Category: Sean Dyche
The home side looked bright from the start and took the lead just after the half-hour mark when a free-kick deflected to Eustace on the edge of the box and he fired a fine effort in off the left-hand post.
Star of the half-time role-call one Ray Lewington on his first visit back to the Vic since his unseemly departure almost seven (count them) years ago. Entirely appropriate that he received a warm welcome, and even a chant from those shivering in the Rookery who weren’t incapable of going a couple of hours without an alcohol break.
Watford raced into an early lead through Troy Deeney but were pegged back by James Hanson’s strike as the Bantams proved more than a match for their hosts in the opening stages. But Marvin Sordell’s 10th goal of the campaign sent Sean Dyche’s men in with the half-time advantage before Forsyth’s double secured their place in the fourth round, despite Nahki Wells’ late consolation.
This is how games against lower division opposition are supposed to pan out, of course, but we’ve made it look considerably harder than this in the past. From the opening minutes when Marvin Sordell made space for a cross far too easily and Troy Deeney headed in unmarked at the far post, this was never in doubt.
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23:45 London Charing Cross Station. It’s bloody late and it’s only going to get later. Somewhere ahead, two hours into the darkness at the end of the line, is Hastings, a warm, soft bed and what’ll remain of a night’s sleep. Here, there’s me and an old laptop with a fading battery and a tosser on a mobile phone talking very loudly about fancy dress costumes. Midweek games are brutal; commitment is required.
report:If our attacks still felt unnatural, as if we were doing something that forced us out of our comfort zone, we were at least applying a reasonable amount of pressure, and were worthy of the three points.
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