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WATFORD 0, SPURS 0

Posted on 28 October 2006  - 12:00

All the action from Saturday's goalless draw against Watford in the Premiership at Vicarage Road.

All the action from Saturday's goalless draw against Watford in the Premiership at Vicarage Road.

Tom Huddlestone and Hossam Ghaly are the only survivors from the starting XI at MK Dons as we stepped back into Premiership action at Watford. That meant recalls for Paul Robinson, Pascal Chimbonda, Michael Dawson, Ledley King, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Jermaine Jenas, Aaron Lennon, Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov. Of those, Lennon, Keane and Dawson all made substitute appearances at MK Dons.

THE KEY ACTION...

15secs: CLEARANCE. Incredible high-kicking clearance by Dawson to take ball off Henderson's head as he prepared to nod home Smith's cross from six yards.

1min: Francis hammered drive that clipped off Chimbonda for corner.

1min: CHANCE. From that corner, Demerit headed back into danger area where Shittu met with powerful header, 10 yards out, straight at Robinson.

4mins: CLOSE. Jenas whipped in low corner from right that somehow missed King and Berbatov across the six-yard line.

5mins: Lennon good strength up against Doyley then took off on run, beat another two players before laying in Assou-Ekotto, left side of box, he cut inside Doyley but opted to cross rather than shoot with right foot, Watford cleared.

7mins: MISS. Mahon crossed deep, Shittu did well to knock back across goal for Smith, inside six-yard box with an open goal, somehow managed to half-volley over.

8mins: SAVE. Huddlestone crossfield pass picked out Lennon, he cut inside Doyley, beat Shittu and chance opened up, Foster out quickly to block with legs.

10mins: SAVE.Keane great through ball to Lennon, Foster rushed out and forced Lennon to take chance quickly, again blocked with legs.

24mins: Quick break, Ghaly wide right to Berbatov, excellent low cross aiming for Keane until Doyley cleared away.

25mins: Delightful flick around the corner from Berbatov would have released Keane but Keane didn't take ball cleanly.

26mins: CHANCE. Bouazza worked a yard left flank, fizzed in cross to far post that was always too strong for Smith to get decent connection, better cross and it was real chance.

30mins: Important headed clearance from Dawson as Shittu attacked Young's inswinging free-kick.

34mins: SAVE. Best move so far, started deep in our half, Ghaly one-two with Keane then played inch-perfect pass for Lennon, he could have shot first time but cut inside Doyley, good strike from 14 yards tipped over by Foster.

37mins: CHANCE. Smith got better of Assou-Ekotto on right wing, dribbled into box, if anything had too many options, delayed cross and King cleared.

37mins: CHANCE. From corner, Shittu climbed high to meet Young's cross, headed wide from 10 yards.

38mins: SAVE. Francis onto loose ball left corner of box, powerful strike with left foot from 20 yards that forced Robinson into diving save to his left.

41mins: GOAL DISALLOWED - WATFORD. King got underneath header and flicked it back to Bouazza, he helped it straight onto Young, breaking through the middle, finished one-on-one well but goal ruled out for offside.

Added time: Shittu there in nick of time as Keane went in for Lennon's cross at near post.

Half-time: Watford 0, Spurs 0

46mins: Huddlestone low drive from 30 yards no problem for Foster.

47mins: Henderson flick released Young in left channel, fine low cross just evaded Smith across the six-yard line.

48mins: YELLOW CARD - WATFORD. Demerit for foul on Berbatov.

49mins: YELLOW CARD - WATFORD. Bouazza for foul on Ghaly.

53mins: CLEARANCE. Lovely dinked pass from Ghaly, Keane beat offside trap and beat advancing Foster to the ball, tight angle prevented shot at goal, cross heading for a Berbatov tap in until Demerit somehow back-heeled over his own crossbar.

56mins: CLOSE. Francis snap shot from 20 yards clipped off heels of Huddlestone, ball always arcing wide but spin brought it close to foot of post.

57mins: SAVE. Quick break from Watford's corner, Berbatov played high ball over the top that Ghaly did well to win and suddenly it was four on four, Ghaly wide to Keane who cut into the box from the left and went for low curler into bottom corner, Foster saved to his left but ball popped off him and he was fortunate rebound didn't land at Berbatov's feet.

66mins: Young spun on loose ball in box, drove wide.

67mins: SUB - SPURS. Murphy for Ghaly.

75mins: SAVE. Jenas won ball on edge of Watford's area and Lennon pounced, raced past two defenders, right side of goal, good strike but Foster, who appeared to loose his footing, managed to tip the ball down onto the ground and over the crossbar.

76mins: SUB - SPURS. Defoe for Keane.

83mins: YELLOW CARD - SPURS. Jenas for foul on Demerit.

85mins: CHANCE. Murphy wide to Lennon, deep cross found Jenas climbing high, couldn't keep header down though.

86mins: YELLOW CARD - WATFORD. Mahon for foul on Berbatov.

86mins: CHANCE. Jenas floated in free-kick, King found himself with a free header, eight yards out, didn't make proper connection and header went a yard wide.

88mins: Defoe tried his luck from 30 yards with Foster slightly out of his goal, effort sailed wide.

Added time: Robinson forced to rush out of his area to hack clear as Henderson tried to get onto Young's pass.

Full-time: Watford 0, Spurs 0

LINE-UPS
Watford: Foster, Doyley, Demerit, Shittu, Stewart, Smith, Francis, Mahon, Bouazza, Henderson, Young. Subs: Lee, Mackay, Priskin, Powell, Bangura.

Spurs: Robinson, Chimbonda, Dawson, King, Assou-Ekotto, Ghaly (Murphy, 67), Huddlestone, Jenas, Lennon, Keane (Defoe, 76), Berbatov. Subs: Cerny, Davids, Gardner.

OFFICIALS
Referee: Mr U Rennie. Assistants: Mr D Babski, Mr A Williams. Fourth official: Mr K Wright.