Vital Football

Latest Watford FC News

Wallace & Goddamnit as Hornets lose

Wallace & Goddamnit as Hornets lose

Watford once again failed to put their Deepdale demons behind them as they succumbed to a 2-0 defeat to Preston, for whom Ross Wallace and Billy Jones found the net.

But it could and really should have been very different after a first 40 minutes of free flowing footie from Aidy Boothroyd's troops with Grzgorz Rasiak and John Joe O`Toole causing problems.

The Hornets started brightly with PNE keeper Andy Lonergan producing good stops to deny Ward, Demerit and Hoskins, whilst O`Toole saw a close range header crash back off the bar for the 2nd game running.

In fact, there was plenty to remind us of the Wolves game up north - a couple of desperate goal line clearances, well rehearsed Hornet set pieces that caused havoc but sadly defensive frailty still hadn`t gone away despite the return of Captain America.

How Billy Jones stole in to put PNE 1-up 3 minutes before half time was beyond us. Lee did well to palm out a shot on the rebound and Jones had all the time in the world to bundle home the follow-up.

No do or die defender bodies thrown in the way, no faces at risk of being smashed in like we`d seen at the other end moments before.

No wonder Boothroyd was "disappointed to go in one down because it was against the run of play".

Any thoughts of a second half revival though were dashed as Watford seemingly ignored Boothroyd`s motivational half time teamtalk and put in a second half performance that was tired, lucklustre and predictable.

Think how those runners who`d spent the night stranded in the cold up in the Lake District would have felt as the frost set in and well, that pretty much sums up Watford`s showing.

PNE however raised their game, switched the 2 wingers and Ross Wallace - on loan from Sunderland - gave Matt Sadler a sound roasting on more than 4 occasions.

Indeed, Wallace was well worth his goal on 63rd minute - lifting a 25 yarder past Lee. In truth, Rich will be annoyed with himself for failing to stop the shot that seemed to bounce up over him but the Lilywhites flyer should have been blocked off a lot earlier in the build-up.

So a proverbial game of 2 halves then and as the old saying (and Aidy Boothroyd) confirmed post match - If you don`t take chances, you don`t win games…

And it`s been like that for near on 20 years at Deepdale for the travelling Hornets.



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Dr Watford
Date:Wednesday October 29 2008
Time: 12:25PM

Comments

0
poor result........did your team actually turn up ???
lincolnblue
29/10/2008 16:24:00
0
Sounds like we played well without scoring until half time then played poorly thereafter. Expect to see the Backlash against Blackpool today! Come On You Golden Boys!
RFB-gloryhornetboys
01/11/2008 10:13:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Watford Articles

Vital Pre-Match - Crystal Palace v Watford

Watford's impressive return to the topflight will see the us looking for a reaction to the defeat to title chasing Spurs a week ago ahead of the FA Cup tie with Leeds next weekend.

Flores Ahead Of Palace

Head coach Quique Sanchez Flores has now held his pre Crystal Palace press conference and confirmed that Watford go into the tie in good spirits.

The Watford FC Walking Wounded - Injury List

Our weekly update looking at the injury table and also comparing with all our competitors in the Premier League.

Match Day Officials v Palace

The Premier League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game against Crystal Palace this weekend.

Archived Vital Watford Articles

Vital Watford articles from

Site Journalists

Harry Welch
Profile
KDCallanan
Profile
chrisgwfc
Profile
Colin Cowan
Profile
Alex Moore
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Crystal Palace v Watford
Suggested By:
Watford win0%
Crystal Palace win0%
Draw0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Leicester City 25 15 8 2 53 20
2 Spurs 25 13 9 3 48 26
3 Arsenal 25 14 6 5 48 17
4 Man City 25 14 5 6 47 21
5 Man Utd 25 11 8 6 41 10
6 West Ham 25 10 9 6 39 9
7 Southampton 25 10 7 8 37 9
8 Everton 25 8 11 6 35 12
9 Liverpool 25 9 8 8 35 -4
10 Watford 25 9 6 10 33 0
11 Stoke 25 9 6 10 33 -7
12 Crystal Palace 25 9 5 11 32 -4
13 Chelsea 25 7 9 9 30 -2
14 WBA 25 7 8 10 29 -9
15 AFC Bournemouth 25 7 7 11 28 -12
16 Swansea 25 6 9 10 27 -9
17 Newcastle 25 6 6 13 24 -18
18 Norwich 25 6 5 14 23 -20
19 Sunderland 25 5 5 15 20 -19
20 Aston Villa 25 3 7 15 16 -20
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Watford Fixtures (view all)

Feb 13 2016 3:00PM : Crystal Palace (a)
Barclays Premier League
Feb 20 2016 3:00PM : Leeds United (H)
FA Cup
Feb 27 2016 3:00PM : AFC Bournemouth (H)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 2 2016 8:00PM : Manchester United (a)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 5 2016 5:30PM : Leicester City (H)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 12 2016 3:00PM : West Ham United (a)
Barclays Premier League

Recent Watford Results (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.David Allen1