The Championship play-offs got under way last night with sixth placed Leicester City welcoming Watford, who missed out so agonisingly on an automatic promotion place.
Both sides missed good chances in the first half in what can only be described as a cagey opening, with Leicester picking up four yellow cards. Ikechi Anya failed to capitalise on a mistake from left-back Schlupp, firing his low shot straight at Kasper Schmeichel, before Michael Keane saw his volley fly past Manuel Almunia's right hand post.
As the second half began, Watford began to take control of the match whilst Leicester resorted to punts upfield from their keeper, which often found their way into the Watford penalty area.
Of the various openings Watford carved out, undoubtedly their easiest was when on-loan Udinese striker Matej Vydra found himself alone in the box, but horribly scuffed his effort straight into the Foxes' keeper. With 15 minutes remaining another golden chance fell to Alexandre Geijo. After Almen Abdi whipped a cross in to the far post, the unmarked Geijo could only head it into the stands.
Then, with 10 minutes remaining, the game was turned on its head. After a dubious foul was awarded to Leicester after an alleged climb by Joel Ekstrand, Anthony Knockaert curled a fantastic ball into the box for David Nugent, who has scored seven times in his last 10 appearances against Watford, to nod home. The rest of the match passed without incident, and Leicester will now take a 1-0 advantage into the second leg of the clash.
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