Watford and Preston performed out a tedious 0-0 draw at Vicarage Highway which didn’t serve both group’s promotion ambitions.
The competition had all the thrill of a pre-season pleasant for a lot of the afternoon, with Preston keeper Freddie Woodman producing the one two notable saves for a forgettable 90 minutes.
For guests Preston it was their ninth goalless draw of the season, whereas Watford have now drawn 4 of their final six video games.
The primary half didn’t supply a single clear probability. Preston’s group away from Deepdale has spawned consolation within the facet of Ryan Lowe who’s absent at residence.
Comfortable to sit down alongside Watford till they ventured past the midway line, the guests rapidly squeezed house in entrance of their again 4, solely providing native playmaker Joao Pedro no place to decide on his passes.
Pedro fired in an eighth-minute shot from a Craig Cathcart cross however lacked the facility to beat Preston keeper Freddie Woodman.
That effort apart, the one time Slaven Bilic’s facet quickened their supporters’ pulse in a flat first-half show was when Ismaila Sarr deftly created house on the edge from Preston’s field to see his low cross slip previous his teammates.
In contrast, the guests served various pictures within the first half, though all of them got here from no less than 20 yards out.
First Ched Evans then Alvaro Fernando fired efforts that discovered the stomach of Watford goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann.
Each gamers went the additional mile every, nevertheless it was Alan Browne who got here the closest with a free kick 4 minutes earlier than the interval that dipped too late.
Their incapacity to create probabilities helps clarify why solely Cardiff have scored fewer league objectives this season.
Bilic was clearly as annoyed because the Vicarage Highway crowd at his facet’s inept show, dragging down the attacking double risk of Yaser Asprilla and Keinan Davis for the second half.
It no less than created some pleasure, as did a shot from Pedro that was saved low at his close to publish by Woodman.
As the necessity for victory was transmitted from the stands to the sector, Watford got here shut twice in 4 minutes.
Davis solely broke in for Woodman who ran from his line to dam the striker’s shot fantastically. Then Sarr well rotated and immediately despatched a shot that skimmed terribly broad.
The remainder of the match handed with out notable incident, as befits a tough fought combat.