Watford 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday: Hornets are nine points ahead of third place in Swansea City

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Watford 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday: Hornets take sixth bounce win to extend third-place Swansea advantage, while Tom’s own goal piles misery on the sorry Owls

  • Watford is nine points away from Swansea for their game tonight
  • Xisco’s squad are looking for a Premier League return the first time they ask
  • Wednesday player Tom Lees put the ball in his own net in the only goal of the match

Watford remains on track for an immediate return to the Premier League, but Sheffield Wednesday cursed their setback as they slipped further into relegation.

On Wednesday, without boss Darren Moore after a positive Covid test, we were sure the only goal of the game was offside – not once but twice.

It was scored in his own net by center-back Tom Lees as he slid back to cut out a teasing cross from Ismaila Sarr and prevent it from reaching Isaac Success on the back post.

Watford was nine points ahead of third place Swansea after beating Sheffield Wednesday

Watford was nine points ahead of third place Swansea after beating Sheffield Wednesday

An early own goal from Tom Lees was enough to secure the Hornets' sixth win on the spin

An early own goal from Tom Lees was enough to secure the Hornets' sixth win on the spin

An early own goal from Tom Lees was enough to secure the Hornets’ sixth win on the spin

Watford star Isaac Success celebrates after Lees throws the ball into his own net on Good Friday

Watford star Isaac Success celebrates after Lees throws the ball into his own net on Good Friday

Watford star Isaac Success celebrates after Lees throws the ball into his own net on Good Friday

An offside flag immediately went up against Success but there is no VAR in the EFL and referee Chris Kavanagh awarded the goal after consulting his assistant Dan Cook.

The protests were led by Lees, who thought Success had to disrupt the game as he forced him to attempt the interception in a split second and he seemed to have a strong case even before Wednesday’s coaching staff realized Sarr might be offside. stood because well.

“The first pass to Sarr seems offside,” said assistant manager Jamie Smith. Then the cross is offside, because if the man wasn’t there, Leesy wouldn’t have gone for it. If he doesn’t go for it, the guy will tap it and be offside. ‘

Daniel Bachmann and William Troost-Ekong challenge Josh Windass to the ball on Wednesday

Daniel Bachmann and William Troost-Ekong challenge Josh Windass to the ball on Wednesday

Daniel Bachmann and William Troost-Ekong challenge Josh Windass to the ball on Wednesday

Francisco Sierralta tries to get a body between the ball and the goal to deny Windass an equalizing goal

Francisco Sierralta tries to get a body between the ball and the goal to deny Windass an equalizing goal

Francisco Sierralta tries to get a body between the ball and the goal to deny Windass an equalizing goal

A defeat on Vicarage Road causes more misery for the owls who lose hope of survival

A defeat on Vicarage Road causes more misery for the owls who lose hope of survival

A defeat on Vicarage Road causes more misery for the owls who lose hope of survival

MATCH FACTS

Watford (4-3-3): Bachmann; Kiko, Troost-Ekong, Sierralta, Masina; Chalobah (Sanchez 84), Hughes, Zinckernagel (Gosling 61); Sarr, Success (Gray 61), Pedro (Sema 71)

Subs not used: Foster, Hungbo, Kabasele, Lazaar, Ngakia

Goals: Read (7, own goal)

Booked: Hughes, Sierralta

Manager: Xisco

Sheffield Wednesday (3-4-1-2): Wildsmith; Borner, Lees (Shaw 85), Urhoghide; Reach, Hutchinson, Pelupessy (Palmer 77), Paterson (Green 82); Bannan; Windass, Rhodes

Subs not used: Brown, Harris, Hunt, Jackson, Kachuga, Penney,

Goals: No

Booked: Wildsmith, Urhoghide, Reach, Borner

Manager: Darren Moore

Moore registered a positive test on Thursday morning and Smith became the sixth other person to take charge of Wednesday this season.

There have been four regular managers: Moore, Garry Monk and Tony Pulis, janitor boss Neil Thompson and Andy Holdsworth who intervened for an FA Cup tie at Exeter during a previous Covid outbreak.

None of them have been very lucky. They started the season with a six-point deduction and rarely came out of the bottom three. With eight games to go, the Owls are still adrift, staring at a third dive into League One since relegation from the Premier League in 2000.

Watford, meanwhile, has hit rich form under Xisco Munoz, winning 10 out of 11 to secure himself in the championship’s automatic promotion places. They are within six points of leader Norwich who got a late equalizer against Preston.

“I promise you we are very ambitious,” said Xisco. ‘Everyone wants the best. We work very hard. We are winning. We remove the errors. But it is important to be humble and carry on with the same attitude until the last game. The first goal is to guarantee a place in the play-offs. ‘

The Watford boss has a wealth of Premier League talent at his disposal, including Sarr, Senegal’s international winger who set a club record £ 35 million and tormented Wednesday during the opening stage exchanges.

He forced the goal in the seventh minute and as he drifted out of the game, Joao Pedro came to life on the other flank.

Hornets boss Xisco roars encouragement to his players as they ditch a scrappy win

Hornets boss Xisco roars encouragement to his players as they ditch a scrappy win

Hornets boss Xisco roars encouragement to his players as they ditch a scrappy win

Wednesday was without manager Darren Moore who had returned a positive Covid test

Wednesday was without manager Darren Moore who had returned a positive Covid test

Wednesday was without manager Darren Moore who had returned a positive Covid test

Pedro collected a quick move from Success and fired a low shot over the goal and just wide, just before half-time, and was foiled at the near post by goalkeeper Joe Wildsmith before twisting an ankle and bouncing away.

Wednesday yielded a number of smooth passages. Barry Bannan impressed midfield and yet they created few opportunities. The clearest opening came in the second half for Jordan Rhodes, but he couldn’t control it.

Smith praised his players and insisted they could still escape the drop, but time is running out.

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