Month: October 2020

21st October 2020- Championship, Watford 3 Blackburn Rovers 1

https://www.skysports.com/football/watford-vs-blackburn/teams/429776
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Who said games involving Watford this season were boring?

Watford beat Blackburn Rovers at Vicarage Road

Watford beat Blackburn Rovers to climb into third place

Watford head coach Vladimir Ivic calls for improvements

Watford players rated after win over Blackburn Rovers

Vladimir Ivic tells Ismaila Sarr and Joao Pedro to put Watford first

Ben Foster wants Watford to kill teams off quicker

The Hornets took control with two goals in quick succession early in the first half from Joao Pedro and Tom Cleverley.

Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster had already made a number of fine saves by the time Ben Brereton pulled one back with a brilliant chest and volley from 25 yards out. The hosts were also fortunate not to have Christian Kabasele sent off after he hauled Adam Armstrong down when the Rovers striker had gone clean through.

Any concerns that the second half would calm down a bit were allayed within five minutes of the restart.  An underhit Chalobah pass towards Sema was cut out, and Wilmot was caught slightly flat footed as Brereton escaped only to be pulled back by a welcome offside flag.  That could have been a different second half. As it was, and with so much of our threat in the first half having come via the burning pace of Sarr and Femenía on the right, Blackburn telegraphed what was to come by giving Ken Sema all sorts of space to put a cross in on the left.  He’s already demonstrated that he needs no space at all to cause damage from wide positions, so it was little surprise that a minute later his vicious cross was turned in by Lenihan.

Three goals and three points for the Hornets, but that doesn’t come close to summing up an enthralling encounter at Vicarage Road, as Watford beat Blackburn to go third.
https://www.11v11.com/league-tables/league-championship/21-october-2020/

16th October 2020- Championship, Derby County 0 Watford 1

https://www.skysports.com/football/derby-vs-watford/teams/429758
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Well, that’s the goal of the month for October sewn up.

Joao Pedro stunner gives Watford win over Derby County

Joao Pedro scores stunning winner for Watford at Derby County

Vladimir Ivic thought Watford beat Derby County as a team

Tom Cleverley thinks Joao Pedro deserved Watford winner

Watford players rated after beating Derby County

Watford’s Brazilian teenager Joao Pedro scored a sensational winner as the Hornets earned a narrow 1-0 win over struggling Derby at Pride Park.

An error-strewn affair, without even a shot on target until the 74th minute, was eventually decided by a real moment of class from the 19-year-old, turning on the edge of the box before bending a brilliant right-footed effort into the top corner.

Wayne Rooney ‘seething’ after visit from friend who later tested positive for Covid. Derby County and Watford squads now likely to take tests

The announcement of the starting eleven was underwhelming.  No Troy, no Hughes, we knew that, but no Sarr either.  The club may have been aware that he wouldn’t realistically be back in time (despite Senegal’s Tuesday game with Mauritania having been scratched, so a little difficult to reconcile) but we didn’t.  And no Capoue, despite the suggestion that his return was a possibility.  The first eleven, certainly the attacking side of it, looked a bit botched together and the bench, flimsy. Vladimir Ivić had picked a side based on what he had available, but it was a side that looked even more focused on defensive solidity, asking an awful lot of two young attacking players in João Pedro and Domingos Quina.

League football is back and so is that winning feeling! With the International break over and the transfer window finally shut, the boys convene to discuss Watford’s victorious return to action at Pride Park.

https://www.11v11.com/league-tables/league-championship/18-october-2020/

3rd October 2020- Championship, Reading 1 Watford 0

https://www.skysports.com/football/reading-vs-watford/teams/429748

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The Hornets, who have been steadily getting better as the season has gradually unfolded, suffered a setback here after being on the receiving end this time of a single goal in a game.

Watford lose to Reading in the Championship

The Hornets fluffed a hatful of good opportunities to score, despite dominating large chunks of the match, and drew a blank, with Reading goalkeeper Rafael rarely threatened, while George Puscas’s scrappy goal at the end of the first-half was enough for the Royals to seal their fourth win out of four.

Vladimir Ivic claims bad decisions cost Watford at Reading

Watford players rated after Reading defeat

James Garner came closest for the Hornets, thundering a first-half free-kick against the crossbar.

In a more even second period, Watford threatened only sporadically and Reading held on for a relatively comfortable victory.

It was all going rather well.  Too well.  And then two things happened.  Firstly the hosts switched formation to drop an extra body into their increasingly ragged midfield.  Secondly, Tom Dele-Bashiru twisted his knee awkwardly in a fall.