14th October 2017- Premier League, Watford 2 Arsenal 1

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Watford fans’ group to unveil huge flag at Arsenal game

RELIVE – Watford vs Arsenal: Tom Cleverley strikes at the last as Watford climb into Premier League top four

Tom Cleverley’s injury-time winner gives Watford first home win over Arsenal in almost 30 years

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger hits out at ‘scandalous’ penalty decision after Watford defeat

Marco Silva hails Watford’s belief after Arsenal win and speaks in protection of Richarlison

GALLERY: A selection of images from Watford’s first victory over Arsenal at Vicarage Road in almost 30 years

Adrian Mariappa praises Watford’s work-rate after comeback win over Arsenal

RATINGS: Troy Deeney and Richarlison on song as Watford stun Arsenal

Football Association reportedly looking into Watford’s Richarlison reaction to win penalty from Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin

Arsene Wenger: Arsenal boss faces potential FA charge for confronting ref in wake of Watford loss

Richarlison: Watford winger avoids FA rap for alleged dive during Arsenal win

WATFORD FAN’S VIEW: Arsenal win shows how together Hornets are – if we didn’t know already

BBC SportArsene Wenger bemoaned a “scandalous decision” to award Watford a penalty as Arsenal squandered a lead to lose 2-1 in injury time at Vicarage Road.

Watford’s Richarlison will not face any action over simulation allegations after he won his side a penalty in a 2-1 victory over Arsenal on Saturday.

skyLate goals by Troy Deeney and Tom Cleverley saw Watford come from behind to beat Arsenal 2-1 and go fourth in the Premier League.

guardianFor Watford this was the thrilling story of another last-gasp triumph thanks to a 92nd-minute goal by Tom Cleverley following an equaliser from the penalty spot by Troy Deeney. For Arsenal it boiled down to a tale of two Germans and one 20-year-old Brazilian.

IndependentRicharlison’s late winner at Swansea City was good, and his equaliser at the death at West Bromwich Albion too was important too. But this Watford fight-back, sealed by Tom Cleverley’s 90th minute winner, sparking carnage at Vicarage Road, was the best of the lot.

TelegraphConsidering that the primary criticism of Mesut Ozil is that he does not do enough to seize control of games, it is a cruel twist of fate that it was his error that swung this match away from Arsenal. Clean through on goal, with almost enough time to stop and brush the hair out of his eyes, Ozil had the most welcoming of opportunities to extend the lead given to his side by an unlikely Per Mertesacker header.

BHappy imageWe’ve noted this before, but if you were to list the things you missed about the Second Division, floodlit matches at the Vic would be up there.  And no, this wasn’t strictly an evening game but the sun was on its way home for “Strictly” and beans on toast by kick-off and the marvellous focused intensity of such occasions was thick in the air.  The 1881’s latest magnificent flag shrouded the Rookery as the teams came out and then rattled back down the stand like an opening curtain on the spectacle.

FranGiven the two away games and the international break, this was the first home game since Toddy passed away, so it was a sombre crowd that gathered.  There was a huge contingent of Norfolk Horns in attendance and Toddy’s son, Chris, came along, which was just lovely.  I doubt he has ever been hugged so much before.  Glasses were raised, happy memories exchanged and there was a determination to sing our hearts out for Toddy as well as the lads.

The Hornets NestWell then, where do I start?  In all honesty I don’t really know. You all know what’s coming, you all know what happened, it’s no secret. So is there really any point in going through the motions and talking about the rest of the game?   Or should I just waffle on about how Tom Cleverley’s 92nd minute winner epitomised Watford’s fighting spirit this season, or how it capped one of the most memorable nights at Vicarage Road?

Hornet effectThe Golden Boys sit fourth in the Premier League table tonight securing a first victory over the Gunners at Vicarage Road for the first time in 30 years.

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30th September 2017- West Bromwich Albion 2 Watford 2

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Relive coverage of Watford’s 95th-minute equaliser to salvage a draw at West Bromwich Albion

Richarlison scores in fifth minute of injury time to earn Watford deserved draw at West Bromwich Albion

West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis takes issue with Michael Oliver’s late decisions following Watford draw

Marco Silva praises Watford’s spirit after what he believed was a deserved draw against West Bromwich Albion

Watford v West Brom ratings: Richarlison man of the match at The Hawthorns

WATFORD FAN’S VIEW: Team spirit under Marco Silva has Hornets on the up, while Richarlison looking a steal at £11million

BBC SportRicharlison scored an injury-time equaliser as Watford came from two goals down to save a point at West Bromwich Albion.

skyRicharlison’s 94th-minute header earned Watford an unlikely point after coming back from two goals down against West Brom at The Hawthorns.

guardianWatford’s winning run on the road has come to an end, although you would never have guessed so by the wild celebrations among the travelling supporters at the final whistle. This felt more like a victory for Marco Silva’s resilient side, who recovered from being 2-0 down inside 21 minutes against notoriously difficult opponents to salvage a thoroughly deserved point courtesy of yet another last-gasp goal from Richarlison.

IndependentWest Brom were denied a first win in five Premier League matches after Richarlison’s header deep into added time salvaged a 2-2 draw for Watford at The Hawthorns.

TelegraphRicharlison is establishing a reputation for high drama, the superhero of stoppage time for Watford.

BHappy imageLosing your voice.  That’s the one.  That’s when you know that it’s been a belter, that it’s been worthwhile.  Lots of components make up an away day on and off the pitch…  result, performance, excitement.  Journey, company, food.  Some of which might be more important to you and some less, but losing your voice, as a marker, trumps everything.

FranWhen the team news came through there was much discussion of the only change from the Swansea game as Deeney was chosen in place of the previous week’s goalscorer, Gray.  To me the change made sense as, against a Pulis team, Deeney’s strength would be more important than Gray’s pace.

The Hornets NestOh international football, why must you spoil it for everyone? I’m having such tremendous fun following the ‘Orns this season that I want to do it every week. 

Hornet effectAs it transpired, the hosts were playing more of a 4-4-2, but as early as the 12th minute Watford had switched their wide men around, with Richarlison moving to the right and Carrillo to the left.

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23rd September 2017- Premier League, Swansea City 1 Watford 2

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RELIVE – SWANSEA CITY v WATFORD: Richarlison’s 89th-minute winner ensures Hornets set record-breaking run on the road

Richarlison scores 90th minute winner as Watford overcome Swansea City in Premier League clash

GALLERY: A selection of images from Watford’s win at Swansea City

Marco Silva praises match-winner Richarlison as Watford make history with Swansea City victory

WATFORD RATINGS: Adrian Mariappa’s warrior-like showing typifies win at Swansea

Adrian Mariappa wondered if Watford would crumble after Swansea City equaliser at Liberty Stadium but says ‘fighting spirit’ earned Hornets victory

WATFORD FAN’S VIEW: We learned how Hornets respond to being under pressure at Swansea – and they did just fine

BBC SportRicharlison struck in the 90th minute as Watford survived a Swansea City fightback to claim a dramatic win at the Liberty Stadium.

skyRicharlison’s late winner helped Watford edge past Swansea 2-1 and record a third successive Premier League victory away from home.

guardianPaul Clement blamed himself for Swansea’s third straight Premier League home defeat against Watford.

IndependentBrazillian Richarlison scored an 89th minute winner to deny Swansea a point after Tammy Abraham had scored his first goal at the Liberty Stadium.

TelegraphWatford got back on the winning trail in dramatic fashion as Richarlison pounced on a Swansea error to snatch victory in the final throes at the Liberty Stadium.

FranThis week, the Watford family lost someone very special. Stephen Todd, known to his football friends as Toddy, was a lifelong Watford fan. He regularly travelled to away games and was a stalwart at club events. He was an enthusiastic member of the Norfolk Hornets and a regular contributor to various fanzines over the years, where his quirky sense of humour shone through. More than that, he was one of my closest friends, someone who always added laughter to a social occasion. Sadly, he has had a number of health issues over the past year, but has bravely soldiered on and travelled to see the tremendous game at Southampton before his final appearance at last week’s defeat to Manchester City. As the news of his passing reached the club, I was very moved to see a tweet from Troy on how much he would be missed. Similar sentiments were expressed on social media by Luther, Gibbsy, Nick Cox, Ross Wilson, Dave Messenger and Jon Marks. The kind words from the great and the good were echoed by many fellow fans and this outpouring of love has bought great comfort to his family and friends. I will miss him terribly.

The Hornets NestAs I arrived at the ground the sheer silly-ness of the Welsh language was clear for all to see.

Hornet effectThe Golden Boys posted three successive away wins in the top flight for the first time in their history following another classic performance on the road. The record-breaking feat was the best possible response to the heavy defeat by Manchester City.

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16th September 2017- Premier League, Watford 0 Manchester City 6

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Relive – Watford miss chance to top Premier League as Sergio Aguero hat-trick leads Manchester City to thumping win

Sergio Aguero scores hat-trick as Manchester City demolish Watford at Vicarage Road

Watford head coach Marco Silva believes Manchester City’s first and third goals were offside in 6-0 defeat

RATINGS: How did Watford’s players get on in their Premier League hammering to Manchester City?

Watford’s Tom Cleverley hails Manchester City display as one of the best he has faced after Premier League mauling

Watford: Marco Silva rubbishes suggestions his sides struggle against bigger sides after heavy Manchester City loss

Watford players lost focus during 6-0 Premier League trouncing against Manchester City, says Heurelho Gomes

BBC SportSergio Aguero scored a hat-trick as Manchester City moved top of the table and handed Watford their heaviest ever top-flight defeat.

skySergio Aguero scored his 10th hat-trick for Manchester City as they thrashed Watford 6-0 at Vicarage Road to go top of the Premier League.

guardianManchester City have blasted their way to the top of the Premier League and only an exceptional team will be able to challenge them. Watford, watched by Elton John and unbeaten before Pep Guardiola’s men rocked up here, fancied their chances but were blown away by a three-goal salvo before half-time.

IndependentSergio Aguero’s superb hat-trick was the centre-point of a blistering Manchester City performance at Vicarage Road as they swept to the top of the Premier League.

TelegraphGoing one better than the 5-0 scoreline they rattled up here last season, Manchester City netted three goals in each half to cruise to the top of the Premier League.

BHappy imageSo.  Fourth in the League.  Early days, yes, but still.  Fourth in the league.  Cool, huh?

FranFor the second week running there was a Watford related event on Friday night.  This time it was Tony Coton’s book launch at the Vic.

The Hornets NestI fixed it.

Hornet effectWatford’s unbeaten start to the season was spectacularly ripped up as they were on the receiving end of a footballing lesson and an exhibition at times as an exceptional Manchester City team cantered to a 6-0 victory.

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9th September 2017- Premier League, Southampton 0 Watford 2

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RELIVE – Southampton v Watford: Abdoulaye Doucoure fires Watford ahead at St Mary’s before Daryl Janmaat adds a second as Watford go fourth

Abdoulaye Doucoure and Daryl Janmaat fire Watford to Southampton win

GALLERY: A selection of pictures from Watford’s win at Southampton

Watford defender Kiko Femenia rushed to hospital after injury in 2-0 win at Southampton

Marco Silva delighted with Watford’s performance in Southampton win

Watford v Southampton ratings: Abdoulaye Doucoure edges midfield marks in superb win on South Coast

BBC SportWatford scored two spectacular goals as they deservedly won away at Southampton to move up to fourth in the Premier League table.

skyWatford ground out an industrial 2-0 win away at Southampton thanks to superb strikes from Abdoulaye Doucoure and substitute Daryl Janmaat to maintain coach Marco Silva’s unbeaten start to the season.

guardianLong-range strikes from Abdoulaye Doucouré and Daryl Janmaat ended Southampton’s unbeaten start to the season and lifted Watford into the top four. The goals secured a 2-0 victory for the upwardly mobile Hornets in a game where Saints’ struggles in front of goal continued.

IndependentLong-range strikes from Abdoulaye Doucoure and Daryl Janmaat ended Southampton’s unbeaten start and lifted Watford into the top four.

TelegraphTwo excellent strikes from distance, one either side of half-time, gave Watford a deserved victory as Marco Silva continued his impressive start with the Hornets. First Abdoulaye Doucoure, then Daryl Janmaat both capitalised on unconvincing Southampton clearances to score low from 25 yards as the Saints were again bereft of creativity.

BHappy imageWe’ve won impressively and deservedly against intimidating opponents.  But we’ve not won like this.  It’s not that we merited the win; that’s beyond dispute but not unique.  It was the way we crushed Southampton between our jaws.  The way that, more than merely deserving to win the game we were much, much better than our opponents.  Play this game a hundred times, we win ninety nine times.  Away to Southampton, a side who it could be argued are a reasonable target for our ambition in some ways. The victory is absolute, awesome, magnificent and magnificently straightforward.

FranAfter the game each encounter with a fellow Horn started with “How good was that?”  Watford had completely dominated the game against a team that I would consider to be one of our main competitors.

The Hornets NestIt’s alright this football malarkey isn’t it?  Of course, it helps when your team are playing like no one can stop them.

Hornet effectMarco Silva had arrived at Watford without a Premier League away win. However, the Portuguese head coach now has two in as many games as the outstanding Golden Boys took all three points at St Mary’s this afternoon

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