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Watford 3 Scunthorpe United 0 (21/09/2009) 22/11/2009

Posted by Matt Rowson in Match reports.

Five thunks from a comprehensive victory over Scunny…

1- The more this goes on, the greater is the credence to the argument that we’re not playing a succession of bad teams at home… we’re making teams look bad. Our midfield was again phenomenal, Lansbury and Cowie in particular standing out, and that movement and ball retention is going to expose plenty of teams, even those that haven’t had to cope with an early morning hotel fire alarm like Scunny. It could have been six.

2- With half an eye on the recent trip to West Brom, Palace and Newcastle could both be interesting. Scunny tried to bully us in the first half, indulged by a refereeing performance that reached extraordinary levels of preposterousness after the break, and more experienced, more solid teams will do so better. How we cope with Warnock’s trolls and mutants will be informative.

3- No weak performances today. Not one. And Lee Hodson is just bloody ace.

4- It really nearly happened again, didn’t it? And this would have been a beautiful moment for Lloydy to open his account, what with Grant absent at a photography course (I ask you!) and Messenger having already departed for his half-time pint. I do hope it happens when Messenger’s at the bar…

5- Scunny do seem to like their gobby little strikers. A visit to Glanford Park a few years ago was dominated by Martin Patterson (now Burnley) mouthing off incessantly, this time it was Gary Hooper. Like Patterson, a decent looking striker, but he didn’t half go on… Scunny looked tidy in the final third, but it wasn’t nearly enough.


Book Signing…. 17/11/2009

Posted by Matt Rowson in Thoughts about things.

If you’ve ever visited this blog before you’ll probably be painfully aware that I’ve recently had a book published on the history of the club, “Watford FC On This Day”.

This coming Thursday (Nov 19th) from 6pm to 8pm I’ll be signing copies at Waterstones in the Harlequin. Perhaps more enticingly, Watford manager Malky Mackay and legend Nigel Gibbs will also be present signing copies.

It would be good to see you there.

That is all.

Watford 2 Preston North End 0 (07/11/2009) 09/11/2009

Posted by Matt Rowson in Thoughts about things.

Five thunks from another fine home victory.

1- It’s a long time since we’ve been as utterly on top as we were in that first half. Glorious stuff it was, too, verve and movement that was in part responsible for Preston standing around looking very stupid for much of the time. The slight concern, of course, was that 2-0 didn’t remotely capture the degree of our domination but we were never in trouble.

2- Cherry on the icing on the cake was that magnificent second goal, for which there are scarcely sufficient superlatives. Lansbury’s second consecutive fine home performance adds credence to his argument that centre midfield – rather than “in the hole” is where he’s best employed. There was more than a hint of Steven Gerrard in his run for the second goal, powering through challenges, retaining sufficient composure to pick the perfect pass as Graham and Helguson distracted around him.

3- My word weren’t Preston, to a surprising degree, a pile of lumpy awfulness though? From the first minute where Preston’s defence watched a cross float to the far post with the immobile, distracted air of kids at a firework display it was evident that fun could be had. And yes, DM, I’m concious that we played a very great part in making them look lumpy but lumpy they very much were. Worst of a poor bunch was full-back Michael Hart whose display reached comical levels of incompetence; it’s difficult to conceive how a team in the top half of the division is capable of defending that badly (what? oh yes…)

4- And, to state the bleeding obvious, surely the most unit weight per striekr of any side in the division in Parkin, Mellor and Brown. Only Stephen Elliott, so frequently a scorer against the Hornets, came off the bench to challenge the average.

5- This is all rather fun, isn’t it?