Hornets peg back Wolves
By James Pearson. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Marlon King's second half strike secured a 1-1 for Watford at Wolves after Jeremie Aliadiere had given the home side a 17th minute lead.
King went from hero to villain for the visitors after he was sent off late on for foul and abusive language leaving The Hornets to see out the game with ten men.
Wolves dodged an early bullet when keeper Stefan Postma swiftly got back to collect Darius Henderson's header from his poor initial clearance.
Glenn Hoddle's troops were also looking dangerous in attack and Colin Cameron would have been better leaving Maurice Ross' cross for Lee Naylor when he fired over at full stretch.
The home side then assumed control of the match when Poland international Tomasz Frankowski superbly fed Aliadiere who finished superbly from just inside the area.
Naylor had a couple of efforts at goal with his first shot drifting just wide of Ben Foster's right-hand post, while the Watford keeper was well-placed to gather his second effort from a free-kick.
Hoddle was forced into a change shortly after the half-hour mark when Paul Ince pulled up sharply with a hamstring strain, allowing Rohan Ricketts to come off the bench to join the fray.
Wolves should have doubled their lead on 39 minutes when Frankowski burst clear from the halfway line, but he could only hit Foster after being well closed down by the keeper.
The visitors had the final chance of the half, but Ross headed clear under pressure after Henderson headed back into the danger area.
Watford's first opening after the interval arrived just before the hour but, after an excellent first touch from King, he blazed his left-footed drive over the bar.
Just minutes later the former Nottingham Forest striker made amends when his superbly struck half-volley gave Postma no chance of a save in the home goal.
Watford could have even snatched all three points late on, however referee Kevin Wright opted against pointing to the spot after King went down in the area under Joleon Lescott's challenge.
King obviously felt hard done by and carried his protests too far with Wright's assistant, that resulted in the forward collecting his second yellow card and getting sent off.