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Vicarage Road Stadium (ATT 16,345) 30th August 2008 - Kick off 17:20 Ref: L Probert

Watford Watford vs Ipswich Town Ipswich


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O'Toole nets last-gasp winner at Vicarage Road

Last Updated: 30/08/08 7:50pm

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O'Toole: Late winner

O'Toole: Late winner

John-Joe O'Toole grabbed a late winner as Watford came from behind to beat Ipswich 2-1 at Vicarage Road.

Hornets goalkeeper Mart Poom had earlier gifted the visitors the lead after only two minutes when he cleared straight to Pablo Counago who duly finished.

Watford were denied a clear penalty in the first half but John Eustace drew them level in the 58th minute before O'Toole headed the winner after Richard Wright had spilled Jobi McAnuff's shot with four minutes remaining.

Ipswich started well and were in front with barely two minutes on the clock when Poom's woeful clearance fell to Counago who held off the challenge of Leigh Bromby to slot home.

Minutes later Miller's corner found Gareth McAuley unmarked in the box and his shot was deflected out as Ipswich continued to press.

Watford were defending poorly and another mistake saw Kevin Lisbie evade the offside trap but he chipped wide when he should have squared to the furious Counago for a tap-in.

The home side should have been awarded a penalty midway through the half as Tamas Priskin skipped around Wright and appeared to be brought down by McAuley with the goal gaping.


Watford began to exert pressure on the Ipswich goal and were unlucky not to draw level in the 36th minute when McAnuff's cross found Jon Harley at the far post but his header came back off the post into the grateful arms of Wright.

With half-time approaching McAnuff fired over from inside the box, while at the other end the onrushing Counago was denied by an excellent block.

Watford began the second half brightly as they went in search of the equaliser and Lee Williamson's corner was met by Priskin but his header was clawed out by Wright.

Ipswich slowly began to find their rhythm and Poom went some way to making up for his early howler by blocking Jonathan Walters' shot from inside the box.

However, just before the hour mark the home side were back on level terms when Williamson's corner found Eustace unmarked and he headed in from close range.

The goal shook the visitors and moments later McAnuff's shot was spilled by Wright but the Ipswich keeper reacted well to claw the ball away from Williamson's path.

Ipswich immediately set about regaining their lead and Walters had a rasping drive tipped over by Poom before heading wide from close range.

With 18 minutes remaining McAnuff should have put Watford in front but he blazed over with the goal gaping after being found by Priskin's square pass.

As time wore on the game opened up with Ipswich substitute Danny Haynes heading just over from Ben Thatcher's teasing cross.

The game appeared to be heading for a draw but Wright failed to hold onto McAnuff's powerful shot and the ball bounced into the path of O'Toole who nodded in from close range.

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