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Leicester City 1 Watford 2 - as it happened


Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson kept the same starting line-up for this do-or-die clash with promotion rivals Watford.

There was one change, on the substitutes' bench, as Ben Marshall came in for Paul Gallagher from the squad that fought back twice to claim a point at Crystal Palace last week.

4 min: Andy King and Wes Morgan both have to make timely blocks as the visitors start strongly.

11 min: Morgan heads over from Matty James corner. Watford have had the majority of possession but City have the first effort on goal – and it was a good chance.

13 min: Matej Vydra plays a good pass in behind the City defence for Almen Abdi, but he shoots into the side-netting after losing his balance.

14 min: City take a short corner and it falls to Ritchie De Laet inside the area. His shot is deflected over the bar.

16 min: A fantastic save from Kasper Schmeichel on the ground to deny Abdi from close range after he had spilled Ikechi Anya's dangerous low cross.

17 min: Jonathan Hogg flashes a shot wide at the far post as Watford start to take command of the game.

28 min: Abdi breaks into the box to collect Troy Deeney's pass and is in a great position, but shoots wide.

29 min: King is inches away with a superb half-volley, which had Manuel Almunia beaten. He chested the ball down and turned superbly to create the chance. That was unlucky.

31 min: Lloyd Dyer delivers a teasing low cross which is on a plate for Chris Wood, but he miskicks and the ball goes through his legs. A great chance.

34 min: City hit Watford on the break and Dyer tries to pick out Anthony Knockaert. The pass is slightly behind him, which allows the Watford defenders to recover, and the Frenchman's shot is over the bar.

35 min: Daniel Pudil denies Wood and City with a brilliant sliding clearance at the far post. It would have been a simple tap-in for Wood without that intervention.

40 min: Anya again times his run in behind the City defence and Schmeichel has to make a good save.

41 min: GOAL (0-1) City fail to deal with the resulting corner and the ball is helped back into the six-yard box, where Deeney is waiting to score.

43 min: GOAL (0-2) Nathaniel Chalobah hits a screamer out of nothing from 25 yards which flies into the top corner with Schmeichel rooted to the spot.

44 min: Michael Keane gives the ball away and Watford break through Vydra. He squares the ball across the box and De Laet clears off the line from Abdi.

h-t: City 0 Watford 2

46 min: Substitute David Nugent, on at the start of the second-half for Jeff Schlupp, has a good chance almost immediately but he pulls his half- volley, from the edge of the area, wide of the far post. That's another chance that has gone begging.

49 min: A let off for City as Watford break from a corner and Deeney just over-ran the ball allowing the quick Schmeichel to save.

61 min: GOAL (1-2) City break well and Paul Konchesky delivers a good cross which is glanced in by substitute Harry Kane, on for Dyer, who beats the off-side trap. There are complaints from Watford, but TV replays show he was clearly on-side.

64 min: Kane forces Aluminia to make a save with a snap shot from the edge of the box. That second goal is just not coming.

69 min: Substitute Ben Marshall, who only minutes before replaced Knockaert, is denied by a wonderful save from Aluminia.

87 min: City are piling on the pressure to get back in the game but are not able to create that clear-cut chance they need to revive their hopes.

90+4min: Watford break and substitute Cristian Battocchio fires straight at Schmeichel.

90+5 min: Keane balloons a volley on the turn over the bar and City's last chance is gone – and their play-off hopes have almost gone as well.

f-t: City 1 Watford 2

Leicester City 1 Watford 2 - as it happened

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