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Watford vs Plymouth – Lowdown 09/04/2010

Posted by Matt Rowson in Thoughts about things.

Courtesy of Plymouth fan and occasional visitor to BHaPPY Jim Benton-Evans, the lowdown on our battle-weary troops’ opponents tomorrow….

We’ve haven’t won a single one of the so-called relegation six-pointers, and our form is a bit all over the place. The team is unrecognisable from when we played you at ours so some background might be of interest.

GK – David Stockdale – keeper on loan from Fulham. Despite one or two high-profile howlers, he is generally light years ahead of Larrieu, who is rumoured to be joining the coaching staff next season.

RB – Karl Duguid/Richard Eckersley – Duguid will probably get the nod, to the dismay of the Green Army, who continue to be mystified as to why he’s anywhere near the team. Eckersley is ex-Man U, now Burnley, doing the loan thing, but has been injured and may be somewhat off the pace.

LB – Onisimor Bhasera – Joined three weeks ago from SA side Kaizer Chiefs. Easily the best left back we’ve had for twenty years: has pace, awareness and strength. He’ll be off in the summer then.

RCB – Bondz N’Gala. Another loanee, this time from West Ham. Big unit, strong in the air and the tackle, looks a bit suspect on the ground.

LCB – Reda Johnson. Benin international whose been an instant success. Makes occasional alarming forays upfield, under the delusion presumably that he’s Franz Beckenbauer’s long-lost cousin. Strong, committed – and still only 22.

LM – Yannick Bolasie. Returned from loan at Barnet, was thrust into the first team when Craig Noone was injured and has been something of a hit. Has a tendency to trip himself up whilst turning full backs inside out, but has pace and trickery and a venomous shot.

RM – Chris Clark/Alan Judge. Clark is Mr Dependable, puts the shift in, does the wood-and-water carrying bit. Judge has a bit more about him – pace and drive. Neither of them can cross a ball with any consistency.

CM – Carl Fletcher. Thought his season was over after 5 mins against Barnsley. Has made a fantastic recovery and hopes to start. Our captain and player of the year.

CM – Damian Johnson – Signed from Birmingham in the transfer window and has brought some class and stability to the midfield.

CF – Jamie Mackie – The perennial paper bag chaser is rumoured to be off in the summer. For all his effort, the end product still leaves much to be desired.

CF – Bradley Wright-Philips/Joe Mason. BWP is still returning from injury and is taking things a little too easily for the Home Park faithful. But has probably the best conversion rate of all the strikers at the club bar Mason, who’s 18, come through the ranks and is a better prospect than Dan Gosling. Has been playing wide right with some success.

Subs: Larrieu, Fallon, Chris Barker, Yoann Folly, Kenny Cooper (amiable but useless MLS player) plus those from above who don’t make the starting XI.

We’ve won our last two away (at Ipswich and Doncaster) so I’m hopeful. Haven’t got much choice, really. To be honest, I think the most likely scenario is the two of us meeting again next season in L1…….

A cheerful assessment Jim. Either way, a lot will hang on tomorrow. Recovering from defeat would be difficult for either side, for slightly different reasons…


1. rousman - 10/04/2010

We seem unable to keep a clean sheet of late, but must be due one & a little bit of luck. The main worry is the players that are missing TC & HL who have both made a big impact (to say the least) However we will win !! COYH

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