Watford v Leeds United: YEP jury verdict

Lee Peltier is fouled by Watford's Daniel Pudil.
Lee Peltier is fouled by Watford's Daniel Pudil.
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The YEP jury provide their verdict on Leeds United’s clash with Watford.

BEN SCOTT

Brian McDermott made a few changes to the team that lost last time out versus Brighton, with Adam Drury in at left-back for Stephen Warnock and Michael Brown and Steve Morison stepping in for the suspended duo of El-Hadji Diouf and Rudy Austin.

Morison’s return was short-lived as he went down under a challenge and was replaced by youngster Dominic Poleon.

Substitute Poleon then became the villain with the locals . After chasing a ball down he collided with Ikechi Anya and it pushed the defender into keeper Jonathan Bond leaving him injured and unable to continue.

But Poleon was soon flavour of the month with the United fans as he captialised on a defensive error to score Leeds’ opener.

This stirred Watford and a spell of pressure resulted in a classy finish from Almen Abdi.

In the second half the theme of robust challenges and poor shots and crosses continued and as the frustration built, it was too much for the already-booked Troy Deeney and he fouled United’s Brown with a tackle that could have warranted a straight red let alone a second yellow.

Watford seemed lacklustre and the fans out-sung by the Leeds fans clearly the pressure was too much, although Kenny made a classy couple of saves late on to deny them a second goal.

They didn’t test Leeds as much as you’d expect as side going for promotion. They had more of the ball but did very little of note with it.

Leeds kept looking as though they could do something with Michael Tonge and man of the match Paul Green in midfield and Ross McCormack looking to cut in and take players on.

And it was that man McCormack who stole a goal at the death, as a through ball from Aidy White saw the Scot’s shot fumbled by third-choice keeper, Jack Bonham, into his own net and Leeds had a fourth away win of the season, which also condemned Watford to the play-offs.

I’m sorry, but I don’t buy into this theory that the Whites ruined it for Watford, it’s a 46-game campaign and the hosts lost out .

Watford just never got going but the tenacity of Green and Brown and commited defensive play of Jason Pearce and Lee Peltier deserves note.

Thirteenth place is an overall reflection of Leeds’ season, but I’m sure our loyal fans will feel happier going into next season under GFH and Brian McDermott than we did last year under Ken Bates and Neil Warnock.

Man of the match: Paul Green.

KEITH INGHAM

In a unbelievable end of season game, an injury-time goal by Ross McCormack beat Watford to deny their quest for automatic promotion.

After an eventful opening which saw long delays after first Steve Morison, then Hornets’ keeper Jonathan Bond injured, United managed to score their first, first-half goal in months through Dominic Poloen, only for Watford’s Almen Abdi to equalise soon after.

With 60 minutes played Troy Deeley was shown a second yellow card and was sent off and Watford faced the rest of the game with 10 men.

Paddy Kenny was alert to Vydra with a great save but better was to follow when the Leeds keeper made a double save to deny what would have been a winner and taken Watford into the Premiership.

This amazing match had one more twist, when an Aidy White through ball found Ross McCormack and he coolly lobbed the substitute keeper to gain a little revenge for the play-off final defeat a few years ago. A gutsy display by Leeds and a much deserved victory for the amazing away support.

So that is it, the 2012-13 season won’t live in the memory for long apart from the cup wins versus Everton, Southampton and Spurs. With support from GFH I’m confident that next season Brian McDermott will assemble a squad that can challenge the best in the Championship.

Man of the match : Paddy Kenny.

DAVID GOODWILL

A remarkable end to the season as Leeds finally won away at the 13th attempt.

McDermott’s recall of Dom Poleon to provide the pace so sorely lacking all term demonstrates a man who has understood quickly the team’s shortcomings.

Man of the match: Paddy Kenny.

GARY NEWBOULD

United finally won an away game in the league for the first time in 2013 and in doing so deprived their hosts of an automatic place in the Premier League.

After injuries to Steve Morison and Watford keeper Jonathan Bond and some 16 minutes of injury-time added on, we saw honours even at the end of the first half with Dominic Poleon scoring for the Whites.

As the Hornets desperately searched for a priceless winner it was Ross McCormack who sent the travelling hordes into ecstasy a minute from time, as well as those on Humberside who profited more than anyone from the striker’s goal.

Man of the match: Paul Green.

SHAUN HARRIS

A nice way to end the season!

Not many gave Leeds United hope going into their clash with Watford, but goals form Dom Poleon and Ross McCormack gave the Whites a first away win since December and renewed hope for next season.

Man of the match: Paddy Kenny.

STEPHEN CLARK

Leeds United ended a disappointing season in encouraging fashion with a hard-fought away victory to end Watford’s hopes of automatic promotion.

In a first half extended to 61 minutes because of injuries to Steve Morison and Watford keeper Jonathan Bond, Leeds scored a goal in the opening period for the first time in 2013 through Dom Poleon.

Watford levelled and with the Hornets holding their fate in their own hands, the home side pushed on for a promotion-clinching goal.

However Ross McCormack had the last word and his clever lob over rookie keeper Jack Bonham condemned Watford to the play-offs.

Man of the match: Paddy Kenny.

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