Monthly Archives: March 2003

22nd March 2003- New Division One, Watford 1 Stoke City 2

In many ways, it would be pleasant to be able to berate the players for lack of effort, commitment, determination, concentration, focus, and everything else. That’d be easy, a simple solution. But the problems are more fundamental, albeit that they’re problems that we’ve overcome until now. To an extent, this was a more encouraging ninety minutes than Gillingham – for one thing, the result wasn’t just down to our own failings; for another, there was a definite, strong (and, yes, faltering) reaction to the possibility of defeat. However, the result makes that largely irrelevant…and, with a series of away games to come, the revival must now be sudden and decisive rather than patient and hopeful. It has to happen. And we have to make it happen.

9th March 2003-FA Cup Sixth Round, Watford 2 Burnley 0

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imgres.png Goals from Tommy Smith and Stephen Glass in the last 20 minutes sent Watford into the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

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BSAD image Various reports

Daily Telegraph, 10 Mar 2003
Evening Standard, 10 Mar 2003
Daily Mirror, 10 Mar 2003
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4th March 2003- New Division One, Watford 0 Preston North End 1

Graham Alexander’s penalty earned Preston a win against a Watford side who have now gone five league games without a victory.

Dear Gaffer
Please can I be captain? Please please please please please. I promise not to start any fights, or owt. Please please please please please.

1st March 2003-New Division One, Watford 1 Nottingham Forest 1

BBC SportOn-loan striker Darren Huckerby eased the effect of David Johnson’s absence with a debut goal to earn Nottingham Forest a valuable point at Vicarage Road.

guardianWatford excelled in the opening half, their bright display rewarded by Heidar Helguson’s header, but played with a lethargy thereafter that left their manager Ray Lewington suspecting some minds were already drifting to Saturday’s FA Cup quarter-final against Burnley.

Watford ObserverThe game took a bizarre twist three minutes after the restart when the linesman, on the Main Stand side, went down injured, and the unfortunate official became the third assistant to have to be replaced during a Watford game this season.

BSAD imageBSAD report: Really, the first half performance was as good as anything that we’ve produced under Ray Lewington. We were apparently oblivious to whatever Forest had planned for us, forcing the game to submit to the force of our will instead. The visitors’ passing game was thoroughly wrecked by relentless pressing in every part of the pitch, a huge effort that seemed to spread from Allan Nielsen and Heidar Helguson to every player in the side – it would be very hard to imagine forty-five minutes that contrasted more strongly with the lazy, flabby football of last year.

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