Month: February 2020

23rd February 2020- Premier League, Manchester United 3 Watford 0

Referee: Martin Atkinson
Attendance: 73,347

Match Report: Man Utd 3-0 Watford

Pearson: “We Didn’t Take Our Chances”

Foster: “We Have To Keep Our Heads Up”

Watford face Manchester United away at Old Trafford

Watford remain in bottom three after Manchester United defeat

Nigel Pearson reflects on Watford’s missed chances after Manchester United defeat

Nigel Pearson admits Ismaila Sarr was ‘nowhere near’ close to starting Watford’s defeat at Manchester United

Watford players rated following bad day at Manchester United

Will Hughes thinks VAR decision was the turning point in Watford’s defeat to Manchester United

Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo said it was ‘special’ to hear the Watford fans sing his name

Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster critical of handball law after Troy Deeney goal is disallowed at Manchester United

January signing Fernandes capped a man-of-the-match performance in style with his first goal for the club, nonchalantly converting a penalty he had won after being fouled by Ben Foster shortly before half-time.

Anthony Martial scored an excellent second on Sunday after Watford’s Troy Deeney had a goal ruled out by VAR for handball in the build-up. Mason Greenwood, 18, lashed home his 11th of the season 15 minutes from time to complete United’s scoring.

A dreadful mix-up between Maguire and Nemanja Matic in the third minute had sent Troy Deeney through, but the Watford striker took one touch too many when the ball was crying out to be smacked or laid off to Will Hughes.

United are flaky in defence because of the gap often allowed between rearguard and midfield. Sensing this, Roberto Pereyra skated forward and found Gerard Deulofeu to the left, he passed to the unmarked Abdoulaye Doucouré and the home team were lucky he could not finish.

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8th February 2020- Premier League, Brighton & Hove Albion 1 Watford 1

Referee: Kevin Friend
Attendance: 30,443
1-0

Match Report: Brighton 1-1 Watford

Pearson: “We Worked Exceptionally Hard”

Extended Highlights: Brighton 1-1 Watford

Hughes: “We’ve Put Ourselves Back In The Mix”

Watford face Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League

Watford lose lead in Brighton & Hove Albion draw

Nigel Pearson reflects on Watford’s draw at Brighton & Hove Albion

Watford players rated following draw with Brighton and Hove Albion

Ben Foster said Watford did not want to sit back in Brighton and Hove Albion draw

Watford boss Nigel Pearson admitted his side had “missed an opportunity” to get a vital victory and move out of the relegation zone as Adrian Mariappa’s own goal gifted Brighton a draw.

Neither side went into the game in good form, but Watford struck first with a fine solo goal from Abdoulaye Doucoure (19), putting some demons to rest after also scoring an own goal in the 3-0 loss to Brighton on the opening weekend.

Not many own goals this season will be dispatched with the utter certainty that Adrian Mariappa directed the ball into his net as time ticked down at the Amex Stadium and it looked like another bad evening for Brighton and Hove Albion.

Minute by minute

“It’s unfortunate”, said Pearson. “We’ve worked exceptionally hard today and goals like that are very difficult to deal with. But I try to stress the importance of not becoming overly positive when things are going well or too pessimistic if things go negatively. You have a better chance of surviving if you keep your nerve.”

The game settles into a pattern from which it’ll never escape, of Brighton having great acres of possession and not really knowing how to harvest it, of Watford suffocating it all by sitting deep and gradually pushing each attack backwards, guiding a toddler out of a toy shop. It has the dramatic intensity of someone prodding a damp sponge with an old toothbrush.

It had been an awful game of football and, yet again, we had been the architects of our own downfall.  There was one moment of quality in the game, which was the gorgeous goal from Doucouré.  Although the late effort from Mooy and the save from Foster deserve a special mention.  Other than that, it was really turgid with Watford sitting deep against an ineffective Brighton attack.  It really hurt that we had lost two points due to a pointless own goal, especially as I am very fond of Mariappa, but I don’t know what he was thinking when he blasted that ball into the net.  At the end of the day, we remain in the bottom three and, while we are not yet adrift, it is hard to see where the next points are coming from.

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1st February 2020- Premier League, Watford 2 Everton 3

Referee: Craig Pawson
Attendance: 21,229
1-0
2-0

Match Report: Watford 2-3 Everton

Pearson: “We Have To Recover From This”

Extended Highlights: Watford 2-3 Everton

Cathcart: “We Need To Cut Out Those Errors”

Welbeck: “I’m Buzzing To Be Back”

Watford lose to Everton in quest for Premier League survival

Watford throw away two-goal advantage as Everton triumph at Viacarge Road

Nigel Pearson ‘exceptionally disappointed’ after Watford lose to Everton

Nigel Pearson explains Nathaniel Chalobah change in Watford’s defeat to Everton and doesn’t regret ‘positive’ substitutions

Watford player ratings following home defeat to Everton

Craig Cathcart thinks Watford have themselves to blame for Everton loss

Theo Walcott struck an injury-time winner as 10-man Everton came back from two goals down to stun Watford in a topsy-turvy encounter at Vicarage Road.

Adam Masina fired the hosts into a 10th-minute lead before Roberto Pereyra made it 2-0 three minutes before the break.

An announcement of two minutes’ added time was about to come over the Tannoy when Everton clawed a goal back. A Lucas Digne corner was poked in by Yerry Mina after his initial header was forced towards goal by Mason Holgate.

Two minutes later, deep into injury time now, another corner and Mina is criminally allowed to nod in at the far post by a sleeping Cathcart.  There’s so much wrong with this…  Mina being allowed to dominate the area, our heads not being in it.  Some of these things would be abetted with a big ugly centre back, a Ben Gibson or a Craig Dawson maybe, but not all.  It’s a maddening and horribly expensive two minutes.

There was another half chance to grab a winner for the Hornets when they got the ball into the Everton box, but no Watford man could get a meaningful touch on it.  The Hornets had been pushing for the winner, but it was the visitors who took all three points with a goal in the 90th minute.  Masina lost out in the middle of the pitch, Richarlison advanced and played in Kean who moved the ball on to Walcott, at first he appeared to have run wide of the goal, but that proved to be wishful thinking on my part as he finished past Foster. 

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