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Molineux Stadium (ATT 18,571) 1st March 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: P Tierney

Wolves Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Watford Watford

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B Sako (90+3)

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Watford 1

A Abdi (41)

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Championship: Wolves and Watford draw 1-1 at Molineux

Last Updated: 06/03/13 11:35am

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Bakary Sako: Netted at the death to bag Wolves a draw with Watford

Bakary Sako: Netted at the death to bag Wolves a draw with Watford

Bakary Sako scored a stoppage-time equaliser to earn Wolves a 1-1 draw with Championship high-flyers Watford at Molineux.

Dean Saunders, Wolves' fourth manager in 12 months, is still waiting for his first victory in charge having overseen nine of their run of 13 winless matches, with Wanderers - in the Championship drop zone - still facing the very real prospect of successive relegations, as they experienced in the 1980s.

Yet Sako's well-taken injury-time equaliser drew welcome celebrations from a frustrated Wolves crowd, who will still believe in survival.

The game's defining moment of brilliance looked to have came just before half-time as Watford playmaker Almen Abdi, one of a contingent of players on loan from Udinese, converted a delightful free-kick for his 10th goal of the season.

The Hornets could at that point thank goalkeeper Jonathan Bond, making his full league debut for the Hertfordshire outfit, for still being on level terms having made an impressive double save.

It was a point towards Watford's march to a Premier League return, but Gianfranco Zola's second-placed side will certainly see it as two dropped.

The first clear chance of the game came in the 19th minute when Kevin Doyle found possession on the edge of the area and saw his effort well parried by Bond, in for the injured Manuel Almunia, who got up quickly to superbly keep out Bjorn Sigurdarson's rebound.

Marco Cassetti fired straight at Carl Ikeme following Jack Robinson's mis-control and as the game was drawing towards stalemate at half-time, the visitors broke the deadlock.

Vydra drew a soft foul from Wanderers skipper Karl Henry and Abdi, 20 yards out from a central position, floated a super free-kick over the wall.

Watford should have doubled their advantage in the 66th minute but Ikechi Anya somehow failed to convert after being teed up by the impressive Cassetti, with Cristian Battocchio drilling narrowly over from distance minutes later.

Wolves wasted a chance to draw level in the 77th minute, Sigurdarson seeing his shot saved by Bond before Robinson was well off target with the rebound.

Yet, with the game seeming beyond them, Sako popped up to convert from Matt Doherty's long throw-in.

Watford substitute Fernando Forestieri still had a chance to snatch matters but blew his shot off target.

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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Derby County 18 35
2 Bournemouth 18 32
3 Middlesbrough 18 32
4 Ipswich Town 18 31
5 Brentford 18 31
6 Blackburn Rovers 18 30
7 Watford 18 29
8 Nottingham Forest 18 28
9 Charlton Athletic 18 28
10 Norwich City 18 27
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 18 27
12 Cardiff City 18 26
13 Sheffield Wednesday 18 22
14 Huddersfield Town 18 21
15 Reading 18 21
16 Leeds United 18 20
17 Fulham 18 19
18 Millwall 18 19
19 Birmingham City 18 19
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 18 18
21 Bolton Wanderers 18 18
22 Rotherham United 18 18
23 Wigan Athletic 18 17
24 Blackpool 18 8

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