October 5, 2019 / 5:04 PM / 17 days ago

UPDATE 1-Soccer-Watford stay bottom after draw with Sheffield United

* Watford winless after eight matches

* Promoted Sheffield United unbeaten in four away games (Adds details, quotes)

Oct 5 (Reuters) - Watford and Sheffield United played out a 0-0 draw at Vicarage Road on Saturday to leave Quique Sanchez Flores’s side at the bottom of the standings, still searching for their first Premier League win of the season.

The result extended the Blades’ unbeaten run on the road to four games since their return to the top flight — with three draws and a win — as jeers rang around the ground from the home fans at the final whistle.

Flores rued his side’s missed chances but was happy they kept their first clean sheet in the league this season.

“We tried to go for the win but Sheffield United are a very confident and physical side,” Flores said.

“We didn’t concede in a long time, so that’s a good thing. A clean sheet is a good thing and we talked about it last week, about not conceding. We’re working hard together to get more confidence for the future.”

Andre Gray had the best opportunity to put Watford ahead in the ninth minute when Roberto Pereyra set him up for a tap-in but the English striker blazed over from inside the six-yard box from an offside position.

Despite being the home side, Watford were set up to defend deep and it was the visitors who dominated possession and had two shots on target in the first half.

The first few minutes of the second half brought a flurry of chances, with goalkeeper Dean Henderson saving a one-on-one opportunity from Watford’s Danny Welbeck before Callum Robinson’s half volley at the other end was hit straight at Ben Foster.

“The players responded really well to the new system and we need to support them,” Flores added. “They were a little nervous with decision making, everything is so fast.”

Watford’s Gerard Deulofeu was introduced in the second half and United manager Chris Wilder brought on striker Billy Sharp in search of a goal but neither side were able to find a breakthrough.

Watford nearly won it from a set-piece in stoppage time when substitute Craig Dawson’s header from Deulofeu’s free kick was on target but Henderson was up to the task, getting down swiftly to stick out a hand and deny the defender a winner. (Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond)

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