Date:Tuesday February 9 2010
Vicarage Road, Watford
9 February 2010, 19:45
City were punished for a woeful first-half performance against Watford at Vicarage Road tonight.
The gaffer made four more changes to the side which started at home to Coventry on Saturday. Cole Skuse was adjudged to have shrugged off a knock, Lee Johnson replaced Paul Hartley and there were chances for David Clarkson and Alvaro Saborio in attack.
The changes made us super lightweight in midfield and likely to be overrun by the youthful, and full of running, Hornets midfield so it should come as no surprise that this is precisely what happened from the off.
Watford set off like a freight train and peppered the City goal, with on loan Birmingham centre-back Martin Taylor firing inches wide with a 3rd minute header.
Louis Carey survived a decent looking penalty shout when he appeared to handle before Heidar Helguson gave the home side a deserved lead on 14 minutes.
Saborio somehow found himself in a left-back position, allowing Adrian Mariappa to squirm away and cross for Helguson to thump his header past Gerken.
City offered nothing in response and soon found themselves further behind on 34.
Another of the Hornets loanee's, Henri Lansbury on loan from Arsenal, sent a searching free-kick across the box for Taylor to volley home Watford's second.
Lansbury was pulling the strings in midfield as a rudderless and beleaguered looking City side's only chance of note fell to Clarkson, who hit the side netting with an angled drive.
Unsurprisingly, Johnson rang the changes from the first half debacle at the break. On came Ivan Sproule and Marvin Elliott for McAllister and Saborio with Cole Skuse shifting to the left in a formation vaguely resembling 4-4-2.
The changes worked to a certain extent as Fontaine saw his goal-bound header superbly clawed out by highly-rated keeper Scott Loach.
Watford were comfortable though, as City's only other half chance fell to the ineffectual Patrick Agyemang, who tamely headed over with his back to goal.
WATFORD (4-4-2): Loach, Mariappa, DeMerit, Taylor, Doyley, Cowie, Lansbury (Jenkins '83), Eustace, Harley, Graham (Henderson '71), Helguson.
CITY (5-2-1-2): Gerken, Orr, Carey, Nyatanga, Fontaine, McAllister (Elliott '46 ), Skuse, Johnson, Clarkson, Saborio (Sproule '46), Agyemang.
REFEREE: Danny McDermid (Hampshire)
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Date:Tuesday February 9 2010
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