Monthly Archives: August 2009

29th August 2009- Championship, Swansea City 1 Watford 1

BBC Sport: Watford had striker Danny Graham and home goalkeeper Dorus de Vries to thank for their opening goal.

Sky Sports: Alan Tate smashed a stoppage-time to equaliser to secure Swansea City a 1-1 draw at home to Watford. The visitors appeared to be heading for all three points at the Liberty Stadium after summer signing Danny Graham fired home on 66 minutes.

22nd August 2009-Championship, Watford 2 Blackpool 2

BBC SportGary Taylor-Fletcher scored to make it four draws from four Championship games for Blackpool.

skyWatford twice threw away the lead against Blackpool on Saturday as they were held to a 2-2 draw.

BHappy imageAfter a relatively quiet start, a really tremendous game of Championship football, culminating in a breathless, nerve-wracking final twenty minutes of end-to-end mayhem. None of which should distract the coaching staff from taking a clear, sober look at the reasons why we didn’t win it…and that isn’t to ignore the part played by an enterprising Blackpool side with chances a-plenty, merely to recall that there was a point when it looked like we were going to put them to the sword.

FTRE imageI left Vicarage Road both disappointed and satisfied all at the same time. It’s one of those weird feelings you can have as a football fan. Let’s get the disappointment out the way first. It came from the final score line – Watford 2-2 Blackpool. With Watford going a head twice in the game we gifted Blackpool their goals.

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12th September 2009-Championship, Watford 1 Barnsley 0

18th August 2009- Championship, Nottingham Forest 2 Watford 4

BBC SportTommy Smith inspired Watford to their first win of the Championship season.

BHappy imageMy first game of the season after an eventful and often stressful summer… and this was just what the doctor ordered. A wonderfully open, chaotic second division game of football, with just enough individual excellence and collective calamity to ensure the full attention of all in the stadium throughout (save the many early Forest departees, natch). I’d been apprehensive, based on reports of unconvincing Watford performances and Forest’s impotent dominance of West Brom but we looked far better than advertised… Forest being far less than a sum of their parts only tells half the story. Poor teams don’t score four times away from home against anybody.
12th September 2009-Championship, Watford 1 Barnsley 0

15 August 2009-Championship, Sheffield United 2 Watford 0

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Sheffield United eased to victory over Watford as summer signing Ched Evans opened his goal account for the Blades. Jamie Ward had given the hosts an early lead when he drove in a shot after the ball broke to him from a Brian Howard free-kick. Evans wrapped up the win when he skilfully evaded several lunging defenders before rifling home.

Watford defender Williamson headed over the crossbar from a corner and Jobi McAnuff shot high and wide from 25 yards. But moments after Watford summer signing Danny Graham had lifted his shot over the crossbar the home side doubled their lead.

HornbloggerWe seemed to start well but after 12 minutes didn’t defend a simple cross and Jamie Ward, who isn’t much bigger than your average Smurf, easily knocked the ball past Loach. From then on neither the team or the fans seemed to have any belief at all that we’d get back into the game. 

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(taken from Watford v Blackpool programme, 22nd August 2009)

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11th August 2009-League Cup First Round, Barnet 0 Watford 2 (After Extra Time)

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Extra-time goals by Mike Williamson and Scott Severin spared Watford’s blushes as they edged past Barnet to reach the second round of the Carling Cup

HornbloggerAs for the game, it was rubbish. The kind of early League Cup tie we’ve specialised in over the last few years where you really hope it doesn’t go to extra time, but know that its inevitable. We have definitely abandoned any trace of the Rodgers passing it around tactic and seem to have gone back to playing Hoofball. Worryingly though Danny Graham isn’t built in quite the same way as Darius so it doesn’t seem to work. I don’t mean this to insult either of them but Graham has more skill than that

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8th August 2009-Championship, Watford 1 Doncaster Rovers 1

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BBC Sport  Malky Mackay was denied a winning start as Watford boss after Doncaster striker James Hayter cancelled out Danny Graham’s early strike.

sky Watford’s ideas of a dream opener were quickly quashed as they drew 1-1 at home to Doncaster.

TelegraphDoncaster manager Sean O’Driscoll refused to blame the match officials but he believed his side were denied a legitimate goal during their 1-1 draw at Watford.

BHappy imageFizzle. It should, of course, be remembered that there have been less auspicious starts than this to very auspicious seasons; we all crave answers, but these early season games often raise still more questions instead. It was a bit of a non-alcoholic beer of a match: the same fizz as the bottle’s cracked open, but some bite missing from what’s inside.

Hornblogger: The half time entertainment was provided by Mark Falco doing Harry’s 50/50 draw. Maybe he’d not drawn a raffle before but he made the mistake of pulling out three tickets whose numbers ran consecutively. I suppose you’d be pleased if you had those three tickets. I don’t think they’ll be asking him to do it again.

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