Watford Wins Against Leeds

Watford needed a Scott Watson own goal to defeat Leeds United to secure a FA Cup quarter-final spot on Saturday at Vicarage Road.  Quique Sanchez Flores made six changes from his side’s 2-1 win over Crystal Palace last weekend, with top scorer Odion Ighalo among those rested.  The hosts, yet to win the FA Cup, had two early sights of goal.  Captain Troy Deeney had a header deflected wide in the first minute before Migue Britos saw his own header fly well over.

Leeds came close in the 25th minute after a terrific counter-attack led by Mirco Antenucci found Stuart Dallas, but his tame shot fell into Costel Pantilimon’s hands easily.  But the momentum that the visitors were gaining came to a halt as the Hornets broke the deadlock shortly after the interval when Scott Wootton diverted an excellent cross from Ben Watson into his own net.  Former Tottenham Hotspur player Etienne Capoue thought he had doubled the lead after 57 minutes when he beat Marco Silvestri from close range, but referee Michael Oliver disallowed it for a push by Deeney.

In the end, the home side booked a last eight spot for the first time since 2007.  It is also a third clean sheet in their last four home outings in all competitions.