Watford 1-0 Sheffield United: Rob Edwards’ first recreation with relegated Hornets ends in slender win because of Joao Pedro’s objective in opposition to the Blades at Vicarage Highway
- Watford proved why they need to be thought of among the many promotion favourites
- The Hornets beat Sheffield United 1-0 within the first recreation of their new marketing campaign
- Brazilian ahead Joao Pedro scored the one objective of the sport on the counter
This battle of promotion hopefuls went Watford’s means because of the form of lightning-fast counter-attacks they hope will show too slick for the Championship this season.
Joao Pedro’s 56th-minute winner stemmed from a Sheffield United nook. John Fleck’s shot was blocked after referee Josh Smith nearly bought in the way in which and ricocheted out to Hassane Kamara.
With yellow shirts streaming ahead, his cross-field go initially regarded insufficient however in some way made it out to Ismaila Sarr on the fitting by way of Emmanuel Dennis.
Watford confirmed why they should be thought of among the many promotion favourites with a 1-0 win in opposition to Sheffield United on the primary day of their season because of Joao Pedro’s tremendous end
The Brazilian scored the sport’s solely objective on the counter-attack at Vicarage Highway on Monday
Match Details: Watford vs Sheffield United
Watford (3-4-3): Bachmann; Kabasele, Sierralta, Cathcart; Sema, Cleverley, Kayembe, Kamara; Sarr (Manaj 81), Joao Pedro (Gosling 87), Dennis.
Subs not used: Hamer; Ngakia, Troost-Ekong, Asprilla, Bayo.
Objectives: Joao Pedro 56.
Yellow playing cards: Sierralta 25, Cleverley 45+2, Pedro 49, Kamara 90+5.
Supervisor: Rob Edwards.
Sheffield United (3-5-2): Foderingham; Clark (Khadra 68), Egan, Norrington-Davies; Baldock, Norwood (Osborn 68), Berge, Fleck, Stevens (Lowe 55); Jebbison (Brewster 68), Ndiaye (Sharp 78).
Subs not used: Amissah; Gordon.
Yellow playing cards: Clark 14, Fleck 24, Berge 90+2.
Supervisor: Paul Heckingbottom.
All Sarr needed to do was sq. for Pedro within the center to comb residence with the United defence left flat-footed as they chased again from their very own set-piece in useless.
Watford deserved the three factors. Again within the second-tier after one other failed marketing campaign within the Premier League, they’d been by way of an inevitable summer season of upheaval.
However though many established names departed, they maintain an assault that appears a step above a lot of this division.
Whether or not Sarr and Dennis, available on the market for a mixed £50million, stay past deadline day stays to be seen, however Watford will make full use of them whereas they’re right here.
The summer season noticed that acquainted Watford ritual of a managerial change with Rob Edwards, contemporary from guiding Forest Inexperienced Rovers into League One, succeeding ex-England supervisor Roy Hodgson following relegation.
Edwards, 39, was given a heat hand by Vicarage Highway earlier than kick-off. He opted to place summer season arrivals Rey Manaj and Vakoun Bayo among the many subs, whereas more moderen signing from Villarreal Mario Gaspar lacked the health ranges to make the squad.
The Hornets carved out the primary alternative as Dennis and Sarr related down the left. Dennis side-footed a by way of go into Sarr, who fired into the aspect netting.
Watford super-fan Sir Elton John had implored these in yellow to point out ‘extra f**king ardour’ this season when he carried out right here on Sunday evening and a first-half skirmish urged the gamers had listened.
A shoving match between Watford captain Tom Cleverley and United’s Iliman Ndiaye escalated and resulted in Francisco Sierralta and Fleck squaring up and each receiving yellows.
The Blades, so keen to enhance on their fifth-place end final season, regarded harmful on the break.
Sander Berge examined Watford keeper Daniel Bachmann early on and Ndiaye ought to have scored when Daniel Jebbison’s flick despatched him clear and he outmuscled Kamara.
New Watford supervisor Rob Edwards (pictured) received his first match in control of the London aspect
Jebbison pressured Bachmann right into a fingertip save on the stroke of half-time with a first-time dink from the sting of the field.
After Pedro’s opener, Watford labored one other nice capturing place just for the Brazilian to get in the way in which as Dennis ready to shoot.
There was a couple of minutes’ pause as Blades followers frantically tried to alert officers to a medical emergency in the back of the away finish.
Two supporters tried to halt proceedings by leaping the barrier and operating onto the pitch, solely to be escorted out by stewards – slightly unfairly. Play quickly resumed however numerous hi-vis jackets may very well be seen attending to the stricken fan.
On the pitch, Egan met a cross however could not steer his header on course because the Blades chased a late leveller but it surely was Watford debutant Manaj who almost opened his account with a low drive that was sharply saved.