BSAD: There were some excellent individual performances. Man of the match by a mile was Nigel Gibbs, restored to full back and playing better than I’ve seen him since the (old) Division 1. He was continually out-thinking Crewe, timing tackles beautifully and there were times when he seemed single-handedly to be running the game. Now bring back David Bardsley!
Kenny Jackett’s first programme notes as Watford Manager.
BSAD report:There are some matches for which you just can’t wait to write a match report – maybe a player’s done so well that you feel the need to tell everyone who wasn’t at the game, maybe there was a fantastic goal that you have to describe, or maybe the team simply won in a confident, competent fashion. You ought to have guessed by now that this is not one of those matches.
BSAD: This was a result that we managed to grind out. We probably deserved to get something out of the game, but we were lucky to hang on for the win. If we are going to get anywhere near promotion, this is exactly the sort of result we need to hang on for. The performance was not what I would classify as good, but the fact that we won made it a very happy day.
Watford Observer, 9th August 1996