Dawson hails Watford's 'great spirit' after his late wonder goal seals precious point against Leicester

Watford centre-back Craig Dawson scored a superb stoppage time equaliser against Leicester today to seal a crucial point in the Hornets quest to beat the drop.

Saturday’s early kick-off looked destined to end in a pretty forgettable 0-0 draw until two late moments of magic from two unlikely sources left most people who had watched the match walking away with a smile on their faces.

Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwell looked to have further consolidated Brendan Rodgers sides place in the top four when the England international slammed an unstoppable strike into the top corner from the edge of the area on 90 minutes.

However, Dawson would then outdo Chilwell three minutes into injury time, the 30-year-old defender firing home a sensational bicycle kick from eight yards out to rescue a point for the home side.

It was Dawson’s first goal for Watford since signing from West Brom last summer, and while he did praise the spirit his side showed to get something out of the game, he also admitted it had been strange playing without fans in the stadium.

“It’s something you practise in training and it probably doesn’t go in very often,” Dawson told BT Sport.

I’m delighted with my first goal. It was obviously a very important goal and it was good to get a point in the end.

“We were disappointed to concede but great spirit from the lads to go and get the equaliser.

“There was tiredness in the second half. But credit to the lads. You can hear the lads who are not playing and the noise they made when the goal went in.

“It is different to what we are used to and we missed the fans but hopefully we can continue. We will keep working hard. Tough game next.”

Today’s result sees Watford move a point above the relegation zone, while Leicester sit in third six points above fourth placed Chelsea.

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