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Burnley 2 Watford 2: Blake helps Burnley off ropes against heavyweight Watford

Watford are the playground bullies of the Championship and Dean Whitestone, an inexperienced referee, was unable to control them.

Watford 0 Preston North End 0: Mawene finds mindset to blunt Watford attack

After this tough draw against Preston North End, the Watford manager, Adrian Boothroyd, took his players off for a four-day trip to the sunshine of Dubai to prepare themselves for the remaining games of the season.

Watford 1 Leicester City 0: Henderson keeps 10-man Watford at the summit

There is nothing Aidy Boothroyd likes more than a little bit of adversity. Twice in four days his Watford team have overcome testing circumstances to emerge with wins. This victory, only their second at home in the League since October, also maintained their position at the top of the table.

Ipswich Town 1 Watford 2: Boothroyd forsakes style to send Watford top

And so there it went, just like that. The last unbeaten home record in the Football League this season was lost with scarcely a whimper. The snarling and the attitude all came from Watford. To wit, four yellow cards for Aidy Boothroyd's victorious men, none for Ipswich.

Watford 1, Charlton Athletic 1: Boothroyd's thoughts turn from bleak home to abroad

As rain sheeted down on humdrum fare in Hertfordshire, Danny Shittu seemed the lucky one. The Watford defender was already in Ghana, with Nigeria for the Nations Cup. Shittu's replacement, Calum Davenport – on loan from West Ham – was carried off on a stretcher. It was his first game this season.

Preston North End 1 Watford 0: Boothroyd stays calm amid slump

Preston substitute Neil Mellor stepped off the bench to fire Alan Irvine's Coca-Cola Championship strugglers to a potentially crucial win over high-flying Watford.

Watford 2 QPR 4: Rampaging Rowlands puts the skids under Watford

They say the table never lies, but the Championship chart was looking conspicuously economical with the truth last night. This match featured teams which began the day in second and 23rd places and it ended with the promotion contenders suffering an embarrassing defeat.

Thousands of fans rise up in support of player facing exile

The Watford midfielder is appealing against deportation to Sierra Leone

Colchester United 2 Watford 3: Priskin caps comeback for unstable Watford

Watford, whose eight-point lead in the Championship had dwindled to one in the space of the previous month, pulled out of their stall impressively last night as they stretched the gap again after recovering from being two goals down within half an hour.

Market Report: Shares rocked by worries over US economy

Worries about a sharper than anticipated slowdown in the US economy hit stocks on both side of the Atlantic yesterday. The FTSE 100 dropped 1.3 per cent, or 74 points, to 5,822, as investors were unnerved by yet more evidence that the world's largest economy may be foundering.

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