Tag: Sep26

26th September 2020- Championship, Watford 1 Luton Town 0

The 14 year gap since our last meeting is the longest since we started playing each other in 1885.

Statement: Watford v Luton Town

Match Pack: Watford v Luton Town

Foster: “This Is A Big Deal”

Watford Observer Watford tell fans to stay at home for Luton Town derby

Watford board up Graham Taylor statue ahead of Luton Town game

Ben Foster wants Watford ready for Luton Town derby

Vladimir Ivic wants Watford to beat Luton Town for the fans

Ben Foster claims fans were taken for granted ahead of Watford Luton derby

https://www.skysports.com/football/watford-vs-luton/teams/429739
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Post Match

Whatever career João Pedro goes on to have, and the signs are it will be a damn good one, he is assured of his place in Watford folklore and a place in the hearts of Watford fans after emerging as the winner in the long-awaited derby.

Watford victorious against Luton Town in the Championship

The Brazilian, who turned 19 today, capitalised after good work on the left flank from Ken Sema, his finish deflected past Luton keeper Simon Sluga, who was called upon to make some more good saves on a day when the hosts should have scored more.

Vladimir Ivic thinks Watford’s performance in their derby day win over Luton Town was their best yet since he joined the club, but hopes there is more improvement to come.

Watford players rated after Luton Town victory

The fixture between keen rivals had not been played since April 2006 but although the match was played behind closed doors, police still insisted on a 12.30pm kick-off. As a result, there was little resembling a derby atmosphere in a cold and biting wind and Luton, in particular, struggled to raise their game against a Watford side whose recent Premier League pedigree gave them a decided edge.

The Hatters really ought to have led when Collins could not keep his shot down from six yards from Harry Cornick’s cross, and Pedro punished them – albeit with the help of a deflection off defender Sonny Bradley on its way in.

Whilst we were on top it would be wrong to paint this as a completely one-sided contest. The visitors were the strongest side we’ve faced thus far, defended well for the most part, desperately on occasions but doggedly enough to stay in it and always looked dangerous on the break where their attacks were neat and tidy.  Harry Cornick was the biggest threat in the first half, too often finding space down the right.  His ball across was smacked off the underside of the bar by Collins with Foster doing well to come out and force the Luton striker to lift the ball.  That goes in it’s a different game;  as it was we broke and scored, and never really looked back.

Jon, Mike and Jas gather after the game to discuss what turned out to be a fairly routine win for the a Hornets, with Vladimir Ivić starting to have a real impact at Vicarage Road.

26th September 2018- League Cup Third Round, Tottenham Hotspur 2 Watford 2 (Tottenham won 4-2 on penalties) at Stadium MK

The game was played at Stadium MK as Tottenham’s new stadium was still not ready to be used and their temporary home, Wembley Stadium, was unavailable as it had hosted an Anthony Joshua title fight the previous weekend.

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Referee: Lee Mason  Attendance: 23,650

screen-shot-2016-09-12-at-23-36-22clips of Jon Marks BBC 3CR commentary   Goals:1   2

Watford Observer

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PICTURES: Watford knocked out of Carabao Cup by Tottenham Hotspur

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BBC SportIsaac Success put Watford ahead, goals from Alli and Erik Lamela made it 2-1 before Etienne Capoue equalised.

skyAfter Capoue and Domingos Quina missed spot-kicks in the shoot-out, Alli stepped up to send Spurs through to the fourth round.

TelegraphFor this odd occasion at Milton Keynes, Mauricio Pochettino made the local boy his captain. And within five minutes Alli was belting the length of the pitch to earn a corner. It was a run which drew nostalgic applause from the thousand or so MK Dons fans who, to add further to the oddness of the occasion, were stationed above the Watford contingent.

guardianJavi Gracia had made even more changes, with Craig Cathcart the only survivor from the lineup that has started all six of Watford’s league games this season. But Watford, too, were eager to advance and Gracia introduced Christian Kabasele from the bench in the 77th minute to help protect their lead.  Three minutes later the Belgian was on his way back off again, shown a red card after his challenge led to Alli tumbling to the floor. Alli got up to score from the penalty spot. Gracia was dismayed by the sending off – “I cannot understand this decision,” he said, before indicating that Watford would appeal against it.

The Hornets NestIf you want my personal opinion on playing at a neutral venue, I thought it was an absolute farce and makes a mockery of the whole competition.  If you are entering a cup competition and you know full well you will not be able to fulfill a fixture, you either agree to reverse it and play away from home, or you don’t enter the competition at all.

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26th September 2016- Premier League, Burnley 2 Watford 0

https://www.skysports.com/football/burnley-vs-watford/teams/356387

Live text coverage

Watford were brought back to reality following their memorable win over Manchester United after a desperately disappointing 2-0 defeat at Burnley this evening.

Watford boss Walter Mazzarri dismayed by side’s performance in Burnley defeat

Burnley manager Sean Dyche keeps quiet over quality of Watford performance – but says Clarets “did a very good job” on Walter Mazzarri’s side

Heurelho Gomes apologises to travelling fans after dreadful Watford display at Burnley

Watford head coach Mazzarri insists side did not underestimate Burnley after Manchester United win

See how we rated the Watford players in their woeful performance against Burnley at Turf Moor

BBC image report

BBC image Troy Deeney: Watford players ‘bullied’ in Burnley defeat

BHappy image report:Enduring this is what makes trips like West Ham special.

FTRE image podcast:Undone by a fat Peter Andre

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26th September 2009- Championship, Reading 1 Watford 1

This was the first and only time we faced Brendan Rodgers’ Reading side.  He quit as Hornets boss in the summer to become the Royals manager just two weeks after saying that journalists who continually linked him with the Reading job were questioning his integrity.

Watford Observer‘No contact at all’ from Reading for Brendan Rodgers

He was sacked by Reading on 16th December 2009 when they were 20th.  Under his management they only won 5 league games.

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BBC SportReading’s wait for a home league win goes on after Danny Graham scored a second-half equaliser for Watford.  One ex-Watford player, Jobi McAnuff, set up another, Grzegorz Rasiak, to give Reading an early lead.

BHappy imageLook, we weren’t there, ok? So if you’re looking for insightful thunks you’d better look somewhere else; the reasons for non-attendance shall, as ever, remain private but it should go without saying that it was fairly heavy stuff.  I’m assuming that people will want to discuss the match anyway, so do so here if you really must.

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26th September 2001- New Division One, Watford 3 Birmingham City 3

Two memorable events happened at this game. Pierre Issa was stretchered off but one of those carrying him slipped resulting in him falling off the stretcher. This was featured a few weeks later in the ‘What happens next’ round on ‘A Question of Sport’.

More significantly Issa’s replacement was Lloyd Colin Doyley making his debut for the Hornets. He would make over 400 appearances during the next 15 years under 11 different managers, scoring twice and being sent off only once, which was a case of mistaken identity and was rescinded on appeal.

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Pierre Issa was carried off with a shoulder injury only to suffer further discomfort when the stretcher-bearers dropped him.

To say we’re going through a building period at the moment would be something of an understatement. Not just a new team but an entirely new ethos, as GT might put it. During this period, results might not always go the way we want, and the support bites its tongue instinctively. These things take time, after all, and it’s not as if Luca’s been hanging around stuffing up play-off semi-finals for years, is it ? But given that things will take time to gel, given that we’re not yet the all-conquering Vialli Army that many clearly anticipate, why do we feel the need to make life so bloody hard for ourselves?