Watford 2 Brentford 1
The Hornets and Bees both buzzed as old rivalries were renewed with this pulsating clash.
Watford started the brighter of the two sides in the early exchanges and didn’t let Brentford settle or have time on the ball but their early dominance ended after 15 minutes when the Bees steadied their ship and started to play their own brand of fluent football.
When Ighalo’s header for Watford had David Button beaten but hit the bar, Brentford responded by coming alive.
Douglas came close with a volley to giving the Bees the lead and Jotta danced with the ball in the Watford penalty box, leaving half of the Watford defence on the floor before his excellent shot was superbly saved by Heurelho Gomes in the Watford goal.
Brentford’s man of the match Judge, hit a volley that just missed the target.
With both sides creating good chance that were squandered, it was not until four minutes before half time, when against the run of play, when Watford to the lead after being award what looked like a soft penalty when Tarkowski was penalised for allegedly bringing down Ighalo in the box
David Button saved Ighalo spot kick but the striker was first to the rebound and tapped the ball home.
The penalty only galvanised the Bees who were roared on by a very passionate 2050 fans who packed the away section.
The Bees players buoyed by the terrific away support started the second half with a determination to get an equaliser.
The goal deservedly came when Douglas slotted the ball home to send the travelling fans in to raptures.
With the Bees fans in full voice the Watford mascot tried to galvanise the home support by banging a drum.
Watford winner came against the run of play when Matej Vydra’s hit a screamer form 20 yards to beat Button and to give the hosts the lead.
Brentford refused to lay down and Moses Odubajo had a great opportunity to equaliser but shot wide.
Daniel Pudil received his marching orders for taking out Andre Gray who would have been clean through on goal when he was fouled on the edge of the box
With Watford time wasting the Bees searched desperately for the equaliser they deserved and it almost came when Judge’s header was only denied by a Gomes excellent save.
The Bees were unlucky and probably deserved a point. After the game, Watford fans were heard commenting that the visitors were the best side and the loudest supporters to visit Vicarge Road this season.