English Premiership

Watford claim dramatic win

2013-05-12 22:53
Waford manager Gianfranco Zola (File)
Vicarage Road - Troy Deeney's last-minute goal earned Watford a dramatic 3-1 win over Leicester City on Sunday and a place in the Championship playoff final with a 3-2 aggregate victory.

Leicester, trailing 2-1 after winning the first leg 1-0, looked poised to reach the final when they were awarded a penalty in the 90th minute but Watford goalkeeper Manuel Almunia made a brilliant double save to deny Anthony Knockaert.

Watford broke quickly upfield and 20 seconds after the penalty save Deeney smashed the ball past Kasper Schmeichel to put Gianfranco Zola's team within one match of a return to the Premier League.

"I knew we had at least two minutes to score a goal but it was still important (to save the penalty)," former Arsenal ‘keeper Almunia told Sky Sports.

"I was lucky. We put all our efforts into scoring the last goal - it's unbelievable. It's the kind of game you always dream of being there and sometimes you're lucky enough to be on the pitch.

"We have to enjoy the moment, playing at Wembley - we won't play many times at Wembley so we have to enjoy it."

Watford, who missed out on automatic promotion to Hull City on the final day of the regular season, took the lead after 15 minutes when striker Matej Vydra fired home a brilliant angled volley.

But Leicester struck back four minutes later, David Nugent heading in a corner from close range.

Watford created more clear-cut chances and were rewarded after 65 minutes when Czech Vydra exchanged passes with Deeney and finished calmly.

The match appeared to be heading for extra time before the dramatic finale and Deeney's goal which ended Leicester's hopes of returning to the top flight after an absence of nine years.

Brighton and Hove Albion host Crystal Palace in the second Championship (second tier) playoff semi-final on Monday. The first leg ended 0-0.

The final is at Wembley on May 27.

Champions Cardiff City and Hull won automatic promotion to the Premier League.

Read more on:    watford  |  english premiership  |  soccer

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Tuesday, 12 December 2017
Burnley v Stoke City, Turf Moor 21:45
Crystal Palace v Watford, Selhurst Park 22:00
Huddersfield Town v Chelsea, The John Smith's Stadium 22:00
Wednesday, 13 December 2017
Swansea City v Manchester City, Liberty Stadium 21:45
Newcastle United v Everton, St. James' Park 21:45
Southampton v Leicester City, St. Mary's Stadium 21:45
Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion, Anfield 22:00
West Ham United v Arsenal, London Stadium 22:00
Manchester United v AFC Bournemouth, Old Trafford 22:00
Tottenham Hotspur v Brighton & Hove Albion, Wembley Stadium 22:00
Saturday, 16 December 2017
Leicester City v Crystal Palace, King Power Stadium 14:30
Stoke City v West Ham United, Bet365 Stadium 17:00
Arsenal v Newcastle United, Emirates Stadium 17:00
Chelsea v Southampton, Stamford Bridge 17:00
Brighton & Hove Albion v Burnley, The American Express Community Stadium 17:00
Watford v Huddersfield Town, Vicarage Road Stadium 17:00
Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur, Etihad Stadium 19:30
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2017/18 season?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.