Watford 1 Middlesbrough 2: McDonald back to sink Hornets

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Scott McDonald came off the bench to score the winner as Middlesbrough defeated 10-man Watford in the npower Championship at Vicarage Road.

The Australian, who held clear-the-air talks with manager Tony Mowbray earlier this week after not figuring all season in the senior set-up, struck from 12 yards with 13 minutes remaining to give Boro their first triumph in three matches.

The Hornets made a fantastic start as Troy Deeney notched his second goal in three matches in the first minute after a horrendous defensive error from Andre Bikey.

Matej Vydra - returning in place of the suspended Fernando Forestieri - had a shot blocked and then hit the bar, but Watford failed to make their dominance count as fit-again Marvin Emnes levelled after 30 minutes with his third goal of the campaign.