BHappy: Everything did fall for us though. I mean, yes, brilliant, wonderful. 6-0, biggest league win since that day in September 1982 when my sister and I spent the evening using up our felt tips on posters depicting the boat sinking on the old Sunderland badge to greet Dad when he got home (Paolo’s first game, he never had a chance….). But, you know. If you’re not going to record a comfortable win in these circumstances…
It wasn’t a classic and the fans were certainly not missing much by being absent from this one, but the Hornets kept the points tally ticking along this evening to ensure they are still bang in the mix for when, fingers crossed, they can return in some shape of form next month.
Vladimir Ivic’s visitors, who were without three unnamed players who have tested positive for coronavirus, tailed off in the second half as City forward Antoine Semenyo looked the most likely to make something happen.
This was football which deserved to be played behind closed doors. That old Shankly quip about closing the curtains if Everton were playing down the bottom of the garden. But there’s something lurking underneath that too, a sense of how football re-shapes itself when it isn’t so conscious of the public gaze. It’s hard to believe that Bristol City could be quite this cautious in front of a stadium full of their own supporters; unless the opposition is particularly illustrious, and sometimes even then, home fans tend to want to see their team do more than line up in defensive banks. They don’t touch the ball for the first two minutes, content to get their shape and sit tight. In real life, you just can’t do that without a rising restlessness in the stands.
Bristol City’s giant-killing exploits came to a shuddering halt at Watford where goals from Andre Carillo, Troy Deeney and Etienne Capoue gave the home side victory and avenged their 3-2 defeat by Lee Johnson’s men in the Carabao Cup in August.
It comes to something when it’s the Premier League club that fields a virtually full-strength side – or as close to full strength as injuries permit, Richarlíson’s overdue rest aside – and the Championship upstart that makes seven changes in gives debuts to a couple of kids.
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.
Watford 2-3 Bristol City Mike is back… and Watford lost! The point of FTRE is to tell our story of life as a Watford fan. And we hope this is the lowest point of the season. Jon, Mike and Jason are joined by Olly and DCW to talk about the players who were given a chance to shine and if we are just taking this whole competition too 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|