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11th August 2018- Premier League, Watford 2 Brighton & Hove Albion 0

Screen Shot 2018-08-15 at 15.02.27Referee:Jonathan Moss  Attendance:20,051

screen-shot-2016-09-12-at-23-36-22clips of Jon Marks BBC 3CR commentary   Goals: 1   2

Watford Observer

RELIVE – Pereyra stars as Hornets down Seagulls

Watford’s Premier League campaign is up and running from day one after a Roberto Pereyra brace fired them to a deserved and impressive 2-0 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion victory at Vicarage Road.

Gracia: Manner of win ‘more important to us’

Formation ‘can change depending on opponents’

Pictures: Watford off to a winning start

RATINGS: Pereyra the star in excellent team performance

Doucoure had ‘worked very hard’ despite no pre-season match minutes

Pereyra can be ‘important player’ for Hornets

Pereyra praises team display after starring role against Seagulls

BBC SportBrighton manager Chris Hughton said he was left to “wonder what happened” after his side were comfortably beaten by Watford at Vicarage Road.

skyIt was all too comfortable for Watford, who controlled the game impressively in the second half, while Brighton have plenty of work ahead after failing to register a single shot on target throughout the 90 minutes.

guardianIf, as most bookmakers have predicted, this is the season Watford’s stay in the Premier League comes to an end, then somebody had better tell their players. Judging by the manner of their victory here, they have not seen the odds or have done so and been fuelled by a sense of defiance.

TelegraphWatford had never previously won an opening day fixture in the Premier League yet came through this one with little alarm. Roberto Pereyra, the former Juventus winger, scored both goals on a day when Brighton rarely troubled Ben Foster in the home goal.

BHappy imageIn many respects the question on Brighton is quite how bad they were, versus how bad we made them look.  The goal is an example…  someone should have been keeping an eye on Pereyra but he arrived late to fill the space on the edge of the box vacated by decoy runs to the near post.  Yes, Albion were dozy but we forced the issue.  Similarly in midfield, Albion were overrun and perhaps even complacent but it was in the face of our relentless and disciplined pressing that it crumpled.  When we broke, particularly in the first half having regained possession deep we hurtled through the midfield;  there’s maybe a concern that we didn’t capitalise but with Deulofeu’s pace and Chalobah’s awareness to return you’ve got to fancy us away from home.

The Hornets NestA relatively stress free afternoon on the opening day. I’m happy to say that all the nerves I had before the game were put to rest fairly early on. Watford looked sharp and hungry. The pressure that Deeney and Gray applied to the Brighton back line was telling and the visitors couldn’t cope. Capoue bossed the midfield whilst the centre back pairing of Kabasele and Cathcart gave Foster little to do all afternoon.

The Hornets start the season with a Bobby Dazzler game at the The Vic and Jon, Jason and Mike discuss the consummate performance and the players who influenced the game. 

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11 August 2012-League Cup First Round, Watford 1 Wycombe Wanderers 0 (After Extra Time)

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BBC SportChris Iwelumo scored in extra-time as Watford beat League Two Wycombe in the Capital One Cup in Gianfranco Zola’s first competitive match in charge.

BHappy imageBHappy report: Well that was more eventful than expected.  The summer I mean… not the game, obviously, we’ll get to that.  But doesn’t that Middlesbrough win seem an awfully long time ago.  Little suggestion then of the upheaval that was to follow (and  which still continues, I don’t think we’ve anything like finished yet…); if the long-term ownership of the club was in question there was certainly no indication that August would see us under a new manager (why would we?) or with a whole shedload of new players (how could we?).  Turbulent, unnerving and also (and let’s be absolutely clear about this) to the unquestionable benefit, ultimately, of the football club.  But quite possibly leaving a few disassociated, with nothing familiar to hold on to.  So thank heaven and earth for the First Round of the League Cup (sponsored by whoever).  Even today, a balmy Saturday afternoon instead of a cool Tuesday night.  It never disappoints, never fails to sap the start of season excitement from the marrow, grounds us, reminds us what it’s all about.

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11th August 2009-League Cup First Round, Barnet 0 Watford 2 (After Extra Time)

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Extra-time goals by Mike Williamson and Scott Severin spared Watford’s blushes as they edged past Barnet to reach the second round of the Carling Cup

HornbloggerAs for the game, it was rubbish. The kind of early League Cup tie we’ve specialised in over the last few years where you really hope it doesn’t go to extra time, but know that its inevitable. We have definitely abandoned any trace of the Rodgers passing it around tactic and seem to have gone back to playing Hoofball. Worryingly though Danny Graham isn’t built in quite the same way as Darius so it doesn’t seem to work. I don’t mean this to insult either of them but Graham has more skill than that

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(taken from Watford v Blackpool programme 22nd August 2009)


11th August 2007- Championship, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 Watford 2

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BBC SportMarlon King hit a last-gasp penalty to earn Watford victory as the Hornets scored twice in the last four minutes.

Doris, Kabba and Shittu all involved on the first day of the season.  Who’d have thought it?

It really was one of those games where throughout the second half you were really really hoping for an equaliser but you knew that your hoping was completely pointless. We were fairly rubbish in the 2nd half and it was going to be a depressing trip back down the M40. And then the first miracle happened and suddenly we were all smiling. A draw would be a great result. And we were all cheering and urging the team on in a way we hadn’t for the whole of the 2nd half. There was belief in the stand, the whinging had gone to be replaced with encouragement. And then it happened and it was just the best.

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11th August 2001, New Division One, Manchester City 3 Watford 0


Kevin Keegan’s Manchester City career got off to the perfect start as he saw his side crush Watford at Maine Road

BSAD imageIf you accept that the armchair viewer is now all-powerful – and why else would this game have kicked off at a time that satisfies neither tradition nor convenience for attending supporters – then you naturally start to ponder where it might all end. Because there’s only one thing that the TV companies don’t yet control, which is the level of entertainment on offer.

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Taken from the programme on 18th August 2001-New Division One, Watford 3 Rotherham United 2


11th August 1998-League Cup First Round First Leg, Cambridge United 1 Watford 0


Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 22.52.13BSAD report: On a lighter note, I met a girl at half-time who I was at University with and hadn’t seen for three years. She is the fiancee of Nick Wright! All the best people come to Watford eventually!
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Taken from 18 Aug 1998 Watford v Cambridge United programme.