SHEFFIELD United’s chances of avoiding relegation from the npower Championship were dealt a further blow as they were beaten at Watford after going down to nine men before half-time, writes Digital Editor Graham Walker.
Manager Micky Adams recalled striker Darius Henderson and midfielder Lee Williamson to his starting XI against their former club, but was left to regret his decision as the former Hornets pairing both saw red in the space of six minutes.
Striker Danny Graham had already put the home side ahead after some dreadful defending gifted him his 23rd goal of the season and second-half goals from Martin Taylor and Ross Jenkins made sure.
Watford announced this week they are on the verge of a takeover by a group led by entrepreneur Laurence Bassini, and keeping hold of Graham is likely to be top of the new chairman’s wishlist.
The visitors, however, will struggle to keep any of their top players if they are relegated to League One. Defeat left the Blades six points from safety with nine games remaining.
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RESULTS: Saturday, March 12, 2011:
Watford v Sheffield United (HT: 1-0) 3-0
Nottingham Forest v Doncaster Rovers (HT: 0-0) 0-0
Sheffield Wednesday v Notts County (HT: 0-1) 0-1
Crewe v Chesterfield (HT: 1-0) 2-0
Rotherham United v Bury (HT: 0-0) 0-0
Fixture: Sunday, March 13, 2011:
Cardiff City v Barnsley (3pm KO).