Category: November

28th November 2017- Premier League, Watford 2 Manchester United 4

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Watford Observer

Watford battle back but victorious Manchester United punish mistakes to triumph

Marco Silva says ‘nervous’ Watford gifted Manchester United three-goal lead but praises Hornets’ chracter

Watford v Manchester United: Mourinho says ‘pressure-free’ Hornets could afford to go for broke

Manchester United’s Marcos Rojo should have been sent off, says Watford boss Marco Silva

Watford v Manchester United: Marco Silva says Jose Mourinho’s comments ‘harsh’ after defeat

Manchester United loss the product of poor first half, says Watford’s Marvin Zeegelaar

Watford vs Manchester United ratings: Troy Deeney and Andre Carrillo impress from the bench but defence struggles

BBC Sport Manchester United “should have been smoking cigars” in their Premier League victory over Watford, manager Jose Mourinho said.

sky Ashley Young scored two superb goals before Manchester United held off a second-half Watford fightback to win 4-2 at Vicarage Road in the Premier League.

guardian United had looked like running away from Watford as Ashley Young enjoyed an early festive return to Vicarage Road, scoring two lovely goals. The home team never gave up though, dragging it back to 3-2 before Jesse Lingard took the game away with a sublime late fourth goal, weaving his way from his own half to finish in front of a delirious away end.

TelegraphIt was already a strange night’s football by the time that Mourinho came in post-match to analyse a game in which his team had taken a three-goal lead within 31 minutes only almost to throw it all away in the second half when Watford claimed two of their own. This briefly looked like the worst nightmare for a manager whose speciality was once that his teams knew how to shut the door as well as any other, and it took Jesse Lingard to score a brilliant fourth to seal it.

FranIt all started so well.  The Hornets had an early chance as Femenía hit a cross that Richarlison was just unable to reach.  The Brazilian was the next to try a cross, but it was caught by De Gea.  A corner from Cleverley was met by the head of Zeegelaar, but the effort was blocked.  Somewhat against the run of play, the visitors took the lead in the 19th minute with a gorgeous shot from Young that curled in at the near post.  He celebrated in front of the Watford fans, which incurred the wrath of many in the Rookery meaning that his every touch was booed from that moment on. 

The Hornets Nest X-Factor finalists Rak-Su performed at half time and after asking “Watford how we feeling?!”, which one can only assume was rhetorical (no one is that dumb, right?), the question got the response (or rather lack of) that it deserved.

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25th November 2017- Premier League, Newcastle United 0 Watford 3

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Watford Observer

Newcastle United v Watford live blog: Hornets cap long trip to Newcastle with a second-straight win

Will Hughes and Andre Gray on target as Hornets seal comfortable Premier League win

In Pictures: Watford record fourth away win of season at Newcastle United

‘We could have had more’ says Marco Silva after superb win

Marvin Zeegelaar on song in Premier League win

Watford’s Andre Gray accepts his finishing was below-par in Premier League win over Newcastle United

BBC Sport Watford condemned Newcastle to a fourth straight defeat with a comfortable away win at St James’ Park.

sky Watford swept aside an out-of-form Newcastle with a 3-0 victory at St James’ Park in the Premier League on Saturday.

guardian Marco Silva is turning into such a hot managerial property he should probably be handled with oven gloves.

TelegraphIf there is anyone who has failed to grasp why Marco Silva’s reputation as a manager soars, take a look at Watford clinically dismantling Newcastle and pause for a moment to consider how easy they made it look.

BHappy imageHow times have changed.  Not just in that we come up to St.James’ Park and win, not just that such a win isn’t a smash and grab or a massive shock in itself, though both of those are remarkable.  The truly monumental thing is that we can come here and not play that well, actually, and win 3-0.

FranThe walk to St James’s Park is all uphill, but that is just the appetiser before the trek up to Level 7.  As we climbed, there were posters warning about the dangers and penalties for pyrotechnics.  One dire warning suggested that you could end up in A&E.  I was concerned that the walk to the gods was more likely to send me there.

The Hornets Nest As I was travelling home it was revealed that we would be featured first on Match of the Day, an incredibly rare occurrence after a Watford victory.  Unfortunately for me, Newcastle was so far away from my flat that I wouldn’t make it back in time for the start of the show.

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19th November 2017- Premier League, Watford 2 West Ham United 0

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Watford Observer

RELIVE – Watford v West Ham United: Hornets shake off off-field distractions for first win in four

Will Hughes and Richarlison fire Watford to 2-0 victory over West Ham United

Images as Watford returning to winning ways with victory over West Ham United

David Moyes admits ‘the better team won’ after West Ham United beaten by Watford

Watford’s Marco Silva ‘not in control’ of Everton job speculation after West Ham United win but hails ‘best home performance’

Abdoulaye Doucoure: Watford produced best performance of the season to beat West Ham United

Watford vs West Ham United ratings: Will Hughes on song in Premier League victory

Will Hughes explains how he adapted to unfamiliar role in Watford’s 2-0 win over West Ham United

BBC SportDavid Moyes said he was disappointed with West Ham’s “big players with big reputations” after his first game in charge ended in a 2-0 defeat at Watford.

skyThe appointment of David Moyes at West Ham failed to deliver an instant reaction as they slipped to a 2-0 defeat at Watford on Super Sunday.

guardianIf David Moyes had any illusions that keeping West Ham in the Premier Leaguewill not be among the biggest challenges of his career, then the manner of this defeat must surely act as a major wake-up call.

TelegraphA manager who would like to leave against one desperate to stay and, with inevitable irony, it was want-away Marco Silva who claimed the victory for Watford as they condemned David Moyes to a desperate, hostile defeat in his first game in charge of West Ham United.

BHappy imageThere was a Sunday afternoon feel about it all, to start with.  A sort of simmering sleepiness.  That lasted a matter of seconds, long enough for Andy Carroll to launch into his typical aggressive, aerial, flailing challenge and take out Marvin Zeegelaar, surprisingly given a debut in preference to Holebas.  Welcome to the Premier League.  Carroll avoided a card, somehow, perhaps by getting his assault in so early that if the “too early to book someone” line ever had any credibility to it he had to get away with it.

FranIt is the 25th anniversary of Watford’s Community and Education Trust and the club had chosen this game to celebrate.  As part of the commemorations, they had invited Ann Swanson back as guest of honour.  Ann had run the Junior Hornets back in the 80s and her efforts in ensuring that youngsters had a safe environment in which to watch football helped a whole generation of fans develop a love for the game, many of whom are now bringing the next generation along.  While I am too old to have been part of this group, I did want to shake her hand and thank her for all that she had done.  While waiting, it was lovely to hear her greet a guy with, “You’re one of my Junior Hornets.”  She seemed thrilled, but the warmth of the young man’s greeting showed the great esteem in which she is held by her former charges.

The Hornets NestA welcome return to winning ways with a dominant display. Watford were better in every area of the pitch and made it look easy at times.

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5th November 2017- Premier League, Everton 3 Watford 2

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Watford Observer

RELIVE Everton v Watford: Tom Cleverley misses 100th-minute penalty as Toffees win at Goodison Park

Everton vs Watford: Leighton Baines penalty sinks Hornets in frantic Premier League clash

Everton v Watford: Marco Silva defends zonal marking despite shipping fifth goal in five games

Everton v Watford: Heurelho Gomes’ injury changed game, says head coach Marco Silva

Everton vs Watford ratings: Orestis Karnezis suffers nightmare Premier League debut

Everton vs Watford: Will Hughes frustrated by sloppy errors in Premier League loss

Everton v Watford: Stefano Okaka ‘gave us more heart’ says head coach Marco Silva

BBC SportEverton held on to earn their first win under caretaker boss David Unsworth as Watford threw away a two-goal lead and Tom Cleverley missed an injury-time penalty for the visitors.

skyGoals from Oumar Niasse, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Leighton Baines saw Everton come back from two goals down to beat Watford 3-2 in a dramatic contest at Goodison Park.

guardianDavid Unsworth may not land the Everton manager’s job he craves but he will never receive a better endorsement of his ability to generate spirit and fight in a team than what transpired on a truly remarkable evening at Goodison Park. The first win of his temporary reign came with passion, pandemonium, a 91st-minute penalty and a 100th-minute penalty miss. “I need a lie down,” said Unsworth after a breathless encounter in which Everton refused to do exactly that.

TelegraphFootball is a thrilling, perplexing and, sometimes, utterly stupid sport. Those who run it will tell you they follow choreographed patterns, meticulously planning every decision. Then you witness games like this and destinies are determined in the most implausible circumstances, careers elevated or diminished with strokes of fortune.

FranAfter taking our seats, I was rather perturbed to see a man in a Sparta Prague hat a couple of rows behind me.  Talk about a bad omen.  I fixed him with a very cross stare, but he remained oblivious.

The Hornets NestThe pre-match talk was dominated not by team news, but by my horrendous record watching Watford in the north west of England.

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27th November 2016-Premier League, Watford 0 Stoke City 1

Previously v Stoke City                                                                 Attendance:20,058

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Relive Watford v Stoke: Hornets fall to first home defeat since August

Poor Hornets miss opportunity

Hornets boss Mazzarri insists side deserved at least a point against Potters

Watford boss Mazzarri angry at performance of referee Bobby Madley

Prodl frustrated by “not dangerous” Stoke’s victory

Watford v Stoke reaction: Prodl turns ire on referee Madley

Watford v Stoke ratings: Low scores in dour defeat

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BHappy image If there’s a positive to be drawn it’s that we didn’t collapse. Despite being clearly second best we were still in the game throughout in the sense that a single goal would have nicked us something.

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