Month: February 2007

24th February 2007- Premier League, Watford 0 Everton 3

Everton romped to victory to keep their push for the Uefa Cup on course and leave Watford in desperate trouble.

Three successive home matches offered Aidy Boothroyd’s side a genuine opportunity to close the gap on the teams immediately above them. But the failure to overcome 10-man Wigan in midweek, followed by this setback, suggests the chance has been lost. Although there is still Charlton to come next Saturday, Watford have that sinking feeling.

Boothroyd must already be examining Plan B – the one to take Watford back up next season. Goals will come easier in the Championship. Some will surely fall to the Hungarian forward Tamas Priskin, the second-half substitute who deserved one for effort alone after a shot and two headers in the space of five minutes.

Your one word match report is: Eurgh.

https://www.soccerbase.com/matches/results.sd?date=2007-02-24
https://www.11v11.com/league-tables/premier-league/24-february-2007/

17th February 2007- FA Cup Fifth Round, Watford 1 Ipswich Town 0

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BBC SportDamien Francis broke Ipswich Town’s defiance with a late winner in this FA Cup fifth-round tie at Vicarage Road.

guardianFor Watford the mixed double of reaching an FA Cup final while being relegated remains a possibility although on the evidence of this error-strewn fifth-round victory over Ipswich their chances of staying in the Cup are only marginally better than their prospects of remaining in the Premiership, and those are slim indeed.

TelegraphJoe Mercer used to say, when captain of Arsenal, that any true professional should be at the point of exhaustion by the final whistle. No team I have recently seen more epitomised this maxim than Ipswich when undeservedly losing to Watford.

BHappy imageYour one-word match report:  Ropey.

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3rd February 2007- Premier League, Watford 0 Bolton Wanderers 1

Nicolas Anelka’s second-half strike was enough for Bolton to battle past bottom side Watford at Vicarage Road.

Rotherham is not an obvious place to dig for salvation in the Premiership. They are bottom of League One. But last month’s recruits, Will Hoskins and Lee Williamson, did not look out of place in Watford’s colours. It said as much about their new club as the normally voluble Aidy Boothroyd could manage afterwards.

At the finale, two men in black overcoats stood on the sidelines. Neither exuded happiness, but Sam Allardyce at least could claim relief, having bagged his first win in five weeks. After a triumphant December yielded a manager-of-the-month award and five straight league wins, a dreadful January ensued for the Bolton manager with just two points in four games. And Vicarage Road was hardly a popular destination for Bolton, 12 visits had previously brought just one win. For Aidy Boothroyd’s side, a win, as always, was needed. There were the eight new signings to justify and the small matter of scraping the side off the bottom of the table. Preceding the midweek Manchester United whipping, Watford had managed two wins on the trot and were hoping to continue their handiwork.

Today’s match report is: Ugly.

https://www.soccerbase.com/matches/results.sd?date=2007-02-03
https://www.11v11.com/league-tables/premier-league/03-february-2007/