Writer: Dr Watford
Date:Friday October 19 2007
If the Watford faithful reckon the Horns have been inconsistent this season then we`d be pulling our hair out if we were part of the Hull City bandwagon.
Perma-tanned Tigers boss Phil Brown has earnt the respect of the VitalWatford boys. Not only has he put up with being a No.2 to some of the finest footballing brains in England (and Colin Todd) for god knows how long but he was also pretty damn rubbish as manager of Derby for 7 months (20% win rate) yet still came back for more.
Then again, Brown - a dependable full back in his playing days for Bolton, Halifax and Hartlepool - is a Geordie so he`s bound to have that fighting spirit in him…and we bet he doesn`t wear a coat on a freezing night out either.
MORE THAN HIS 15 MINUTES OF FAME…
Just our luck. The VitalWatford boys wanted to focus on both Jay Jay Okocha and Henrik Pederson for this bit but both are set to miss this weekend`s match through injury. So instead Nick Barmby gets the nod.
Yep, ok we admit to not being his biggest fan but the guy has racked up a total of £20 million in transfer fees, has an FA Cup & UEFA Cup winners medal, won 23 England caps and played in the 5-1 win against Germany. All that and he had the bottle to move from Everton to Liverpool. Fair play really.
BETTER KEEP AN EYE ON…
If Sir Aidy wants goals from all over the park then he should have a look at the goalscoring midfield pair of Northern Ireland international Stuart Elliott and ex Charlton man Brian Hughes. Both have notched up more than their fair share of strikes from the centre of the park in their careers with Hughes the pick with 75 goals to his name. Neither player has really had much chance to show off their talents so far this season but they remain a threat.
THE FUTURE`S BRIGHT
23 year old attacking midfielder Dean Marney has all the pedigree you`d expect of someone from Spurs Academy and pacy midfielder John Welsh - who is recovering from a broken leg - has played 8 times for England U21 and captained Liverpool`s reserve team. 19yo striker Nicky Featherstone, 20yo keeper Tom Woodhead and 18yo defender Brewster Frizzell are all meant to have big futures ahead of them (despite the fact the latter sounds like a 1950s American college geek).
THE 'MUST WIN` HEAD TO HEAD
The Hornets faithful will know all about Hull centre back Wayne Brown who made 25 appearances for the Golden Boys but he and central defensive partners Michael Turner and Andy Dawson will have to be at their very best given the form of King Marlon and Hendo. On saying that Yankie keeper Boaz Myhill will be barking out the orders like an over eager bootcamp drill sergeant should they falter.
BIG UP TOP?
Hull have just nipped into Old Traford and smuggled 20yo Man Utd striker Frazier Campbell out of the door on loan and he`ll go straight into the squad alongside veteran Dean Windass, ex Colchester hitman Richard Garcia and Stephen McPhee, who scored plenty of goals for Port Vale but has yet to have a big impact at the KC.
There`s also a chance £1m man Caleb Folan, will get back into action at Fortress Vicarage as he recovers from injury - he scored on his last venture into the unknown territory that is WD18 in Wigan`s 1-1 draw last season.
AIN`T YOU PAST IT?
Ah, Dean Windass… you`re time is almost up. The veteran has stacked up nearly 600 league games in total yet is still running around like an overeager 18 year old out to impress - his 38 year old legs must be pretty darn sore on Sunday mornings. The VitalWatford boys have a lot of time for Windass though…he clearly loves the game, wears his heart on his sleeve and is partial to the odd bit of ref gawding now and then. It`s been a colourful career but surely it can`t go on for much longer…
DR WATFORD`S GREAT BIG 'I NEVER KNEW THAT` MOMENT
What`s that we hear about about 'youth over experience`???. During the notorious Crossbar Challenge on SoccerAM, only 18 year old defender Matt Plummer was the only Tiger able to hit the woodwork. That must be the highlight of the young lad`s career…well that, and making his debut against the Hornets in the Carling Cup last year.
VERDICT - THE 'GOOD SHIP BOOTHROYD` OUTLOOK
A rough ride The Good Ship Boothroyd has made heavy weather of games at home this season, especially when the expectancy levels have been pretty high. This will such an occasion. Hull will be physical and if the game`s anything like the one 2 season`s ago at their place, well it`ll be a bit tasty as well. Watford though should nick it despite heavy pressure late on.
Date:Friday October 19 2007
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