Writer: Dr Watford
Date:Wednesday May 14 2008
Stoke Legend Lou Macari reckons 'Watford need a minor miracle` if they are to overcome a 2-0 deficit at the KC tonight but Aidy Boothroyd insists 'anything can happen` and occasionally it does….
We bring you Dr Watford's 'Top 5` Greatest Hornet comebacks....
Watford 7 (0) - 1 (4) Southampton : League Cup R2 (2nd leg), Sept 1980
A right ol` drubbing from the first leg so the Hornets leave the Dell with a 4-0 defeat ringing in their ears. But even with Mick Channon and Charlie George pulling the strings, the Saints were no match for Watford in the 2nd leg. 7-0!!! Who scored? Well, everyone - Patching, Poskett and Callaghan were the pick on a night when the Horns just couldn`t stop scoring.
Watford 3 (4) - 0 (3) Kaislerslauten : UEFA Cup R1 (2nd leg), Oct 1983
A 3-1 German onslaught their side of the Eastern bloc and the Hornets shot at Europe looked as doomed as a British punk band at Eurovision. 7 first team players on the treatment table, a fresh faced youth team striker up front. Somehow, Watford went 2 up in 10 minutes to square it up on aggregate at home. Richardson sneaked past a handful of German internationals to nod home the third. Achtung baby!
Watford 4 - 3 Bolton : Div 1, Oct 1993
3 goals down, 70 minutes gone. A rampant Trotters side riding high on the back of 'cup shocks` at Anfield and Highbury were pulling the Hornets apart. Up stepped Hornets midfielder Gary Porter - a 19 minute hat-trick after a couple of goal mouth scrambles and a well struck Ken Charlery strike stole (yes stole) the points. Cue, mass bundle under the scoreboard (and those weird robot characters doing their digital dancing).
West Brom 4 - 4 Watford : Div 2, March 1996
Don`t you just hate Bob Taylor. The Baggie frontman`s hat-trick had depressed me as much as a Frank Skinner on Tour DVD and the Hawthorns was boing (ing) - 3-0 approaching half time - down and out. Not so. Up rose Colin Foster with a brace, then Ramage rammed home a couple (as cool as er, Craig) to send Adrian Childs home miserable (hopefully).
Man Utd 1 - 2 Watford : League Cup R3, Oct 1978
A rocking Old Trafford and the Hornets were on the verge of a nightmare at the Theatre of Dreams. A Joe Jordan strike put the Red Devils head early on and United were flowing. Half time couldn`t come early enough. Then in steps Luther. Oh Luther. A couple of swift moves on the counter attack, BANG - we`re level (Blissett). BANG BANG (Blissett at the double) we`re ahead. Rankin makes a flying double save from McQueen and Albiston and the Hornets are through.
See, miracles do happen.
Date:Wednesday May 14 2008
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