Fran’s Watford Blog: Before kick-off there was a minute’s applause in memory of Gianluca Vialli, whose tragically early death was announced this week. The players also wore black armbands as a mark of respect for a man that was admired and loved throughout English (and Italian) football.
Watford raced into an early lead through Troy Deeney but were pegged back by James Hanson’s strike as the Bantams proved more than a match for their hosts in the opening stages. But Marvin Sordell’s 10th goal of the campaign sent Sean Dyche’s men in with the half-time advantage before Forsyth’s double secured their place in the fourth round, despite Nahki Wells’ late consolation.
This is how games against lower division opposition are supposed to pan out, of course, but we’ve made it look considerably harder than this in the past. From the opening minutes when Marvin Sordell made space for a cross far too easily and Troy Deeney headed in unmarked at the far post, this was never in doubt.
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The sides looked miles apart, such was the superiority of Bolton’s intelligence and movement. Watford fought back stirringly early in the second half without looking likely to disturb Bolton’s easy authority.
Bolton were missing most of their first team. Only three of the side which started against Liverpool on Monday were on show, with the increasingly relevant African Nations Cup taking several products of the Bolton youth scheme (sic!) away for a month, while suspensions and apparent injuries forced several other changes. Their substitutes did not have one first team performance between them!
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