Category Archives: July

27th July 2021- Friendly, Stevenage 1 Watford 1

Official site: It was a disastrous start for the visitors as Jamie Reid gave the hosts an early lead. The Stevenage striker intercepted a misplaced Craig Cathcart pass in the final third and slotted into an empty net after two minutes.

Stevenage official site: Finding an equaliser in the 37th minute, the Hornets drew proceedings level as the first half drew to a close. Back on the score sheet after the Euros, Ken Sema headed past Anang from Ashley Fletcher’s cross.

24th July 2021- Friendly, Watford 0 West Bromwich Albion 0

With Covid restrictions now eased supporters were allowed to attend a match at Vicarage Road for the first time since December.

Official Site: Xisco Muñoz’s long-awaited introduction to the Watford faithful and the return of supporters into Vicarage Road didn’t coincide with an absolute classic on the pitch, but the occasion itself was more than worth it for both sets of fans who made the trip.

Attendance: 3,612

16th February 2021- Championship, Preston North End 0 Watford 1

BBC Sport: Brazilian forward Joao Pedro netted the only goal from the penalty spot six minutes into the second half after he was tripped by Tom Barkhuizen.

Sky Sports: Watford started well and chances fell to Pedro and Ismaila Sarr but both managed to miss the target.

BHappy: Preston.  Where we never win.  In the cold, in the wet.  You can bet your life that if there had been fans there, more specifically if I’d gone up to Deepdale we wouldn’t have bloody won.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/55990621

22nd September 2020- League Cup Third Round, Newport County 3 Watford 1

2-1

Post Match

The Hornets bowed out of the Carabao Cup tonight and they can have few complaints. They were beaten fair and square by a hungrier, sharper and busier Newport County side who claimed their second Championship scalp of the competition.

Watford beaten by Newport County in Carabao Cup

Adalberto Penaranda’s penalty halved a 2-0 advantage that the Exiles had built up in the first-half through goals from Tristan Abrahams and Joss Labadie, but Podraig Amond’s strike ten minutes later put the game beyond the Hornets’ reach.

Vladimir Ivic wants Watford to focus on the Championship

Watford players rated after Carabao Cup loss to Newport County

Vladimir Ivic rested Watford players for Luton Town match

Craig Dawson felt Watford deserved defeat at Newport

Watford’s new Serbian boss Vladimir Ivic sent out a team showing 10 changes from the one that drew 0-0 with Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship last weekend.

Watford substitute Stipe Perica was sent off late on for elbowing Cooper.

So the most pleasing thing about this evening is the shade of amber of Newport’s shirts. It’s…. not quite as orange as Wolves, not quite as yellow as Bradford. It’s what Newport’s shirts should be.  I guess Shoot League Ladders have a lot to answer for, since we’ve not played Newport since 1978, so I’ve nothing really to base this instinct on.

Watford’s League Cup adventure may be over, but From the Rookery End goes on! Jon, Mike and Colin convened shortly after the final whistle at Rodney Parade to look back at a disappointing evening in Wales, and looking forward to what promises to be an altogether different experience when some old friends ride into town on Saturday.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020%E2%80%9321_EFL_Cup

26th July 2020- Premier League, Arsenal 3 Watford 2

OS Watford FCMatch Preview

Watford ObserverWatford fans still have ‘hope’ to survive in Premier League

Graham Stack wants Watford fans to feel proud of Arsenal performance

Etienne Capoue could be back from injury for Watford’s trip to Arsenal

John Barnes feels stars need to align for Watford to beat Arsenal tomorrow

What needs to happen for Watford to avoid relegation

Kiko Femenia wants Watford to be confident and to hurt Arsenal

Hayden Mullins thanks Watford fans for ‘much appreciated’ support

BBC SportPremier League final day: Champions League and relegation battles set to dominate

skyWho is staying up in the Premier League: Aston Villa, Watford or Bournemouth?

What is left to play for on the final day of the Premier League season?

guardianWatford can evoke spirit of Tevez to beat drop, says Hayden Mullins

Paying attendance:0
Referee: Mike Dean
First half
Second half
Deeney 43 (pen), 1-3
Welbeck 66, 2-3

OS Watford FC Post Match

Just like they had done with a 11-game winless start to the season, the Hornets left it all too late. They waited too long to produce their best performance since the restart and they were relegated by a point. One measly point. How terrifyingly small the margins can be at this punishing level.

To Watford Fans: From Gino Pozzo & Scott Duxbury

Watford relegated from Premier League with defeat at Arsenal

Defeat at Arsenal sends Watford out of the Premier League

Watford are relegated to Championship – what went wrong

The games that defined relegated Watford’s season

Troy Deeney: Watford skipper unsure about future

Watford captain Troy Deeney calls reporter ‘cheeky b******’

Hayden Mullins claims Watford just did not do enough after relegation

Watford players rated after they are relegated at Arsenal

Watford have a list of issues to address after relegation

Watford have the chance to rebuild and change their culture

Heurelho Gomes thinks Watford supporters deserved better

Managerless Watford were relegated from the Premier League on the final day of the season as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang inspired Arsenal to victory. The Hornets, who dropped into the bottom three for the first time since 28 February in midweek, started the day level on points with 17th spot knowing a positive result could keep them up.

Hayden Mullins’ side looked dead and buried at 3-0 down but they deservedly pulled a goal back courtesy of Troy Deeney’s penalty shortly before the break, then reduced the deficit to one goal when former Arsenal man Danny Welbeck slotted home from Ismaila Sarr’s cross (66).

Minute by minute

Some of Watford’s players sank to their knees; others made for the tunnel without a moment’s delay. The whistle had just blown on their five years in the Premier League and nobody could say that, when the occasion demanded them to hurl the kitchen sink at Arsenal, they went down without a fight. This was a performance full of the crispness, urgency and aggression that have hallmarked their best work over the last half-decade but it came too late, as did the fightback that almost completely overhauled a three-goal deficit on the day. Had Emiliano Martínez not brilliantly saved Danny Welbeck’s backheel 16 minutes from time, shortly after his former teammate had tapped in to put Watford within two goals of safety, there is every chance they could have completed a comeback for the ages.

It’s been a while since we had something like this, a final day with relegation still in the balance.  We have a habit of doing relegation properly when we do it at all and our greatest escapes (1991, 1994) haven’t gone to the final day.  Only 1996 bears comparison and then… not really.  Then we were on thunderous form, trying to steal defeat from the jaws of victory.  Here, the reverse was true.  Then there was a massive sense of anticlimax as the first 20,000+ home crowd since relegation sat sullenly as results elsewhere relegated us anyway and Chelsea loanee Muzzy Izzet propelled Leicester into the play offs and towards promotion.  Here?  Here we gave ourselves a huge mountain to climb, did a reasonable job of climbing it anyway and then didn’t, leaving us in the ignominious position of finishing behind Bournemouth for good measure. In 1996 we dared to believe, propelled by GT’s explosive mini-series (nestled between his two epic screen plays).  In 2020 we had all but given up before kick-off.

Watford were relegated from the Premier League. A hearty performance at the Emirates, but one that came too late. Jon, Mike, Jordi and DCW discuss how they feel after the final whistle of what is, for a little while at least, the last Watford game in the promised land.