You have to ask yourself, at what point does an odd pattern stop being an odd pattern and start becoming accepted as “the new normal”, to adopt a horrible phrase. When does it stop being surprising? I suppose it depends on the circumstances… Britain’s naval supremacy was unchallenged until the advent of the submarine, which changed the game entirely but at least there was an event. Something to point at and say “this has changed because of that”. Difficult to accept, difficult to reconcile to, but nonetheless cause and effect. Easy to understand.
After the cracking performances in the first two games of the season, it was a happy band who met at the West Herts prior to this match. Those who had been at Bournemouth were assuring those who hadn’t that the game had been as much fun as it sounded on the radio and in reports. We also took time to teach them the new chant for Doucouré.
We’re all disappointed, frustrated, maybe a little pissed off, but deep (deep) down, are you really surprised? I could literally go back to my report on the Gillingham game last season, copy and paste it in here, alter the score and the team and you would be none the wiser. Or maybe go back to Preston from two seasons ago? Even better because we had a man sent off. Perhaps I could combine the two?
The Hornets’ poor league cup record continued after Bristol City came from behind to book their place in the third round with a 3-2 victory at Vicarage Road. The big question going into the tie was how strong a starting eleven Silva would field and the answer was comprehensive, he would be taking the competition seriously.
|22 Aug 2017||Accrington Stanley||1:3||West Bromwich Albion|
|22 Aug 2017||Aston Villa||4:1||Wigan Athletic|
|22 Aug 2017||Birmingham City||1:2||AFC Bournemouth|
|22 Aug 2017||Bolton Wanderers||3:2||Sheffield Wednesday|
|22 Aug 2017||Brighton and Hove Albion||1:0||Barnet|
|22 Aug 2017||Cardiff City||1:2||Burton Albion|
|22 Aug 2017||Carlisle United||1:2||Sunderland|
|22 Aug 2017||Crystal Palace||2:1||Ipswich Town|
|22 Aug 2017||Doncaster Rovers||2:0||Hull City|
|22 Aug 2017||Fulham||0:1||Bristol Rovers|
|22 Aug 2017||Leeds United||5:1||Newport County|
|22 Aug 2017||Middlesbrough||3:0||Scunthorpe United|
|22 Aug 2017||Milton Keynes Dons||1:4||Swansea City|
|22 Aug 2017||Norwich City||4:1||Charlton Athletic|
|22 Aug 2017||Queens Park Rangers||1:4||Brentford|
|22 Aug 2017||Reading||3:1||Millwall|
|22 Aug 2017||Sheffield United||1:4||Leicester City|
|22 Aug 2017||Watford||2:3||Bristol City|
|23 Aug 2017||Blackburn Rovers||0:2||Burnley|
|23 Aug 2017||Cheltenham Town||0:2||West Ham United|
|23 Aug 2017||Huddersfield Town||2:1||Rotherham United|
|23 Aug 2017||Newcastle United||2:3||Nottingham Forest|
|23 Aug 2017||Southampton||0:2||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|23 Aug 2017||Stoke City||4:0||Rochdale|