Leicester a slender lead in first leg
shot weakly at Kasper Schmeichel after bursting clear, while Alex Geijo headed over – the Hornets’ lightweight strikeforce rarely threatened a Leicester back line marshalled superbly by Foxes player of the year Wes Morgan.
The return of Troy Deeney, sat in the Sky studio as he served a one-match suspension for his red card in the final match against Leeds, should add some much needed muscle in the second-leg.
He is likely to replace Vydra, whose second-half miss after a clever dummy from Geijo bore all the hallmarks of a man with nine scoreless games on his mind.“Matej is important, and I told him that before the match,” said deflated Watford boss Gianfranco Zola. “Not just because he has scored 20 goals, but because his contribution has been fantastic.
“Yes, he’s not scoring but I have a lot of faith in him. As soon as he gets over this he will again get a lot of goals for us.
“Tonight, we didn’t take our chances. That has been one of our main qualities and unfortunately it wasn’t there. But I can’t be too hard on my players because they played well and deserved more.
“It was very unfortunate because I didn’t see Leicester scoring I thought we controlled the game and I don’t think anyone can say we deserved to lose. But this is the reality. Teams can punish you with one chance and Leicester did.”