9th December 2017- Premier League, Burnley 1 Watford 0

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Watford Observer

Burnley v Watford live blog: Hornets beaten after Zeegelaar first-half red card at Turf Moor

Marvin Zeegelaar sent off as Watford are beaten at Burnley

Burnley boss Sean Dyche queries offside calls in victory over former club Watford

Watford boss Marco Silva labels Marvin Zeegelaar’s red card at Burnley a ‘harsh decision’

Christian Kabasele says Watford must ‘find a solution’ to break down teams like Burnley

Burnley v Watford ratings: Christian Kabasele on form but few other plus points from Clarets defeat

BBC Sport Watford head coach Marco Silva said Marvin Zeegelaar’s red card was “harsh, harsh, harsh, harsh”, after Scott Arfield’s first-half goal gave Burnley victory over the Hornets.

sky Burnley 1-0 Watford: Scott Arfield scores after Marvin Zeegelaar red

guardianIf revenge is a dish best served cold, a snowy Turf Moor was an ideal location. Sean Dyche began a managerial career of underappreciated overachievement in charge of Watford against Burnley

TelegraphSix minutes of commotion, devilment and enterprise at the end of the first period ultimately proved decisive in this ferociously competitive contest.

FranAs I walked towards the ground, I was amazed to see someone setting up a stall selling Burnley/Watford half-and-half scarves.  Who on earth did he think would buy one?

The Hornets NestMy record in the North West began back in 2005, as Watford travelled to Anfield for the Carling Cup semi-final 1st leg. I remember my dad coming to pick me up from school and using the excuse of ‘dentist appointment’ as my reason for leaving early.  That was 12 years ago. And since then (before yesterday’s Burnley match) I had seen us play in that region a total of 21 times, won 0, drawn 3 and lost 18.

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9th December 2006- Premier League, Watford 0 Reading 0

Watford squandered the chance to move off the foot of the Premiership and above Charlton, who were thrashed by Spurs, as they were held by Reading.

Boothroyd has been encouraged to hear that Ashley Young has no intention of leaving Watford next month, despite the interest being shown in the 21-year-old midfielder by Arsenal and Aston Villa. On Saturday the makeshift striker struggled to make any impact against the resolute Ibrahima Sonko and Ivar Ingimarsson, and even his fierce 25-yard shot, Watford’s first moment of menace, was saved confidently by Marcus Hahnemann.

Today’s one-word match report is: futile.

7th December 2019- Premier League, Watford 0 Crystal Palace 0

Referee:
Martin Atkinson
Attendance:
20,070

Match Report: Watford 0-0 Crystal Palace

Mullins: “The Lads Gave Absolutely Everything”

Added Time: Capoue Reacts To Palace Draw

Capoue: “The Fans Were Incredible”

Relive our coverage of Watford’s goalless draw with Crystal Palace

Watford held to goalless stalemate by Crystal Palace

Mixed feelings for Hayden Mullins after Watford draw with Crystal Palace

Watford players rated in draw with Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson optimistic about Watford’s prospects under Nigel Pearson

The Premier League’s lowest-scoring teams Watford and Crystal Palace played out a disappointing goalless draw at Vicarage Road.

New head coach Nigel Pearson was watching from the stands as caretaker boss Hayden Mullins oversaw duties from the dugout for the second game running.

Pearson spoke to the Watford players in the dressing room before kick-off and the interim manager, Hayden Mullins, admitted his leadership qualities were evident immediately. “That’s one of the reasons why the club have appointed him because they know that about him, they know his pedigree, he’s a top manager and he’s got a good group of players to work with,” he said

Flores’s exit and a 4-3-3 formation did not liberate them as they shuffled and jabbed at the opposition while again failing to find a knockout blow.

There’s a “new broom” air about the place which didn’t really come when Quique returned, partly because he was an old broom in any case and partly because we were still reconciling ourselves to the knowledge that we needed a new broom at all.  The new broom himself passes in front of the Rookery before kick-off en route from the Black Seats in the Upper GT to being presented to the crowd in front of the SEJ stand.  He looks less like the formidable, intimidating ex-centre back of our mind’s eye than he does an accountant… smart suit, specs, and smaller somehow than he should be?  Either way, looking convincing whilst being introduced to the crowd will only take him so far in the job he’s taken on but he does this compellingly enough – I’m cheaply bought, and a raise of both fists to the Rookery with gritted teeth is more than enough.  Good luck to him.

As it was Watford’s “Rainbow Laces” match, there was a rainbow carpet welcoming all to the Hornet shop and there were Premier League representatives handing out laces to passing fans.

6th December 2019- Nigel Pearson appointed as Head Coach

Official: Pearson Appointed New Head Coach

Pearson: “We Intend To Pay Back The Fans”

Official: Shakespeare Joins Pearson’s Staff

Watford appoint Nigel Pearson as new head coach

Watford boss Nigel Pearson wants to repay ‘goodwill and faith’ of fans

Watford: Nigel Pearson succeeds Quique Sanchez Flores as manager

Nigel Pearson appointed Watford head coach

Pearson will be assisted by Craig Shakespeare, who worked with him during his two spells at Leicester as well as at West Bromwich Albion and Hull City, and briefly succeeded him at the King Power Stadium following Pearson’s departure in 2015.

He is set to rake in a substantial “survival” bonus if he can maintain his record of never being relegated as a manager. Watford also have the option of extending his deal for another season if both parties agree in the summer.

Nigel Pearson is already stressing the importance of playing with “passion” to Watford’s under-achieving, rock-bottom players.

4th December 2019- Premier League, Leicester City 2 Watford 0

Referee: Craig Pawson
Attendance: 31,763

Match Report: Leicester City 2-0 Watford

Mullins: “We’ll Be Taking Loads From That Game”

Deulofeu: “We Changed A Little Bit Our Character”

Added Time: Mullins & Stack’s Leicester Reaction

Relive coverage of Watford’s trip to Leicester City

Watford fall to Leicester City defeat as Jamie Vardy and James Maddison score

Watford’s caretaker boss Hayden Mullins felt there were ‘loads of positives’ to take from Leicester City defeat

How we scored the Watford players in Leicester City defeat

Gerard Deulofeu calls for Watford players to improve ‘character’

Jamie Vardy and James Maddison scored as Leicester won a record seventh straight Premier League game with a 2-0 victory over Watford.

After a goalless first half, Vardy fired the hosts ahead from the penalty spot after Adam Masina had fouled Jonny Evans. Maddison then made sure of the win in stoppage time, breaking away before slipping the ball past Ben Foster in the Watford goal.

The visitors were solid and hinted at a threat on the counterattack. And yet Leicester should have opened the scoring in the second minute after a move nicely begun and terribly finished by Ayoze Pérez. The Spaniard did everything right until he slammed the ball over the bar from 10 yards following a smart setup by Vardy. Pérez flopped again four minutes later, failing to make a clean connection from eight yards out after another Vardy pass.

Watford’s game-plan was clear, to defend in numbers and break on the counter-attack, with winger Ismaila Sarr attempting to pressurise Leicester left-back Christian Fuchs, in for the injured Ben Chilwell.

The Watford fans were on form with an early chant of “Brendan Rodgers, he’ll walk out on you.” 

1st December 2019- Quique Sanchez Flores is sacked

Club Statement: Quique Sánchez Flores

QSF: An Open Letter To The Watford FC Family

Quique Sanchez Flores sacked by Watford

Quique Sanchez Flores sacked by Watford after just 10 league games in charge

Quique Sanchez Flores thanks ‘the lovely family that Watford FC is’ in open letter

Quique Sanchez Flores: Watford sack manager after less than three months in charge

Quique Sanchez Flores: Where did it go wrong for ex-Watford boss?

Quique Sanchez Flores: Watford sack head coach 85 days into second spell in charge

Watford sack Quique Sánchez Flores and look to appoint Chris Hughton

Watford sack head coach Quique Sanchez Flores with Hayden Mullins put in temporary charge 

Well, that went well.

30th November 2019- Premier League, Southampton 2 Watford 1

Referee:Michael Oliver Attendance:26,929

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Match Report: Southampton 2-1 Watford

Sánchez Flores: “I Suffer For The Fans”

Capoue: “We Have Some Big Weeks Coming”

Watford beaten by Southampton in relegation scrap

Watford’s survival hopes take major blow with Southampton defeat

VAR officials were not given angle to disallow Southampton handball, claim Watford

Quique Sanchez Flores ‘not sure’ if he will keep Watford job

Watford players rated after being turned over by Southampton

Will Hughes ‘disappointed’ by inconsistent VAR after Watford lose to Southampton

Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores said he “suffers” for the fans, players and owner after defeat at fellow strugglers Southampton.

Both teams were languishing at the bottom of the table heading into the vital game at St Mary’s, and it was Watford who got themselves ahead in the first half as Ismaila Sarr (24) coolly finished for his first Premier League goal.

Hasenhüttl’s substitutes woke up Southampton, with Sofiane Boufal and Shane Long introduced approaching the hour mark, but in the buildup to Ings’s equaliser Moussa Djenepo appeared guilty of handball. It is understood the Premier League recognises the goal should have been disallowed by the video assistant referee but, at the time, the VAR did not have conclusive evidence; it is understood it took broadcasters eight minutes to find the definitive angle.

It soon got better for the long-suffering home support, who had witnessed just nine home wins in two and half seasons. Hojbjerg charged forward and was clipped just outside the area. Ward-Prowse whipped a 20-yard shot towards the top right corner which Foster could get a hand to, but not keep out.