Watford, Cardiff share spoils

Watford and Cardiff battled to a 0-0 draw at Vicarage Road as the two clubs vied for automatic Championship promotion.

Last Updated: 06/04/13 at 21:45 Post Comment

Troy Deeney: Couldn't find the breakthrough for promotion-chasing Watford

Troy Deeney: Couldn't find the breakthrough for promotion-chasing Watford

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

After Hull ran out 1-0 winners over Middlesbrough earlier in the day, the pressure was put on both Watford and Cardiff to produce the goods.

Hull's win meant that Cardiff's Championship lead was cut to just four points, while the gap was the same between the Tigers and third-placed Watford.

Neither side seemed too enamoured with the idea of opening up and offering anything to their opponents in a close game with few chances.

Cardiff's Kim Bo-Kyung looked lively during the opening exchanges, causing confusion among Watford's defence on more than one occasion.

For Watford, the ever-impressive Czech international Matej Vydra was a nuisance for the away side, while Troy Deeney and Ikechi Anya combined well throughout the game.

Deeney had a header cleared off the line in the first half, while Cardiff nearly hit the home side on the break. Craig Conway broke on the counter attack but, with little support, dragged his shot wide.

The visitors responded positively after the restart and Manuel Almunia did well to save Joel Ekstrand's blushes pushing away Joe Mason's strike after he seized on an error by the defender.

As the game began to open up David Marshall was forced into action at the opposite end making a terrific fingertip save to keep out Deeney's header.

Cardiff were forced to try and utilise Aron Gunnarsson's long throw in the closing stages and it very nearly paid off when Kim's close-range effort was deflected wide of the post.

Malky Mackay's former charges looked as though they might have the last word when Deeney found a way through but he was crowded out before he could get a shot away.

Fernando Forestieri also saw his shot bravely blocked over the top during a frantic final few minutes but in the end both sides were forced to settle for a hard-fought point.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Footer 365

Jose Mourinho already targeting more success after 'hard-earned' Chelsea title

Jose Mourinho insisted Chelsea were deserved Premier League champions - and then declared himself hungry for more.

Chelsea 1-0 Crystal Palace: Eden Hazard the hero as Blues secure Premier League title with nervy win

Chelsea secured their first Premier League title in five years after a nervy 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.

Tottenham 0-1 Man City: Sergio Aguero goal all but secures Champions League spot

Sergio Aguero’s first-half strike was enough to hand Manchester City a 1-0 win over Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

Mail Box

Shouldn't We Give Players Time?

Do we really want to throw out the baby with the bathwater every single summer? We also have a Man United fan who wants massive investment. And more...

Liverpool: No Greater Than Aston Villa

It's fair to say that Raúl H. Garcia from the morning mailbox has got something of a kicking on Thursday afternoon. Oh and the Neviller is wrong for once...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company