Category: Quique Sanchez Flores

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.

English Premier League Table »
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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20th February 2016- FA Cup Fifth Round, Watford 1 Leeds United 0

Referee:
Michael Oliver
Attendance:
18,336

Watford reached the FA Cup quarter-finals for the first time since 2007 after Scott Wootton’s own goal gifted them victory against Leeds.

It took Quique Sanchez Flores’ side until the 54th minute to break down their Championship opponents on Saturday, when Wootton turned Ben Watson’s cross into his own net.

It was fitting that an error-strewn cup tie should be decided by an awful own goal from Leeds defender Scott Wootton, who volleyed a harmless cross from Ben Watson into his own net shortly after half-time.

Watford had made six changes and, with their top scorer, Odion Ighalo, on the bench, their only real opportunities early on came from corners. Troy Deeney, starting behind Nordin Amrabat, headed wide in the second minute before the Uruguayan defender Miguel Britos did the same from Watson’s corner when he was given time in the Leeds penalty area. Other than those half-chances and a deflected shot from Étienne Capoue, Marco Silvestri went untested.

There’s a distinct lack of Cup fever at Vicarage Road for this one, it has to be said, where the more gormless of Watford’s support betray their long-standing desire to be Premier League wankers by trotting out the “One-nil on your big day out” chant, and gurning “who?” at Leeds subs, including Alex Mowatt who anyone paying any level of attention will have heard of.  That trick was moronic when Birmingham City were doing it to us 15 years ago, it’s now both moronic and old.

I’ve been staring at my laptop for a couple of hours now. Part of me wondering how to start this post, part of me distracted by Football League Tonight and Forestieri getting sent off and Lloyd Doyley giving away a penalty on his Rotherham debut. 

More games from 20th February at https://oldwatford.com/tag/feb20

3rd February 2016- Premier League, Watford 0 Chelsea 0

MATCH REPORT: Watford FC 0-0 Chelsea FC

Heurelho Gomes’s superb one-handed save from Costa’s header denied Chelsea victory late on. The draw moves Chelsea up to 13th on 29 points, while Watford are four points and four places better off.

After the interval, Holebas hit the side-netting from the left angle after a fine one-two with Capoue, moments after Troy Deeney had driven the ball a couple of yards wide of Courtois’ post.

In previous failed campaigns, these games have been like cup ties in which we might pull off a giant-killing, something to take with us back downstairs. Here, the announcement of the Chelsea teamsheet – him, him, him, him, him, him, him, him, him, him and him, with the other ones on the bench – might’ve led you to expect similar, whatever the league table might say. But none of that: as the game settled down into a pattern, it was our pattern, our style, that increasingly held sway.

More games from 3rd February at https://oldwatford.com/tag/feb3

5th December 2015- Premier League, Watford 2 Norwich City 0

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Watford FC Official SiteHighlights | Watford 2-0 Norwich

BBC SportTroy Deeney and Odion Ighalo both scored as Watford earned a deserved win over struggling Norwich.

skyDeeney stepped up to finish past Declan Rudd after Alexander Tettey had fouled Ighalo in the area.  And Ighalo netted his ninth goal of the season in second-half stoppage time after combining well with Deeney.

 

guardian“I love my strikers and I love the team we have,” their manager said after seeing his side move up to ninth. “We have passion, we have ambition and we have soul. I have an amazing feeling with these players and they are loving the Premier League.

BHappy imageHaving arrived in the Premier League as a team playing reasonably open football on a sensible budget with a fashionable young manager, Norwich have every right to feel a bit peeved that everyone’s fawning over Bournemouth. It’s like they’ve turned up at a fancy dress party as Olaf from Frozen, only to find that someone else had that idea first and had a mum with a fancy sewing machine; they’re now in the bathroom desperately attempting to improvise an abominable snowman costume instead.

The Hornets NestI’ll leave you with this.  Six years ago we were hours way from administration. Now after the first weekend in December we sit in the top half of the Premier League.

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More games from 5th December at https://oldwatford.com/tag/dec5

31st October 2015- Premier League, Watford 2 West Ham United 0

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Referee:Keith Stroud
Attendance:20,598
screen-shot-2016-09-12-at-23-36-22 clips of Jon Marks BBC 3CR commentary   Goals: 1   2

BBC SportWatford secured their second win in a row with victory over West Ham as Odion Ighalo continued his goalscoring form.

skyThe hosts were worthy winners and although Ighalo’s first goal owed a debt of gratitude to a critical touch from Hammers defender Aaron Cresswell, his second was an excellent strike which ended the game as a contest early in the second half.

guardian West Ham, the scourge of the nation’s most revered sides, proved themselves once again the punchbags of the newly promoted as they fell to a first away defeat of the season against a team who were better than them in the first half and, after Slaven Bilic made two substitutions at the interval, even more superior in the second.

BHappy imageToday, everything changed.  Up to now we have been gently easing ourselves into the icy water, acclimatising.  Quietly settling into our surroundings.  Not today.  Today we took a great ruddy running leap at it, and landed two-footed with a massive splash.  West Ham were underneath us, and sunk without trace.

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More games from 31st October at https://oldwatford.com/tag/oct31

12th September 2015- Premier League, Watford 1 Swansea City 0

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

BBC SportOdion Ighalo’s second-half strike earned 10-man Watford their first Premier League victory of the season at the expense of in-form Swansea.

SKY imageThe Nigeria striker, who signed a new five-year deal last week, volleyed home Troy Deeney’s header across the box from a long goal-kick forward on 59 minutes – his second of the campaign.

TelegraphValon Behrami then made life more difficult for Watford than necessary, sent off for a stamp on the surprisingly anonymous André Ayew, but while Swansea struggled to mount a coherent reply, Watford not only adapted to the loss of a player but found enough extra energy to break away three times to come close to a second goal.

BHappy imageMost of all, this didn’t feel like a smash and grab win that a plucky underdog might hope to snaffle a handful of times a season.  Yes, we dropped deep in the dying minutes but there was no desperation, no lack of composure.  We took on a side that has beaten Manchester United, drawn at Chelsea, gotten everyone cooing.  And beat them.  No knocking that.

The Hornets NestSwansea are an excellent side who have started the season very well. But despite our league position and our failure to score in our last three league games, we had been playing good football and had only lost to Man City previously whilst not conceding any goals at home.

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