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The Den (ATT 9,366) 16th April 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: J Linington

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Millwall dealt Watford's promotion bid another blow with a 1-0 victory

Last Updated: 16/04/13 11:48pm

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Shaun Batt: Dealt Watford's promotion bid a huge blow with the only goal

Shaun Batt: Dealt Watford's promotion bid a huge blow with the only goal

Millwall's Shaun Batt flew off the substitutes' bench to deal Watford's promotion bid another blow with a 1-0 victory.

The Millwall frontman struck with six minutes remaining to condemn Gianfranco Zola's side to back-to-back defeats.

Batt's first Lions goal of the season also secured a first home league win since New Year's Day to boost their bid to avoid relegation, as Millwall emerged from the wreckage of Saturday's infamous FA Cup semi-final by making headlines for the right reasons.

After just two minutes Troy Deeney's shot from the edge of the area flew inches over the crossbar, and five minutes later his effort was saved by the legs of David Forde.

Nathaniel Chalobah's lofted pass then sent Mark Yeates clear but again Forde was able to block.

Deeney felt he should have had a penalty after he was bundled over in the box but his appeal fell on deaf ears, and Ikechi Anya fizzed a low drive wide.

Matej Vydra's first sight of goal came when he robbed Martyn Woolford in Watford's half and galloped the length of the field only for Jimmy Abdou to bravely block his shot.

Watford did not have it all their own way in the first half, though, with James Henry nodding wide from Chris Taylor's cross, while Andy Keogh shopuld have done better with a header from three yards which was too close to Manuel Almunia.

Watford started the second half as they had the first, with Vydra exchanging passes with Cristian Battocchio on the edge of the area before forcing Forde into a save low to his left.

Forde then made an ill-advised charge from goal to collect a long ball, only to miss it completely, but fortunately for him Deeney could only curl wide of an empty goal from the touchline.

Deeney was even closer on the hour mark when Yeates found him with a near-post cross, the striker forcing a point-blank save from Forde with Abdou on hand to clear the loose ball off the line.

But for all their domination, the Hornets could not find a way through, and six minutes from time Almunia saved Henry's shot, Woolford nodded the rebound back across goal and Batt stroked the ball into the net.

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Pos Team P Pts
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