Fran’s Watford Blog: The travelling fans who were still in the stand at the end of the game offered sympathetic support to the players when they came over to applaud us, but that didn’t mask the fact that it had been a poor performance. There had been a promising spell midway through the first half and a very good start to the second, but Middlesbrough were on top for most of the game, were incredibly dangerous when they attacked and, once they scored the second goal, the Hornets never looked like getting back in the game.
Watford claimed third place in the Championship after thumping Crewe. Matthew Spring’s first-half double set up Watford’s win, the midfielder powering in a shot on 18 minutes and then applying a close-range finish.
Watford’s season may be defined in the next 15 days. Sheffield United loom a week today, and eight days later comes a daunting trip to Elland Road. The Leeds manager Kevin Blackwell was in attendance here and Spring’s display made it easy to understand why United insisted on a clause preventing the midfielder from lining up for his new team in what will be a vital fixture.
Now we shouldn’t become blasé about this great form, we can be fairly sure that Boothroyd will not allow any of the players to get complacent and the build up to this game against Crewe was given the full “our most important game” treatment, which sometimes comes over as a manager trying to convince himself as much as anyone else. Not our Aidy.