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Did someone mention Swansea?

Amid all the goings on at Vicarage Road this week you might well have forgotten there is a small matter of a football match with Swansea this weekend.

But, don`t worry, we`re a forgiving bunch here at VitalWatford.

After all the Welsh police are mostly to blame what with them forcing the game to be switched to a forgettable spot on a Sunday afternoon en` all. Apparently egg chasing is more popular in deepest, darkest Wales than the beautiful game (or some other nonsense like that).

Just tell that to the Swans foreign invasion of Andrea Orlandi, Federico Bessone, Ferrie Bodde, Gorka Pintado, Jordi Gomez or Guillen Bauza - not a cauliflower ear between them.

Still, how the managerless Hornets could do with producing a smash and grab raid, returning from the Liberty Stadium with 3 points, as they look to claw themselves away from relegation zone.

Swans Boss Roberto Martinez reckons his sexy football loving Real Swansea face Watford at exactly the wrong time with the Hornets players out to impress caretaker boss (and useless defensive coach) Malky Mackay.

Mackay has done his best braveheart impression since Boothroyd got the shove - relaying up his troops to show some fighting spirit (they can take our gaffer but they`ll never take our pride) but has stopped just short of saying 'Do it for Aidy`.

Let`s face it, with a managerial shortlist longer than on loan Swans keeper Dimitrios Konstantopolous` name being drawn up, Malky will be hoping his boys 'do it` for him.

Quite what the bemused players will be 'doing' though is anyone`s guess - The only thing we know for sure is that Jon Harley is suspended for the trip to Wales as, despite his best efforts, he`s still managed to pick up more cards than Clintons in recent weeks. Silly Boy.

No doubt Scott Loach is still sidelined, Poom still crocked and Richard Lee still wondering how the hell he can stop point blank penalties yet he fails to save anything from outside the box!

Mind you, with Elton quitting, Jacket, Barnes, Coton, Gibbs, Blissett and Hessie all being linked with the managers job, Graham Taylor going on diplomatic in the press AND the return of Keith Burkinshaw (breathe), there`s an air of nostalgia striking a chord in WD18…

…So given the Hornets goalkeeping plight and porous defence, can we really not expect to see Andy Rankin on the bench and John McClelland marshalling the backline?

Stranger things have certainly happened this week.

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Writer: Dr Watford Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday November 7 2008

Time: 11:04PM

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