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MATCHDAY LIVE: Watford v Blackburn Rovers
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- WELCOME to Vicarage Road for tonight's Championship clash between Watford and Blackburn Rovers. Keep up to speed with the score with our matchday live blog.
FULL-TIME Watford 3 Rovers 3.
GOAL 3-3 Rovers. Rudy Gestede.
Six minutes injury-time.
GOAL 3-2 Watford. Cristian Battocchio.
GOAL 2-2 Watford. Troy Deeney (pen). 71 mins.
Brilliant, just brilliant David Dunn. Dancing feet in a crowded box before laying it on a plate for Craig Conway to score. Rovers lead.
GOAL 2-1 Rovers. Craig Conway.
Attendance: 13,921 (380 away).
Another Tommy Spurr long throw, another Rudy Gestede header wide for Rovers.
Good start by Watford, Ikecki Anya left-footed shot just wide.
Watford have a goal ruled out for offside, Troy Deeney the man who turned the ball into the net. 47 mins.
Second half under way. No changes.
HALF-TIME Watford 1 Rovers 1.
33 mins, Tommy Spurr throw causes havoc again, Rudy Gestede flicking just wide.
Brilliant equaliser. Craig Conway free kick punched clear as far as the 18-yard line where David Dunn volleyed the ball into the empty net.
GOAL Rovers 1-1. David Dunn. 27 mins.
Long Tommy Spurr throw headed over by Rudy Gestede. Good response by Rovers.
Rovers should equalise in the seventh minute, Manuel Almunia saving from Rudy Gestede after he played a smart one-two with David Dunn.
After Todd Kane nearly scored inside the first 15 seconds, Marco Cassetti volleys the hosts into the lead.
GOAL 1-0 Watford. 4 mins.
Watford hit back in the second minute as an Ikechi Anya corner is headed over by Gabrielle Angella.
Wow. What a start that could have been. David Dunn out wide to Todd Kane and his fierce first-time shot was brilliantly saved. All within first 15 seconds.
The teams are out.
And those teams in full...
Watford: Almunia, Hoban, Angella, Ekstrand, Cassetti, Murray, Tozser, Merkel, Pudil, Deeney, Anya. Subs: Battocchio, McGugan, Doyley, Faraoni, Diakite, Neill.
Rovers: Robinson, Kane, Keane, Kilgallon, Spurr, Evans, Williamson, Conway, Dunn, Gestede, Rhodes. Subs: Eastwood, Hanley, Olsson, Varney, Taylor, Feeney, Dabo.
Watford, who have won their last six home games in all competitions and have not conceded a goal at Vicarage Road in 625 minutes, have made four changes to the team which started Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Wigan Athletic.
Joel Ekstrand, Sean Murray, Tommie Hoban and Alexander Merkel take the place of Essaid Belkalem, Cristian Battocchio, Davide Faraoni and Lewis McGugan while former Rovers defender Lucas Neill is named on the Hornets’ bench.
Rovers have recalled Todd Kane and David Dunn for tonight’s clash.
Dunn replaces Liam Feeney and he is expected to start at the tip of a midfield diamond.
Kane, meanwhile, is in for Adam Henley, who will not play again this season after injuring his ankle in Saturday’s 1-1 home draw with leaders Leicester City.
Rovers include fit-again captain Grant Hanley among their substitutes.
Good evening and welcome to Vicarage Road. Team news coming up.
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