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HALF-TIME REPORT: Bizarre goal hands Leicester City the advantage at Watford
1:13pm Saturday 2nd November 2013 in Latest Sport
Watford go into half-time 1-0 down to Leicester City after a bizarre goal but the Foxes created enough chances to be further in front.
Watford, who made just the one change as Ikechi Anya replaced Davide Faraoni at right wing back, could have been awarded a penalty in the fifth minute when Fernando Forestieri was fouled but it wasn’t given as Anya fired over.
Leicester took the lead soon after in bizarre fashion when Manuel Almunia kicked his clearance against Chris Wood’s face and the ball rebounded in.
The visitors had the ball in the net again minutes later but the offside flag had been raised and the whistle blown some time before Lloyd Dyer rounded Almunia to tap in.
Leicester had the ball in the net for a third time but again it wasn’t given due to the player being offside. Anthony Knockaert’s shot was deflected to Wood who headed in from an offside position.
Watford improved for a spell after the half-hour mark. McGugan had a shot saved and the follow-up parried away. Then another good move ended with Anya shooting wide of the near post.
Leicester arguably should have gone into the break 2-0 up though as Marcin Wasilewski was allowed a free header from Knockaert’s corner but the ball went over.
Almunia kept the deficit to one in injury-time when a low cross was deflected goalwards by Gabriele Angella and the veteran showed excellent reflexes to save.
Watford: Almunia; Doyley, Angella, Ekstrand; Anya, McGugan, McEachran, Murray, Pudil; Deeney, Forestieri.
Subs: Bond, Cassetti, Faraoni, Iriney, Battocchio, Acuna, Fabbrini.
Leicester: Schmeichel; Moore, Wasilewski, Morgan, Schlupp; Knockaert, Drinkwater, King, Dyer; Nugent, Wood.
Subs: Logan, Hammond, James, Hopper, Bakayogo, Taylor-Fletcher, Miquel.
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