BHappy: The headlines coming into this one related to the non-availability not only of Ismaïla Sarr but also of Philip Zinckernagel, both of whom picked up knocks at Rotherham in midweek. Sarr’s absence ahead of a two week break no great surprise – a “minor” hamstring problem we’re advised. Stepping back and considering the various options and realising that they were all pretty good limited any anxiety about the absence of perhaps our least replaceable weapon in Sarr, but it was still a bit of a surprise to see Isaac getting the nod. Two years since his last League start which is remarkable in itself, perhaps only as remarkable as the fact that he’s clearly not out of last chances just yet. As previously, I’m pleased about that… if he can mobilise his quality and physicality, pull the strings around the parcel a little tighter then we suddenly have a new £12million signing, as my brother pointed out at the outset.
If you want an indication of the loyalty of the Watford fans, it is that nine thousand people did actually choose to spend their money on this, a football match that had absolutely nothing to recommend it. That’s the club’s core support right there – after all, roughly the same number turned up to see us against Crewe and Stockport, back when we were a good bet for some breezy Saturday afternoon entertainment.
Steve Harrison’s final programme notes. He was sacked just a few hours before the game kicked off.
This game commemorated Hemel Hempstead’s centenary. Watford played less than 24 hours after beating Luton Town 3-0. Kenny Jackett, Jimmy Gilligan David Bardsley and Steve Terry took part in both games with the latter two playing the full 90 minutes of each.