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Soccer-Taylor tributes overshadow drab draw at Watford
January 14, 2017 / 5:11 PM / in 9 months

Soccer-Taylor tributes overshadow drab draw at Watford

* Watford shared a goalless draw with Middlesbrough

* The build-up was dominated by tributes to former Watford manager Graham Taylor

* There were only three shots in a forgettable first half

* Watford keeper Gomes was forced off injured in the second half

* Watford away to Bournemouth next; Boro home to West Ham

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Jan 14 (Reuters) - Watford and Middlesbrough shared a drab goalless draw on an emotional Saturday at Vicarage Road where many tributes were paid to Graham Taylor.

The occasion was inevitably overshadowed by the recent death of Watford’s most famous manager, who was remembered by a minute’s applause, chanting throughout the game and a halftime appearance by fan favourite Luther Blissett.

On the field there was less excitement with just three first-half shots, the lowest in the Premier League this season. Both managers looked to shake things up after the break when Boro brought on new striker Rudy Gestede for his debut and Watford turned to loan signing Tom Cleverley.

The former Everton midfielder almost made an instant impact, hitting the post from a Troy Deeney flick on, and then set Deeney free but the out-of-form striker’s shot was deflected wide.

Reporting by Neil Robinson; Editing by Toby Davis

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