Watford 2:1 Leicester City
A subdued City side had an Italian Job done on them at Watford on Saturday afternoon, Udinese duo Abdi and Forestieri scoring for the Hornets in a 2-1 win…
Nigel Pearson brought Moore, Marshall and James back into his starting eleven, but Watford dominated the first half hour with the City back four, Morgan excepted, looking vulnerable.
Deeney went close in the 11th minute, flashing a shot just wide, and Watford took the lead three minutes later. A good passing move carved City up down the middle and Abdi gave Schmeichel no chance with a sweeping finish.
Forestieri then forced Schmeichel into a fine save and Pudil missed a chance before City finally shook themselves into action on the half hour.
Almunia saved from Marshall and then Hogg cleared a Morgan header from off the line as 2,000 City fans had something to applaud at last.
Dyer replaced Drinkwater for the second half, but City’s afternoon was summed up when Moore and Morgan had a clash of heads which required lengthy treatment.
Whenever City built up a bit of momentum a Watford player would go down requiring treatment, before trotting off unharmed.
Nugent then went down under a challenge from Hoban, but D’Urso didn’t seem to want to give the away side anything all afternoon.
Matters worsened in the 69th minute when Schmeichel saved well from Pudil but Forestieri reacted quickly to fire in the rebound.
City hit back just three minutes later when Nugent produced a fine finish from a Konchesky cross, but Watford’s large Italian influence extended to some top class tactics when it came to breaking up play with endless stoppages.
City pressed forward in search of an equaliser but the task grew even steeper in the 84th minute when Whitbread received a second yellow card.
Even with seven minutes added on, there was no way back for an out of sorts looking City side.
The tough Championship schedule presents City with a trip to Bolton on Tuesday and they will have to improve in every department…