(Goals & Video Highlights) Watford 2-0 Middlesbrough: Hornets win to move top of the Championship

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The Championship has new leaders, albeit temporarily, as Watford leapfrogged Middlesbrough thanks to a 2-0 win at Vicarage Road on Easter Monday.

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Goals from the strike duo of Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo were enough to give the Hornets all three points and a two point lead at the top of the table.

The first chance of note fell to the home side and Deeney but he couldn’t steer his header on target, then Ikechi Anya was denied by Boro keeper Dimitrios Konstantopoulos after a neat one-two with Ighalo.

Boro weathered the early storm and began to get a foothold in the game as the first 45 minutes wore on, Lee Tomlin had their best chance but fired straight at former Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes.

With the end of the first half approaching, Deeney broke the deadlock with his 20th league goal of the season, taking advantage of poor marking from the away defence to latch onto a fantastic pass from Adlene Guedioura to give the Hornets a deserved lead.

Ighalo doubled the lead with a stunning strike to mark his 19th of the season.

Only a stunning save from Konstantopoulos denied Guedioura from making it 3-0, before Boro striker Kike was denied by Gomes.

A couple of flashpoints followed before the end of the game as the away side appealed for a penalty, then Grant Leadbitter appeared to kick out and was shown a yellow but the hosts eased to victory in the huge Championship game.

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