Monthly Archives: August 2015

29th August 2015-Premier League, Manchester City 2 Watford 0

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The Hornets dug in well for the first half but the game changed 88 seconds after the interval when Sterling slotted home Bacary Sagna’s cross.

The opening stages were played almost exclusively in the Watford half, but the defence was standing firm as the hosts dominated possession.

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Fran’s report

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Taken from the programme on 12th September 2015- Premier League, Watford 1 Swansea City 0

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23rd August 2015- Premier League, Watford 0 Southampton 0

Official site video highlights:

BBC Sport: Watford and Southampton served up an uninspiring draw as they both remain without a league win after three games of the top-flight season. Hornets midfielder Etienne Capoue had the best chance of the game only to head over from two yards.

Sky Sports: Hornets boss Quique Sanchez Flores resisted the temptation to hand debuts to new signings Miguel Britos, Giedrius Arlauskis and Nathan Ake, although the first two were on the bench.

Fran’s Watford Blog: The positive outcome of the day was that Watford remained unbeaten and stood 11th in the table. The negative was that, despite the efforts, there hadn’t been a single shot on target. The combination of Deeney and Ighalo hasn’t worked in the last two games, so it is very likely that Flores will make a change for the City game. The final word must go to Diamanti whose second half performance I thoroughly enjoyed. His whipped crosses really deserved a final touch. We can only hope that will come to pass in coming weeks.

15th August 2015- Premier League, Watford 0 West Bromwich Albion 0

Official site video highlights

BBC: Watford are still waiting for their first Premier League victory since 2007 after they were held to a goalless draw by West Brom. The Hornets dominated the match but could not break through a well-organised West Brom defence.

Sky: Quique Sanchez Flores’ team created numerous chances against Tony Pulis’ men, particularly in the first half of an entertaining game. But Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo were both among the culprits as they wasted those opportunities and had to settle for a point instead.

Fran’s Watford Blog: We could have won by 3 or 4 goals while West Brom were the epitome of a Pulis side, dour, negative and time-wasting from early in the game. Their large contingent of travelling fans deserved more from them than a performance in which they didn’t have a single shot on target. As I applauded the team off, my disappointment was tempered somewhat when I heard the bloke behind me say “undefeated”. On reflection, it had been another terrific performance from a team that will only get better. It was rather nice, for the second week running, to want to see us on Match of the Day and to hear positive comments from the pundits. Let us hope that is a feature of this season.

8th August 2015- Premier League, Everton 2 Watford 2

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Arouna Kone’s late equaliser earned Everton a point at home to Premier League newcomers Watford.  Mexican Miguel Layun fired Watford ahead on the half-volley in the first half after Everton failed to clear.


Substitute Arouna Kone’s late equaliser earned Everton a 2-2 draw and spoiled Watford’s hopes of a fairytale win on their return to the Premier League at Goodison Park.


When referee Mike Jones blew the half time whistle, the booing inside Goodison Park was so thunderous that the stadium’s public address system was activated to full blast immediately; the noise on the terraces being masked by One Direction, a noise of a very different kind.

Watford are up and running in the Premier League after a high-intensity display of commitment and organisation saw them twice lead at Everton only to be pegged back on both occasions in a stirring 2-2 draw at Goodison Park.

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The old “will take time to gel” thing drifts from being a source of concern to a reason to be excited in the wake of the opening fixture. Because there were deficiencies, several of them actually, and yet we went and got a result despite them in a challenging away game, twice taking the lead in the process. 

There was some disappointment among some Watford fans that we had twice surrendered the lead. Others, me included, felt that we would have bitten hands off if offered a draw at the start of the game. We met a number of Toffees fans on our journey back to the city centre who were very complimentary about our performance and scathing of theirs. Most Watford fans were impressed with our strong showing and the quality of our new signings. Quique has promised us a surprise in each game. I am not sure that will be good for my blood pressure or my sanity, but I am intrigued to see how he will set up at home. So far, so good and I am really looking forward to the rest of the season.

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