Hull City failed to bounce back from their drubbing last weekend after they could only manage a 0-0 draw against Watford. The Tigers, who suffered a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Millwall last weekend, were unable to find the net in a forgettable clash at the KC Stadium, while the Hornets maintained their unbeaten start to the season. Hull went close on three occasions thanks to new signing Robert Koren, while goalkeeper Matt Duke managed to keep a clean sheet, denying Danny Graham and Jordon Mutch after half-time.
Coventry salvaged a point at Watford courtesy of late goals from David Bell and Lukas Jutkiewicz. Will Buckley headed the Hornets in front and Coventry old boy John Eustace fired in a second after the Sky Blues only partially cleared a corner.
Coventry City produced a dramatic comeback at Vicarage Road to snatch a 2-2 draw against Watford. Malky Mackay’s Watford appeared set to follow up an opening game win over Norwich City with another three points after Will Buckley and John Eustace scored.
Boothroyd. Still can’t bring myself to like him. Didn’t boo him, but…. in accepting, revelling in the reception of the crowd at the end of the game, he should have stopped short of the fist-waving celebration. You were welcomed back Aidy, but we support Watford, not you. We weren’t going to share in your celebration. Perhaps old habits die hard.
Scott Loach warmed the bench two nights running, the first at the Recreation Ground and the second at the more glamorous surroundings of Wembley Stadium. Rene Gilmartin made his Watford debut for this League Cup game whilst Scott was an unused sub. The following day Ben Foster withdrew from the England squad to play Hungary and Fabio Capello called Loach up as a late replacement. He didn’t play as England won 2-1.
Danny Graham bagged another brace as Watford eased into the second round of the Carling Cup with victory over Aldershot. The 24-year-old striker netted twice in Watford’s opening day win at Norwich and repeated the feat against the League Two side, scoring either side of Marvin Sordell’s effort. Manager Malky Mackay made just one change from Friday’s Championship opener. Rene Gilmartin replaced Scott Loach in goal after the 22-year-old received a late call up to Fabio Capello’s England squad for Wednesday’s friendly with Hungary.
Two goals from Watford’s Danny Graham brought Championship new boys Norwich back down to earth at Carrow Road on the opening day of the season. John Eustace gave the Hornets the lead when he fired in low from Don Cowie’s looping ball before Graham then doubled the advantage with a sidefooted finish Norwich hit back through Andrew Crofts’ 18-yard drive but Graham restored the two-goal cushion with a guided effort. Defender Michael Nelson swept in during injury time but Watford held on.
Carrow Road was packed to the rafters as the Norwich fans hoped to see their side maintain their momentum from last season’s title triumph but Watford were worthy winners. Not only were they solid at the back, with Adrian Mariappa providing excellent support alongside the experienced Martin Taylor, they also impressed on the ball, with Graham scoring his first goal after linking superbly with young strike partner Marvin Sordell.
The domestic season began at Carrow Road on Friday night, and a sense of déjà vu permeated the Norfolk air. A year ago Norwich started the season with a 7-1 thrashing and lost their manager. While the size of defeat was not as huge, the portents for newly-promoted Norwich were just as worrying.
Watford have modelled their new away strip on the famous red-and-black stripes of Milan, and there were times last night, particularly in the first half, that Norwich were so poor Malky Mackay’s young team were almost made to resemble the Rossoneri in action as well as appearance.
And who saw that coming, frankly, because I have to say I didn’t. No, Norwich weren’t perfect; even at nil-nil in what emerged as an open start to a very open first half, City were leaving all sorts of gaps as they attacked… Elliott Ward looked pretty much just as I’d remembered him playing for Coventry. And they were slow to the ball, ponderous. But stuff it, we won 3-2 away from home on the opening day against a team who should have been flying, you take it any way it comes.