Tag: Stoke City

31st January 2018- Premier League, Stoke City 0 Watford 0

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Watford Observer

RELIVE – Stoke City v Watford: Hornets avoid defeat in scrappy game at bet365 Stadium

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skyJavi Gracia picked up his first point as Watford boss after his side held Stoke to a 0-0 draw at the bet365 Stadium on Wednesday evening.

BBC SportA tight contest opened up in the last 15 minutes as both teams committed men forward in search of a winner, with substitute Peter Crouch going close for the hosts and Doucoure shooting wide.

guardianTempers boiled over time and again, just as they did in the corresponding fixture at Vicarage Road in October, after which Troy Deeney was retrospectively banned, and it was something of a surprise the game finished with 22 players on the pitch.

TelegraphWatford’s choice of Javi Gracia as Marco Silva’s successor might not have been an obvious one to many supporters but the 47-year-old Spaniard came with a sound record and a solid reputation and there were at least signs that the latest through the revolving door at Vicarage Road might be able to lift flagging spirits.

BHappy imageI’m here as the result of a phonecall from fellow former fanzine editors at Stephen Todd’s funeral back in October, suggesting that we take on the season’s least inviting midweek away trip in his honour. Toddy knew how to do football supporting better than pretty much anyone I’ve ever met; I’ve lost the knack, but something in the idea has remained sufficiently appealing that I haven’t wheedled my way out in the meantime. We arrive in Stoke at not long after four o’clock, settle into the local Harvester, avail ourselves of the salad cart, try to build a list of every goalscorer from the Pozzo era. Shenanigans and indeed misdemeanours from away trips of yore are mentioned; Dave keeps that flame alive by ordering gammon with egg and pineapple.

The Hornets NestIt wasn’t pretty and it certainly wasn’t a game that we’ll recall as we lie on our death bed. What it was however was a game where we showed a vast improvement on Saturday, in both quality and character.

FranAfter a swift glass of red at the pub, we headed back to the hotel and spent a late night in the lounge with a large number of Watford fans.  Everyone in attendance had thoroughly enjoyed the performance and were happy to have been part of a more positive crowd.

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28th October 2017- Premier League, Watford 0 Stoke City 1

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Watford Observer

Relive Watford v Stoke City: Darren Fletcher corner gives Potters victory at Vicarage Road

Darren Fletcher goal enough to send Watford to home defeat against Stoke City

Watford v Stoke City: Marco Silva fumes at ‘slow’ Hornets as poor first-half costs them in Potters defeat

GALLERY: A selection of images from Watford’s defeat to Stoke City

Watford v Stoke City: Tom Cleverley blamed for Potters goal by Marco Silva

BBC SportDarren Fletcher said victory at Watford was “what was needed” as Stoke City held on to win away from home for the first time this season.

skyStoke enjoyed their first Premier League away win of the season to ease the pressure on Mark Hughes as Darren Fletcher’s sweetly-struck volley was enough to seal a 1-0 win over Watford.

guardianMark Hughes told Troy Deeney he “should know better” after the Watford captain sparked a late melee in their 1-0 Premier League defeat by Stoke City. In stoppage-time Stoke put the ball out of play after a player went down injured, but rather than pass the ball back Deeney appeared to attempt a cross into the visitors’ penalty area. Joe Allen reacted angrily but found himself being grabbed by the face by the burly Hornets striker.

TelegraphDarren Fletcher scored his first goal for Stoke to settle a closely-fought contest at the high-flying Hornets.

BHappy imageMuch as we tried to convince ourselves that this was going to be a case of New Watford putting a struggling side to the sword, the day hadn’t felt right.  Wonky. Our reserved table set for the wrong number of places at the restaurant.  Harry the Hornet heading resignedly into the Red Lion pre-match.  Empty seats in the stadium.  Lots of them, despite what was officially a 20k+ gate.   And a confused pre-match process involving a bagpipe recital and a minute’s silence in recognition of Remembrance Day in which nobody seemed quite sure what was happening.  Wrong.  Wrong.

FranBack to Vicarage Road again and, after a busy week, it was lovely to sit down with the crowd for the pre-match pint.  I bumped into someone that I hadn’t seen for a while, a regular who had almost given up in the dark days at the end of Mazzarri’s reign.  He was all smiles again, thoroughly enjoying the football as we all are.  I must admit that, going into this game I was less confident than last week against Chelsea.  There is something about Stoke and their negative style of play that made me think that we could struggle.

The Hornets NestStoke.  At home.  What could possibly go wrong?  Well, everything. Absolutely everything.

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3rd January 2017- Premier League, Stoke City 2 Watford 0

Previously v Stoke City

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Stoke v Watford: Seven defeats from 10 for Hornets with Potters loss

Pressure grows on Walter Mazzarri after Hornets lose at Stoke

Watford boss Walter Mazzarri insists he is not under pressure after latest loss

Hughes: We had better quality

Hornets boss Mazzarri admits he took a gamble on Behrami’s fitness due to emergency

Gomes: We can’t keep our heads down too long

Stoke v Watford ratings: Hornets full of effort but short on quality at Bet365 Stadium

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27th November 2016-Premier League, Watford 0 Stoke City 1

Previously v Stoke City                                                                 Attendance:20,058

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Matchday review

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Relive Watford v Stoke: Hornets fall to first home defeat since August

Poor Hornets miss opportunity

Hornets boss Mazzarri insists side deserved at least a point against Potters

Watford boss Mazzarri angry at performance of referee Bobby Madley

Prodl frustrated by “not dangerous” Stoke’s victory

Watford v Stoke reaction: Prodl turns ire on referee Madley

Watford v Stoke ratings: Low scores in dour defeat

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SKY image report

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BHappy image If there’s a positive to be drawn it’s that we didn’t collapse. Despite being clearly second best we were still in the game throughout in the sense that a single goal would have nicked us something.

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