Feb 16, 2013 at 3pm UK at ​St Andrew's
BirminghamBirmingham City

Robinson (18'), Lovenkrands (78')
FT(HT: 0-2)
Anya (43'), Abdi (89'), Deeney (38', 62')

Half-Time Report: Watford cruising against Birmingham City

Troy Deeney and Ikechi Anya give promotion-chasing Watford a deserved two-goal cushion over Birmingham at the interval.

Goals from Troy Deeney and Ikechi Anya have given Watford a 2-0 half-time lead over Birmingham City at St Andrew's this afternoon.

Watford's Troy Deeney is congratulated by team mates after scoring the opening goal against Birmingham on February 16, 2013© PA Photos

Gianfranco Zola's promotion hopefuls had several opportunities to break the deadlock before Deeney's opener.

Top scorer Matej Vydra, who has netted 19 times in the Championship this season, had a couple of chances but was thwarted by England international keeper Jack Butland.

The on-loan Stoke City stopper saved his first-time drive moments after denying Almen Abdi from Vydra's cutback.

Watford were frustrated again when another Vydra effort was deflected over the crossbar by Curtis Davies, but their persistence paid off on 38 minutes.

Deeney, who had earlier headed narrowly over the crossbar from a good position, made amends by nodding Anya's cross into the net from six yards.

Anya soon added his own name to the scoresheet when he capitalised on poor Birmingham defending to strike low past Butland at the near post.

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