Tuesday 12 December 2017

Jokanovic hails his Hornets after Boro win

Slavisa Jokanovic believed his Watford side played a "completely good game" after beating Middlesbrough 2-0 to enhance their Sky Bet Championship promotion hopes.

The Hornets impressed in all departments and took the lead when Troy Deeney converted an Adlene Guedioura cross to become the first Watford player to score 20 goals in three successive seasons.

Boro rarely troubled Heurelho Gomes' goal and conceded a second midway through the second half when Odion Ighalo fired home an unstoppable shot from the edge of the penalty area. The Watford head coach said: "I must be happy. It's a good result for us. We played a very good game today and, like always, I will try to prepare for what is in front of us.

"I think my team played a very good game against a strong team like Middlesbrough."

Middlesbrough slipped to fourth place after the defeat, while Bournemouth held on to top spot courtesy of a 4-2 win over Birmingham City.

Norwich, in second place, enjoyed a 2-0 win at home to Sheffield Wednesday with Bradley Johnson scoring both goals. While Derby County got their promotion bid back on track with a 2-0 win at struggling Wigan, Chris Martin and Darren Bent on target for the Rams.

Mick McCarthy's faltering Ipswich side suffered a 2-1 defeat to Huddersfield to leave them in eighth position.

Wolves midfielder Dave Edwards grabbed a last-gasp winner to fire the team into the play-off zone as they beat Leeds 4-3 at Molineux.

After Charlie Taylor had stunned Molineux by giving Leeds an 11th minute lead, Nouha Dicko and Benik Afobe took charge to put Wolves on course for what looked to be a routine fourth successive victory.

Dicko grabbed a first-half double to take his tally for the season to 13 before Afobe grabbed his 29th goal of the season - 19 of them on-loan for MK Dons before he made a £2million January switch to Wolves from Arsenal - at the start of the second half.

But a 65th minute own goal from Wolves captain Danny Batth gave Wolves the jitters and Alex Mowatt cashed in on their nerves to fire Leeds level before substitute Edwards pounced two minutes from time.

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