Tag: Feb8

8th February 2020- Premier League, Brighton & Hove Albion 1 Watford 1

Referee: Kevin Friend
Attendance: 30,443
1-0

Match Report: Brighton 1-1 Watford

Pearson: “We Worked Exceptionally Hard”

Extended Highlights: Brighton 1-1 Watford

Hughes: “We’ve Put Ourselves Back In The Mix”

Watford face Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League

Watford lose lead in Brighton & Hove Albion draw

Nigel Pearson reflects on Watford’s draw at Brighton & Hove Albion

Watford players rated following draw with Brighton and Hove Albion

Ben Foster said Watford did not want to sit back in Brighton and Hove Albion draw

Watford boss Nigel Pearson admitted his side had “missed an opportunity” to get a vital victory and move out of the relegation zone as Adrian Mariappa’s own goal gifted Brighton a draw.

Neither side went into the game in good form, but Watford struck first with a fine solo goal from Abdoulaye Doucoure (19), putting some demons to rest after also scoring an own goal in the 3-0 loss to Brighton on the opening weekend.

Not many own goals this season will be dispatched with the utter certainty that Adrian Mariappa directed the ball into his net as time ticked down at the Amex Stadium and it looked like another bad evening for Brighton and Hove Albion.

Minute by minute

“It’s unfortunate”, said Pearson. “We’ve worked exceptionally hard today and goals like that are very difficult to deal with. But I try to stress the importance of not becoming overly positive when things are going well or too pessimistic if things go negatively. You have a better chance of surviving if you keep your nerve.”

The game settles into a pattern from which it’ll never escape, of Brighton having great acres of possession and not really knowing how to harvest it, of Watford suffocating it all by sitting deep and gradually pushing each attack backwards, guiding a toddler out of a toy shop. It has the dramatic intensity of someone prodding a damp sponge with an old toothbrush.

It had been an awful game of football and, yet again, we had been the architects of our own downfall.  There was one moment of quality in the game, which was the gorgeous goal from Doucouré.  Although the late effort from Mooy and the save from Foster deserve a special mention.  Other than that, it was really turgid with Watford sitting deep against an ineffective Brighton attack.  It really hurt that we had lost two points due to a pointless own goal, especially as I am very fond of Mariappa, but I don’t know what he was thinking when he blasted that ball into the net.  At the end of the day, we remain in the bottom three and, while we are not yet adrift, it is hard to see where the next points are coming from.

https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/quixotic-10-33/id374798846?i=1000465062068

8th February 2013- Championship, Watford 2 Crystal Palace 2

Almen Abdi put Watford into an early lead with a well-hit effort from just outside the area before Nathaniel Chalobah headed in the Hornets’ second.

Second-half goals from Peter Ramage and Kevin Phillips earned Crystal Palace a 2-2 draw at Watford in the Championship.

Ian Holloway called for the Football League to “close the loophole” that has allowed Gianfranco Zola to loan eight players from Udinese, who are also owned by the Pozzo Family, after watching his side battle back to claim a point in a pulsating game.

These are the games, my friends. Bursting with possibility…for disaster, for triumph, for all of the stuff in between. For finding out what you’re really made of. A clash between two cresting waves, unstoppable and inevitable; no time for caution or reserve, just a head-on collision at full pelt. For a club like ours, you only really get them when promotion is on the horizon: cup or league encounters with higher forces lack the same balance, relegation six-pointers lack the surging ambition. Not a game that was ever going to end goalless and sterile, this.

https://www.soccerbase.com/matches/results.sd?date=2013-02-08
https://www.11v11.com/league-tables/league-championship/08-february-2013/

8th February 2003- New Division One, Watford 1 Rotherham United 2

Goals from central defenders Martin McIntosh and Chris Swailes completed Rotherham’s second-half comeback to abruptly end Watford’s run of three consecutive wins.

There have been a few more daydreams than usual this week. Since that magnificent victory over West Brom and that vital win at Coventry, it’s been easy to let the imagination wander a little. You can piece together a run of results to leave us in the playoff places, then toy with the possibilities from there onwards. You can plan a famous cup success at the Stadium of Light, then a kind draw in the quarter final…and then, well, who knows? And, implicitly, you can use all of the above to conjure up emotive, powerful images from yesteryear, both recent and beyond.

https://www.soccerbase.com/matches/results.sd?date=2003-02-08
https://www.11v11.com/league-tables/league-division-2/08-february-2003/

8th February 1997- New Division Two, Brentford 1 Watford 1

These days taking less time to get to a Watford match than it does to get to work is a luxury for me. Living in Hounslow this game is the easiest to get to, and after the long journey of Wednesday it was nice not to have to leave my house until about ten minutes past two. Even though the game wasn’t as good as our encounter with Man City, it was enjoyable enough to keep me on the edge of my seat for most of the game. However, this produced a problem. Being on the edge of my seat meant nearly resting my chin on the head of the bloke in front. In addition it meant bashing my shins on the back of this guys seat. Yep you’re right…. roll up roll up, come and see another ground where you’ve barely got any room to sneeze. I won’t go on about it, I’ve said it before. But I’m sure a lot of you out there know what I’m talking about. It just makes you realise how lucky we are down at the Vic.

https://www.soccerbase.com/matches/results.sd?date=1997-02-08
https://www.11v11.com/league-tables/league-division-2/08-february-1997/