Watford Draw 2-2 With Coventry in a Six-Goal Thriller

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Mark Robins’ rejuvenated Coventry side battled back three times to salvage a point during an end-to-end six goal thriller at the CBS Arena, even as Mileta Rajovic scored twice on his Watford debut despite not enough support from teammates to equal his efforts.

Valerien Ismael made several adjustments to his starting lineup, with Tom Ince and Francisco Sierralta making their debuts, while Jeremy Ngakia and Ken Sema returned from injury.

Mileta Rajovic’s double on his first Watford start is not enough to clinch victory.

Mileta Rajovic kicked off his Watford career with a flourish, scoring twice as the Hornets held Coventry to a draw at CBS Arena. The Danish striker put Watford ahead with an excellent free-kick before Milan Van Ewijk equalised only for Matheus Martins and Wesley Hoedt’s own goal to put them back ahead once more.

Matty Godden then scored in stoppage time to secure a point for Valerien Ismael’s side, who remain undefeated after four games under head coach Valerien Ismael. Ismael made four changes from last weekend’s narrow loss at Blackburn Rovers with Tom Ince and Imran Louza making their debuts.

Ismael’s team started well, coming close to taking an early lead through Louza who collected Ken Sema’s pass but his curling effort missed. At the other end, Daniel Bachmann successfully blocked Godden’s penalty against Ryan Porteous who was judged unfairly as having handled Jay Dasilva’s cross.

Milan van Ewijk’s superb free-kick cancelled out Rajovic’s opener.

Mileta Rajovic scored on his full debut for the Hornets at CBS Arena 15 minutes into the match, before Milan van Ewijk responded shortly after halftime with an outstanding free-kick that struck low and found the bottom left corner of the goal.

Matheus Martins restored the visitors’ lead before Wesley Hoedt scored an own goal to level matters – before Matty Godden struck late to secure a Coventry victory and earn Valerien Ismael his first victory since they lost to Blackburn last time out. Valerien Ismael made four changes from the team that lost against Blackburn, with Rajovic and Tom Ince being introduced into his starting XI for this matchup.

But Coventry’s defensive errors allowed Rajovic to score twice and lead his hosts out of the relegation zone with three points in hand.

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Matheus Martins restored the lead.

Watford’s defenders appeared ill-equipped to deal with the pace of their hosts and were caught out by some direct passes from Sky Blues. Haji Wright took advantage of one such occasion to burst clear down the right wing before passing to Godden who finished it off at close range.

Tom Ince had an early chance for the visitors, but his curling attempt sailed over the bar. Watford quickly responded as Rajovic scored his second goal for them shortly thereafter; Milan van Ewijk’s magnificent free kick cancelled out this strike before Martins restored Watford’s lead before Hoedt headed in a late own goal before Matty Godden equalised late on and Valerien Ismael will surely have been pleased that his side earned their first point at Coventry Building Society Arena this season! Watford head coach Valerien Ismael will certainly have been pleased that his team managed to earn their first point ever at Coventry; head coach Valerien Ismael will surely have been pleased that his side picked up their inaugural point at Coventry Building Society Arena! Valerien Ismael will surely have been happy as Ismael is pleased his side earned their inaugural point here!

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Wesley Hoedt’s own goal levelled the scores.

After an uneven first half for the hosts, Jeremy Ngakia and Ken Sema appeared to have the defence under control.

An error by Hoedt would prove costly as he misjudged Daniel Bachmann’s back pass and the ball trickled into the goal. Furthermore, another careless error by their opponents allowed Vakoun Bayo to get on the end of a cross and square for Rajovic to score his second goal of the match.

Matty Godden scored an unlikely equaliser three minutes from time, salvaging a point for Mark Robins’ side despite their poor showing.

Matty Godden’s last-minute equaliser salvaged a point.

Last season’s play-off finalists came back from behind to secure a point in their most important match of the season.