Scunthorpe win could cost Watford

Last updated : 04 January 2011 By BBC Sport

Watford are counting the cost after three players were injured in Monday's 2-1 win Championship win at Scunthorpe.The club are assessing the condition of midfielder Don Cowie, defender Andrew Taylor and striker Danny Graham, all three of whom had to be substituted.

Manager Malky Mackay told BBC Three Counties Radio: "Danny's hamstring got tight, he's experienced, and knew to get himself off before it went.

"Don Cowie felt something down near the back of his Achilles.

"We felt it was right to get him off before he could do any damage to it.

"Andrew Taylor rolled his ankle pretty badly, he said he could have continued, but looking at him I didn't want him to continue."

I did say that in order to battle for the play-offs the likes of Eustace, Graham and Martin Taylor would need to stay fit all season, so this doesn't look particularly good


Captain John Eustace is already set to be out for a "few weeks" with a calf injury he picked up on New Year's Day.

Left-back Taylor and midfielder Jordan Mutch could have played their last games for the club, with the pair set to end their loan spells and return to parent clubs Middlesbrough and Birmingham City on 5 January respectively.

Graham's replacement against the Iron, 19-year-old Matt Wichelow, went on to score the winner for Mackay's side in what was only his sixth game for the Hornets.

The academy product now has two goals to his name and Mackay believes he is starting to show his potential.

"Matty's come on leaps and bounds, he came into the group at the start of the season and really had to work hard to get up to the level the players train at," he said.

"It took him a time to do that, he's a talent and he had to physically match his talent, a couple of months ago he reached that level and that's why he went on to the bench."

Source: BBC Sport

Source: BBC Sport