Category: December

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.

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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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26th December 2016- Premier League, Watford 1 Crystal Palace 1

Previously v Crystal Palace

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Relive all the action from the Hornets’ clash against Crystal Palace

Deeney reaches Hornets scoring century as Watford battle back for Boxing Day point

Mazzarri unhappy with performance in Palace draw

Allardyce laments Benteke penalty miss – and brands Harry the Hornet ‘out of order’

Watford captain Troy Deeney admits he deserved to be dropped before scoring 100th goal

Hornets keeper Heurelho Gomes hails attitude of 100-goal captain Troy Deeney

Watford v Crystal Palace: How did the Hornets fare in their draw at Vicarage Road?

Zaha awards his marks on Harry’s dive

The fifth member of Watford’s scoring century club

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