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Vicarage Road Stadium (ATT 15,527) 26th December 2008 - Kick off 12:00 Ref: F Graham

Watford Watford vs Bristol City Bristol C

Robins bob to Watford win

Bristol City claim big win

Last Updated: 26/12/08 2:21pm

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Elliott: Goal at both ends

Elliott: Goal at both ends

Bristol City eased to a 4-2 win over Watford at Vicarage Road.

Nicky Maynard hit the first league goal of Boxing Day as opened the scoring after just 23 seconds, before he added a second just before the half-hour.

Grzegorz Rasiak - handed his first appearance for Watford since mid November - briefly gave his side hope with a goal after the break, only for Marvin Elliott to thunder in City's third.

Elliott then headed in an own-goal to bring Brendan Rodgers's side back into it but the visitors claimed a fourth in stoppage-time through substitute Dele Adebola to register their first win in eight outings.

They took the lead straight from kick-off when former Crewe striker Maynard was played in by Michael McIndoe down the right and calmly clipped the ball past Scott Loach from the corner of the six-yard box.

And Maynard put the visitors firmly in control when he grabbed City's second in the 29th minute.

Ivan Sproule burst into the right-hand side of penalty area and drove a low shot across Loach.

The young goalkeeper was able to get a firm hand on the shot but could only parry the ball into the path of Maynard, who made no mistake to convert the rebound.

Hornets hope

Sproule then sent another chance wide as Johnson's men pushed for a third. Rodgers responded at the break by bringing on teenagers Ross Jenkins and Lewis Young - younger brother of Aston Villa and England winger Ashley - and saw his side instantly react with a 49th-minute goal.

Young released Jobi McAnuff down the right wing and the former Crystal Palace winger cut the ball back into Rasiak's path on the penalty spot.

The Poland striker steered the ball wide of Adriano Basso and into the bottom corner for his first goal since November.

But the Hornets' joy was short lived as Elliott put the visitors back into a two- goal lead just three minutes later.

The midfielder picked the ball up just inside the Watford half and, after being allowed to advance unchallenged, sent a stinging 25-yard drive right through Loach and into the back of the net.

It was a crisp strike from Elliott but he inadvertently gave the hosts a lifeline with a 65th-minute own goal.

Tommy Smith fashioned a yard of space down the right with a twisting run and arced in a tricky ball which Elliott could only flick past Basso and into the top corner.

City braced themselves for an onslaught of attacks but instead went close to

extending their lead on the break as Sproule and McIndoe both raced clear but produced poor finishes.

And Adebola put the finishing touch to an outstanding away day with a last-minute fourth.

Lee Johnson played a corner short and, after receiving the ball back, sent in a deep cross from the right which Adebola headed past Loach and into the bottom corner.

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1 Bournemouth 39 73
2 Watford 39 72
3 Middlesbrough 39 72
4 Norwich City 39 70
5 Derby County 39 67
6 Ipswich Town 39 67
7 Brentford 39 66
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39 65
9 Nottingham Forest 39 57
10 Blackburn Rovers 39 54
11 Charlton Athletic 39 54
12 Sheffield Wednesday 39 53
13 Leeds United 39 52
14 Cardiff City 39 51
15 Birmingham City 38 47
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 39 45
17 Bolton Wanderers 39 45
18 Huddersfield Town 39 44
19 Reading 38 44
20 Fulham 39 43
21 Rotherham United 39 40
22 Wigan Athletic 39 35
23 Millwall 39 33
24 Blackpool 39 23