Tag: Norwich City

11th May 2016- Premier League, Norwich City 4 Watford 2

Referee:
Roger East
Attendance:
26,279
1-0
2-3

Norwich were relegated to the Championship despite a thumping victory over Watford at Carrow Road.

The home side fell behind to Troy Deeney’s opportunistic 11th-minute goal, before responding three times before half-time through Nathan Redmond, Dieumerci Mbokani and a Craig Cathcart own goal.

The Carrow Road crowd started to sense events might just turn in their team’s favour after all, but news that Sunderland had taken a two-goal lead at the Stadium of Light quashed hope.

All the while, goals continued to rain in. Watford scored a second, Deeney getting around Russell Martin too easily and squaring the ball for Odion Ighalo. Sunderland scored a third. Norwich scored a fourth, Mbokani beating the offside trap and dinking the ball delightfully over Heurelho Gomes. “We lost intensity,” said the Watford manager Quique Sánchez Flores. “For the first time in the season, I had the feeling that it was a party match. It happens. We got the objectives a long time ago.” For Norwich, their quality constituted a sort of taunt. If only, if only.

It’s not unreasonable to argue that, our situation and form being what it is, travelling supporters kinda ought to have known that a non-performance like this was a strong possibility. It’s also true that Norwich had an awful lot more riding on this than we had. To be expected, perhaps, that they’d be the more focused, the more motivated. But even accounting for both factors and to whatever degree you sympathise with the position that Quique Flores is in – of which more later – there was no excusing this pathetic shambles. The club, the team, the manager do still have a responsibility to uphold… to their supporters, those daft enough to come have nonetheless spent time and money, and so on and so on. A well-worn argument. As importantly, but for the way the evening transpired in Sunderland, fans of both north-east clubs who may have been depending on this outcome would have had every right to look at this and ask “what the bloody hell was that all about?”. We’re not the only ones to take our foot off, sure. That doesn’t make it acceptable, whatever the magnitude of achievement that has or hasn’t gone before it. Lack of ability you can forgive. Lack of effort, less so.

At half time, I went to chat with Don.  You know that things are not going well when even Don can’t find anything positive to say.  Although he did manage a complaint about the ref, so I knew he was OK.  Our summary of the first half was that the majority of the Watford players were on the beach.

Whilst what Flores has achieved for this club is remarkable, and whilst I don’t want to seem ungrateful he is the master of his own downfall. I love the guy and I don’t want to be mad at him. I’ve been patient with him but like every human being I have my limits, and last night was the final straw. Last night there was a severe lack of imagination and effort (which isn’t something I like saying). 

5th December 2015- Premier League, Watford 2 Norwich City 0

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Watford FC Official SiteHighlights | Watford 2-0 Norwich

BBC SportTroy Deeney and Odion Ighalo both scored as Watford earned a deserved win over struggling Norwich.

skyDeeney stepped up to finish past Declan Rudd after Alexander Tettey had fouled Ighalo in the area.  And Ighalo netted his ninth goal of the season in second-half stoppage time after combining well with Deeney.

 

guardian“I love my strikers and I love the team we have,” their manager said after seeing his side move up to ninth. “We have passion, we have ambition and we have soul. I have an amazing feeling with these players and they are loving the Premier League.

BHappy imageHaving arrived in the Premier League as a team playing reasonably open football on a sensible budget with a fashionable young manager, Norwich have every right to feel a bit peeved that everyone’s fawning over Bournemouth. It’s like they’ve turned up at a fancy dress party as Olaf from Frozen, only to find that someone else had that idea first and had a mum with a fancy sewing machine; they’re now in the bathroom desperately attempting to improvise an abominable snowman costume instead.

The Hornets NestI’ll leave you with this.  Six years ago we were hours way from administration. Now after the first weekend in December we sit in the top half of the Premier League.

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More games from 5th December at https://oldwatford.com/tag/dec5

12th April 2011- Championship, Watford 2 Norwich City 2

 

BHappy image For anyone worried that the season might fizzle out, a properly tasty game of football. Any mention of officials in the first thunk is inevitably followed by a tirade…but this is the exception, for Mr A Taylor’s contribution, while sometimes inconsistent and occasionally slightly bewildering, should be heartily applauded by all card-carrying members of the Campaign for Real Tackling.

BBC Sport Norwich’s automatic promotion push was dealt another blow as they were held to a draw at Watford.

sky  Norwich’s quest for promotion was dealt another blow after a 2-2 draw at Watford saw them slip out of the top two in the Championship.

English League Championship Table »
Barnsley 0-1 Queens Park Rangers
Derby County 2-1 Leeds United
Doncaster Rovers 1-1 Preston North End
Ipswich Town 3-3 Middlesbrough
Leicester City 1-1 Crystal Palace
Millwall 0-0 Bristol City
Nottingham Forest 2-0 Burnley
Portsmouth 0-3 Coventry City
Scunthorpe United 0-2 Reading
Sheffield United 0-2 Cardiff City
Swansea City 1-1 Hull City
Watford 2-2 Norwich City

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19th January 2003- New Division One, Watford 2 Norwich City 1

There was something almost Betjeman-esque about the first 45 minutes here yesterday, so effectively did 22 well-paid professionals evoke the spirit of the thousands of park games that kicked off around the country an hour or so earlier.

This was a wearisome game. A dreary, generally uneventful, rarely attractive football match between two largely uninspired sides. And played at a ludicrous time, just for effect. The equivalent of being dragged from your bed at five o’clock in the morning and forced to watch back-to-back episodes of “Heartbeat”, while being kept awake by periodic prodding with a blunt stick. Probably the most forgettable game since…erm, I can’t remember. But with a reward for anyone who managed to stick with it until the end.

The match itself couldn’t have made much of an impression on the TV viewers, though the three points have brought Watford back in touch with the teams chasing for a play-off place. Whilst a top half finish would have been beyond most Watford fans’ expectations at the start of the season, it is great to see that there is some hope of some end of season games. Keep up the good work Ray, Terry and the lads.

More games from 19th January at https://oldwatford.com/tag/jan19