Martin Taylor’s late equaliser against his former club, during a thrilling finale, compounded a bad weekend for Birmingham manager Chris Hughton, whose transfer target Nile Ranger was arrested the night before.
James Tomkins opened the scoring for the Hammers with a powerful back-post header from Matt Taylor’s corner. Joey O’Brien prodded home after bustling his way into the penalty area, before Carlton Cole slotted home Herita Ilunga’s low cross. And Scott Parker added the fourth late on to leave Sean Dyche still searching for his first win as Watford boss.
Of all the sentiments provoked by last night’s game, the most striking was the chill echo of the futility of Premier League fixtures. During any number of games in each of our seasons in the top flight since football was invented in 1992, we’d look plucky and promising and positive and not really terribly like scoring and then concede. And then look plucky and positive and get our heads up and keep playing and not really look like scoring and maybe concede again, maybe not. This is what a game between a newly relegated Premier League club and anyone else was supposed to look like.
Steve Davies grabbed the only goal as Derby recorded their second successive league win at the expense of Watford. Davies scored his second of the season when he received the ball from Lee Croft 20 yards out and fired his effort into the roof of the net.
BHappy Report: For all the excitement of the season’s first home game, and with it a bunch of new kids to pick on or befriend, it takes about ten minutes for a certain weary familiarity to set in. Derby hang around the division like one of those odd jobs – the wonky cupboard door in the kitchen, the bit of painting in the spare room, the wisteria in need of a trim – that would only take half an hour but that you never quite get around to sorting out. In the latter case, the wisteria growing up the front of our house has got so carried away by the summer’s heady blend of sunshine and rain that anyone standing on our front steps for longer than a minute or two is liable to become so entwined that they may never escape. And that’s your introductory metaphor.
Taken from 13 Aug 2011 Watford v Derby County programme
Substitute Keith Treacy marked his Burnley debut by scoring a late equaliser to deny Sean Dyche a dream start to his Watford reign. Rookie boss Dyche, 40, saw his side race into a 2-0 lead through Craig Forsyth and Mark Yeates.
Yet the Clarets roused themselves in the final 13 minutes as Charlie Austin pulled a goal back before fellow substitute Treacy – a summer signing from Preston – headed an 84th-minute equaliser. report