When the final whistle went, a couple of the Watford players dropped to the ground as did a number of the Bolton players. They all looked dead on their feet and certainly those of us in the stands were completely drained. What a terrific game of football. There were ecstatic grins in the away end and hugs between friends and, most likely, complete strangers. The players came over and were greeted as the heroes that they were. Ighalo, Layun, Forestieri and Deeney thanked us by nipping over the advertising hoardings to give their shirts to the crowd.
Tag: Bolton Wanderers
Unusual to be starting with the “big picture” stuff, normally the domain of thunk 5. Relevant here though., because however dispiriting our recent form has been… things could be worse. No, really. I mean, you know that, right? You remember Bassini? Not being able to afford Keith Scott or a Stevenage-era Barry Hayles in Division One? The financial abyss post-Vialli? This? Whatever’s wrong is small potatoes in comparison. And even if one accepts that there are major problems with the team – we’ll get to that – we have owners with a demonstrably sound plan, and a degree of security. And some very talented players, albeit we’re not seeing the best of them at the moment.
The game where Lloyd Doyley scored his other goal.
Rotherham is not an obvious place to dig for salvation in the Premiership. They are bottom of League One. But last month’s recruits, Will Hoskins and Lee Williamson, did not look out of place in Watford’s colours. It said as much about their new club as the normally voluble Aidy Boothroyd could manage afterwards.
At the finale, two men in black overcoats stood on the sidelines. Neither exuded happiness, but Sam Allardyce at least could claim relief, having bagged his first win in five weeks. After a triumphant December yielded a manager-of-the-month award and five straight league wins, a dreadful January ensued for the Bolton manager with just two points in four games. And Vicarage Road was hardly a popular destination for Bolton, 12 visits had previously brought just one win. For Aidy Boothroyd’s side, a win, as always, was needed. There were the eight new signings to justify and the small matter of scraping the side off the bottom of the table. Preceding the midweek Manchester United whipping, Watford had managed two wins on the trot and were hoping to continue their handiwork.