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Crystal Palace 0 Watford 2 (29/10/2007) 30/10/2007

Posted by Matt Rowson in Match reports.

Five Thunks from Palace

 1- Our awesome forward line once again dissipated to very little on introduction of substitutes…

2- Frank Songo’o is Franz Carr’s long lost brother.  Lots of irrelevant frippery, no end product.

3- The squalor of Selhurst doesn’t really come across on the telly.

4- Colin enjoyed the game a lot more after the ref failed to award Palace a penalty.

5- That beard.  Crikey.


Coventry City 0 Watford 3 (23/10/2007) 23/10/2007

Posted by Matt Rowson in Match reports.

1- Embarrasingly one-sided; only a second half in cruise control stopped a rout.

2- John Joe O’Toole… attacks the box superbly, unlucky not to score on several occasions in the first half, goalline clearance in the second, Williamson’s not getting his place back at this rate.

3- All too easy for Marlon. 

4- You gotta feel for Priskin, who had two great chances late on but never inspired confidence that he would score.

5- Away games midweek are ace.  Winning helps though, natch…

Watford 1 Hull City 0 (20/10/2007) 21/10/2007

Posted by Matt Rowson in Match reports.

Five thunks from Hull…

1- Another game where there wasn’t much to choose between the two sides.  But another game when we had just about enough. 

2- Each substitution in the game made us weaker.

3- Dean Windass still looks like an extra cast as “angry man in pub” in an episode of The Bill.

4- With Graeme Souness out of work, Phil Brown is unchallenged as the angriest manager in football.

5- Wayne Brown continues to be the Pascal Cygan of the Championship. A very competent defender for 85 minutes in every 90… a pile of cabbage for the other five.

Scunthorpe United 1 Watford 3 (06/10/2007) 07/10/2007

Posted by Matt Rowson in Match reports.

Five thunks from Scunny…

1- If Marlon keeps that up, we’ll walk the division.  Vintage King.*

2- Big Doris should have walked in the first half, and the game would have been different had he done so.  Having got away with it, he made another stride in his transformation into Duncan Ferguson.  Terrifying.

3- Being so close to the pitch that there’s a matter of inches between the touchline and the front of the stand ought to be compulsory.  Splendidly claustrophobic.

4- You don’t need telling that Martin Paterson comes from Stoke.

5- Scunthorpe is jolly friendly place all round.  All power to them. Of course, winning 3-1 away kinda leaves one well disposed, but even so…

* Nominated by Dave Messenger; texting me “thunks” after the game is the BHaPPY equivalent of shouting BSaD marks-out-of-five at ig on the way out of the stadium.  Nonetheless, even a stopped clock tells the right time twice a day, and on this occasion Dave is spot on.

Watford 2 Sheffield Wednesday 1 (02/10/2007) 03/10/2007

Posted by Matt Rowson in Match reports.

Five Thunks from Wendy.

1- Has any defence ever been as thoroughly unable to cope as Wednesday were with Doris’ first-half onslaught?

2- Marlon King without pace is of limited threat.

3- How did we manage to so nearly snatch a draw from the hands of what should have been a comfortable victory?

4- Why have half of football’s lost souls ended up at Hillsborough? (Kavanagh, Johnson, Jeffers…)

5-  The “stand off” against the opponents’ team huddle is still completely ace.