Forgot Password

 

Register

 

Create your Connect ID

This will allow you to login to all DStv websites & applications




or
Login using
x

Email Reset

 




Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | English Championship

Nathaniel Chalobah with Gianfranco Zola © Action Images

Watford keep promotion hopes alive



Watford remain in the hunt for automatic promotion to the Premier League after a 2-1 win at Leicester on Friday piled the pressure on second placed Hull.

Gianfranco Zola's third placed side knew a defeat at the King Power Stadium would have ended their hopes of finishing in the Championship's top two and guaranteed Hull's promotion to the top-flight.

But they rose to the challenge as goals from Troy Deeney and Nathaniel Chalobah late in the first half put them in control before Harry Kane's second half effort ensured a nervous finale for the Hornets.

Watford's fate is still out of their hands however as a win for Hull at struggling Barnsley on Saturday, or in their last game of the season against already promoted Cardiff next weekend, would ensure the Tigers are promoted from the second tier.

"It was a great game with a lot of emotions and some very good football, some of it was Premier League quality," Zola said.

"I think this promotion race will go down to the final day now. I will keep an eye on Hull tomorrow, but I will try to relax as well."

Leicester's promotion prospects are far more tenuous than Watford's following a defeat that keeps them one point outside the play-off places.

If sixth placed Bolton and fifth placed Crystal Palace both win on Saturday, Nigel Pearson's expensively assembled team will be consigned to another season in the second tier.

Watford had taken the lead in the 41st minute when Joel Ekstrand headed the ball back into the danger area at the far post and Deeney reacted quickest to score from six yards out.

Zola's men added a second goal two minutes later as a ferocious 25-yard strike from on-loan Chelsea midfielder Chalobah hit the back of the net via the underside of the bar.

Leicester got one back in the 61st minute when Paul Konchesky's shot was deflected towards substitute Kane and the on-loan Tottenham forward headed home.

Shop

Gerrard: My Autobiography
Steven Gerrard is a hero to millions, not only as the inspirational captain of Liverpool FC, but as a key member of the England team.
R152.00
Rafa: My Story
Revelatory memoir from the greatest sportsman in the world today.
R182.00
FIFA 14
Xbox 360
R549.00
Mitre Ultimatch Soccer Ball - White
A high quality football, offering high performance at both training and during football matches.
R252.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Sports Talk



Calvin Emeka Onwuka
The pressure is on at Man United
By the time the summer transfer window closed in Europe, Manchester United had spent heavily. Times...

Arjun Vidyarthi
Reds back in Europe with a win
The Champions League is all about high octane action and last minute goals and that’s exactly what...

John Dykes
Copa BPL is the way to go
Monday night’s game at the KC Stadium provided another reminder that 2014/2015 could well turn out...

Gary Al-Smith
What Appiah's axing says about Africans
Ghana boss Kwesi Appiah knew he would be sacked. He did not expect it to be so messy though.

Claudia Ekai
How the mighty fell
African football history tells many stories of the rise and fall of stars that once had the world...

Emeka Enyadike
Shakes, Big Boss and Cape of Good Hope
When South Africa and Nigeria meet tonight in Cape Town, one word will dominate the thoughts of...