Category: March

31st March 2018- Premier League, Watford 2 AFC Bournemouth 2

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screen-shot-2016-09-12-at-23-36-22clips of Jon Marks BBC 3CR commentary   Goals: 1   2

Watford Observer

RELIVE – Watford vs AFC Bournemouth: Late Jermaine Defoe goal sees Premier League points shared

Watford let lead slip twice as Bournemouth snatch late draw

Javi Gracia reflects after Watford drop two points in Bournemouth draw

Javi Gracia pleased his options are increasing as Watford’s injury list lessens

Player ratings: Jose Holebas the villain as Will Hughes and Kiko Femenia impress against AFC Bournemouth

GALLERY: A selection of images from Watford’s draw with Bournemouth

Watford vs AFC Bournemouth: Late Jermaine Defoe tough to take, says Craig Cathcart

Will Hughes: Late AFC Bournemouth leveller takes sheen off first Watford start since December

BBC SportBournemouth boss Eddie Howe praised veteran striker Jermain Defoe for his “huge” 92nd-minute equaliser that denied Watford victory at Vicarage Road.

skyWatford were hard done by but had only themselves to blame, having earlier blown Kiko Femenia’s 13th-minute opener when Jose Holebas needlessly handballed in the box, allowing Josh King to equalise from the spot (43).

TelegraphRoberto Pereyra put the home side back ahead and they protected that lead impressively until injury time, when they finally succumbed by failing to clear a free-kick and allowing the ball to bounce for Defoe. 

guardianLocked together in mid-table, both sides could reach the 40-point mark with victories on Saturday, when Watford are at home to Burnley and Bournemouth host struggling Crystal Palace.

BHappy imageThe cast list revealed a return to 4-2-3-1 and most significantly the much-discussed-amid-awkward-shuffles-of-the-feet benching of the long-since wrung-out Richarlíson with Will Hughes starting behind Troy.

FranNathan Aké started for the visitors, I know that I am not the only Watford fan who is still very disappointed that he didn’t sign for us instead.

The Hornets NestThere’s no denying that this one hurts and although we haven’t lost it certainly felt like it at the time.

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17th March 2018- Premier League, Liverpool 5 Watford 0

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Watford Observer

RELIVE – Liverpool vs Watford: Mohamed Salah hits four to condemn Hornets to 5-0 humbling

Mo Salah scores four as Watford thrashed at Liverpool

Watford boss questions Hornets’ passion and desire after Liverpool thrashing

Adrian Mariappa: Heavy Liverpool loss embarrassing for Watford

GALLERY: Mohamed Salah makes Watford suffer in Liverpool loss

Player ratings: Mohamed Salah makes Miguel Britos suffer as Liverpool hammer Watford

Miguel Britos: Watford defender sorry for fans after horror show against Mohamed Salah inspire Liverpool

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Lionel Messi have similar qualities, says Watford’s Javi Gracia

WATFORD OPINION: Hornets must make the most of home comforts after Liverpool hammering

BBC SportMohamed Salah scored four goals as Liverpool moved up to third in the Premier League table by thrashing Watford at Anfield.

skySalah struck twice in the first half and then twice again late in the game to secure his first Liverpool hat-trick and take his tally to 36 for the season in all competitions.

guardianWatford will have returned home last night wondering how they were on the end of such a sobering scoreline. They were by no means a shambles. Yet, in sport, ability generally finds a way of shining through and Salah’s class is so clearcut, so emphatic and so enjoyable that he is comfortably the Premier League’s most attractive sight at present.

TelegraphIt is hard to imagine, after this brutal dismantling, that the two sides had shared the spoils in a 3-3 draw at Vicarage Road back in August.

FranThere were some positives for the Hornets.  Karnezis, despite letting in five goals, put on a decent show.  But my highlight was a decent performance from Pereyra, who put together some lovely moves which cheered me up greatly on a day when there were few moments of joy.  He seems to shine against more talented opposition as he clearly feels that he is less likely to be clattered.

The Hornets NestWhilst in the ground I obviously took a few obligatory selfies.  As I was taking them a very kind steward asked if I would like him to take a proper photo of me. What a kind gesture I thought and so I took him up on the offer.  I always get very anxious about other people taking a photo for me. It has to be done right and I can get a little bit picky about what needs to be in it and angles and stuff.

This steward however had a different idea.  Instead of taking a few dodgy ones where I’d have to be very British and say “they’re great, thanks very much” he in fact held the camera button on my phone down and put it into ‘burst’ mode and thus took 100 photos.

Yes, you read that right. 100 awkward photos of me at Anfield.

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11th March 2018- Premier League, Arsenal 3 Watford 0

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Watford Observer

RELIVE – Arsenal vs Watford: Troy Deeney misses penalty in Premier League loss

Watford: Troy Deeney backed to recover from Arsenal penalty miss by Kiko Femenia

Heurelho Gomes: Watford stopper dismisses personal reasons as answer for missing Arsenal game

Watford player ratings: Sebastian Prodl and Troy Deeney struggle in Arsenal loss

Arsenal looked to answer Troy Deeney’s cojones comments against Watford, says Rob Holding

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3rd March 2018- Premier League, Watford 1 West Bromwich Albion 0

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screen-shot-2016-09-12-at-23-36-22 clips of Jon Marks BBC 3CR commentary   Goals:  1

Watford Observer

RELIVE – Watford vs West Bromwich Albion: Troy Deeney strikes to seal Premier League win

Troy Deeney goal the difference as Watford beat West Bromwich Albion

Javi Gracia reflects on the positives after Watford’s win over West Bromwich Albion

Watford vs West Bromwich Albion ratings: Adrian Mariappa impresses on his 250th start, while Troy Deeney and Will Hughes play important roles

GALLERY: A selection of images from Watford’s win against West Bromwich Albion

Troy Deeney: Watford captain plays ‘massive’ role at club, says Adrian Mariappa

Stefano Okaka: Watford striker feeling the love again after tough season, says Troy Deeney

skyTroy Deeney’s second-half goal deepened West Brom’s relegation woes and piled the pressure on Alan Pardew as Watford continued their resurgence with a 1-0 win at Vicarage Road.

guardianNot that the home supporters cared. Having roared with delight in response to a goal that lifts them up to ninth, they turned their attention to the opposition manager. It soon spread to the away end and all Pardew could do was stand motionless and look on. His suffering may soon be over.

BBC SportTroy Deeney profited from a West Brom mistake, as Grzegorz Krychowiak gave away the ball in midfield and Will Hughes played in the Watford captain, who coolly clipped the ball over Ben Foster in the 77th minute.

TelegraphSix points in two games have sent Watford into ninth, and all those fears of being dragged into the relegation zone have washed away since the arrival of Javi Gracia. “I think today we have many positives,” the Watford manager said. “One of them is Troy scored again. I am very happy with him.”

BHappy imageBut it was the arrival of Hughes that was the catalyst for the victory. As with Femenía’s return last week, the Spaniard missing ill today, it was gratifying that the transformative effect that injured players are inevitably imbued with in our mind’s eye had a basis in reality. Hughes announced himself with a resilient holding off of aggressive Albion attention, and then set about his nimble, clever, precise work from the right flank. It set a tone… Okaka was unlucky not to score, receiving Holebas’ cross, stepping across a challenge and slamming a low drive past Foster only to find Gibbs on the line.

FranMariappa was in action at both ends of the pitch, flicking on a corner that didn’t quite reach Deeney and then clearing Rondón’s cross after Capoue had lost out in midfield.

The Hornets Nest Another ugly 1-0 win at home, another clean sheet and another Deeney goal almost in the exact same minute. Great Scott! It was like someone had crammed the whole of Vicarage Road into a DeLorean and sent us on our way at 88mph back to last Saturday.

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18th March 2017-Premier League, Crystal Palace 1 Watford 0

Previously v Crystal Palace

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RELIVE Palace v Watford: Hornets fire blanks and never get going

Deeney own-goal condemns Hornets to Eagles defeat

Mazzarri admits ‘unlucky’ Hornets must improve offensively

Success and Amrabat ‘need to find fitness’

imgres Crystal Palace earned their third successive victory thanks to an own goal by Watford’s Troy Deeney at Selhurst Park.

sky.png A Troy Deeney own goal earned Crystal Palace a crucial 1-0 win over Watford to pull them four points clear of the bottom three.

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BHappy image It’s an extraordinarily bad game.  Creatively awful.  Sorry if you were hoping for more dramatic build up, more suspense than that. Too bad.  I sat through it, if you were hoping for drama then you clearly didn’t bloody do so and you’ll get what you’re given and like it.

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4th March 2017-Premier League, Watford 3 Southampton 4

Previously v Southampton

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Goal 1    Goal 2   Goal 3  

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Watford score three but can have few complaints about defeat

Mazzarri: Players did not sacrifice enough in Saints defeat

imgres.png Southampton bounced back from their EFL Cup final heartbreak to beat Watford in an entertaining encounter at Vicarage Road.

sky.png Nathan Redmond scored twice as Southampton squeezed past Watford 4-3 in an entertaining encounter at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

guardian.png Southampton’s manager, Claude Puel, joked it would take four defenders to stop Manolo Gabbiadini from scoring as the Italian continued his hot streak.

Screen Shot 2017-02-16 at 21.41.15.pngManolo Gabbiadini continued his thunderous introduction to English football, scoring his sixth goal in four games, to help Claude Puel’s side put their EFL Cup Final defeat behind them.  Southampton again looked rocky in defence but were exceptional going forward and caused Walter Mazzarri’s sluggish side all sorts of problems as they climbed back into the top half of the Premier League.

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13th March 2016-FA Cup Sixth Round, Arsenal 1 Watford 2

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imgres.png Watford stunned FA Cup holders Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium to book their place in the semi-finals at Wembley.

sky.png  Odion Ighalo and Adlene Guedioura goals dump holders out of FA Cup

BHappy image It’s 4pm.  We’ve opted against the scrum for the tube in favour of a leisurely walk in the sunshine back to Kings Cross.  There’s a workman painting a doorway on Caledonian Road, the Kinks’ “Sunny Afternoon” rumbles out of his radio.  It’s a perfect soundtrack for what is a necessary but overlooked feature of stunning days like this one… the dazed post-match taking-it-all-in thing.

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24th March 2012-Championship, Watford 2 Ipswich Town 1

imgres.png Sean Murray and Troy Deeney scored second-half goals to cancel out Jay Emmanuel-Thomas’s opener as Watford fought back to beat Ipswich at home.

sky.png Watford hit back to beat Ipswich and extend Town’s long wait for victory over their Hertfordshire rivals with a 2-1 win at Vicarage Road.

BHappy imageWe walk to the ground in warm spring sunshine amid the kind of careless end-of-season haze which seemed so distant barely a few weeks ago and so utterly implausible before Christmas.

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12th March 2011- Championship, Watford 3 Sheffield United 0

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BBC SportRelegation-threatened Sheffield United were reduced to nine men inside 34 minutes as they were beaten at Watford.

BHappy imageInterpretation of the result will be distorted by the perspective introduced by two red cards in the first half (see below), but it shouldn’t be. It’s perfectly possible to make heavy weather of a numerical advantage, and on this occasion we did anything but, belying the number of kids on show (which was considerable, even if this was as experienced a line-up as we’ve been able to field of late).

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