9 years ago today Troy Deeney scored the winning goal for Watford against Leicester City in the playoffs.


Nine years ago, one of the most dramatic moments in English football history occurred in the second leg of the Championship playoff semi-final between Watford and Leicester City.

In a game with a score of 2-2 on aggregate and deep injury time, visitor Leicester received a highly controversial penalty when the referee determined that Anthony Knockaert had been penalized for a foul by Marco Cassetti in the area.

The Hornets were on their way to defeat in the most brutal of circumstances, as the sound of the penalty shouting was so vague. But one of the greatest sequences in football followed.

Knockaert’s tamed penalty was blocked by Manuel Almunia, who rejected the French player on the rebound. Cassetti was on hand to lead the ball off the pitch, and Watford broke through quickly.

The ball was passed to Fernando Forestieri on the right flank, who swung the cross into Jonathan Hogg’s far post.

While Kasper Schmeichel jumped towards him as the ball landed on him, former Villa midfielder drove home the astonishing striketime winner to charging skipper Troy Deeney to reserve a spot at Wembley.

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Watford’s striker took off his shirt and immediately jumped into the crowd, and his goal completely ruined Vicarage Road. Surprisingly, it took only 20 seconds for the penalty save and the ball to inflate from the other side of Schmeichel’s goal.

Commentary on the broadcast will forever be etched in Watford fans’ hearts, but Jonny Phillips reacts differently on Soccer Saturday. Completely unbelievable what he had just seen, his voice was shattered and pure gold like a teenage boy.

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Don’t get goosebumps looking at it. Football tends to turn the most incredible things around and Watford, who reached the playoff finals, eventually lost to Crystal Palace.

The club stayed in 13th place the following season before being automatically promoted to the Premier League in the 2014/15 season.

They will be relegated from Division 1 and then return to Division 2 the following season.

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