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20.01.2018… Leics v Watford…

Leicester City 2 Watford 0

King Power… Saturday January 20th… 3pm

Attendance: 31,891

Ticket: £36 – Programme: £3.50

A win that puts Leicester ‘top of the others’  in the Premier League…

Not a great first half, Leicester going in one to the good thanks to a Jamie Vardy penalty. A vast improvement in the second half though, rounded off by Riyad Mahrez’s clincher in injury time…

But an afternoon most likely to remembered for being Marco Silva’s last in charge of Watford, as he was dismissed shortly after the game…

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Pre-Match: The Players Warm Up…

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First Half: Leicester Lead 1-0…

Leicester City; Schmeichel, Amartey, Dragovic, Maguire, Chilwell, James, Ndidi, Mahrez, Okazaki (Gray 65), Albrighton, Vardy (Silva 89)

Not Used; Iheanacho, Hamer, Fuchs, Benalouane, Diabate

Goals; Vardy (39 pen), Mahrez (90+1)

Watford; Karnezis, Janmaat (Okaka 81), Wague (Prodl 60), Kabasele, Zeegelaar, Watson, Doucoure, Carrillo, Pereyra (Gray 61), Richarlison, Deeney

Not Used; Mariappa, Sinclair, Capoue, Bachmann

Goals; None

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

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25.11.2017… Watford (h)…

Newcastle United 0 Watford 3

St. James’ Park… Saturday November 25th… 3pm

Attendance: 52,188

Ticket: £41Programme: £3

The day that the wheels well and truly fell off, and a game that felt worryingly reminiscent of a number of our home offerings in 15/16…

We’re beginning to learn the hard way what Rafa was telling the idiots upstairs all summer (as he said at his press conference the following Monday, ‘ We are where we are, because of what we did’). Organisation and effort will only get you so far, you need quality to win consistently. Watford had it, and we didn’t…

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Friday; 17:22… Birmingham New Street…

Of most concern though was that, without Jamaal Lascelles in the team, we struggled from an effort perspective too. Too many players looked as if they weren’t really interested…

Positives? Jacob Murphy appears to be growing in confidence; and at least Daryl Janmaat spent the afternoon freezing his arse off on the bench…

I get the feeling that it’s going to be a very long winter…

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Saturday; 15:04… St. James’ Park…

Newcastle United; Elliott, Yedlin, Clark, Lejeune, Manquillo, Diame (Merino 69), Shelvey (YC), Ritchie, Murphy (Perez 77), Joselu (Mitrovic 69), Gayle

Not Used; Darlow, Gamez, Mbemba, Aarons

Goals; None

Watford; Gomes, Mariappa, Kabasele, Britos (Prodl 52 (YC)), Femenia, Hughes (Carrillo 84), Doucoure, Cleverley, Zeegelaar (YC), Richarlison (Pereyra 79), Gray

Not Used; Karnezis, Janmaat, Watson, Capoue

Goals; Hughes (19), Yedlin (og 45+1), Gray (62)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

23.01.2016… Watford (a)…

Watford 2 Newcastle United 1

Vicarage Road… Saturday January 23rd… 3pm

Attendance: 20,611

Ticket: £25 – Programme: £3.50

A second trip to Watford in a fortnight, and a very similar outcome…

According to Steve McClaren, ‘Apart from the two goals, the performance was terrific’. Comments like that are deeply patronising to the fans that travelled, as well as clearly not being true.

The good performances continue to be the exception, the poor performances continue to be the norm…

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Fantastic Voyage: Not Today…

We played reasonably well for fifteen minutes without ever really troubling Watford’s goal, a half chance from Aarons excepted. The remainder of the first-half was massively forgettable, it was very easy to see why it is that we continue to flap about aimlessly in the relegation zone and why Watford had lost four of their previous five league games…

The second half had barely started before Watford went a goal up, it was barely fifteen minutes old before they had put the game to bed. We did pull one back through a Lascelles header from a corner but we were never going to score two…

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Second Half Action: Time Ebbs Away…

There were some small consolations,  no rain on the walk back to Watford Junction, a reasonably short trip back to the Midlands, the new Suede album… but they were about it…

It’s getting increasingly boring to labour the point, I know, but we need a centre forward and we need one now…

Watford; Gomes, Paredes (Nyom 89), Cathcart, Britos (YC), Aké, Behrami (YC), Capoue, Watson, Jurado (Abdi 77), Deeney (Amrabat 93), Ighalo

Not Used; Prödl, Guédioura, Pantilimon, Anya

Goals; Ighalo (46), Cathcart (58)

Newcastle United; Elliot, Lascelles, Coloccini (Riviere 88), Mbemba (YC), Janmaat, Shelvey, Saivet (Pérez 59), Aarons (Gouffran 59), Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Mitrovic

Not Used; Thauvin, Darlow, Taylor, Marveaux

Goals; Lascelles (71)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…