This was, of course, what we were always at risk of with our thin and inexperienced squad. The continued absences of Helguson, Demerit and (effectively) Severin deprive us of experience where we have little to spare; the additional absences of Ellington, Jenkins, Cathcart and (ultimately) Hodson left us looking very sparse indeed. But it’s lack of nous that’s the issue really… there’s no way that points should have been dropped from half time onwards against a lamentable Coventry City side.
Roberto Martínez hailed a “perfect” Watford performance after the Hornets ended his Swansea side’s 16-game unbeaten run and extricated themselves from the relegation zone with an exemplary performance of counterattacking.
The touchline duel between the Championship’s bright young things was resolved decisively last night in favour of Brendan Rodgers. In aesthetic terms this match was occasionally a spit and sawdust affair, and while Rodgers is a man with few mannerisms to extend the Wild West anaolgy any further, he has conditioned his team to act like ruthless gunslingers.
This was quite simply an immense performance from the ‘Orns. Easily the best of Brendan’s reign so far and probably the most impressive I’ve seen from us since the Playoff annihilation of Palace at Selhurst. We were just wonderful.
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Watford goalkeeper Richard Lee saved two penalties to ensure his side were comfortable winners at Southampton. Lee brought down David McGoldrick but made amends by saving the spot-kick and Tamas Priskin compounded the miss by stabbing the opener for Watford. Saints won their second penalty when Adrian Mariappa fouled Ryan Smith but Paul Wotton was also denied by Lee.
Form and a glance at the teamsheet suggested that a painfully young Southampton side might cause us a few problems going forward, but a back four with an average age of nineteen was there to be pressured and bullied.