Watford 3:3 Leicester City
It was a case of three points thrown away and then one clawed back for City at Vicarage Road on Saturday…
Nigel Pearson made one change to his side with Dany N’Guessan making way for Andy King in midfield.
This game took a while to spring into life with neither goalkeeper troubled for 20 minutes as the ball pinged around the middle of the park.
Then City were gifted an opener when Eustace stretched out a hand to Neilson’s cross and the ref had little choice but to point to the spot. Fryatt sent the ball down the middle as Loach dived to his left.
Fryatt then went close on a couple of occasions as City controlled the rest of the first half, before doubling the lead in the 40th minute.
From a Weale clearance the ball swept upfield with a series of deft touches from Brown, King, Howard and Gallagher which sent Fryatt down the left. He executed his trademark cut in past his marker and beat Loach with a right footed shot.
City’s two goal lead lasted to the break and after a very comfortable half it looked as though City were heading for three points.
But Watford, inspired by returning hero Heidar Helguson, were a very different proposition in the second half.
Although Howard missed a good chance to head City into a 3-0 lead it was Watford he were continually pressing forward and they pulled a goal back in the 58th minute when turned smartly past Neilson and fired home from close in.
Just two minutes later City fans held their heads in their hands as Watford found an equaliser, when Helguson popped up at the far post to put the finishing touch to a cross that eluded City’s back line.
City almost hit back immediately when Howard saw a header tipped over at full stretch by Loach, but Watford were still bossing the game and Helguson struck again from close in to give the Hornets a 77th minute lead.
The home side took that lead past 90 minutes, when the fourth official held up the board reading 5 minutes time added on.
A minute later City equalised with a goal created and scored by the two subs brought on in the 73rd minute.
Waghorn beat his man and crossed from the left and N’Guessan rose above the Watford defence to place a perfect header beyond the reach of Loach.
The 2,000 + City fans had to be content to celebrate a point when three had looked likely at half time. Not for the first time this season it had been a game of two halves, and a tale of two Cities.
Watford: Loach, Doyley, Mariappa, Cathcart, Hodson, Eustace, Lansbury (Helguson 46 (Ellington 81)), Cleverley (Harley 86), Cowie, Jenkins, Graham. Subs Not Used: Lee, Hoskins, Bennett, Bryan.
Leicester: Weale, Brown, Berner, Hobbs, Neilson, King, Oakley, Wellens (Adams 54), Gallagher (N’Guessan 73), Fryatt (Waghorn 73), Howard. Subs Not Used: Logan, Tunchev, Kermorgant, McGivern.
Referee: C Pawson (South Yorks). Attendance: 14,647.