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2007: Year of the Hornet - March

March started with Clarke Carlisle haring off up the M1 to join the Mad Hatters tea-party at Luton on loan for a month as he fought back to fitness after injury.

And how the Hornets could have done with the big centre half after failing to shut up shop despite racing into a 2 goal lead a home to Charlton - thanks to strikes from Francis (on his 250th league start) and Bouazza. A late Darren Ambrose equalizer nicked a point for Addicks in a game Watford threw away.

Still there was recognition for a number of Watford defenders - Captain America, Jay DeMerit received his first ever call up to the USA national team whilst Academy full back, Jordan Parkes was all double dutch with the joy of starting in England U18`s 4-1 friendly win over Holland.

Talking of international acclaim, new kid of the Eastern Block Tamas Priskin continued to make waves across Europe as he netted a brace for Hungary against Moldova and Montenegro but had yet to find his scoring boots (or form in a national shirt for that matter) for the Hornets.

Yet he was promoted up the striking pecking order as Moses Ashikodi was sent packing out on loan to the Mighty Bantams of Bradford City for a month - where he immediately scores his first ever league goal in a Division 1 clash v Bristol City.

In the FA Cup, a classic Hameur blow killed off the Pilgrims of Plymouth despite the Championship side outplaying the Hornets in the quarter final tie at Home Park. Foster was brilliant as the Premiership strugglers held on for a 1-0 win despite heavy pressure (Plymouth even threw on the kitchen sink as a 80th minute substitute such was their dominance).

And thoughts of the Dream 'New Wembley` FA Cup Final were still on after the Glory Hornet boys came out of the velvet bag paired with the inenviable task of taking on a rampant Man Utd, whilst Blackburn Rovers drew Chelsea. Watford v Blackburn was clearly the one the world wanted to grace the new national stadium.

With 1 mind on cup success, Watford were played off the park at White Hart Lane as Martin Jol`s ran out 3-1 winners. Foster was left humiliated in the battle of the England keepers as an 80 yard clearance from Paul Robinson sailed past the Watford goalie into the net. Hendo notched up his 50th career goal but further goals from Ghaly and Jenas left Spurs in complete control.

Still the club announced a 6-month profit (up to Dec 2006) of 1.3m thanks to the spell in the Premiership as Aidy Boothroyd celebrated 2 years in the Vicarage Road hotseat.

And there was still time left for a bit of moving and shaking as Dom Blizzard and Albert Jarrett joined up on emergency loan at the concrete cows of MK Dons whilst Wheezy McNamee headed up to Crewe for the rest of the season.

The month ended with an impressive rear guard action against Jose Mourinho`s Chelsea. Francis and Kabba both fluffed their lines to net Watford a deserved win and, as always is the case, Hornets hearts were broken by a Saloman Kalou header 26 minutes into injury time that kept the blue flag flying high.




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Date:Sunday December 30 2007

Time: 10:46AM

 

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