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Watford 2 Bristol City 4 (26/12/2008) 27/12/2008

Posted by Matt Rowson in Thoughts about things.
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1-  Mat Sadler.  Textbook 1 out of 5.  Sometimes he looks like a competent if unspectacular full back.  Sometimes he looks like he’s just got in from a night out on the beers and hasn’t had any sleep…

2- Jay Demerit.  Why is it that as our captain returns, any semblance of defensive robustness evaporates?  Perhaps unfair on City’s contribution;  they were a cleverer attacking side than those we’ve faced recently (if scarcely less wobbly than us at the back).  But the Mariappa/Bromby partnership looked pretty good. 

3- On the same subject… whilst any arrivals in January are likely to be kids with top flight pedigree, what we really need is a big ugly centre back capable of shouting at his teammates, and kicking opponents really hard.  And if that fails, trying it the other way around.

4- Ross Jenkins is still ace.  And the Williamson/Jenkins combo remains by far our most convincing.  One assumes that Bridcutt is now history.

5- I’m almost glad they scored their fourth.  Almost.  Would have been too cruel to see City protect a one goal lead by jockying around in the corner to the cheers of their fans for five minutes.  After all, it was ten years to the day since Gifton was doing precisely that to them, in the same corner of the pitch…

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Watford 2 Coventry City 1 (13/12/2008) 13/12/2008

Posted by Matt Rowson in Thoughts about things.
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Five Thunks from the win over Cov

1- Well that was Much More Like It.  Compelling, convincing, and fully deserving of victory.  No coincidence that Lee Williamson was back in the engine room.

2- We didn’t even look particularly wobbly at the back.  I mean, the defence still isn’t going to be hired to protect any visiting heads of state any time soon… but today was a hell of an improvement.  Your heart wasn’t in your mouth every time the ball came into the box for starters.  Aidy Mariappa could maybe do with a run at centre-back, whence he captained the youth team…

3- The rain.  I’m not complaining;  we played the conditions much more effectively than Cov and it was a remarkably positive showing from both sides in the circumstances.  But… it didn’t seem likely that the game would finish, as late as the end of the first half.  Bonus marks to Chris Coleman for stopping short of Walker (R)’s plausible enough prediction in his post-match comments.

4- Had lunch at the Purple Cafe next to the Palace Theatre.  Perhaps Clinton Morrison, pantomime villain, had come to the wrong venue.  Cretin.

5- Yeah, I know we’re brassic.  And I know that I’ve had time to adjust to the idea.  And I know that, much as he’ll be a fabulous player, and is already an effective goalscorer, John Joe O’Toole is a sensible player to market given the limited impact (relative to what he’ll fetch) that his departure will have on the team.  But you couldn’t help but have a lump in your throat as he threw his shirt into the Rookery at the end.  Hey ho.

Watford 2 Norwich City 1 (10/12/2008) 10/12/2008

Posted by Matt Rowson in Match reports.
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Five thunks from the win over Norwich

1- Yeah, I know.  A win.  Any win.  But good god.  Norwich were poor, and yet we were fortunate to come away with three points.

2- I know I made this point in the Spurs thunks… but can we have a little bit of oomph please?  Some welly?  Some aggro?  Would it be worth wheeling Tommy Mooney back from Marbella just to wander around shouting at people?  And giving it some when the ball came into range?  Or any opponent?  Or anyone at all? Or to find Colin Foster, prop him up in the penalty area and just have him head and booter the ball whenever it came near him.  Make it look a little bit brutal.  I don’t want to watch bloody embroidery.

3- Big respec’ to Leigh Bromby for something resembling a defensive performance, something the side’s been lacking of late.  But you’d sooner have him OR Mariappa alongside Colin Foster (see above)

4- Leroy Lita looked as if he was on detention.  Or doing lines or something.

5- We aren’t half going to miss Smudger.

Watford 1 Tottenham Hotspur 2 (03/12/2008) 03/12/2008

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Five thunks from the League Cup Quarter FInal

1- Enormous fun for ten minutes.  After that… echoes of both Premiership seasons.  A reasonable effort, not abject humiliation, but painfully inevitable for all that.

2- Why aren’t there any nasty bastards in our team any more?  Surely the most gentle, mild mannered Watford team in a long long while?  What would you have given for  a Heidar, a  Doris, a Tommy Mooney in the second half? 

3- What is the point of Tottenham?

4- For all that we should have been behind at half-time, soft penalty calls from bigclubcentric refs notwithstanding, the switch around of personnel gave us a much more convincing shape, even if Lee Williamson has never really “worked” in a wide position.   Tommy’s cleverness has rarely been wasted out wide, but Williamson is much more forceful in the thick of the action – seemed an odd way round to employ the pair.  Jenkins and Bridcutt in central midfield looked reasonably convincing mind.

5-  Aaron Lennon.  Ainsworth Deluxe.

Watford vs Tottenham Hotspur 03/12/2008

Posted by Matt Rowson in Thoughts about things.
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New manager?  Tippy Tappy football?  Chairmen resigning?  Drifting, drifting….?

Bollocks.

Floodlights.  Cup quarter final.  Floodlights.  Packed stadium.  Fancy danspur FC.  Floodlights.

Let’s give it some f***ing welly….