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Watford's new signing Essaid Belkalem features in defeat to Northampton Town
5:56pm Tuesday 20th August 2013 in Sport
New signing Essaid Belkalem was part of a strong Watford XI who lost 2-0 to Northampton Town this afternoon.
Belkalem, who completed his loan move from Granada last week, was part of a back three which also included Fitz Hall and Reece Brown, with trialist Gary Woods in goal.
Diego Fabbrini and Javier Acuna started up top and the midfield included Daniel Pudil, Sean Murray and Connor Smith.
JJ Hooper put Northampton ahead midway through the first half at London Colney with a good finish.
Watford nearly equalised soon after when scholar Jazzi Barnum-Bobb forced Dean Snedker to tip over and the goalkeeper also saved Fabbrini's low shot.
Academy defender Jorell Johnson replaced Brown in one of three changes as first-year professionals Luke O’Nien and Bernard Mensah also came on for Smith and Fabbrini.
Snedker tipped Acuna's effort over around the hour mark and Pudil also headed over, before the two Hornets were replaced by Uche Ikpeazu and scholar Harry Kyprianou.
Northampton doubled their lead moments later went Ishmel Demontagnac hit a right-footed shot into the far bottom corner.
Watford: Woods (GK); Belkalem, Hall, Brown (Johnson, HT); Barnum-Bobb, Battocchio (Byers, 75), Smith (O’Nien, HT), Murray, Pudil (Kyprianou, 61); Fabbrini (Mensah, HT), Acuna (Ikpeazu, 61).
Northampton: Snedker (GK); Roberts, Artell, Doumbe, Reeve; Hackett, Dias, Harriott, Demontagnac; Platt, Hooper.
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