19th August 2018- Premier League, Burnley 1 Watford 3

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Referee:Paul Tierney  Attendance:18,822

Watford FC Official Site

Match Report: Burnley 1-3 Watford

Gracia: “It’s Only The Beginning”

Hughes: “It’s A Lot Harder Than It Looks!”

Highlights: Burnley 1-3 Watford

Deeney: “You Can See The Togetherness”

FPL Review: Gameweek 2

Away Days: Burnley

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Watford Observer

RELIVE: Watford score three high-quality goals to beat Burnley

Watford: Andre Gray, Troy Deeney and Will Hughes secure Burnley win

Frustrated Burnley boss Sean Dyche believes Watford’s Will Hughes should have been sent off

Watford: Javi Gracia delighted to get off away mark at Burnley

PICTURES: Watford score three fine goals to beat Burnley

Watford: Javi Gracia keeping his feet on the floor

RATINGS: Troy Deeney gets top mark as Watford beat Burnley

Watford’s Will Hughes targeting more goals after scoring against Burnley

Watford’s Troy Deeney has got the ‘buzz’ back after Burnley goal

BBC SportAndre Gray struck on his return to Burnley as Watford scored an away goal for the first time since January to continue their winning start to the Premier League season.

skyAll the goals came at the start of each half, with Andre Gray netting inside three minutes before James Tarkowski’s header levelled things up three minutes later.

TelegraphWatford took advantage of ­leggy-looking hosts, who alarmingly ran out of steam in what was their sixth competitive game in 25 days at the outset of the campaign, thanks to their ongoing attempts to qualify for the group stages of the Europa League.

guardianGracia paid tribute to his strikers. “When you score three times it makes it easier to manage the game,” he said. “I know it is not easy to get points here, but I can only be pleased at the start we have made.” Gracia had not even seen an away goal since becoming Watford manager but he had to wait only three minutes for his side to nose in front, Andre Gray scoring against his old club after pushing the ball out to Troy Deeney on the right and moving up to meet the return with a sweetly struck right-foot volley.

FranAs I was on a flight to the US last Saturday for work, I missed the Brighton game, so I was really looking forward to my season starting properly.  But, as Watford hadn’t scored away from home since January 2nd and we never get anything at Burnley, my expectations were pretty low prior to kick-off.

The Hornets NestThe End Of The North West Curse

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19th August 2017- Premier League, AFC Bournemouth 0 Watford 2

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screen-shot-2016-09-12-at-23-36-22 clips of Jon Marks BBC 3CR commentary  Goals:  1  2

Watford Observer

RELIVE: Richarlison and Capoue strike as Watford beat Bournemouth 2-0 at Vitality Stadium

GALLERY: Enjoy these images from Watford’s opening win of the season at Bournemouth

Watford head coach Marco Silva particularly pleased with second-half display in 2-0 win at Bournemouth

Eddie Howe critical of Bournemouth following home loss to Watford

‘We have to be calm with Richarlison’ says Watford head coach Marco Silva after young Brazilian lights up win over Bournemouth

WATFORD V BOURNEMOUTH RATINGS: Magician Richarlison the pick of the bunch in fine Watford performance on the south coast

Nathaniel Chalobah reveals Harry Arter pretending to be a Watford player led to him missing chance in Bournemouth win

BBC SportBrazilian winger Richarlison was described as “a great talent” by manager Marco Silva after his first Premier League goal helped Watford to victory over Bournemouth at Vitality Stadium.

Hornets showed character & confidence – Silva

skySecond-half goals from Richarlison and Etienne Capoue handed Watford a deserved 2-0 win over Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

guardianThe miracle Eddie Howe has managed to pull off at Bournemouth was brought into stark relief once again with an early home defeat at the hands of a Watford side who look ready to kick on from a disappointing end to last season.

IndependentRicharlison nets first Watford goal as Hornets keep Bournemouth winless

TelegraphWatford followed up their impressive opening-day display against Liverpool with a deserved win at Bournemouth after late goals from Richarlison and Etienne Capoue gave Marco Silva three points that he declared were “really deserved”.

FranFor a few seasons now, the travelling fans at Bournemouth have been uncharacteristically unpleasant and there was an early attempt to enforce that reputation as a bloke along the row from me started screaming at the female lino to get back in the kitchen.  She was the other end of the pitch from us so wouldn’t have heard anyway, but it wound me up.  I’m afraid that my response to this abuse was neither reasoned nor nuanced, but it was to the point

The Hornets Nest Football, there’s nothing quite like it really is there?  My weeks are always spent waiting and counting down until the next game. When someone asks me for the date of important events or vice versa, I only know when that is in relation to the football fixtures.  “When do you go on holiday, mum?”  “16th December, Andrew”
“…Ah, Huddersfield at home, gotcha”

Hornet effectThe Golden Boys’ promising start to life under Marco Silva continued after they secured their first win of the season at Bournemouth in the Luther Blisset derby.

FTRE imageJon is joined by Kelly Somers, Kieran Thievam and Colin Mace as they talk through the away win at the Cherries.  How have the Hornets moved on from the home draw to Liverpool and have the new boys started to make an impact on the squad?  Oh and yes, you can hear that chant and keep it stuck in your head until Bristol City at home.

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10th August 2019- Premier League, Watford 0 Brighton & Hove Albion 3

Referee: Craig Pawson
Attendance: 20,245

Match Report: Watford 0-3 Brighton & Hove Albion

Gracia: “A Good Wake-Up Call”

Cathcart: “They Were Clinical & We Weren’t”

Highlights: Watford 0-3 Brighton

Affleck’s Angle: Wake-Up Call

Watford beaten comfortably by Brighton and Hove Albion on the opening day of the 2019/20 season

Poor Watford slump to Brighton & Hove Albion defeat

No excuses from Javi Gracia following Watford’s defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion

Watford players rated after sloppy defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion

A selection of images from Watford’s defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion

Craig Cathcart labels Watford’s defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion as a wake up call

New Brighton manager Graham Potter said his side’s winning start to the Premier League season was a “dream” as the Seagulls put three past a stunned Watford.

Watford – well below their usual standards – had no answers as Potter’s second-half substitutes Florin Andone (65) and new signing Neal Maupay (77) netted in what was a very comfortable opening day success.

If Brighton were not flawless, then Watford barely got anything right. They could not blame the swirling winds, which if anything should have played greater havoc with Brighton’s possession-based approach. After a brisk start they became maddeningly imprecise and it was no shock when they fell behind.

Watford manager Javi Gracia said: “Maybe it was a good wake-up call for the rest of the season because we have time to improve. We are disappointed today but I prefer to wait and trust that we can do better in the second game. We have time to analyse and improve. They played much better than us. And when we realised we had to play better, it was too late.”​

The ground, as is becoming traditional, looks ever smarter after a summer’s work – seats in the Rookery/SEJ corner now, and big screens mounted high on the roof of the stand at each end of the pitch.  New signings Sarr and “England international” Welbeck are presented to the crowd and hysterically received, the former making his way slowly across the pitch without breaking his applause to the stands.  There are new montages on the screens, and then Z-Cars chimes in back in it’s traditional place and the cheer as the teams enter is peppered with grins and high fives and a particularly guttural roar.  Fair play to the club for being honest and brave enough to reverse a bad decision.

The final whistle went to boos from the Watford faithful and, while the Brighton players spent some time celebrating with their fans, the Watford players disappeared pretty quickly.  But, fair play to Deeney, he did his usual lap of the pitch to applaud the fans in each stand and, despite the anger and disappointment in the crowd, he was warmly applauded for it.

3rd August 2019- The Graham Taylor Matchday, Watford 2 Real Sociedad 1

Pre-Season Report: Watford 2-1 Real Sociedad

Gracia: “Good Results Are Important For Confidence”

Relive our coverage as Watford beat Real Sociedad on Graham Taylor Matchday

Andre Gray scores twice as Watford beat Real Sociedad

Javi Gracia seeking Watford improvements after Real Sociedad friendly win

Once inside the ground, we headed for our usual spot in the Rookery (if not our usual seats).  The first notable difference was the big screens which have been added to the Vicarage Road and Rookery Stands.  They look very good and should be visible from all areas of the ground.  Hopes that Z-cars would be reinstated were cruelly dashed as the players took the field to “I’m Still Standing” and, as has happened at all games since the change, the pulse failed to quicken.  I remain baffled at this decision which has no apparent benefit but has been a detriment to the matchday experience for many. Before the game, Rita Taylor and her grandson, Jake, were on the pitch for the minute’s applause for GT.  They were then introduced to the players as GT’s favourite song, Buddy Holly’s Raining in my Heart, was played over the tannoy.  I must admit to having tears in my eyes at this point.