report: A superb strike from Matej Vydra gave Billy McKinlay a victory over Brentford in his first game as Watford boss.McKinlay was only named Hornets head coach on Monday, following Oscar Garcia’s decision to step down for health reasons.
report: another chance for Odion Ighalo to show us what he could do. Word from Granada was that he was hugely popular despite not having the best goalscoring ratio, and it’s easy to see why on both counts.
Gavin Mahon made his final Watford appearance in this game over three and a half years after his penultimate one. His last competitive appearance was on 1st Dec 2007 in the 2-1 home defeat by Burnley. He then joined QPR, initially on loan, and played over 50 times for them. They released him at the end of the 2010/11 season. As he was without a club Sean Dyche allowed Mahon to train with us during the 2011/12 pre-season and he came on during this game as a second half substitute. He eventually signed for Notts County.
Chamberlain wins the ‘man of the match’ award for two remarkable stops, both requiring one-handed saves low down at his right hand post. He actually brought one of them on himself with a poor clearance that was returned by a Brentford striker but the other, an instinctive reaction to a deflected shot, was extraordinary. But even with the Watford keeper’s heroics and even with Mooney booting another effort from the goalline, Brentford should’ve scored – two great opportunities saw strikers shoot across the face of goal when it seemed far easier to hit the back of the net.