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Schmeichel own goal sees Watford defeat Leicester | Match Report.

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Watford's winner was credited as a Kasper Schmeichel own goal

By Emlyn Begley | BBC Sport


Watford ended a six-game winless run by coming from behind to beat Leicester City.

Riyad Mahrez headed the Foxes, now without a win in four games, into the lead from Marc Albrighton's cross.

But Molla Wague equalised on his first Premier League start, against his former club, from close range and Richarlison then hit the post towards the end of the first half.

The Hornets' winner was a Kasper Schmeichel own goal as the keeper, while trying to keep Abdoulaye Doucoure's shot from a tight angle out of his goal, inadvertently turned it past his own line.




Heurelho Gomes made two excellent late saves to seal the win for Watford, from Wes Morgan's close-range effort and Leonardo Ulloa's header.

Watford end miserable run

Watford - without a win in over a month and with just one point from their last six games - looked as if they were going to endure a miserable Boxing Day when they trailed to Mahrez's header.

But to their credit, and boss Marco Silva's delight, they showed great character to come back.

Some Leicester fans could almost be excused for not remembering Mali defender Wague, who had a one-game loan spell with the club last season. But they will remember him now, as he pounced late in the first half after the Foxes failed to clear a corner.

That goal lifted Watford, who had been below-par - or based on recent form, maybe playing at par. And Richarlison smashed the ball off the post two minutes later from Tom Cleverley's pass.

They continued that momentum into the second half. Cleverley's deep free-kick found Doucoure, who tried to beat Schmeichel at his near post from close to the byline. The ball might have been going across the goal when Schmeichel touched the ball past the line, with Ben Chilwell clearing from just behind the line.

Watford were indebted to their keeper, Gomes, for the win when he denied Morgan and Ulloa late on.

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