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Here at Vicarage Road, we know exactly what it feels like to have fallen from Cloud Nine to the Earth below. Tomorrow night`s visitors are now suffering the very same fate that we`ve endured in the past after F.A Cup Semi Finals. Losing 3-1 to Blackburn last year. The inevitability is that after the emotion of such an F.A Cup run, especially one where you knock out Liverpool and Chelsea, your league form suffers. For the Tykes though, it is something they cannot let happen having fallen into the drop zone at the weekend.

Kayode Odejayi doesn`t roll off the tongue easily, but the former Cheltenham forward notched the decisive goal in the Final tie versus Chelsea though all his good work was undone on Sunday with a horror show miss. The less however he dwells on that and his stat of 2 goals in 40, the better, because on his day, the big man can be a handful. The 6`2" Nigerian scored 30 goals in 100 league starts at Whaddon Road, tempting Barnsley gaffer Simon Davey to part with 300k to sign him.

Alongside him though, Istvan Ferenczi and Kim Christensen have hardly been lethal, the duo, signed last Summer managing just 4 goals between them in deepest, darkest Yorkshire.

Jon Macken was signed by Davey in January to try and add some goals to the Tykes flailing frontline and so far the gamble has paid off. So far the former Manchester City and Preston striker has managed 3 in 11 since making his loan move from Derby permanent. Since leaving Manchester City, for whom he scored 7 in 27, the Manchester born Eire cap has been unable to settle joining Crystal Palace but falling behind a host of others, before unimpressive loan spells at Ipswich and Preston. Finally someone wants the injury-prone forward again and Davey`s faith has been rewarded with a total of 6 in 22.

The problem with looking at the statistics of strikers is that the statistics rarely show the profitability of the chances created by the men behind them.

Martin Devaney is one-such man, the former Hornet joined Barnsley in 2005 and having helped them to promotion and an F.A Cup Semi, has racked up 94 league starts and 15 goals for the Tykes, including one against the Hornets back in November. Revenege is sweet for both parties and Aidy Boothroyd will no doubt be hoping that the former Cheltenham winger has a mare upon return, Devaney otherwise. We all know Aidy is not someone to swallow his pride.

Another Barnsley hero of the new generation will be Brian Howard. The Tykes 'skipper scoring that terrific last-minuted winner against Liverpool earlier in the F.A Cup run. Had it not been for Roman Abramovich, Howard could`ve been plying his trade for Chelsea by now. The former Southampton trainee was close to agreeing personal terms with the London giants when the Russian strolled in, and we all know the rest. A powerful left-footer capable playing in central midfield or wide-left, Howard has bags of experience with .

At the back the presence of youngster Lewin Nyatanga has been missed hugely through injury, the cool Welshman was well received during his two years on-loan at Oakwell, but tomorrow it`s the turn of the more experienced Steven Foster who joined on-loan from Burnley following a stale spell at Turf Moor. On his day, clearly an excellent defender at this level, Foster was one of the prominent reasons Crewe Alexandra stayed up for as many years as they did. Good in the air, Foster should be partnered by Brazilian Denis Souza.

Finally, rounding off the team is a man who needs no introduction despite spending six months in West Brom`s reserves. On his way to a Wembley semi-final appearance, Luke Steele won many accolades in the tabloids as well as cup-final tickets through being the man of the round versus Liverpool. With a string of astonishing saves combining lightening-quick reactions and mind-boggling agility, Steele won the nations hearts and a Summer move to the club he was making his debut for.

Would Watford really want to punish a side that`s experienced what we have in the past? Only after Wednesday, now is the time to be ruthless.

Watford?
Lee; DeMerit, Bromby, Shittu (c), Sadler; Smith, Williamson, O`Toole, McAnuff; Henderson and Ellington.

Barnsley?
Steele; Van Hoemet, De Souza, Foster, Kozluk; Devaney, Howard, Hassell, Campbell-Ryce; Ferenczi and Odejayi.

Come on YOU O`RNSSS!


Here at Vicarage Road, we know exactly what it feels like to have fallen from Cloud Nine to the Earth below. Tomorrow night`s visitors are now suffering the very same fate that we`ve endured in the past after F.A Cup Semi Finals. Losing 3-1 to Blackburn last year. The inevitability is that after the emotion of such an F.A Cup run, especially one where you knock out Liverpool and Chelsea, your league form suffers. For the Tykes though, it is something they cannot let happen having fallen into the drop zone at the weekend.

Kayode Odejayi doesn`t roll off the tongue easily, but the former Cheltenham forward notched the decisive goal in the Final tie versus Chelsea though all his good work was undone on Sunday with a horror show miss. The less however he dwells on that and his stat of 2 goals in 40, the better, because on his day, the big man can be a handful. The 6`2" Nigerian scored 30 goals in 100 league starts at Whaddon Road, tempting Barnsley gaffer Simon Davey to part with 300k to sign him.

Alongside him though, Istvan Ferenczi and Kim Christensen have hardly been lethal, the duo, signed last Summer managing just 4 goals between them in deepest, darkest Yorkshire.

Jon Macken was signed by Davey in January to try and add some goals to the Tykes flailing frontline and so far the gamble has paid off. So far the former Manchester City and Preston striker has managed 3 in 11 since making his loan move from Derby permanent. Since leaving Manchester City, for whom he scored 7 in 27, the Manchester born Eire cap has been unable to settle joining Crystal Palace but falling behind a host of others, before unimpressive loan spells at Ipswich and Preston. Finally someone wants the injury-prone forward again and Davey`s faith has been rewarded with a total of 6 in 22.

The problem with looking at the statistics of strikers is that the statistics rarely show the profitability of the chances created by the men behind them.

Martin Devaney is one-such man, the former Hornet joined Barnsley in 2005 and having helped them to promotion and an F.A Cup Semi, has racked up 94 league starts and 15 goals for the Tykes, including one against the Hornets back in November. Revenege is sweet for both parties and Aidy Boothroyd will no doubt be hoping that the former Cheltenham winger has a mare upon return, Devaney otherwise. We all know Aidy is not someone to swallow his pride.

Another Barnsley hero of the new generation will be Brian Howard. The Tykes 'skipper scoring that terrific last-minuted winner against Liverpool earlier in the F.A Cup run. Had it not been for Roman Abramovich, Howard could`ve been plying his trade for Chelsea by now. The former Southampton trainee was close to agreeing personal terms with the London giants when the Russian strolled in, and we all know the rest. A powerful left-footer capable playing in central midfield or wide-left, Howard has bags of experience with .

At the back the presence of youngster Lewin Nyatanga has been missed hugely through injury, the cool Welshman was well received during his two years on-loan at Oakwell, but tomorrow it`s the turn of the more experienced Steven Foster who joined on-loan from Burnley following a stale spell at Turf Moor. On his day, clearly an excellent defender at this level, Foster was one of the prominent reasons Crewe Alexandra stayed up for as many years as they did. Good in the air, Foster should be partnered by Brazilian Denis Souza.

Finally, rounding off the team is a man who needs no introduction despite spending six months in West Brom`s reserves. On his way to a Wembley semi-final appearance, Luke Steele won many accolades in the tabloids as well as cup-final tickets through being the man of the round versus Liverpool. With a string of astonishing saves combining lightening-quick reactions and mind-boggling agility, Steele won the nations hearts and a Summer move to the club he was making his debut for.

Would Watford really want to punish a side that`s experienced what we have in the past? Only after Wednesday, now is the time to be ruthless.

Watford?
Lee; DeMerit, Bromby, Shittu (c), Sadler; Smith, Williamson, O`Toole, McAnuff; Henderson and Ellington.

Barnsley?
Steele; Van Hoemet, De Souza, Foster, Kozluk; Devaney, Howard, Hassell, Campbell-Ryce; Ferenczi and Odejayi.

Come on YOU O`RNSSS!





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