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New York Stadium (ATT 9,361) 19th August 2014 - Kick off 19:45

Rotherham Rotherham United vs Watford Watford


Watford 2

L Dyer (74)
G Munari (87)

Sky Bet Championship: Late goals help Watford beat Rotherham 2-0

Last Updated: 20/08/14 3:43pm

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Lloyd Dyer: First goal for Watford

Lloyd Dyer: First goal for Watford

Watford taught Rotherham a harsh lesson about life in the Sky Bet Championship after they staged a late show at New York Stadium to win 2-0.

The Millers, playing just their third game back in the second tier following promotion last season, put in a rousing display for the much of the match yet were unable to convert a string of chances. And Watford, who were well below what is expected of them this season, handed down the sternest of punishments as two goals in the final 17 minutes won it.

Lloyd Dyer's first league goal for the club put them ahead in the 73rd minute and with the hosts pushing for a leveller Gianni Munari made sure of the points with five minutes to go.

Rotherham should have been out of sight by then as Paul Taylor wasted two chances and Lee Frecklington had an effort deflected, but they paid the ultimate price for their wastefulness.

That left Steve Evans' men with two defeats and just one goal from their opening three games and in no doubt where their early season problems lie.

For Watford it was the prefect response to a 3-0 drubbing at Norwich in midweek, though they will need to perform better if they are to be top-six candidates after Christmas.

The Millers came into the encounter full of confidence following the weekend's win over Wolves and perhaps sensing that the Hornets were not up for it, they set about their visitors early on.

Playing a high-energy pressing game they were the better team in the opening half-hour and limited Watford's highly-rated front pairing of Troy Deeney and Matej Vydra to scraps.

Although dominating, the hosts struggled to create chances until the 30-minute mark when Ben Pringle tested Heurelho Gomes with a curling effort from distance, with skipper Craig Morgan heading the corner over.

Steve Evans: Encourages Millers from touchline

Evans' men continued to dictate the play and Taylor went close following a sublime piece of skill to control the ball before he cut inside and fired a shot just wide.

And they came within inches of ending a rousing first-half display in perfect fashion on stroke of the interval when Alex Revell's knockdown was hit first time by Frecklington but it took a nick off a defender and rolled just wide.

There was an equally good opening for the hosts, who did not let the break stop their flow, early in the second half as Taylor spooned over from 16 yards when he had time and space to pick his spot.

There was a definite sense that Rotherham's failure to score when on top was going to prove costly and Watford finally began to show a verve that has seen them labelled as potential promotion candidates this season.

And the Hornets did punish their hosts in the 73rd minute when Dyer reacted first to Adam Collin's parried save from Odion Jude Ighalo's shot and smashed home from eight yards.

The game was put to bed five minutes from the end when Munari had the easiest of tap-ins following good work down the left by Dyer and that is how it finished.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 23 45
2 Ipswich Town 23 44
3 Derby County 23 42
4 Middlesbrough 23 42
5 Brentford 23 40
6 Watford 23 38
7 Norwich City 23 37
8 Blackburn Rovers 23 34
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers 23 34
10 Nottingham Forest 23 31
11 Cardiff City 23 31
12 Charlton Athletic 23 31
13 Sheffield Wednesday 23 31
14 Bolton Wanderers 23 29
15 Fulham 23 28
16 Birmingham City 23 28
17 Reading 23 26
18 Rotherham United 23 25
19 Huddersfield Town 23 25
20 Leeds United 23 24
21 Millwall 23 23
22 Wigan Athletic 23 20
23 Brighton and Hove Albion 23 20
24 Blackpool 23 13