Monthly Archives: October 2021

30th October 2021- Premier League, Watford 0 Southampton 1

Attendance: 20.869

BBC Sport: Che Adam’s superb strike was the difference as Southampton held on against Watford at Vicarage Road for their first away league win of the season.

Sky Sports: Claudio Ranieri’s side came crashing back down to earth following their impressive 5-2 win at Everton last weekend, and it is now back-to-back home defeats for the Italian after he replaced Xisco Munoz as Watford manager earlier this month.

BHappy: Meanwhile, the second half had been preceded by a farewell to Emma Saunders, who moves on to Sky Sports.  Two things to note here… first, it’s entirely appropriate that the wider Watford family are recognised in this way.  Players and prominent coaching staff will sometimes get this stuff, ex-players too including the ever more rock’n’roll Ross Jenkins, also wheeled out here.  But “the likes of Emma” (and those less visible still) deserve their recognition;  those that find this a bit parochial can go screw themselves. But Emma in particular, along with Tommy Mooney, Jon Marks and everyone else involved, deserve one final round of applause for providing something to look forward to last season.  Doubtless her star will continue to rise, but she deserves to be remembered fondly for her part in that whatever else she goes on to achieve.

Fran’s Watford Blog: After the excitement at Everton, it was all rather dull.  It had been a much better second half from the Hornets but, despite the fact that we had more shots on target than the visitors, we rarely looked like scoring.  Although we would have been a lot happier had that Fletcher shot gone in.  Sarr has come in for a lot of criticism, as he is perceived to be looking uninterested, but he created the majority of the chances, sadly most of them went straight to McCarthy, but the highlights showed that Walker-Peters was rather fortunate to have cleared that chance off the line.  But it is early days for Ranieri, so we have to hope that the form will improve soon.

16th October 2021- Premier League, Watford 0 Liverpool 5

Attendance: 21,085

BBC Sport: Roberto Firmino scored a hat-trick as rampant Liverpool condemned Claudio Ranieri to a miserable start to life as Watford manager in a one-sided game at Vicarage Road.

Sky Sports: There was to be no new manager bounce factor for Watford with Sadio Mane scoring after just eight minutes, setting the tone for a completely dominant Liverpool performance and netting his 100th Premier League goal in the process.

Fran’s Watford Blog: So, we reached half time two goals down after being thoroughly outplayed.  During the break, there was a brief appearance by Heiđar Helguson, who is the latest Watford ambassador.  I was expecting an interview, but he just waved to the crowd as we sung his name.

3rd October 2021- Xisco Munoz is sacked.

Sky Sports: Watford have sacked head coach Xisco Munoz after less than 10 months in charge, with the club 14th in the Premier League.

From the Rookery End: After another poor Premier League showing at Elland Road, Watford have parted company with their Head Coach Xisco Muñoz. Jon, Mike and DCW got together to discuss the departure, work out why it happened and try to get a handle on what needs to come next.

2nd October 2021- Premier League, Leeds United 1 Watford 0

BBC Sport: Leeds picked up their first victory in the Premier League this season as defender Diego Llorente returned from injury to score the winner over Watford.

Sky Sports: Watford looked lethargic and made numerous errors throughout, even without two of their three substitutions being made due to injury. They did find the net in the second half in their best five-minute spell, but Christian Kabasele’s poke home was ruled out after he was judged to have fouled Liam Cooper in the build-up.

BHappy: This was pretty dreadful all told.  For all that there were nods of approval in the extensive queues for sustenance as the team news broke pre-match, Sierralta making a welcome return and Tufan’s first League start the most sensible looking solution to our midfield challenges, we never looked remotely equipped to cope with Leeds’ aggressive press, tamer versions of which we’ve struggled with already this season at Brighton and last week most obviously.