Monthly Archives: August 2008

30th August 2008- Championship, Watford 2 Ipswich Town 1

BBC Sport: Watford’s John-Joe O’Toole scored in the dying minutes to secure a come-from-behind win over Ipswich.

BHappy: Forget the detail. Forget the football. When was the last time we had as much fun at a football match? Or a celebration to match that of the winning goal?

Mirror, 1 Sep 2008
Daily Telegraph, 1 Sep 2008

26th August 2008-League Cup Second Round, Watford 2 Darlington 1 (After Extra Time)

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BBC SportWatford had a late John-Joe O’Toole strike to thank for a narrow win over Darlington in the Carling Cup.

skyJohn-Joe O’Toole came off the bench to rescue Watford with the winner deep into extra time to sink Darlington.

BHappy imageFourth division side at home, should be straightforward, yadda yadda whatever. But a fourth division side dropping deep and attacking neatly is still an awkward opponent….

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23rd August 2008- Championship, Nottingham Forest 3 Watford 2

BBC SportA late strike from substitute Nathan Tyson gave Nottingham Forest a first win of the season to deny Watford.

16th August 2008- Championship, Watford 1 Charlton Athletic 0

BBC SportTommy Smith’s fierce strike gave Watford victory over 10-man Charlton.

BHappy imageNew passing game, new passing formation. Fine. But the real benefit thus far has been the protection afforded the defence. It speaks volumes that on a day when John Eustace was below par, Charlton rarely got more than a sniff – having Eustace and Williamson, fantastic today, as two sitting midfielders makes us a whole lot more secure. It does ask a lot of the four attacking players though (4-3-3 my arse). Speaking of whom….

12th August 2008- League Cup First Round, Watford 1 Bristol Rovers 0

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BBC SportWill Hoskins struck two minutes from time to earn Watford a first home win in four months and a place in the Carling Cup second round.

BHappy imageMuch the same template as Saturday – well on top, but little cutting edge despite the efforts of man-of-the-match Hoskins who earned his goal.

HornbloggerWere we cheering Will Hoskins goal, or the fact that it rescued us from another half an hour?

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9th August 2008- Championship, Crystal Palace 0 Watford 0

BHappy imageWe discussed before the game the possibility that we’d lowered our expectations to such a point that we couldn’t fail to be impressed by every tackle, would revel in every successfully won corner kick. So it proved… this was vibrant, positive, imaginative stuff. Kinda punchless, but so much much better than feared.

Hornblogger Maybe I went with very low expectations but we were fantastic. All the fight, passion and desire that had been lacking in pre-season and, I guess, in the last 9 or so miserable months was back and flowing through the whole team.

Watford ObserverWatford played some inventive and eye-catching football in the Championship opener and all that missing was a killer instinct in front of goal.