BBC Sport: Ismaila Sarr’s close-range effort put the Hornets in front after half an hour as Watford had the better of the first period. The visitors doubled their lead shortly after the break as debutant Ryan Porteous headed in a corner, while Sarr had a third disallowed soon after for offside.
BHappy: I can’t claim to have had a close relationship with Oli Phillips. We met a couple of times, he was kind enough to provide some appropriate words for the back of the book. Others have written meaningful and informed testimonies about the man himself. I often find my reaction to the passing of people that I didn’t know personally… stilted. Limited, even if they were people I kind of respected. I remember my now wife being aghast at my lack of hand-wringing when Diana passed away, horrible and tragic as that was. But the passing of someone who… you rely on in some sense, or have relied on, is different.
Fran’s Watford Blog: Last week we heard the sad news of the passing of Oli Phillips. His reports about the Hornets in the Watford Observer were a vital ingredient to my falling in love with the club. I had the paper on order at the local newsagents and, when I was away at university, my Mum would keep the pile of papers for my return. Later, when I was on the board of the Supporters’ Trust, Oli was very helpful to me, calling from France to chat through his knowledge of some of the behind the scenes stuff that we were looking into. It is fitting that the Media Suite at Vicarage Road has been named after Oli and I am so glad that he was made aware of it before he died.