Watford 0 Stoke City 0 (15/03/2008) 16/03/2008Posted by Matt Rowson in Match reports.
Five thunks from Stoke
2- Forget six draws in a row, forget missed penalties and a missed chance to take firm control of our destiny again. If we keep playing like this, we’re going up automatically.
3- For all that we’ve only gotten two points off the Potters, it seems that we’re well equipped to play them. Keeping a high line against a forward line with no pace is always a decent start (and we’ve done this to Ricardo Fuller before) but if you’re strong enough to outmuscle their forwards as well they haven’t got anywhere to start.
4- Some terrific performances, including Danny Shittu trying to play centreback and centre forward simultaneously in the second half, Jobi McAnuff looking ever more potent, and John Joe O’Toole’s best showing to date. As I think we’ve mentioned before here, he’s going to be a hell of a player.
5- Full marks to the Stokies for their vocal disdain of Eustace’s dismissal, and to Don Fraser for his “come up here Styles and we’ll show you what contact is” shout of the day.
Bristol City 0 Watford 0 (11/03/2008) 12/03/2008Posted by Matt Rowson in Match reports.
Five thunks from Ashton Gate:
1- A good point or a bad point? Time will tell. Given their home record, a good point. Given the circumstances and missed opportunities (not just the pen), not so great. Need a win Saturday.
2- As at Ipswich, painfully lazy casting as the good guys (Bristol, artists, “proper footballers”) and bad guys (Watford, long ball cloggers) skates over the fact that Bristol’s second half attacks amounted to little more than getting Dele Adebola to jump at Richard Lee for hopeful, swirling balls.
3- A decent night’s work for the referee on the whole. But you have to wonder why he bothered to warn players about encroachment at the penalty given that he ignored the fact that Doris was practically hooker in a rugby scrum (of both sets of players) by the time he took the kick.
4- Collins John fizzed for about twenty minutes, then fizzled out. These must be serious fitness issues.
5- Full marks to the gentleman in the bottom row behind the corner flag for asking the stretching Poom and Demerit to “get out of the way” so that he could continue to see very little of the game, to the amusement of all including the adjacent Lee Trundle.
Watford 1 Norwich City 1 (04/03/2008) 05/03/2008Posted by Matt Rowson in Match reports.
Five thunks from Norwich
1- Whoever gets promoted out fo this division will have done so by default. Jeeeez.
2- The first twenty minutes was terrific, but we’ve nobody but ourselves to blame if we don’t take advantage of such spells. It’s no coincidence that we’ve not tonked anyone for a while.
3- Jordan… really doesn’t help himself, does he?
4- Collins John looks a lot of fun. That pace will be useful away from home…
5- An astonishing refereeing performance. Not that we’ve anyone else but ourselves to blame but… really. The shove on Smith seemed to take place in slow motion. How did he miss it?