Category: July

11th July 2020- Premier League, Watford v Newcastle United

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Watford Observer Nigel Pearson wants Watford to remain calm and focused

Nigel Pearson believes his Watford players still find it difficult without fans

Referee: Craig Pawson Paying Attendance:0
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Troy Deeney 52 (pen), 1-1
Troy Deeney 82 (pen), 2-1

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The upshot of Deeney’s 28th and 29th successful penalties for the club he has served for nearly ten years is that the Hornets’ destiny remains firmly in their own hands with three games remaining. It isn’t quite snookers but Bournemouth alone now, because of the goal difference, need seven points to overtake the Golden Boys in their last four games, one of which is against Manchester City. And that’s without the Hornets getting anymore points.

Watford beat Newcastle United 2-1 at Vicarage Road

The Hornets were underwhelming in the first-half and the visitors deservedly led through Dwight Gayle. However, two second-half penalties from Troy Deeney turned the game in Watford’s favour, taking them six points clear of the bottom three.

BBC Sport Watford, who hit the post through Danny Welbeck, were indebted to a vital save by Ben Foster from Allan Saint-Maximim before the break – leaving them in position to mount another recovery in the second half.

sky The hosts improved after the restart as Kiko Femenia was brought down inside the box by Matt Ritchie, allowing Deeney to level (52). The Watford captain completed the turnaround with a carbon copy from the spot after Javier Manquillo upended Ismaila Sarr (82), as Nigel Pearson’s side moved six points clear of the relegation zone.

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The basis of Pearson’s success has been his ability to organise this team defensively. At times since the restart it has been tempting to wonder if there is another gear in there, if Watford are programmed to start every game like a team clinging on to a narrow 1-0 lead in the 88th minute against Barcelona 2011.

7th July 2020- Premier League, Watford 2 Norwich City 1

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Watford Observer Nigel Pearson has urged Watford not to underestimate Norwich City game

Norwich City will be without Todd Cantwell for their visit to Watford tonight

Nigel Pearson considering Watford team options for Norwich City visit

Referee:Anthony Taylor
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First half
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Craig Dawson’s goal (10 mins, 1-1)
Danny Welbeck’s goal (55 mins, 2-1)

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Eat your heart out Nick Wright. Just over two decades on from that famous overhead kick against Bolton at Wembley, Danny Welbeck produced one equally outrageous that could, given its significance, be remembered just as fondly in years to come. Tim Krul, in the Norwich goal, didn’t stand a chance with the acrobatic effort on 55 minutes. What a time to score your first Premier League goal for the club and what a manner to get it in.

Watford ObserverWatford beat Norwich City in relegation dog fight

Watford put some much-needed breathing space between themselves and the relegation zone with a 2-1 win over bottom of the league Norwich City this evening. The Hornets had to come from behind in order to claim the three points however, after Emiliano Buendia opened the scoring after just five minutes. Craig Dawson levelled soon after, before Danny Welbeck’s sensational overhead kick clinched the points in the second-half.

Nigel Pearson delighted for Danny Welbeck after Watford beat Norwich City

Watford players rated after coming from behind to beat Norwich City

Craig Dawson believes Danny Welbeck scored the best Watford bicycle kick

Watford’s Danny Welbeck describes his goal against Norwich City as one of his best

Pictures from Watford’s win over Norwich City

BBC Sport Norwich had a late chance to grab an equaliser, but 19-year-old Adam Idah shot wide from five yards out when sliding in at the back post.

sky Watford boss Nigel Pearson on Welbeck’s performance: “He’s a player with a lot of ability and he’s had a really good career. To have a winner of such quality is great for us because it was a difficult game.

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You could argue that neither of them was very good. Certainly this would be true of Norwich: a side capable of such elegant football in possession but often a gibbering, blubbering wreck without it. Of the many truly useless teams in Premier League history, Norwich are by far the best of them: cultured, ambitious and yet likely to be relegated with three games to spare. Watford are a more complex proposition. This was huge for them and yet so laboured and inept was their performance that it offered zero reassurance for the tougher tests to come: Newcastle, West Ham, Manchester City, Arsenal. You would not really back them to win any of those. They may not have to 

TelegraphThe last time Danny Welbeck scored a Premier League goal, he was still an Arsenal player and Boris Johnson was a backbench MP. What a way to emerge from a 23-month hibernation; a sensational overhead kick lighting up a drab game and securing Watford, the team he joined on a free transfer last August, all three points. It may prove the goal that keeps Waford in the Premier League.  

BHappy image If your only win in a dozen games is a riotous trashing of the then-unbeaten champions, that suggests you have more than a bit of a motivation problem. You can’t just wear deodorant on your wedding day.

FTRE image In what was arguably the biggest game since our return to the Premier League, the boys talk about a performance that saw the Hornets come back for the first time in a long time, a wonder goal from Danny Welbeck and if Troy Deeney gave enough after many fans calling for him to not be in the starting XI.

4th July 2020- Premier League, Chelsea 3 Watford 0

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Watford Observer Watford and Chelsea will honour NHS workers with a moment’s applause

Troy Deeney claims Watford had ‘difficult conversations’ as part of Chelsea preparations

Andre Gray, Domingos Quina and Nathaniel Chalobah will be available for Watford’s game at Chelsea

Craig Shakespeare is not concerned by Watford’s Premier League goals tally

Adam Masina believes Watford will avoid relegation

Referee: Kevin Friend
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Events at Stamford Bridge were never going to determine the team’s Premier League fate and it was always going to be a big ask to come away with something from a venue where the Hornets have won once in 34 long years. It’s just that a point, one similar to the one the team chiselled out here in 2015, would have been lovely, such a boost not only to the scoreboard but also to morale and not left so much riding on back-to-back home games against Norwich and Newcastle.

Watford well beaten away at Chelsea

An Olivier Giroud goal and a Willian penalty had the hosts firmly in control in the first-half, before Ross Barkley’s finish in stoppage time sealed a miserable evening out for the Hornets, who remain teetering precariously above the relegation zone, after once again struggling to cause significant problems for their opponent’s goalkeeper.

Nigel Pearson calls on Watford to ’embrace the challenge’ after Chelsea defeat

Watford players rated after defeat to Chelsea

Watford heading into ‘big week’, claims Nigel Pearson

BBC Sport Danny Welbeck’s introduction after the interval did provide them with some pace and quality in the final third but it was too little too late.

sky “Capoue decided to make a really bad, really rash decision, and he’s cost his team,” Jamie Redknapp told Sky Sports at the interval.

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The silence inside the stadium produced its usual revelations. Deeney really does spend a lot of time talking to, bonding with, and generally getting to know the linesman. Foster does a lot of shouting about metres and distances when the opposition has a free-kick near his goal. And Giroud’s agonised howl of pain on being fouled outside the box, a howl so loud you half expected to look up and see him holding his foot in one hand, was enough to draw an actual laugh from Frank Lampard.

TelegraphWatford were so deep it was hard to see how they might be any threat to the Chelsea goal, and indeed, Pearson did eventually frontload his team and urge them forward. Deeney, who would only last 64 minutes before he was replaced, flew into a few challenges to set the tone at the start of the second half. It was still 75 minutes before the substitute Adam Masina struck Watford’s first shot on target of the game.

BHappy image For all that the games are on top of each other, there’s something painfully drawn out about this narrative.  Watching all of The Games That Matter means that we’re generally watching a lot of football matches, and a lot of football matches involving at least one terrible football team, what with lockdown and that making limited teams less fit, and less mobilisable by the presence of a crowd.  The number of teams involved and the low success rate of the protagonists so far means a lot of this is reasonably enjoyable nonetheless, what with schadenfreude and so on.  Man United toying with Bournemouth earlier was a popcorn event for all, surely, of a Watford, or Villa, or West Ham persuasion complete with mildly threatening twists and turns that briefly teased before the inevitable happy ending.

FTRE-WFC-PodcastWatford return from Stamford Bridge with nothing but a dented goal difference, leaving Jon, Jas and Mike to try and find some positives.