "Fantastic equaliser greeted with wild celebrations #WatfordFC back to singing "we are going up"
Hornets crowd back in full voice following the equaliser. Still six minutes of the first half remaining here at Vicarage Road.
Elsewhere Bolton have pulled back level on 2-2 against Blackpool. But Leicester are still in the last play-off slot on goal difference as are winning 2-1 at Nottingham Forest.
"Great strike from Almen Abdi equalises for #WatfordFC. As it stands, Hull go up but this will be a great lift for the Hornets!"
Watford level through a brilliant Almen Abdi strike.
Half time whistle has gone at the KC. Still 0-0, but Hull heading up as it stands.
Just the 16 minutes of added on time at the end of the first half at Vicarage Road. It is still 0-0 between Hull and Cardiff at the KC Stadium.
Leicester have gone ahead at Forest meaning they are currently in the last play-off slot. Bolton still behind 0-2 against Blackpool.
Leeds substitute Poleon taps past Bonham after Hornets' defensive mix-up. Not the greatest start to the young debutante’s first game.
Not good news. Leeds score. Hornets losing 0-1.
Big round of applause for Bond as he is stretchered off. Best wishes to the young keeper.
The action is now 14 minutes behind schedule at Vicarage Road.
Latest on Bond from @Observer_Owl.
"Bond is in a head brace + leaving the pitch on a stretcher after being down around ten mins. Get well soon Jonathan. Bonham debut #WatfordFC"
At the KC it is all Hull at minute. Putting Cardiff under a lot of pressure but still 0-0.
Elsewhere in the Championship Leicester have drawn level with Forest. However Forest would still clinch the last play-off slot on the current scores.
It looks like Jonathan Bond caught in the head by Dominic Poleon and was knocked out.
What a game for Jack Bonham to make his professional debut.
Looking more likely Bonham be coming on.
@Obsever_Owl #WatfordFC's medical team are not moving Bond so it looks serious. Jack Bonham is warming up and looks set for his professional debut
The paramedics are on for Bond and he is still in the recovery position. I hope the youngster is ok #WatfordFC
More worrying goalkeeper news from Vicarage Road.
Observer_Owl: Bond + Anya are down in a heap after colliding with Dominic Poleon. The stretcher is on for Bond so Bonham could be on for debut #WatfordFC
Bolton have also gone down 1-0 against Blackpool. Another dent to their play-off hopes.
Early shots from inside Vicarage Road from our photographer Holly Cant.
Our town centre reporter Ben Endley's latest dispatch from Walkabout.
"Fans not happy at being denied a penalty there #WatfordFC"
12th minute – Jonathan Hogg breaks into the Leeds penalty area and goes down. Appeal from the Watford players and supporters is turned down by referee Graham Salisbury.
Steve Morison is coming off. Looks like Dominic Poleon will replace him for Leeds.
Stoppage in play after Leed's Steve Morison collides with Ekstrand.
From @Observer_Owl: I hope Steve Morison is ok. Was knocked out cold right in front of us after what seemed like an innocuous challenge with Ekstrand #WatfordFC
Hull have just had a goal ruled off-side. Have started strong against Cardiff. Champions starting very slowly.
Elsewhere in the championship Nottingham Forest have moved into the promotion places after going ahead against Leicester.
This just tweeted from @Observer_Owl:
"There is some atmosphere at Vicarage Road today - haven't experienced it like this for a long time. #WatfordFC"
Watford have started strong - 90 seconds into this game and Deeney's had a shot blocked and so has Pudil.
Our group sports editor Anthony Matthews just tweeted this from the ground.
"So after 45 games it's all down to the next 90 minutes. History could be made this afternoon. COME ON! #WatfordFC #believe
And we are off. Come on you Orns!
Just to repeat Jonathan Bond has been handed a late start after Manuel Almunia has been injured warming up.
There is also a late change for Leeds as Michael Brown comes in for the injured Zac Thompson.
Wow - big team news for Watford FC - Jonathan Bond has come in for Manuel Almunia, who has injured himself in the warm-up.
Hull's starting line-up today: Stockdale, Rosenior, McShane, Faye, Chester, Meyler, Quinn, Elmohamady, Boyd, Brady, Simpson
Subs: Jakupovic, Hobbs, Evans, Fryatt, Bruce, Fathi, Proschwitz
Steve Bruce has just told Sky Sports he has changed his formation to a 4-4-2 today in a bid to end Hull's recent goal drought.
From @Observer_Owl: "There is already a great atmosphere at Vicarage Road and it is not half full yet. Come on Watford FC!"
Our reporter Ben Endley in Watford town centre:
"High street absolutely heaving right now, I'd expect it to look very different in an hour Watford."
12:27pm Sat 4 May 13
cheers malky...eight changes to his first team..so much for playing a strong team and keeping the integrity of the league..thanks a bunch
Just had this from the Observer_Owl:
"Big cheer goes up from the Rookery as Watford FC players run out of the Vicarage Road tunnel to warm up."
Hornets fans how streaming down Vicarage Road. Have had these pictures sent in from our photographer Holly Cant.
News from the KC. Looks like Steve Bruce has made two changes form the side that lost at Barnsley with Liam Rosenior and Jay Simpson coming in for Corry Evans and Matty Fryatt.
Hull are still without leading goal-scorer Robert Koren, who is injured.
Leeds starting XI: Kenny, Peltier, Lees, Pearce, Drury, Green, Varney, Tonge, Thompson, Morison, McCormack.
Watford FC Subs: Hall, Briggs, Battocchio, Yeates, Vydra, Geijo.
Watford Starting XI: Almunia; Doyley, Ekstrand, Cassetti; Anya, Chalobah, Hogg, Abdi, Pudil; Deeney, Forestieri
Have had this sent in from @Observer_Owl who is at the ground.
"Sun is shining + pitch is slick. All we need now is the Championship's entertainers + a favour from an old friend."
The last time Watford won promotion to the Premier League it was by beating Leeds in the 2006 play-off final. Hopefully that is a good omen.
Today Leeds are also set be without Rodolph Austin and El Hadji Diouf through suspension while Sam Byran has been ruled out with a hip injury.
Leeds have not won away from home since beating Huddersfield in December.
The last time Watford met Leeds this season they thrashed the Elland Road outfit 6-1. Leeds come to today’s fixture having lost their last three consecutive matches.
The team has arrived at Vicarage Road.
Top-scorer Vydra making his way into Vicarage Road.
Fitz Hall and John Eustace have also been in training this week.
Abdi has been struggling with a calf injury while Chalobah had a groin problem and was taken off as a precaution against Leicester City.
Watford have also been boosted by the news that both Almen Abdi and Nathaniel Chalobah are fit and available for the match today.
The Hornets are going into today's crucial fixture in a nice vein of form. The Golden boys have won their last two one spin, scoring six in the process.
Fans are gearing up for what will be a nerve-racking 90 minutes at Vicarage Road. Sam Defriez has sent in this picture of how his friend's dad is dressing for the big occasion
11:20am Sat 4 May 13
Good luck to the lads, and best wishes to the supporters from someone who has to work----!
Our reporter Ben Endley in Watford town centre has just sent this in.
"Plenty of fans in town, colourfully dressed and creating a carnival atmosphere. There's also a very heavy police presence including dogs and officers stationed outside all the bars."
That situation will only change if Hull put 19 past Cardiff today.
Hull currently sit one point above Watford, but the Hornets' superior goal difference means they will go through if both teams are level on points at the end of today.
To recap the situation: Watford simply need to better Hull's result today to clinch the last automatic promotion slot.
We will be bringing you live updates from the game against Leeds United this afternoon at Vicarage as well as Hull's game against champions Cardiff at the KC Stadium.
Morning and welcome to our liveblog for what is a massive day for Watford FC.
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