Watford had been denied a seventh straight win and an opportunity to edge nearer to a direct return to the Premier League as Middlesbrough struck late to earn a 1-1 draw.
Having crushed Sheffield Wednesday 1-Zero on Good Friday, Xisco Munoz’s males heading for victory by the identical scoreline on the Riverside Stadium, after Ismaila Sarr gave them the lead in barely fortuitous circumstances (32).
However although Boro struggled within the closing third all through the vast majority of proceedings, they gave account of themselves and pulled stage late on when substitute Yannick Bolasie headed residence Paddy McNair’s free-kick (78).
Second-placed Watford prolonged their benefit over Brentford and Swansea in third and fourth to 10 factors with six video games left to play, whereas Boro are six factors outdoors the highest six however stay in with an opportunity of reaching the play-offs.
How Watford had been held on Teesside
With a useful three factors at stake for 2 sides firmly inside the combine for promotion, it was a cagey, uneventful begin to proceedings on Teesside, with few clear-cut probabilities in an open first half-hour.
However then, rapidly, Watford edged forward in dramatic circumstances. Boro goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli first produced a powerful save to disclaim Ken Sema, however Marc Bola’s clearance fell kindly for Zinckernagel, who took management, although there have been suspicions of handball as he did so.
As he powered a shot at objective, the ball ricocheted off the boot of Sarr and located its well past the wrong-footed Bettinelli, who was visibly aggrieved on the awarding of the objective. Appeals for offside from the hosts adopted, although replays confirmed a number of Boro gamers had been, in truth, taking part in the Senegalese worldwide onside.
Although they contained the Hornets’ potent assault, Middlesbrough discovered it tough to threaten themselves and ended the primary 45 minutes and not using a shot on track. 5 minutes after the restart, nevertheless, Duncan Watmore had the ball within the web, solely to see his close-range effort chalked off, this time for an accurate offside name.
Because the second half wore on, Watford’s sport administration continued to restrict Boro and they need to have wrapped up all three factors when Joao Pedro curled a low shot the incorrect aspect of the right-hand upright after neat interaction on the sting of the 18-yard field.
With their first shot on track within the sport, the hosts lastly levelled with 11 minutes to play, when Paddy McNair discovered Bolasie with a free-kick that had been cheaply conceded by Ken Sema and the Everton loanee headed in to earn his aspect a deserved share of the spoils
Man of the match – Grant Corridor
Sky Sports activities’ Don Goodman:
“I do not suppose there was a greater participant on the pitch – he was glorious in each approach. Boro, as a unit, have snuffed out a real risk and never many groups have been ready to try this to date this season.”
Watford are again in motion at 7.45pm on Friday, April 9 once they welcome Studying to Vicarage Highway – in a match stay on Sky Sports activities Soccer – whereas Middlesbrough journey to Oakwell to tackle Barnsley at 3pm the next day.