Kabba hailed after Watford take revenge


Last updated at 21:40 02 February 2008

Steve Kabba has emerged from

the shadow of Marlon King and

stepped into the limelight at Watford.

The 26-year-old striker scored the

opening goal that set up Aidy

Boothroyd's team to avenge their 4-1

FA Cup trouncing by Wolves last

week. More importantly, his firstminute

strike laid the platform for a

win that lifted them into second place.

Tommy Smith added two goals in the

second half to ensure a first victory at

Vicarage Road in nine matches, though

TV suggested the first was touched by

a Wolves player on the way in.

King, now at Wigan, will be a hard

act to follow but Boothroyd is confident

Kabba, who scored his first goal

since January 2006, and other strikers

in his squad can continue to push

Watford forward. He said: "First of all

I have to be very very pleased with

the result. My team selection cost us

so much last week in the Cup.

"Kabba has been out of things and in

these circumstances players can

become fat and lazy. But he is a good

pro. His attitude has been correct and

there is no doubt he is back in the


Leigh Bromby set up the opening goal on his debut with a throw-in

which bounced over Wolves defender

Darren Ward and allowed Kabba to

head past Wayne Hennessey.

Watford missed numerous chances

before Smith flicked in a chance that

came to him from Mat Sadler's 76thminute

corner, touched on by Nathan

Ellington. Two minutes later, Smith

finished off a powerful run by shooting

past Hennessey.

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy

said: "We had the awful start this time

when last week it was us who scored

the early goal."

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