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Vicarage Road Stadium (ATT 13,517) 1st November 2008 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: R East

Watford Watford vs Blackpool Blackpool

Gow grabs dramatic winner

Blackpool come back three times before nicking points

Last Updated: 01/11/08 6:14pm

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Gow: Dramatic winner

Gow: Dramatic winner

Alan Gow scored a dramatic late winner as Blackpool came from behind three times before recording a 4-3 win at Watford.

Will Hoskins, Grzegorz Rasiak and Tommy Smith from the penalty spot all put Watford in front at various stages of a thrilling game.

Blackpool pulled level on each occasion through Keith Southern, Ben Burgess and Gary Taylor-Fletcher before Gow stole the points in injury-time.

The home side came flying out of the traps and made the perfect start when Rasiak's neat backheel sent Hoskins through and he fired in a superb strike from the edge of the box to put them in front.

Blackpool reacted well and Gow's cross found Taylor-Fletcher but his shot was parried away by Richard Lee.

Moments later Hoskins came close to doubling Watford's lead after he was played in by Tommy Smith, but his shot cannoned agonisingly off the post with Paul Rachubka well beaten.

The visitors poured forward in search of an equaliser and made the pressure tell in the 18th minute when Claus Jorgensen's free-kick hit the wall and fell to Southern who fired in an unstoppable shot that gave Lee no chance.

However all Blackpool's hard work was undone 10 minutes from the break when Jon Harley's superb free-kick from the right found Rasiak in acres of space to head in from close range.

Ominous intent

Blackpool began the second half with ominous intent and Gow turned well inside the box but his shot went straight at Lee.

With 56 minutes gone Gow was challenged by Jay DeMerit on the edge of the area, but the ball broke to Burgess whose attempted chip wrong-footed Lee.

Watford immediately went in search of the lead once again and Hoskins broke into the box but could only send the shot straight at Rachubka.

Just as in the first half, Blackpool shot themselves in the foot when Burgess bundled over John Eustace and Tommy Smith stroked home the penalty to put Watford back in front.

The home side tried to put the game out of Blackpool's reach as Hoskins had a shot saved by Rachubka.

To their credit Blackpool never gave up and got their rewards four minutes from time when Taylor-Fletcher finished coolly from close range.

That goal sent the travelling Blackpool fans into raptures and they could hardly believe their eyes when Gow broke into the box and sealed a dramatic win in injury-time.

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 46 90
2 Watford 46 89
3 Norwich City 46 86
4 Middlesbrough 46 85
5 Brentford 46 78
6 Ipswich Town 46 78
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 78
8 Derby County 46 77
9 Blackburn Rovers 46 67
10 Birmingham City 46 63
11 Cardiff City 46 62
12 Charlton Athletic 46 60
13 Sheffield Wednesday 46 60
14 Nottingham Forest 46 59
15 Leeds United 46 56
16 Huddersfield Town 46 55
17 Fulham 46 52
18 Bolton Wanderers 46 51
19 Reading 46 50
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 46 47
21 Rotherham United 46 46
22 Millwall 46 41
23 Wigan Athletic 46 39
24 Blackpool 46 26

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