Leicester City vs. Watford: Championship Playoff Live Score, Highlights, Recap
Live football coverage from the Championship Playoff semifinal, first leg
Leicester City 1-0 Watford (full time result)
—David Nugent, 81' (1-0)
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Keane, Schlupp, Knockaert, James, King, Dyer, Wood, Nugent.
Watford: Almunia, Doyley, Ekstrand, Cassetti, Anya, Abdi, Chalobah, Hogg, Pudil, Geijo, Vydra.
That's it for tonight's coverage then, thanks as always for joining me and make sure you check out all the reaction from this game and the rest of the football world's goings-on from today. That's it from me for tonight—see you next time!
Full time result in the Championship playoff semifinal first leg
Leicester City 1 (Nugent)
MOTM: Lloyd Dyer
So Leicester City take the first victory in the playoffs, winning 1-0 at home to Watford in the first leg of this semifinal. It was scrappy and tension-fillled at times, but David Nugent's late header could prove extremely important.
It's far from over though and Watford will have every reason to believe they can come back and turn this result around.
Leicester City 1 Watford 0
90+4'—We've had more than the allotted added on time and Leicester are seconds from a first-leg lead.
Leicester sub: Knockaert off, Danny Drinkwater on.
90+2'—We are midway through injury time and it looks as though Watford are going to have to mount a comeback at home in the second leg. Leicester have plenty of players back to close out the space and don't look likely to concede a soft goal just now. Fitz Hall is booked for a late tackle in the middle of the park.
Four minutes added on
90'—The ball almost breaks for Dyer on the left side of the area to get a shot away but Watford, defending raggedly, manage to get bodies back. They launch their own attack but Leicester have a line of seven defenders in their own box.
87'—Dyer slips a pass through to Knockeart and he's almost in for 2-0, but Almunia comes sliding out and gathers up the ball. The attacker catches the 'keeper's hand as he follows up, too.
85'—Watford sub: Lloyd Doyley off, Fitz Hall on.
Best nickname in football, Fitz Hall. "One Size."
83'—Leicester pouring forward looking for a second goal now and Watford suddenly look a little all over the show. They need to find some resolve heading into these closing stages and not throw away the tie.
Knockeart delivers a curling free kick to the far side of the six yard box and Nugent gets up, leaping above the defence to glance a header past Almunia and into the far top corner of the net. Great header, and a precious goal for the home side.
GOAL!!! They've got one!
Leicester 1 Watford 0
David Nugent, 81 mins
79'—Time ticking down and still no sign of the breakthrough goal here at King Power Stadium. Is 0-0 a good first leg score for Leicester? Do they need a goal to take back to Watford?
76'—It's another big chance for Watford. Anya dinks a cross to the back post and Briggs is up for a chance soon after coming on, but puts his header well off target. Should have done better.
73'—Schlupp commits a foul by the touchline and Watford are furious that he isn't shown a second yellow card. He hasn't had the best game ever today.
72'—Daniel Pudil is shown the yellow card for a late tackle on the far touchline. Time for an away sub and it's Pudil's last action.
Watford sub: Pudil off, Matthew Briggs on.
70'—Vydra comes to life in the box after Geijo flicks a pass through to him, and a drilled shot towards the near post forces Schmeichel into a fine diving stop. Straight up the other end Almunia is out of his box to clear but only finds Kane who immediately shoots towards the empty net...but he misses the target, and play had been called back for offside anyway.
67'—It's not quite end to end stuff, but more box to box. Both teams playing with energy and enthusiasm, but perhaps lacking a little in composure when it comes to the final ball.
65'—25 minutes remaining in this first leg and we remain locked at 0-0. Can either side find a moment of quality in the penalty area which has been so far lacking tonight?
Leicester sub: Harry Kane on for Chris Wood
60'—Has to be 1-0. What is Matej Vydra thinking? The ball bounces past the defender straight to him, 10 yards from goal and almost dead central....and he completely scuffs his shot, bouncing it into the ground and then into the grateful arms of Kasper Schmeichel. Watford should be ahead.
58'—Abdi curls the resulting free kick wide of goal, but Watford's tactic was interesting there; they had a mini wall of four players directly in front of the goalkeeper, who broke quickly just as the free kick was taken.
56'—Good buildup for Watford with Vydra involved in the deep areas of their attack, but the final cross from Anya can't find a team mate in yellow in the box. Watford win a free kick though, just a few yards outside the penalty area. Michael Keane is booked for the challenge which conceded it.
54'—Watford want a handball in the penalty area and a spot kick, but the referee isn't interested. It's very congested at times in the centre of the park.
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