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.
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Watford do things differently. Appointing Aidy Boothroyd started it. He came untainted with failure and had his own ideas. After instant success and equally instant fall, their faith is undimmed. So is his. “I’m blessed for talent,” he said after victory put them top of the table for a few hours, “blessed now with five strikers.”
More games from 1st September at https://oldwatford.com/tag/sep1/
An extremely unusual event preceded Watford’s Premiership match with Wigan on Wednesday. Minutes before kick-off injured Watford striker Marlon King wandered on to the Vicarage Road pitch and, microphone in hand, made an impassioned appeal to the club’s supporters.
Some games are all about ifs and buts, and this was a good example. If the referee’s assistant had not disallowed what looked on re-inspection like a fair goal from Ashley Young four minutes before half-time for offside, Watford might have gained the first win of their new Premiership life. Or indeed, if the excellent Tommy Smith had been able to nudge an incoming cross under rather than over the bar from six yards out when it came to him in the first minute.
Aidy Boothroyd’s team are still confronting the Watford gap. It is a daunting prospect, despite the manager’s protestation that “performance-wise we’d be near the top of the Premiership. And I believe performances lead to results.”
BSAD report: It will be interesting to see whether Adrian Boothroyd’s evident displeasure at the performance has an effect when we take on Plymouth next week; it’s rare that consecutive fixtures are so similar in nature and therefore so easy to compare. He’s right to be annoyed – to summarise, this was largely woeful, and horrible to watch too – but it’s impossible to ignore the impact of injuries on a paper-thin squad, especially those to Ashley Young and Matthew Spring. It’s all very well to say that these situations merely provide opportunities for others…but that doesn’t ring quite true when you’re bringing on Jay Demerit to play as a forward for the last twenty minutes because you don’t have anyone else.
More games from 3rd December at https://oldwatford.com/tag/dec3