A STING IN TAIL
Hornets boss predicts his side will come out on top
Anya created the second, too, after the break, exchanging quickfire passes with Troy Deeney before squaring for Guedioura’s easy tapin. It was a wondrous team goal befitting the Championship’s second-best attack.
However, between the penalty areas, basement-bothering Millwall out-fought the promotion-pushing Hornets. Despite numerical inferiority, Millwall’s midfield showed a voracious appetite for action, although they faded following Guedioura’s goal.
It was in the penalty box that Millwall came unstuck. Despite chance-presenting errors from Heurelho Gomes, Matthew Connolly and Tommie Hoban, they never troubled Gomes with a save of great difficulty.
Their best chance of a goal was denied when referee Simon Hooper refused Ed Upson a first-half penalty after he was scruffily felled by Ben Watson.
Caretaker manager Neil Harris said: “It’s as clear a penalty as you will see. Ed was between the ball and the player.
“When you’re near the bottom you don’t always get decisions like that. It might have helped us if we’d have scored first, but that isn’t what cost us the game.
“The difference, which was clear to see, was the quality in the final third and that’s why a lot of the Watford players will be gracing the Premier League next season, with or without the club.
“With both goals we could have defended better, but we have to give credit where credit’s due. The first goal was a good finish by a good player.
“I’m pleased in a lot of senses. Everything we asked for they gave us, but we’re into the stage where we need to win some games.”
TUSSLE: Watford’s Matej Vydra in action with Sid Nelson