Watford's Holebas stuns Boro with superb strike


Watford manager Walter Mazzarri dismissed the notion that his side was "time-wasting" in their win over Middlesbrough.

Both Aitor Karanka and Walter Mazzarri had reason to curse referee Roger East after Watford beat Middlesbrough 1-0 on Sunday.

The costly 1-0 home defeat to Watford leaves Boro 17th in the table, and without a win since the Wear-Tees success at Sunderland in August. The match starts at 14:30 on 16 October 2016.

"He started really well, but sometimes it's normal when you start really well and you feel really, really confident, you start to be a little bit more relaxed and you lose your position". We had chances to score, we didn't score and in the second half, we conceded that goal and after that, it was impossible to play.

"We were missing many of our starting defenders, but when we have our full team in a full condition, I can say it'll be very hard for other teams to score against us". I have to choose the best players for every game.

But ultimately they were made to pay for failing to produce enough in the final third as the Hornets held sway - they have now taken 10 points from their last five games - in front of a crowd of 28,131 at the Riverside Stadium.

"The ball has been more time stopped than in play".

Downing rejoined Boro last season from West Ham to play a part in their successful promotion, and is desperate to avoid an immediate return to the Championships.

"I don't really know what he [Karanka] refers to but honestly I don't think so". Middlesbrough's Alvaro Negredo had a penalty appeal rejected as he went down under the combined challenge of Younes Kaboul and Nordin Amrabat, who was fortunate to escape sanction for grabbing his opponent's shirt.

Middlesbrough had two efforts on target all afternoon, an inconsequential effort from Alvarao Negredo before half time, and a pseudo 20-yard back pass from Adam Forshaw in the second half.

Middlesbrough keeper Victor Valdes had been a virtual spectator for much of the opening 54 minutes, but he found himself picking the ball out of the net when Holebas unleashed a fierce strike from distance after running on to Marten de Roon's clearance.