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Vicarage Road Stadium (ATT 15,550) 6th April 2013 - Kick off 17:20 Ref: M Halsey

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Watford and Cardiff battled to a 0-0 draw at Vicarage Road in the Championship

Last Updated: 06/04/13 9:45pm

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Troy Deeney: Couldn't find the breakthrough for promotion-chasing Watford

Troy Deeney: Couldn't find the breakthrough for promotion-chasing Watford

Watford and Cardiff battled to a 0-0 draw at Vicarage Road as the two clubs vied for automatic Championship promotion.

After Hull ran out 1-0 winners over Middlesbrough earlier in the day, the pressure was put on both Watford and Cardiff to produce the goods.

Hull's win meant that Cardiff's Championship lead was cut to just four points, while the gap was the same between the Tigers and third-placed Watford.

Neither side seemed too enamoured with the idea of opening up and offering anything to their opponents in a close game with few chances.

Cardiff's Kim Bo-Kyung looked lively during the opening exchanges, causing confusion among Watford's defence on more than one occasion.

For Watford, the ever-impressive Czech international Matej Vydra was a nuisance for the away side, while Troy Deeney and Ikechi Anya combined well throughout the game.

Deeney had a header cleared off the line in the first half, while Cardiff nearly hit the home side on the break. Craig Conway broke on the counter attack but, with little support, dragged his shot wide.

The visitors responded positively after the restart and Manuel Almunia did well to save Joel Ekstrand's blushes pushing away Joe Mason's strike after he seized on an error by the defender.

As the game began to open up David Marshall was forced into action at the opposite end making a terrific fingertip save to keep out Deeney's header.

Cardiff were forced to try and utilise Aron Gunnarsson's long throw in the closing stages and it very nearly paid off when Kim's close-range effort was deflected wide of the post.

Malky Mackay's former charges looked as though they might have the last word when Deeney found a way through but he was crowded out before he could get a shot away.

Fernando Forestieri also saw his shot bravely blocked over the top during a frantic final few minutes but in the end both sides were forced to settle for a hard-fought point.

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1 Derby County 13 26
2 Watford 13 25
3 Middlesbrough 13 23
4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 13 23
5 Norwich City 13 22
6 Nottingham Forest 13 22
7 Charlton Athletic 13 22
8 Bournemouth 13 21
9 Ipswich Town 13 20
10 Cardiff City 13 19
11 Blackburn Rovers 13 19
12 Brentford 13 19
13 Sheffield Wednesday 13 18
14 Rotherham United 13 16
15 Leeds United 13 16
16 Huddersfield Town 13 16
17 Reading 13 15
18 Millwall 13 14
19 Wigan Athletic 13 12
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 13 12
21 Birmingham City 13 11
22 Fulham 13 11
23 Bolton Wanderers 13 8
24 Blackpool 13 6