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9th April 2022- Premier League, Watford 0 Leeds United 3

Attendance: 20,957

BBC Sport: Raphinha’s fierce left-footed strike from the edge of the area gave the visitors the lead after the Hornets had twice gone close through Imran Louza and Cucho Hernandez.

Sky Sports: Rodrigo capitalised on a calamitous mix-up involving Watford defenders Hassane Kamara and Samir to double Leeds’ advantage 17 minutes from time, before Jack Harrison put the win beyond doubt with a rasping drive into the far corner (85).

The Guardian: Roy Hodgson has never been relegated as a Premier League manager but his unblemished record is in grave danger with Watford facing demotion to the Championship after their ninth successive home defeat. Hodgson always knew the odds were stacked against him after returning to the dugout to replace Claudio Ranieri in January but this heavy loss leaves them needing a miracle.

BHappy: This is supposed to be fun, right? I’m only asking because, you know, it’s been a while since this was fun hasn’t it?  At least at home?

9th April 2021- Championship, Watford 2 Reading 0

BBC Sport: Two goals from Ismaila Sarr saw second-placed Watford take another step towards promotion back to the Premier League with a win over Reading at Vicarage Road.

Sky Sports: Watford took the lead when Kiko Femenia, Nathaniel Chalobah and Sarr linked up brilliantly, with the latter cutting the ball from his right onto his left and then curling a powerful effort and, less than two minutes later, they had a second.

BHappy: For the second, within two minutes, Chalobah robs Gibson, perhaps yet to get his head back into the game, and Philip Zinckernagel plays the pass. In both cases, they’re situations we weren’t even interested in, let alone involved in, under previous managers; we were too busy getting our shape, tucking in, locking up. They come with risk, as we’ll see, but so much reward.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/56611869

9th April 2012- Championship, Cardiff City 1 Watford 1

http://watford.fcdb.info?id=5011

Nyron Nosworthy’s late leveller dealt a blow to Cardiff City’s stuttering play-off charge as the defender rescued mid-table Watford a Championship point.

Nosworthy’s conversion of Sean Murray’s free-kick with eight minutes left earned a deserved point for the visitors, who have now lost only once in nine league games.

https://www.soccerbase.com/matches/results.sd?date=2012-04-09
https://www.11v11.com/league-tables/league-championship/09-april-2012/

9th April 2011- Championship, Watford 1 Hull City 2

http://watford.fcdb.info?id=4960

Hull’s fine away form continued at Watford as another smash-and-grab win gave them renewed hope of making the Championship play-offs.

The hosts struggled to offer anything beyond long balls but Andreas Weimann did have their first effort as his run and shot crept past the post. The Austrian crashed a volley wide but it was Graham’s involvement that brought them closest to a leveller. The big striker turned at the edge of the area and let fly with a shot that seemed destined for the top corner – until Guzan brilliantly turned it over the bar. 

It’s hard to escape the impression of a team that’s gone about as far as its legs will carry it, walking home because it couldn’t afford the bus ticket and stumbling exhausted through the front door. That we’ve made it at all, let alone with several games to spare, is deeply, deeply admirable. But the eager zest that surrounds our best play has been replaced by something slightly heavier, slightly more saggy. One incident summed it up: Danny Graham breaking forward in the first half, delaying his pass too long, and running clumsily into a defender; just one moment, but so untypical of the player. We lacked a keen mental edge, a certain brightness. Who knows what effect a win might’ve had – that’s rather my point – but nothing about us suggests a team that’s ready to push on towards the playoffs.

https://www.soccerbase.com/matches/results.sd?date=2011-04-09
https://www.11v11.com/league-tables/league-championship/09-april-2011/

9th April 2008- Championship, Watford 0 Barnsley 3

http://watford.fcdb.info?id=4807

Barnsley striker Kayode Odejayi put his FA Cup semi-final miss behind him to score twice at Watford and lift the Tykes out of the relegation places.

Watford missed out on the chance to leap to the top of the Championship and extended their recent run of form to one win in 10 after a desperate performance against struggling Barnsley, for whom a second away win of the season was enough to soothe any FA Cup hangover and send them surging out of the bottom three.

This week I’ve seen a house purchase fall through, spent any amount of time with a bored toddler in queues on the M1, and my tickly cough is back.   I really didn’t need last night’s gutless, passionless, utterly undistracting shower of shit.

They could have gone top and that was the best they could come up with.

https://www.soccerbase.com/matches/results.sd?date=2008-04-09
https://www.11v11.com/league-tables/league-championship/09-april-2008/

9th April 2006- Championship, Watford 1 Luton Town 1

http://watford.fcdb.info?id=4708

Ahmet Brkovic’s first goal of 2006, 17 minutes from time, rescued a point for Luton at Vicarage Road to virtually end Watford’s hopes of automatic promotion. It also means Luton’s slim hopes of gaining a play-off spot were extinguished.

The point confirms Watford’s play off place, but almost certainly means they won’t catch Sheffield United in the race for second spot.

Asked if he was concerned at his team’s poor form, Boothroyd said: “Yeah, 73 points. Awful.”

https://www.soccerbase.com/matches/results.sd?date=2006-04-09
https://www.11v11.com/league-tables/league-championship/09-april-2006/

9th April 2005- Championship, Watford 1 Leeds United 2

Aidy Boothroyd’s first programme notes.

BSAD image BSAD report: I was there, obviously. But less so, much less so. That’s not to suggest that I didn’t fully appreciate that this was a vital match for Watford Football Club, nor that I didn’t applaud a courageous, occasionally inspired, and much less deeply flawed team performance that rose to the occasion and deserved to take more from it than mere encouragement. I saw it all, with nose pressed up against the glass, conscious of everything and yet not part of it. When we scored, I heard myself saying “Yes!” and felt myself rising to my feet; the instincts that would’ve done those things in a reactive blur don’t seem to be working properly. I saw it all, and felt only echoes, remote tremors.

Why? I don’t know. This is new to me, all new. What I do know is that, like so many amazing things that happen in football stadia, the total support demanded by Graham Simpson requires the suspension of disbelief. It needs the conjuring up of an “us” from so much that has so little in common; an “us” that encompasses the stands, the dressing room and the directors’ box to become a football club rather than just a PLC with employees and customers. But you can’t put all of that on hold for three weeks – three weeks of exercising absolute power and authority, of claiming leadership, of seizing complete responsibility – then expect to resume where you left off. “Us” is for fifty-two weeks of the year, or not at all. And you can’t generate genuine belief in a long-term plan for survival and eventual prosperity, then demand the same belief in a new approach when you suddenly change your mind.

English League ChampionshipTable »
Brighton and Hove A1-1Leicester City
Cardiff City0-2Wigan Athletic
Derby County3-1Stoke City
Gillingham1-0Burnley
Millwall4-3Crewe Alexandra
Nottingham Forest0-3Plymouth Argyle
Rotherham United1-2Preston North End
Sheffield United3-2Queens Park Rangers
Sunderland1-2Reading
Watford1-2Leeds United
West Ham United3-0Coventry City
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