Watford v Manchester City 1985/86


League Division 1

12th October 1985

attendance 15,418

Lillis, McNab
Watford Blissett, Callaghan, Barnes

Ref John Ball

City Nixon, May, Power, Clements, McCarthy, Phillips, Lillis, Baker, Davies, McNab, Simpson – Sub Melrose(unused)

Watford Coton, Gibbs, Rostron, Talbot, Terry, Sinnott, Callaghan, Blissett, West, Jackett, Barnes – Sub Lohman(unused)

The first 28 minutes of this game had boring goaless draw written all over it with little action and the home crowd becoming frustrated and bursting into a slow hand clap.
The game then came alive in the 29th minute as Luthor Blissett converted a Nigel Callaghan cross to put Watford 1-0 up and before half-time Callaghan scored a wonder goal with a strike from 35 yards.
Watford were in total command of the game as John Barnes scored a 3rd after half-time and Watford almost scored a fourth as West hit the bar.
Mark Lillis scrambled what appeared to be a consolation goal for City in the 65th minute but when Neil McNab lobbed the ball over the Watford custodian Tony Coton with over a quarter of an hour to go, the travelling Blues believed City might grab an equaliser. It was not to be and despite David Phillips going close from a free-kick, Watford held on to take all the points.

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