Watford 1-0 Swansea (12.09.2015) Live Commentary

The game hasn’t been extremely attractive, but it hasn’t been totally boring either. There have been a few nice movements on both sides. The home side dominated the game. The home players presented themselves with long passes and crosses into the box. The tactic of the away side, on the other hand, was slow build-up play.
The match has just finished.
Federico Fernandez (Swansea) latches on to a sweet cross into the box and misses with a header way wide of the left post.
This foul is worthy of a card! And it is a yellow shown by referee Robert Madley to the guilty Etienne Capoue (Watford).
The resulting corner from Sung-Yong Ki (Swansea) only finds one of the defenders, who heads it out of danger.
Attempted cross from Kyle Naughton (Swansea) is cleared. The assistant referee makes a right call and Swansea will have a corner.
Bafetimbi Gomis (Swansea) is clearly in an offside position after the ball is played through to him and the linesman raises his flag.
7 min. of stoppage-time to be played.
Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea) connected with a pass around the edge of the box, aimed and struck. His attempt went in the direction of the middle of the target, but Heurelho Gomes (Watford) was alert and didn’t let the score change.
Good movement by Jefferson Montero (Swansea), but he can’t find any of his teammates with a poor cross.
Andre Ayew (Swansea) attempts to find a head of one of his teammates with a promising cross into the box. The defence manages to outjump the attacking players and to avert the threat.
Substitution. Troy Deeney (Watford) is making his way off the pitch with Alessandro Diamanti (Watford) coming on as his replacement.
Etienne Capoue (Watford) sends a pass into the penalty area, but the opponent manages to cut it out.
Jefferson Montero (Swansea) serves in a nice cross, but Heurelho Gomes (Watford) punches the ball away.
Jefferson Montero (Swansea) misses a big chance! He fires the ball high over the crossbar from inside the 6-yard box after the ball rebounded to him.
Lukasz Fabianski was forced into action to thwart Etienne Capoue (Watford). He found himself some space after latching on to a pass and unleashed a shot to the bottom left corner but couldn’t beat the keeper.
Jefferson Montero (Swansea) is disappointed with himself because he got into a good area, but he produces a poor cross.
Federico Fernandez (Swansea) has a go from a long way out which goes high over the top.
Heurelho Gomes (Watford) probably picked up a minor injury, but it looks like he will be able to continue in the match.
A break in play now as Heurelho Gomes (Watford) needs to receive treatment.
It will be the substitution. Steven Berghuis (Watford) is ready to enter the pitch as Odion Ighalo (Watford) walks off.
Garry Monk prepares a substitution. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea) is replaced by Eder (Swansea).
Jose Manuel Jurado (Watford) reacts well to get to the rebound and takes a shot from the edge of the box. He doesn’t manage to get the ball through the players standing between him and the goal.
Sung-Yong Ki (Swansea) can’t be surprised. Good decision by the referee who cooled the situation down. I have seen yellow cards, or worse, given in these situations before.
A substitution due to red card. Almen Abdi (Watford) walks off the pitch and is replaced by Ben Watson (Watford).
Garry Monk has decided to substitute Jack Cork and he is replaced by Sung-Yong Ki (Swansea).
This has absolutely nothing to do with football. Valon Behrami (Watford) got sent off and will have an early bath. Fully deserved.
Robert Madley blows his whistle and it is Andre Ayew (Swansea) who is penalised for an offensive foul. Good decision by the referee.
Substitution. Jefferson Montero (Swansea) in, Wayne Routledge (Swansea) out.
What a hit! Odion Ighalo (Watford) shows good composure inside the box to fire a first-time shot into the bottom left corner. 1:0.
Ambitious effort from Odion Ighalo (Watford) as he finds himself in a great position after collecting a precise pass inside the penalty area and goes for goal, but it never troubles the goalkeeper and flies well wide of the right post.
Almen Abdi (Watford) whips in the resulting set piece which has been cleared.
Robert Madley interrupts the game. It was a tactical foul from Kyle Naughton (Swansea). Watford have a free kick.
Almen Abdi (Watford) has a good chance to score with a mid-range attempt after collecting a pass. He fires to the bottom left corner, but he can’t generate enough power to trouble Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea).
Etienne Capoue (Watford) clips an invinting cross into the box, but there’s no one in a position to get on the end of it.
Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea) steps up to take the corner, but the ball sails only among the defenders.
Wayne Routledge (Swansea) delivers a fine lofted cross into the penalty area which is cleared by an opposing player. The referee signals for a corner kick, Swansea are awarded.
Neat passing move from Swansea in order to create new attacking opportunities.
The resulting corner from Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea) is cleared.
Kyle Naughton (Swansea) produces a dangerous lofted cross into the box which is intercepted. Swansea force a corner. Their opponent will face another attacking threat.
Referee Robert Madley blows his whistle to start the second half.
Both squads performances could be described as average. There have been only a few exciting situations, and the fans will be expecting more of the second half. They both struggle for the dominance over the game. The home players present themselves with long passes and crosses into the box. The tactic of the away side, on the other hand, is slow build-up play.
The referee blows his whistle to end the first half, so the players are now heading to their dressing rooms.
1 additional min. will be played.
Bafetimbi Gomis (Swansea) is forced to stop his attacking move after the linesman signals for offside.
Sebastian Prodl (Watford) should calm his temper, this was too much! He robbed the opponent of the ball, but Robert Madley calls for a foul.
Odion Ighalo (Watford) goes on a mazy run, skips past two defenders and pulls the trigger in front of the keeper. Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea) makes a great save to deny his effort directed to the bottom left corner.
Almen Abdi (Watford) dinks a fine lofted pass from the free kick. However, one of the defenders heads the ball out of danger.
Foul! Neil Taylor (Swansea) is penalised for pulling back the opponent. Watford win a free kick. A promising situation for a direct shot.
Bafetimbi Gomis (Swansea) receives a precise low pass inside the box, controls it and sends it straight at Heurelho Gomes (Watford), who makes a comfortable save.
Wayne Routledge (Swansea) is not given a chance to finish after receiving a sweet pass by Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea).
Andre Ayew (Swansea) produces a solo run, but he fails to create a chance as the opposition player cuts him out.
The game is interrupted. Valon Behrami (Watford) has violated the rules in the battle for the ball. No protests or gestures are being made as he is quite aware of what he did.
Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea) connects with a pass but sees a shot from the edge of the box blocked.
Almen Abdi (Watford) carelessly plunged himself under the feet of his opponent and couldn’t expect to avoid punishment. This time, Robert Madley keeps the cards in his pocket, but he blows for the foul.
Bafetimbi Gomis (Swansea) got repeatedly caught in an offside position. That’s just the way he plays, on the edge of the defensive line, waiting for his chance. Well, it’s not his day.
Bafetimbi Gomis (Swansea) finds himself beyond the last defender and the linesman raises his flag for offside.
Allan Nyom (Watford) sends a lofted cross into the penalty area. Unfortunately for him, the opponent’s defence deals with his cross comfortably and intercepts it.
Troy Deeney (Watford) gets on the end of a pass on the edge of the area, but he drags his shot just wide of the right post.
Almen Abdi (Watford) whips a volley from long range towards the goal. His beautiful effort whistles wide of the right post. It was close and it could have been a top class goal!
Bafetimbi Gomis (Swansea) is clearly in an offside position and the linesman raises his flag.
Bafetimbi Gomis (Swansea) connected with a pass around the edge of the box, aimed and struck. His attempt went in the direction of the bottom right corner, but Heurelho Gomes (Watford) was alert and didn’t let the score change.
Jose Manuel Jurado (Watford) with a teasing cross into the area, but Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea) intercepts the ball.
Jose Manuel Jurado (Watford) takes the corner which is cleared by the opposition’s defence.
Almen Abdi (Watford) volleyed the ball from the edge of the box, but it is well blocked by a defender. The ball is out-of-play. Watford win a corner kick.
Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea) and Bafetimbi Gomis (Swansea) attempted to exchange little two-yard passes, but the opposition’s defence intercepts the ball.
Wayne Routledge (Swansea) makes a rough challenge, and the referee blows for a foul.
Kyle Naughton (Swansea) plays a lovely through ball to Andre Ayew (Swansea), but he can’t beat Heurelho Gomes (Watford) and loses the ball.
A cross from the side of the pitch flies into the box, but it doesn’t reach its intended target. Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea) would have to aim better in order to get more out of it.
Etienne Capoue (Watford) pulls the jersey of one of the opposition players, and Robert Madley blows his whistle for a foul.
Andre Ayew (Swansea) finds himself in an offside position and the referee stops play after the linesman raises his flag.
Sebastian Prodl (Watford) holds his head in his hands after wasting a promising chance. He creates himself some space to latch on to the rebound and from the edge of the box, he fires the ball into the stands.
So close! Jose Manuel Jurado (Watford) delivers a cross into the box, it almost finds the head of one of his teammates, but one of the defenders is quickest to the ball and averts the threat.
Federico Fernandez (Swansea) clearly holds his opponent to prevent him from getting the ball and the referee immediately stops play. A free kick has been awarded to Watford.
A direct free kick from promising position, taken by Jose Manuel Jurado (Watford), is struck into one of the defending players who averts the threat.
Kyle Naughton (Swansea) brings his opponent down with a tackle, and Robert Madley blows a whistle for a foul. Watford get a free kick.
Jose Manuel Jurado (Watford) whips the ball into the penalty area, but one of the defenders is alert and spanks it away.
Watford seem to be finding their feet as they enjoy some possession. They are waiting for the right moment to create new attacking opportunities.
The ball is cleared after Neil Taylor (Swansea) attempted to dribble past an opposing player. The main referee and his assistant both signal a throw-in for Swansea.
Andre Ayew (Swansea) passes the ball onto Bafetimbi Gomis (Swansea), but one of the defenders dispossesses him.
Sebastian Prodl (Watford) sends a long ball in, but Lukasz Fabianski comfortably gathers the ball.
The first half has started.
Watford will kick the game off.
The referee of today’s match will be Robert Madley.
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Watford’s latest transfer: Nordin Amrabat (Malaga), Costel Pantilimon (Sunderland).
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