Blades fight back to win
By Andy Clarke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Clarke Carlisle's own goal gave leaders Sheffield United a 3-2 win at Watford.Sheffield United remain four points clear at the top of the Championship after recovering from two goals down to beat Watford 3-2 at Vicarage Road.
Two goals from Darius Henderson put the Hornets in command, but Phil Jagielka started United's fightback and after Paul Ifill had equalised, Clarke Carlisle's own goal settled it.
Shortly before Carlisle's unfortunate winner, Watford had experienced defender Malky Mackay sent off for flooring United's Rob Kozluck. After that, there was only one likely winner.
United began the day four points ahead of Adie Bothroyd's side, but Watford looked on course to cut that gap to just a single point as they went two goals ahead.
Henderson, who has missed the last few games through injury, came on as a replacement for injured top scorer Marlon King after 17 minutes.
Within 20 minutes of coming on, the former Reading man put the home side in front when Ashley Young's corner bounced through to him at the far post and he headed in from a tight angle.
That goal came against the run of play and United remained dominant at the start of the second half, only to concede a second goal when Leigh Bromby and David Unsworth allowed Ben Foster's long clearance to bounce and Henderson raced between them and fired in past Paddy Kenny.
However, the game changed completely in 10 dramatic minutes as United scored twice and Mackay was dismissed.
First Jagielka headed in from Ifill's cross, before a shot from the United winger took a slight deflection and beat Foster in the Watford goal.
After Mackay was sent off for lashing out at Kozluk as Watford prepared to take a free-kick, United laid seige to Foster's goal, and got their reward when Nick Montgomery's header struck Carlisle and flew in.