Disappointment. That’s the only word that comes to mind when I look back on Watford’s travels to the south coast and Vitality Stadium on Wednesday where they played Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth. This after the Cherries had scored just three goals in their previous four games. Watford had control of the game early, but uncharacteristically let it slip away. The game finished 3-3 on the day that saw a flurry of four goals in a seven minute period to end the first half. Continue reading “Watford Rewind: GW21 vs Bournemouth”
It was another game against a very below average team, one in which the Hornets dominated again, but came away fortunate to draw level on a late goal by Abdoulaye Doucoure off the bench. The numbers only tell part of the story, as boss, Javi Gracia made six changes to the team after their 2-1 loss, midweek to Chelsea. This after comments from “tired” players after the midweek fixture, “But I have to make decisions about that and knowing we are going to play three games more in the next days, to manage the players maybe in the next games I have to change something to compete at our best level,” said Gracia Continue reading “Watford Rewind: GW20 vs Newcastle”
Last time out was the first game with Javi Gracia in charge, after that snake, Marco Silva ran the club into the ground with charges of illegal advance from Everton. It was a great day to remember, as Watford put four goals past Chelsea in a 4-1 win. What would our luck be like this season as Chelsea paid a visit to Vicarage Road. Continue reading “Watford Rewind: GW19 vs Chelsea”
While it wasn’t a “must win game” coming off the back of a win against Cardiff City the week before, it appeared the lads were in good form, up for a test against a Hammers team that had got the business done in the previous four games, scoring 11 goals. By all appearance this game should have been a high scoring affair. Watford performed as they have all season long, confident in possession, stalwart on defense and received a bit of early Christmas cheer as they defeated West Ham, 2-0 Continue reading “Watford Rewind: GW18 vs West Ham United”
Coming off a tough 2-2 draw, Monday at Goodison Park against Everton, in a last second free kick from Lucas Digne, Watford had a chance to set their destiny on Saturday. Do they come out flat, which was a possibility or do they accept the late heroics and get on with the positive brand of football they have been playing all season? This week, Neil Warnock and the Bluebirds visited Vicarage Road. Continue reading “Watford Rewind: GW17 vs Cardiff City”
It’s been a rough run since game week 11 and a difficult 1-0 loss at St. James’ Park, a game in which like many prior to it, the Hornets outplayed the opposition, but finished on the wrong side of the scoreboard. Draws against Southampton, a week later coupled with a 2-2- result against Everton has seen the Golden Boys pick up just two points over their last six games. On a positive note, they continue to shine on the pitch, played a positive brand of football and testing teams like Liverpool and Man City.
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It was one of those games going in, you know was going to be a tough ask for many teams. Ahead of the game, I was going in with a feeling we were going to lose, even wrote about it in the GW13 Preview and at Planet FPL, in my Watford Preview, “While I would like to remain positive and hope for a draw against Liverpool, I see this as one-way traffic on Saturday. Prediction for this game Watford 0 Liverpool 3.” Now maybe that isn’t the mark of a “true fan” but I was being realistic approaching a very difficult game
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Traveling the length of the country, Watford headed to the South Coast, a trip to St. Marys’ and the Saints, a team struggling to find form or points coming off a 6-1 defeat to league leaders, Man City. Ahead of this fixture, the Saints had scored just a single goal in the last five fixtures, while Watford put together back to back before dropping points to a poor Newcastle team last weekend.
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Traveling north to St James’ all indications were the Golden Boys would take care of business coming off back to back clean sheets and return home with nothing less than three points. It was a crucial match, as these matches, against lower league teams need to be won and constitute an “important” three points dropped. Based on the statistics, it was NOT a game that should have ended 1-0, in favor the Magpies.
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Off a big away win last weekend at Molineux, the Golden Boys returned home, high on confidence ahead of Saturday’s game against David Wagner and Huddersfield Town. The last three meetings haven’t gone as planned for the Hornets, dropping all three to the Terriers, including a 4-1 thrashing at the Vic and a 1-0 in the away game. This season though, Huddersfield have been terrible, win less on the season, scoring just 4 goals and conceding 17 ahead of Saturday’s fixture. Continue reading “Watford Rewind: GW10 vs Huddersfield Town”
From the Rookery End touted their podcast as “Monumental at Molinuex.” This was a fitting title to Watford’s 2-0 victory against Wolves on Saturday. Can’t say expectations were too high, after being shell shocked, 4-0 at home to Bournemouth, ahead of the international break. It was the worse loss on the season, one in which Watford had returned just a single point in four games after starting the season 4-0, at the top of the league table. Continue reading “Watford Rewind: GW9 vs Wolves”
It appears that every game Watford plays is a test. Earlier this year it was Crystal Palace and Wilfried Zaha. The Hornets impressed against Harry Kane and Spurs, coming from behind to win. The game against Manchester United was a bit disappointing in the opening half, but they came on strong in the final 45 minutes. This week, it was the Emirates Stadium and Arsenal, who came into the game with a four game winning streak under new manager, Unai Emery. Continue reading “Watford Review: GW7 vs Arsenal”