Month: December 2017

30th December 2017- Premier League, Watford 1 Swansea City 2

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Watford Observer

Relive Watford v Swansea City: Hornets bottle another victory to somehow lose at home to Swans

Watford again pay price for failing to kill a game in Swansea City defeat

‘We made enough chances to win’ says Watford head coach Marco Silva after Swansea City defeat

‘I didn’t see much of a foul’ says Marco Silva of Molla Wague’s disallowed header

Watford vs Swansea City ratings: Hornets defenders struggle as Swans mount late comeback

Watford vs Swansea City: Defeat hard to take for Ben Watson after missed chances

BBC SportSwansea City staged a remarkable late fightback to beat Watford and give Carlos Carvalhal victory in his first game in charge of the Welsh side, lifting them off the bottom of the table.

skyGoals from Jordan Ayew and Luciano Narsingh saw Swansea stage a dramatic late comeback to earn a 2-1 win at Watford and move off the bottom of the Premier League table.

guardianFor Watford, this was a chastening defeat. Ahead in the match from the 10th minute after André Carrillo headed home, it appeared that they were cruising to victory. But Marco Silva’s men should have known that appearances can be deceptive. They seemed sure that a second goal would eventually arrive, but never actually scored it and have now given up more points from a winning position this season than any other club in the Premier League.

TelegraphThis might be the smallest chink of light that Carlos Carvalhal was imagining when he said his new team don’t “need a miracle to survive.”

BHappy image For f***’s sake…

FranIt is difficult to put into words how I felt after the game.  It had been incredibly frustrating as Watford were so much better than their opponents who showed little in the way of threat.  But the longer the game stayed at 1-0, the more likely it appeared that Swansea would leave Vicarage Road with at least a point.  It had been incredibly dull for most of the ninety minutes and Pete’s observation that the second half appeared as if it was being played at London Colney summed it up perfectly.  There was no sense of urgency or pressing to get a second goal and it cost us dearly.

The Hornets Nest Oh football, why must you be so cruel?

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26th December 2017- Premier League, Watford 2 Leicester City 1

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Watford Observer

Watford v Leicester City live: Kasper Schmeichel own goal adds to Molla Wague goal as Hornets come from behind to beat Foxes

Watford come from behind to beat Leicester City and end six-game winless run

Marco Silva believes Watford showed ‘great character’ in Leicester City win

Heurelho Gomes singled out for praise by Watford head coach Marco Silva after saves in Leicester City win

Watford fans’ view: Hornets looking back to their best in Leicester City win

Heurelho Gomes relieved after helping Watford to Leicester City win

Watford v Leicester City ratings: Heurelho Gomes, Molla Wague and Andre Carrillo superb in Hornets’ comeback victory

Ben Watson delighted to seize Watford chance after ‘tough’ 18 months out of the side

BBC Sport Watford boss Marco Silva says he was never worried about their bad form, as they beat Leicester City to end a six-game winless run.

sky Watford picked up a first win in seven games after coming from behind to earn a 2-1 victory over Leicester at Vicarage Road on Boxing Day.

guardian Watford have bemoaned their misfortune in recent weeks but here Marco Silva’s team were grateful for the unwitting assistance of Kasper Schmeichel as they fought back from a deficit to end a miserable series of results. The Leicester City goalkeeper turned a cross by Abdoulaye Doucouré into his own net in the 65th minute to complete Watford’s comeback after Molla Wagué had negated Riyad Mahrez’s opening goal for the visitors.

TelegraphLittle more than an hour had passed of another stodgy Watford performance when Marco Silva’s side contrived to waste a promising free-kick so spectacularly that the resulting shot from Abdoulaye Doucoure flew out for a throw-in.

BHappy imageYes, Swansea on Saturday looked a winnable fixture, maybe, but the gentle descent in our recent run from the forgivable through the slightly unfortunate to the downright appalling hadn’t left us banking on anything much.

FranAfter a lovely Christmas day with the family, it was off to Vicarage Road to see if we could arrest the recent slump.   The Boxing Day game is one of the first that I look for when the fixtures come out.  I always look forward to them, even if they rarely give us anything to cheer (I am still smarting from the injury time goal by Kirk Stephens in 1979).

Tales from the VicarageAfter four defeats on the bounce, Watford returned to winning ways on a tense Boxing Day afternoon at The Vic.

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23rd December 2017- Premier League, Brighton & Hove Albion 1 Watford 0

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Watford Observer

Brighton vs Watford: Pascal Gross condemns Hornets to fourth Premier League loss on the spin

Watford beaten at Brighton & Hove Albion to suffer fourth straight defeat

Watford boss Marco Silva gives his view on the 1-0 defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion

Watford boss rubbishes talk of any link between a downturn in results since Everton approach

Brighton vs Watford ratings: A day to forget as Hornets suffer fourth straight Premier League loss

BBC SportPascal Gross struck the winner as Brighton earned their first Premier League victory in eight games – on the day Seagulls defender Connor Goldson played his first competitive game since heart surgery.

skyBrighton’s first goal from open play in over 10 hours of Premier League football was enough to earn a 1-0 victory against Watford at the Amex Stadium on Saturday.

guardianSleigh bells were jingling and nerves were jangling but Brighton clung on to earn three precious points. Their first win in eight games means they are now in mid-table, five points clear of the drop. It is a position that could quickly change and, once again, the narrow margin of victory did not allow for a sense of comfort to spread over the home supporters. But there were more than enough positives for fans and club alike to believe things are moving in the right direction.

TelegraphThis was not the afternoon of Premier League quality that Brighton supporters had envisaged upon their promotion from the Championship, but it was at least the sort of result that will go some way to keeping them here in the top flight.

FranOur last visit to Brighton was memorable for all the right reasons.  After taking the lead in the first half, the game had been a bit of a slog, before Vydra’s injury time goal sent us all away happy.  It having been the lunchtime game, we retired to a lovely pub and, after spending the preceding couple of hours in the garden anxiously checking phones, we interrupted a quiet afternoon by erupting in joy as last minute goals confirmed our promotion.

Tales from the VicarageA miserable day on the South coast just before Christmas meant Watford succumbed to their fourth consecutive defeat.

The Hornets NestIt’s Christmas Eve and I’ve been up since 5:30am. Not because I’m wrapping presents, or applying the final touches to the decorations whilst listening to Christmas classics, or even being the stereotypical man and getting ready to do the final bit of Christmas shopping, but because I have to get something off my chest. 

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16th December 2017- Premier League, Watford 1 Huddersfield Town 4

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Watford Observer

RELIVE – Watford humbled by Huddersfield in Vicarage Road shocker

Troy Deeney sees red Watford crash to abysmal defeat to Huddersfield Town

Watford vs Huddersfield Town: David Wagner delighted with “extraordinary” Premier League win

Marco Silva admits Watford’s Huddersfield Town humbling was worst performance under him

Watford’s Marco Silva declines to comment on Troy Deeney after another indiscretion

Watford vs Huddersfield Town ratings: Jose Holebas and Troy Deeney worst offenders in shambolic Premier League display

BBC SportHuddersfield Town boss David Wagner said his side are halfway to Premier League survival after their 4-1 win at Watford.

skyAaron Mooy scored twice as Huddersfield thrashed Watford 4-1 with both sides finishing with 10 men amid controversy at Vicarage Road.

guardianFor Huddersfield Town, this was proof that football has a tendency to reward the teams who never give up. They had gone 738 minutes without a goal in all competitions on the road, but they are no longer weighed down by that unfortunate statistic.

TelegraphDavid Wagner hailed an “extraordinary” performance as Huddersfield Town banished their away-day blues in an incident-packed game at Watford.

BHappy image It’s not always Huddersfield, but it does tend to be Huddersfield quite a lot.  The notorious end-of-season calamity under Beppe Sannino was worse than this, except that it probably mattered less.  Then there was an incongruous defeat in West Yorkshire during our promotion season when Miguel Layún got rinsed on his debut and promotion felt less than a done deal.  And then there was this one  almost exactly seventeen years ago;  the nadir of the collapse of GT’s last season afforded appropriate disdain by my co-editor who had the good sense not to come up from Hastings on this occasion.  Him and a good number of others, the nominal and now traditional 20k gate including a good number present in Season Ticket but not in body.

FranIf the first Huddersfield goal had been scrappy, the second was a horror show.  The Watford defence appeared to stop playing as Holebas allowed Quaner to escape and deliver a low cross which flew across the goal to Mooy who had the easy task of tapping it home.  In the Rookery, we were looking at each other in disbelief at what we had just seen.

Tales from the VicarageSorry there has been a error, why on earth would you want to relive that.   Enjoy your Sunday, forget about that performance please.

The Hornets NestI don’t feel like today I should dedicate a huge amount of my time to writing this blog after such an unprofessional performance yesterday. The game I saw doesn’t deserve any of my time to be frank, as I have plenty of other things to be getting on with. A performance that saw us concede four to a team who haven’t scored away from home since the start of the season, and see us go down to ten men for the third game in a row.

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12th December 2017- Premier League, Crystal Palace 2 Watford 1

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Watford Observer

RELIVE – Crystal Palace vs Watford: James McArthur strikes at the death as Eagles stun Hornets late on

Watford pay price for failure to score second goal as Crystal Palace claim dramatic victory

Watford boss blames failure to score more than once after shock Crystal Palace defeat

Crystal Palace vs Watford ratings: Daryl Janmaat and Richarlison on song as Hornets slump to Premier League loss

Watford boss Marco Silva looking for ruthlessness from players after Cyrstal Palace loss

BBC SportManager Roy Hodgson said Crystal Palace’s problems are far from over despite two late goals in a dramatic win over Watford moving them out of the Premier League relegation zone for the first time this season.

skyCrystal Palace moved off the bottom and out of the Premier League relegation zone with a sensational late rally to see off 10-man Watford 2-1 at Selhurst Park.

guardianNow Crystal Palace have hope. How could they not when after spluttering in arrears for almost the entire match, blunted and diminished by an imposing Watford team, they still plucked an improbable win from the jaws of defeat?

TelegraphIf Saturday’s agonising draw with Bournemouth had left Crystal ­Palace feeling like two points had slipped through their fingers, then here were three that had been ­conjured out of nothing. 

FranThe game started brilliantly for the Hornets as Richarlison crossed for Janmaat to head home to give the visitors the lead in the third minute.  The Dutchman threatened the Palace goal again soon after, but his cross was too close to Speroni.  Watford looked sure to score their second on 10 minutes after Carrillo found Richarlison, but the shot was headed off the line by Tomkins.

Tales from the VicarageThe phrase ‘a game of two halves’ could not be more appropriate for what followed. Palace began to pin Watford back straight from the restart.

The Hornets Nest1-0 up at half time, should have been three. A great chance to make it 2-0 in the second half. A red card in the 87th minute and then two goals in the final five minutes to give the hosts the win.  It just screams Watford.

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9th December 2017- Premier League, Burnley 1 Watford 0

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Watford Observer

Burnley v Watford live blog: Hornets beaten after Zeegelaar first-half red card at Turf Moor

Marvin Zeegelaar sent off as Watford are beaten at Burnley

Burnley boss Sean Dyche queries offside calls in victory over former club Watford

Watford boss Marco Silva labels Marvin Zeegelaar’s red card at Burnley a ‘harsh decision’

Christian Kabasele says Watford must ‘find a solution’ to break down teams like Burnley

Burnley v Watford ratings: Christian Kabasele on form but few other plus points from Clarets defeat

BBC Sport Watford head coach Marco Silva said Marvin Zeegelaar’s red card was “harsh, harsh, harsh, harsh”, after Scott Arfield’s first-half goal gave Burnley victory over the Hornets.

sky Burnley 1-0 Watford: Scott Arfield scores after Marvin Zeegelaar red

guardianIf revenge is a dish best served cold, a snowy Turf Moor was an ideal location. Sean Dyche began a managerial career of underappreciated overachievement in charge of Watford against Burnley

TelegraphSix minutes of commotion, devilment and enterprise at the end of the first period ultimately proved decisive in this ferociously competitive contest.

FranAs I walked towards the ground, I was amazed to see someone setting up a stall selling Burnley/Watford half-and-half scarves.  Who on earth did he think would buy one?

The Hornets NestMy record in the North West began back in 2005, as Watford travelled to Anfield for the Carling Cup semi-final 1st leg. I remember my dad coming to pick me up from school and using the excuse of ‘dentist appointment’ as my reason for leaving early.  That was 12 years ago. And since then (before yesterday’s Burnley match) I had seen us play in that region a total of 21 times, won 0, drawn 3 and lost 18.

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2nd December 2017- Premier League, Watford 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1

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Watford Observer

Watford vs Tottenham Hotspur live: Hornets held to draw as Davinson Sanchez sees red for Spurs

Watford unable to make most of extra man against Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur yet to decide whether to appeal Davinson Sanchez sending off at Watford

Marco Silva has no doubts about big incidents from Watford’s draw with Tottenham Hotspur

Watford vs Tottenham Hotspur ratings: Abdoulaye Doucoure and Tom Cleverley on form in Premier League draw

BBC SportTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says his side will learn from “suffering things against us” after Spurs drew against Watford.

sky Tottenham were forced to settle for a point at Watford after coming from behind and then having Davinson Sanchez sent off in a feisty 1-1 draw at Vicarage Road. 

guardian What conclusions should be drawn from this bracing encounter between two teams determined to give no quarter? Was it two points dropped for Spurs as their run without a Premier League win extended to four matches? Or was it a point earned, after being forced to play most of the second half with 10 men? For Watford, should they have taken greater advantage of the dismissal of Davinson Sánchez in the 52nd minute? Or had they proven they can go toe to toe with the big teams and compete?

TelegraphIt is rare that a referee gets booed off the pitch by both sets of fans, but Martin Atkinson managed to upset the supporters of Watford and Tottenham at the end of a hard-fought draw in which the visitors had to play almost 40 minutes with ten men.

BHappy image Football isn’t supposed to be played in the summer,   that’s the maxim.  It’s a winter sport.  The mental image of condensation on your breath, scarves and hats, cups of bovril, stamping your feet to keep warm is a romantic one, the clichéd “can they hack it on a December midweek in Stoke” a derisive put-down to your fancy dan foreign types.  They can’t, is the implication.  Not being British obviously makes them inferior because they don’t make them tough wherever it is that they’re from whereas we’ve done it.  We’ve been to Stoke midweek, braved the elements and the parking and the food, and we’re tougher for it.  It’s still bollocks though.  Cold isn’t fun, cold and wet less so.  This is, admittedly, an intro that could have been more aptly stored up until Stoke away midweek in January… but the elements were an overriding consideration today as the clammy damp chill clung to your cheeks and any attempt to make a noise was muffled by suffocating condensation.  It was Spurs at home, a vitriolic bad-tempered affair typical of this fixture, and yet the atmosphere had none of Tuesday’s bravado.  Damp, cold.  Slightly sullen.

FranWhile we really should have had a last minute penalty, a draw was a fair result and I would certainly have taken a point before the game.  To be disappointed with a draw against Tottenham shows how far we have come and it was a very entertaining game.  We have played all of the top six now and have only been outplayed by Manchester City.  It will be a tough trip to Burnley next week, but the Premier League is finally a fun place for Watford fans and that is something to relish.

The Hornets Nest A cross from Richarlison from the left smacked the outstretched arm of Dier in the penalty area. 18,000 Watford fans cried “HANDBALL!” in unison along with the 11 players on the pitch. It was blatant and clear for all to see, unfortunately the only people who didn’t spot the offence were the officials.

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