Danny Graham (85 mins)
Chris Brunt ((90 + 5 mins) mins)
The Coca-Cola Football League Championship
, Apr 5, 2010
Ground: Vicarage Road Stadium , Kickoff: 16:00 , Att 14,555
Loanee ruled out Watford will be without midfielder Henri Lansbury when West Brom come to Vicarage Road.
The on-loan Arsenal youngster picked up his 10th booking of the season during the 1-1 draw at Preston on Saturday and will begin a two-match ban against the Hornets.
Lansbury picked up a knock at Deepdale and may have been ruled out anyway.
Midfielder Don Cowie is also a doubt after picking up an injury against North End, while defender Martin Taylor passed a late fitness test after an ankle problem to start at Lancashire but remains a doubt after failing to complete the full 90 minutes.
The Hornets remain a single point clear of the relegation zone with six games remaining, while Albion could seal promotion to the Premier League with a win.
West Brom boss Roberto Di Matteo could be boosted by the return of tricky winger Jerome Thomas.
The 27-year-old looks set to be available for the trip to Vicarage Road after missing Albion`s Good Friday win over play-off chasing Leicester.
Striker Roman Bednar is pushing for a starting berth after shaking off a thigh problem to feature as a second-half substitute against the Foxes.
However, Bednar may struggle to displace Ishmael Miller, who has been in excellent form since returning from his own lengthy injury lay-off.
Robert Koren, Marek Cech and Chris Brunt are all expected to continue after also making their comebacks in Friday's match.
Watford 1-1 West Brom
Last modified 18:20 05/04/10Daily Mirror match report by Mike Walters
Chris Brunt's 96th-minute equaliser broke 10-man Watford's heroic resistance as West Brom's promotion party was postponed.
On a dramatic afternoon at Vicarage Road, Danny Graham's brilliant volley four minutes from time appeared to have thrown the Hornets a precious lifeline as they fought for their Championship lives.
After losing loan star Tom Cleverley, carried off with his right leg in a splint, and then experienced midfielder Jon Harley to a daft second yellow card, Watford's application on a cabbage-patch pitch bordered on sensational.
But just when they appeared to be holding out for a famous win, Brunt arrived unmarked at the near post to nod Andwele Slory's header across goal beyond Scott Loach as stoppage time was running out.
Baggies manager Roberto Di Matteo was happy to count his blessings afterwards, saying: "The pitch probably suited Watford more than it suited us - it was impossible to get our passing game going on that surface.
"But we have scored in every game this year, and there have been a number of occasions where we have left it late as we did today, but it shows we have the strength and the energy to keep going for 96 minutes.
"We never gave up, and although it was a great strike to put Watford ahead, we were brave enough to commit bodies forward towards the end and a draw was probably fair."
Di Matteo's assessment of his own side was charitable, to say the least. While Albion took too many liberties, patched-up Watford did not play like a team in freefall, and it took a miraculous early save from Scott Carson to deny them a parachute.
Carson is best-known as the fumbling fall-guy who buttered his gloves along with the morning toast when he played for England, which is a pity.
At club level, he has usually been an asset, and his point-blank parry to divert Adrian Mariappa's first-time volley was not just out of the top drawer - it was from the top shelf of the wardrobe.
And West Brom's discomfort was manifest enough for them to be drawn into a physical battle, with tempers rising in a feisty six-minute spell which exercised referee Steve Tanner's yellow card five times.
Hornets boss Malky Mackay ventured 25 yards outside his technical area to preside over a touchline flashpoint between John Eustace and Graham Dorrans, which finished level on most judges' scorecards.
But Watford's battling qualities came at a heavy price. Cleverley needed oxygen as he was carried out on his shield, and Harley is old enough to know better than to block James Morrison cynically off the ball when he is already on a caution.
Just when they seemed to be running out of lung power and manpower, however, the Hornets conjured what appeared to be a spectacular winner, Graham's 10th goal of the season proving too good even for Carson.
And when Morrison missed a simple header from four yards three minutes later Albion appeared to have shot their bolt until Brunt broke Mackay's heart, leaving the Watford boss to lament the nine points his side have squandered after the 89th minute this season.
Mackay said: "If any of my players are disappointed, they only need to watch the video to see how well they performed against a side who will win promotion.
"The fans have seen some great performances here this season, if not always the results to go with them, and I was immensely proud of that performance."
|Player rating out of ten||Player name||Substitution||Did they score?||Player's disciplinary record||Rating|
|12||Lloyd Doyley(sub 9)|
|22||William Buckley(sub 59)|
|20||Tom Cleverley(sub 66)|
|6||Jay DeMerit(sub 9)|
|8||Stephen McGinn(sub 59)|
|18||Will Hoskins(sub 66)|
|Player rating out of ten||Player name||Did they score?||Player's disciplinary record||Substitution||Rating|
|22||Gianni Zuiverloon(sub 53)|
|7||Robert Koren(sub 79)|
|12||Giles Barnes(sub 62)|
|23||Abdoulaye Meite(sub 53)|
|27||James Morrison(sub 62)|
|29||Andwele Slory(sub 79)|