BHappy: The game ends with Hornets heads held high and yet no real suggestion that the course of the evening was about to change at any point beyond the fifth minute. A cynic might say that, in the circumstances, honourable defeat which doesn’t mash our confidence but doesn’t add fixtures to an already congested January and February is a very decent outcome. There’s truth in this, but we wouldn’t have had any reservations had we pulled it out of the bag.
“There were many aspects I was pleased with,” said Rodgers, who had no triumphant return to the club whose academy he used to direct. “I’m obviously disapopointed to concede five minutes before half-time because I thought we had played well and dominated possession and in the second half we had a crazy one-minute spell that killed the game.”
If the season’s only previous goalless draw against Barnsley had more merits than the scoreline suggested, then this was your authentic “move along, there’s nothing to see here” stalemate. The least entertaining spectacle of the campaign so far by, ooh, that much and a flashback to what life in the First Division frequently used to be like for the Hornets prior to Graham Taylor’s return.
More games from 9th January at https://oldwatford.com/tag/jan9
- Dave Bassett’s last programme notes.