Writer: Dr Watford
Date:Sunday March 21 2010
Watford racked up 15 shots on goal and had "4 or 5 incredible efforts that didn`t go in" according to the gaffer but still managed to leave Cardiff on the wrong end of a 3-1 scoreline as they shot themselves in the foot...
...in fact, on this showing, we`re surprised they even managed to shoot straight to hit that!!!
Sure, it certainly wasn`t the Sunday afternoon "romp" that the Bluebirds 'fficial site suggests (we agree with Dave Jones` "battle" assessment) but Cardiff - with a front 3 to frighten anyone in the Championship - were just all a little bit too clinical for the Hornets backline and Watford once again were weak at the back.
Whilst the high flying Bluebirds nicked an early strike through McCormack`s 8th minutes rocket (against the run of play), Watford were at their wasteful best in the final third with some woeful finishing and a lack of accuracy when it was most needed.
Hey, if you don`t shoot straight, you don`t deserve the points right?
Taylor rattled the bar with a towering header. Clever Tom fired a free-kick straight down the throat of Marshall. Hoskins fired high, wide and not so handsome inside the 6-yard box. Helguson had the goal at his mercy after great work by Cowie and Hodson...
Even the Cardiff homepage admits "it was a game Watford could have taken something from had they taken their opportunities" - which is oh so kind of them but doesn`t earn us any valuable points in our fight for survival.
And as the hapless Hornet frontline couldn`t hit a cowie`s ass with a banjo, Cardiff didn`t really even need to work to find the back of the net.
Peter Whittingham (VitalWatford`s nomination for Championship Player of the Season), headed home too a bit too easily  after Burke made a right ol` er burke out of Doyley. Then ex Rangers winger Burke ran the full length of the Hornets half, before making mugs of Hodson and Mariappa before firing under Loach .
It could have been worse had Loach not produced a moment of magic between the sticks to somehow keep out a Bothroyd header.
Clever, clinical, counter attacking with bags and bags of confidence - that`s how it`s done boys!
Yes, Helguson`s consolation spectacular strike in injury time showed off all of that - and far more - but at 3 down and heading home with nothing, it`s a bit late to be showing it.
It`s off to Hillsborough on Wednesday night for a crunch 6-pointer - Let`s just hope the Hornets pack their shooting boots this time.
Date:Sunday March 21 2010
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