Category: May

13th May 2018- Premier League, Manchester United 1 Watford 0

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Watford Observer

RELIVE – Manchester United vs Watford: Marcus Rashford strike sinks Hornets

Watford’s poor away form continues with final-day Manchester United defeat

Craig Cathcart: Watford unfortunate to end positive season with defeat against Manchester United

Manchester United Vs Watford: Javi Gracia again left to count cost of missed chances

GALLERY: A selection of images from Watford’s Premier League loss at Manchester United

Manchester United vs Watford ratings: How did the Hornets get on in Premier League clash?

Watford’s Christian Kabasele cleared for Belgium World Cup selection

BBC SportCarrick, who was given a guard of honour as he walked onto the pitch with his children before the game, helped set up Marcus Rashford’s decisive goal against Watford.

skyWatford should have levelled on the stroke of half-time through Richarlison, but the Brazilian headed too close to United goalkeeper Sergio Romero from point-blank range.

guardianJavi Gracia’s selection showed three changes to their previous game, as Heurelho Gomes, Gerard Deulofeu and Richarlison came in for Orestis Karnezis, Étienne Capoue and Troy Deeney. Despite the defeat his side finished 14th and the Spaniard indicated he will remain in place next season. “I think so,” Gracia said.

TelegraphWatford briefly threatened when Daryl Janmaat cut inside and plonked a fine cross on the head of Richarlison but Sergio Romero tipped the forward’s header round a post.

FranThe return of Gomes to the team meant that he would make his 100th Premier League appearance for the Hornets and would be wearing the captain’s armband as he did so.  There was also much joy among the travelling fans when it was confirmed that Chalobah would be on the bench after so long out due to injury.

The Hornets NestWatford put in a good display on the final day of the 2017/18 season, but were ultimately undone by a Rashford goal and the ‘Orns’ inability to score away from home.

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5th May 2018- Premier League, Watford 2 Newcastle United 1

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Watford Observer

LIVE – Watford vs Newcastle United: Roberto Pereyra and Andre Gray on target as Hornets return to winning ways

Goals from Roberto Pereyra and Andre Gray secured Watford a 2-1 win over Newcastle United

Abdoulaye Doucoure: Watford midfielder wins Players’ Player of the Season award

Javi Gracia: Proud Watford boss hails resolute display after Newcastle United win secures Premier League survival

Watford vs Newcastle United Player Ratings – Roberto Pereyra and Etienne Capoue shine at Vicarage Road

Watford: Javi Gracia would ‘definitely like’ Will Hughes to get England recognition

Will Hughes believes Watford have needed to be more consistent in the Premier League this season

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27th May 2017- Marco Silva named Watford Head Coach

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Watford FC Official Site “The Ambition This Club Has Is Really Important”

Marco Silva | 10 Things You Need To Know

Watford Observer

Silva holds Watford talks

UPDATED: Silva to take over as Hornets head coach

How Watford got their Silva lining

Silva: ‘I’m excited’

BBC Sport  Marco Silva: Watford appoint former Hull boss as new head coach

sky Marco Silva confirmed as Watford manager

Marco Silva says Watford’s ambition is ‘really important’

guardian Marco Silva excited by Watford plans after appointment as manager

Independent Watford confirm the appointment of Marco Silva as their new head coach

TelegraphWatford appoint Marco Silva as new head coach

21st May 2017- Premier League, Watford 0 Manchester City 5

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Relive – Hornets hammered on final day by ruthless City

Man City mauling ends Mazzarri malaise

Mazzarri ‘would like to see a team that could do better’ with injury woes

RATINGS: Sorry Hornets end season in disappointment

BBC Sport Manchester City sealed their place in next season’s Champions League by crushing Watford to finish third in Pep Guardiola’s debut season.

sky Pep Guardiola’s first season at Manchester City ended with a flourish as a 5-0 thrashing of Watford secured third place and Champions League football on Sunday.

guardian To their credit, Watford’s supporters stuck around to applaud their team during the lap of honour after the final whistle. “You give us a bit of shit from time to time,” Deeney said. “But we deserve it.”

Independent Mazzarri has often cited injuries as the reason for his team’s indifferent performances and the situation was so bad here that he was forced to select two goalkeepers among the substitutes. But there was no excuse for continuing his perverse insistence on beginning with club captain and leader Troy Deeney on the bench. That left his team short of heart and spirit and it showed.

TelegraphAs for Watford, this was their sixth straight defeat since they secured 40 points and it was too much for some parts of the home support, who baited their departing manager. When referee Jon Moss called Mazzarri over for a chat about his conduct, the home fans chanted for their manager to be dismissed. When the fifth goal went in it got even nastier, with Mazzarri invited to “f— off”, and “get out of our club”.

BHappy image Our leader, in a final peevish move by his manager, was on the bench (and it’s arguable that in the admittedly ring-rusty Ben Watson, another to have been discarded cheaply by Mazzarri, we had another wise head underemployed). And, of course, we named two goalkeepers… much as we all love Rene Gilmartin this was no tribute to a departing hero (notably, no fawning 26th minute intro/outro for Rene who isn’t nearly a vain enough peacock to have suggested one) but a pathetically self-indulgent sulky statement by the outgoing coach. “Look what I’m left with”. A Charlie Rowan, a Carl Stewart or an Ogo Obi could have filled that space and garnered Mazzarri more sympathy and options.

FranGomes denied Agüero again dropping to block and getting injured in the process.  What a relief that there were two goalkeepers on the bench.

The Hornets Nest Mazzarri surprised everyone by naming two goalkeepers on the bench, something which I have never ever seen done before. It was as baffling as it was disrespectful to those young players trying to break into the first team. 

 

17th May- Walter Mazzarri to leave at the end of the season

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Watford Observer

Mazzarri reportedly meets with Watford heirarchy over future

Mazzarri to leave Watford

OPINION: Why wobbling Walter had to walk

A tumultuous tenure: Where it went wrong for Mazzarri

Mazzarri wanted Watford exit – sources

Mazzarri hits out at Watford ahead of departure

FAN’S VIEW: Big summer lies ahead after Mazzarri dismissal


BBC Sport
 Watford manager Walter Mazzarri to leave after final match of season

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Walter Mazzarri to leave Watford despite securing Premier League place

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Watford want Marco Silva talks with Walter Mazzarri to go amid player unrest

Walter Mazzarri the latest to fall off Watford’s curious merry-go-round

Independent

Walter Mazzarri to leave Watford at the end of the season after manager decides to ‘step down’

Sacked Walter Mazzarri accuses Watford of failing to adopt his winning mentality

Telegraph
Walter Mazzarri to leave Watford at end of season with Marco Silva on list of potential replacements

 

 

15th May 2017- Premier League, Chelsea 4 Watford 3

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Watford Observer

RELIVE: Late Fabregas winner breaks Watford hearts in thriller

Fabregas strikes at the last to deny Hornets a point in thrilling clash

Mazzarri plays down significance of Deeney and Okaka dispute

Ake: Watford gave us a good game

BBC Sport Chelsea celebrated their Premier League title triumph with a hard-earned victory over Watford in an ill-tempered but thrilling encounter at Stamford Bridge.

sky John Terry scored on potentially his final start as Chelsea celebrated winning the Premier League title with a thrilling 4-3 victory over Watford on Monday amid a party atmosphere at Stamford Bridge.

guardian The homecoming of champions can rarely have been this thrilling. An absurdly entertaining occasion littered with smartly taken goals, bouts of cringe-worthy defending, some late snarl that left Watford depleted and bickering among themselves and a mischievous Diego Costa leaving the bench to pilfer some citrus fruit ended with Antonio Conte wearing a plastic crown on the pitch. The Italian conducted a delighted audience as the fireworks boomed and the tickertape fluttered down all around. If only every night in this arena was this giddy.

TelegraphWatford respectfully formed a guard of honour, the flames went up, the home crowd chanted “champions” and out walked Kenedy and the rest of the Chelsea reserves.

Independent If there was ever a sign that John Terry had given all he had to give at Chelsea, Monday night’s victory with Watford was just that, as he went from the familiar role of hero to the equally familiar role of villain and back again.

BHappy image This kind of doesn’t need an intro does it?  Whether you’ve been experiencing the last few months by attending games or watching on from greater distance you can’t have been looking forward to this.  Chelsea’s title having been confirmed on Friday didn’t help matters at all… it removed the final straw to be clung to, the one where there might be a nagging nervousness in the home stands, something that still needed sorting if we could just hold out for 20 minutes or so.

The Hornets Nest Following yet another away defeat on Friday night, you would have been forgiven for giving our final away game of the season against newly crowned Premier League champions, Chelsea, a miss. Given also that the game was broadcast live on television on a Monday night, Watford were now mathematically safe and had nothing to play for and had also failed to score away from home since January, it was hard to see any appeal of going at all.

 

12th May 2017- Premier League, Everton 1 Watford 0

Also known as the day Walter Mazzarri bought us a beer.

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Watford Observer

This round’s on me – Mazzarri to buy pint for travelling Hornets

RELIVE: Barkley gives Toffees victory after bright Watford start

Barkley strike condemns Hornets to fourth straight loss

Mazzarri ‘angry’ as away goal drought continues

RATINGS: Gomes on form despite fourth straight loss

Mariappa: Slump in form belies Watford’s commitment

BBC Sport Ross Barkley’s goal settled Everton’s meeting with Watford after the build-up to the match was dominated by uncertainty over the midfielder’s Goodison Park future.

sky Ross Barkley brushed aside speculation about his future to fire in Everton’s winner in their 1-0 victory at home to Watford on Friday night.

TelegraphWatford were more ambitious than of late with Stefano Okaka’s considerable presence causing a tremor each time he ran at Phil Jagielka.  Wing back Jose Holebas also enjoyed himself against Mason Holgate and expected more when tricking his way down the left wing and delivering a cross demanding a thudding header from Adrian Mariappa from six yards. The defender did not oblige and ball rebounded harmlessly over Joel Robles crossbar. 

guardian Ronald Koeman had demanded a show of responsibility from Ross Barkley and the Everton midfielder obliged at Goodison Park: not with the requested decision on his future but with a match-winning display against Watford.

Independent Daryl Janmaat’s early shot was deflected behind off Ashley Williams for a corner and Troy Deeney’s low drive into the Everton six-yard area caused momentary panic. Stefano Okaka was then, inexplicably, allowed the space to pick up the ball on the halfway line and advance to the edge of the Everton area before unleashing a shot that flew just off target.

The Hornets Nest A Friday night in Liverpool? The luxury lifestyle of a football fan!  Although at first glance a Friday night game may have been seen as an inconvenience, we should be thankful, as this gives us all the free time we need to enjoy the greatest night of the year, Eurovision!

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Everton 1-0 Watford
West Bromwich Albion 0-1 Chelsea

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6th May 2017- Premier League, Leicester City 3 Watford 0

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Watford Observer

RELIVE: Hornets throw in the towel as Leicester put three past Mazzarri’s men

More away misery for Watford following another defeat

Mazzarri cites footballing reasons for Deeney omission

Mazzarri: Margin of defeat doesn’t reflect how game went

RATINGS: Poor individual performances in King Power defeat

Doucoure frustrated by set-piece woes

BBC Sport Leicester City guaranteed their Premier League survival with a deserved home victory over struggling Watford.

sky Leicester maintained their perfect home record under Craig Shakespeare in the Premier League as they beat Watford 3-0 on Saturday.

Telegraph Walter Mazzarri’s future as Watford manager appears increasingly precarious and it is Craig Shakespeare who looks far more likely to be in the technical area next season.  A fifth successive away defeat without scoring will pile more pressure on Mazzarri, while his decision to drop Troy Deeney is unlikely to generate support with the majority of supporters.

Independent Leicester cruised to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Watford to all-but seal Premier League safety.

guardian A year can be a long time in football. Twelve months after the 5,000-1 shots were crowned Premier League champions here, goals from Wilfred Ndidi, Riyad Mahrez and Marc Albrighton secured a victory for Leicester that moved them into the top half of the table for the first time since September.

BHappy image There are days when it’s just a bad idea all round.  The great empty swathes of seats in the away end for what should be a popular trip – local-ish, easy to get to, against the League Champions to boot – suggested that plenty had had the same thought.  Dad nearly didn’t make it, Daughter 1 pondered whether she should forego the afternoon in favour of preparation for her forthcoming SATs.  Meanwhile the pre-match pub turned out to be closed;  we opted for an alternative next to the station, but beat a disorientated path from the pub in entirely the wrong direction until we sorted ourselves out.  Sometimes the world is trying to tell you something.

screen-shot-2016-10-30-at-15-22-53 Well then…  Another away game and another defeat without the ‘Orns scoring a goal.  We now haven’t scored away from home since we beat Arsenal, back in January.

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Bournemouth 2-2 Stoke City
Burnley 2-2 West Bromwich Albion
Hull City 0-2 Sunderland
Leicester City 3-0 Watford
Manchester City 5-0 Crystal Palace
Swansea City 1-0 Everton

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1st May 2017- Premier League, Watford 0 Liverpool 1

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Watford Observer

RELIVE: Watford lose out in narrow defeat to Liverpool

Hornets sunk by Can wonder goal

Klopp: ‘It went how we wanted’

Mazzarri feels Lady Luck deserted Watford in Liverpool loss

RATINGS: Gomes impresses as Amrabat struggles against Reds

Janmaat focused on positives despite Liverpool defeat

BBC Sport Emre Can scored one of the goals of the season as Liverpool beat a poor Watford to capitalise on favourable results in the race for the Champions League.

sky Emre Can scored a contender for goal of the season as Liverpool remained in the driving seat for a top-four finish with a 1-0 victory at Watford.

guardian Emre Can was still smiling in disbelief as he attempted to piece together the moment which had thrust hopes of reaching the Champions League firmly back into Liverpool’s hands. “I saw the space and I ran in behind,” he said, presumably referring to the area vacated by Adrian Mariappa who had been drawn forward sensing the true threat lay with Roberto Firmino. “My first thought was that I wanted to head it. Then I didn’t think too much.” Instinct took over in the airborne split-second which followed and an ugly contest was transformed.

TelegraphJürgen Klopp knows all about the Yellow Wall from his time at Borussia Dortmund but this was a different kind of challenge set by Watford’s blanket five-man defence and Liverpool needed something special, something very, very special, to maintain their hopes of finishing in the top four and qualifying for the Champions League.

Independent When the goal came, at the very end of the first half, it felt so out of place with a game this bad, so at odds with the lack of quality here, that it felt for a second as if Craig Pawson might disallow it for encroachment from another, better match.

BHappy image I had intended to begin proceedings in rib-tickling and topical fashion with some sort of mock election manifesto. However, I quickly realised that my policy platform comprised little beyond a desire to roll back thirty years’ worth of progress: no substitute goalkeepers, an offside law that Alan Shearer can understand, compulsory Bovril, proper kickoff times, proper tackling, proper pitches, that sort of thing. Common sense. Back to basics. Take back control. Make football great again. You can do your own punchline.

FranAt the end of a busy bank holiday weekend, it felt rather odd to be going to a game on the Monday evening.  You certainly had to feel sorry for the Liverpool fans who would get home in the early hours with work beckoning in the morning.

screen-shot-2016-10-30-at-15-22-53 Ah, an 8pm kick off on a bank holiday Monday, the joys of being in the Premier League.  I’ll make this quick because A) I realise a lot of you will be back at work today and B) I’m going to see Ed Sheeran this evening, and I don’t fancy having an unfinished blog having over me as I dad dance to ‘Shape of You’ whilst at the O2

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Watford 0-1 Liverpool

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15th May 2016- Premier League, Watford 2 Sunderland 2

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BBC Sport Quique Sanchez Flores’ final game as Watford manager was an entertaining draw with Sunderland at Vicarage Road.

sky Troy Deeney’s second-half penalty secured a point for Watford as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Sunderland in Quique Sanchez Flores’ final game in charge.

TelegraphOutgoing Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores feels his job was “complete” after guiding the club to Premier League safety this season.

Independent Quique Sanchez Flores, the outgoing Watford manager, paid tribute to the “unbelievable” Vicarage Road fans – but told his successor that all the ingredients are there to replicate if not improve on the club’s best season for 29 years.

BHappy image In the end, there’s not an awful lot left to say. This final day – but for Spurs’ hilarious ineptitude in Newcastle – was a dead rubber all round, and at Vicarage Road no less than anywhere. The club had even taken the step of confirming what we had kinda known was coming by making the end-of-season announcement as if this fixture had been forgotten about, someone left in the pub as it was locked up and shut down since everyone had forgotten that it had gone to use the loo. It was clearly the right thing to do, providing the platform for a noisy send-off rather than, as might have transpired, a bitter end-of-season catastrophe to add to the growing catalogue of the Pozzo era… but either way, Sunderland had done their thing and were similarly inconvenienced to the extent that they made nine changes and afforded two debuts. The Hornets’ line-up contained few surprises, prompting a brief cheer from ig who argued that anything other than the bloody-minded defiance that has characterised the end of Flores’ spell in charge would be wholly unfitting. Cathcart at right-back again? Of course he is.

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Arsenal 4-0 Aston Villa
Chelsea 1-1 Leicester City
Everton 3-0 Norwich City
Newcastle United 5-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Southampton 4-1 Crystal Palace
Stoke City 2-1 West Ham United
Swansea City 1-1 Manchester City
Watford 2-2 Sunderland
West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Liverpool

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