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6th August 2010- Championship, Norwich City 2 Watford 3

BBC Sport Two goals from Watford’s Danny Graham brought Championship new boys Norwich back down to earth at Carrow Road on the opening day of the season. John Eustace gave the Hornets the lead when he fired in low from Don Cowie’s looping ball before Graham then doubled the advantage with a sidefooted finish Norwich hit back through Andrew Crofts’ 18-yard drive but Graham restored the two-goal cushion with a guided effort. Defender Michael Nelson swept in during injury time but Watford held on.

sky Carrow Road was packed to the rafters as the Norwich fans hoped to see their side maintain their momentum from last season’s title triumph but Watford were worthy winners. Not only were they solid at the back, with Adrian Mariappa providing excellent support alongside the experienced Martin Taylor, they also impressed on the ball, with Graham scoring his first goal after linking superbly with young strike partner Marvin Sordell.

TelegraphThe domestic season began at Carrow Road on Friday night, and a sense of déjà vu permeated the Norfolk air. A year ago Norwich started the season with a 7-1 thrashing and lost their manager. While the size of defeat was not as huge, the portents for newly-promoted Norwich were just as worrying.

guardian Watford have modelled their new away strip on the famous red-and-black stripes of Milan, and there were times last night, particularly in the first half, that Norwich were so poor Malky Mackay’s young team were almost made to resemble the Rossoneri in action as well as appearance.

BHappy imageAnd who saw that coming, frankly, because I have to say I didn’t. No, Norwich weren’t perfect; even at nil-nil in what emerged as an open start to a very open first half, City were leaving all sorts of gaps as they attacked… Elliott Ward looked pretty much just as I’d remembered him playing for Coventry. And they were slow to the ball, ponderous. But stuff it, we won 3-2 away from home on the opening day against a team who should have been flying, you take it any way it comes.

No 100- The script was written. Norwich City, the division’s new boys, had won the League One title in a manner that had the experts cooing. Now, Paul Lambert, the Canaries’ manager and the latest cause célèbre, was ready to make an impression in The Championship. Watford were in the grip of yet another financial crisis. Favourites for relegation. Again. With a squad described as ‘threadbare and painfully inexperienced’ by The Guardian.

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3rd December 2005- Championship, Watford 1 Brighton & Hove Albion 1

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BBC SportMarlon King’s 10th goal of the season helped to extend Watford’s unbeaten league run to nine games.

BSAD imageBSAD report: It will be interesting to see whether Adrian Boothroyd’s evident displeasure at the performance has an effect when we take on Plymouth next week; it’s rare that consecutive fixtures are so similar in nature and therefore so easy to compare. He’s right to be annoyed – to summarise, this was largely woeful, and horrible to watch too – but it’s impossible to ignore the impact of injuries on a paper-thin squad, especially those to Ashley Young and Matthew Spring. It’s all very well to say that these situations merely provide opportunities for others…but that doesn’t ring quite true when you’re bringing on Jay Demerit to play as a forward for the last twenty minutes because you don’t have anyone else.

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More games from 3rd December at https://oldwatford.com/tag/dec3

5th February 2005- Championship, Watford 2 Gillingham 0

We will rarely play worse and still win, which is merely proof that it’s impossible to guarantee that your plans will succeed and, therefore, that you might as well at least try to enjoy the process as well as the product. Gillingham made their own luck, as the saying goes, and it turned out all burnt from too long in the oven. Shame. We owe them, naturally, and I’m sure that the club is preparing a DVD of past encounters for anyone who felt even a slight twinge of embarrassment as Chris Eagles flicked the second into the bottom corner in the last minute. They’d have done it to us, so it qualifies as self-defence.

Once upon a time, there was a match that showed everything that was fabulous about Watford Football Club in 2005. The game flowed, the crowd roared, the result was a smile-inducing triumph and the entire squad and fanbase could hold their heads high with pride at what the team had achieved. The end. This, however, was not that match.

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More games from 5th February at https://oldwatford.com/tag/feb5

13th August 2002- New Division One, Watford 0 Millwall 0

Ray Lewington’s first programme notes.

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Personally, I feel involved again. Apart from anything else, we worked really, really hard last night, and it was nigh on impossible to feel detached when faced with the possibility that all that effort might not be rewarded in some small way. An imperfect performance, perhaps. An almost embarrassingly honest and willing one too, however, and you felt that a Millwall winner and consequent fury from the stands might be too much for a open, slightly vulnerable, increasingly hearts-on-sleeves team to cope with. In short, it mattered quite a lot, more than it has for a while.