First Team 15/03/2018

Home & Away | Liverpool

Watford 3

Liverpool 0

December 20, 2015, Premier League

Vicarage Road

Nathan Aké capitalised on poor handling from Adam Bogdan to open the scoring

One of the most memorable results in recent history for the Hornets saw Quique Sanchez Flores’ side dominate Liverpool at Vicarage Road. 

Adam Bogdan had a tough start in between the sticks for the Reds, dropping a Ben Watson corner for Nathan Aké to poke home from close-range after just three minutes.

Odion Ighalo then got in on the action, scoring a brace to seal a famous victory for the Golden Boys. For his first goal, Troy Deeney played a ball into space for Ighalo to run on to. The Nigerian striker held off Martin Skrtel before squeezing a shot away that found its way into the far corner off the post.

Valon Behrami's assist for Watford's third goal of the afternoon was inch-perfect

Substitute Valon Behrami then delivered a peach of a cross from an unfamiliar positon on the right of midfield, right onto Ighalo’s head for the forward’s second goal.

There could have been even more for Watford on that day, had Ighalo not slipped at one vital moment just yards from goal, or had Aké found the net once more from a header at the near post, but it didn’t matter as the Hornets' fans walked up Occupation Road singing their hearts out after a sparkling performance propelled the Golden Boys to seventh in the league.

Hornets XI: Gomes (GK); Nyom, Cathcart, Britos, Aké; Abdi (Behrami), Watson, Capoue, Jurado (Anya); Ighalo (Guédioura), Deeney. 

Reds XI: Bogdan (GK); Clyne, Skrtel (Origi), Sakho, Moreno; Henderson, Lucas, Can; Lallana, Firmino, Coutinho.

Odion Ighalo performed his trademark celebration with Harry the Hornet after scoring his third goal

Liverpool 0

Watford 1

August 14, 1999, Premier League


Two Watford centre-halves combined to assist Tommy Mooney in an unusual fashion

Watford had lost their first two games in the Premier League, but left Anfield with all three points thanks to Tommy Mooney.

Richard Johnson stung the palms of Sander Westerveld early on after being teed up just outside the area, and Liverpool had chances of their own, but Watford’s resolute defending ensured the Reds drew a blank at home.

Mooney put the Hornets ahead in just under a quarter-of-an-hour, after Liverpool failed to deal with Peter Kennedy’s in-swinging free-kick from the right-wing.

Mooney got a touch on the initial delivery, but a combination of Mark Williams and Robert Page sliding in to prevent a Liverpool clearance gave Mooney a gilt-edged opportunity to score from inside the six-yard box.

Chris Day made some superb saves to keep the Hornets in the game

Chris Day made a good save from Jamie Redknapp’s fizzing effort, and a two further stops against Patrik Berger in the first-half gave the Golden Boys something to hold on to going into the break.

Mooney could have seen another hit the back of the net if not for the post, and Micah Hyde saw his chip cleared off the line, but Watford recorded their first win of the season in the sunshine at Anfield - still to this day the Hornets' only away win at Liverpool.

Reds XI: Westerveld (GK); Heggem (Song), Hyppiä, Carragher, Matteo; Smicer (Riedle), Redknapp, Gerrard (Thompson), Berger; Fowler, Camara.

Hornets XI: Day (GK); Lyttle, Williams, Page, Robinson; Hyde, Palmer, Johnson (Easton); Ngonge (Foley), Mooney, Kennedy.

This was Graham Taylor's first win in the top flight in his second spell in charge of Watford

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The draw for the signed shirt will be made on Monday 16th April, with the winner to be contacted by the Trust.

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  • Football drills and matches.
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