On a cold night with clear skies, the game started quite cautiously, until the game burst into life on 25 minutes, when left back Carl Dickinson unleashed a wonderful 25 yard shot which flew past ex England goalkeeper David James to give the home side the lead. They doubled their lead on 42 minutes when Mark Yeates' shot from outside the box took a deflection and cannoned off the crossbar with James beaten, and Craig Beattie reacted quickest to tuck the rebound away. However, there was still time before half time for Bristol City to get back into the game, when Marvin Elliott powered home a far post header from fairly close range following a cross from wide by Ryan McGivern.
This set the game up nicely for the second half, and within just a minute of the restart, Bristol City completed the comeback, but what a gift it was. The Watford Adrian Mariappa passed the ball back to his keeper Scott Loach, who took his eye off the ball and allowed to ball to roll past him and into the net. Happening in front of the Bristol City fans ensured plenty of stick for Loach for the rest of the match, although to be fair he looked assured for the rest of the match. The visitors looked the more assured team throughout the second, although both sides looked capable of scoring, most notably with virtually the last kick of the game when Troy Deeney flashed a shot just wide of the post. So it was something of a surprise when there was no further scoring and the points were shared, which was sufficient to lift Bristol City out of the relegation zone, and Watford one place to 18th.
Video Highlights at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8OnD_RDFVI