Category: Sean Dyche

28th April 2012- Championship, Watford 2 Middlesbrough 1

Final programme notes from Sean Dyche and Laurence Bassini

Middlesbrough missed out on the play-offs with a defeat at Watford. The visitors needed a win and Cardiff, to lose in order to sneak into the top six.

 As you always do on the final day, you look around the pitch for signs of what next season might bring, for the points that need addressing, for the players who need tying down lest they fly away. One last look before a summer of idle discussion and speculation…and we’ll mostly leave all of that for the footie-less weeks.

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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More games from 24th March at https://oldwatford.com/tag/mar24

4th February 2012- Championship, Watford 2 Barnsley 1

BBC SportA brace from captain John Eustace secured Watford three points against Barnsley at Vicarage Road.

skyThe 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.

BHappy imageStar 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.

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7th January 2012- FA Cup Third Round, Watford 4 Bradford City 2

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.

More games from 7th January at https://oldwatford.com/tag/jan7

1st November 2011- Championship, Watford 1 Brighton & Hove Albion 0

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BBC SportA 77th-minute goal from Troy Deeney helped struggling Watford to an important win over Brighton.

BHappy image23:45 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.

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