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Watford 2 - Coventry City 1

Vicarage Road

05.04.08 @15:00

Attendance: 17 188

Horns second 'Best' in win

The most important statistic of the afternoon was of course the scoreline and between now and the end of the season it will remain so, but really, scratching a little deeper than the surface, performances are what should be counting right now.

We`re highly unlikely to win automatic promotion and should we go up through the play off`s we`re coming straight back down if we offer this little. Any other promotion-chasing side would`ve put Coventry to sword long before they snatched their leveller. Not Watford, "We are Watford" claimed the free flags, and here, they should have added, we do things the hard way

This was very much the Watford of recent weeks, do not let the three points fool you, nor can you let Nathan Ellington`s first goal in nearly two months kid you into thinking he`s hit form at the right time, he hasn`t.

However, to add a positive spin on this afternoon`s events, Tommy Smith did at least show some cutting edge when given his opportunity to win the game and we are back up to fourth, whatever that counts for.

Watford took the lead just seven minutes in when Tommy Smith squared the ball to Nathan Ellington, who, with absolutely no expectation on his shoulder rocketed the ball past Kasper Schmeichel and into the bottom left-hand corner from outside the area.

Whereas the best teams with the most quality would take Coventry to pieces in their vulnerable state near the bottom of the league and with just 3 wins under Chris Coleman, Watford managed the complete opposite. Leon Best was the Sky Blues main threat and on three occasions it was the Irishman who worked Richard Lee with low efforts from around the penalty area.

There was still time for Tommy Smith to manage an astounding miss, crashing a shot well wide of a virtually open goal after a cross down the right made it to the left-hand side of the penalty area. Some old adage about being easier to score than miss?

Half-time: 1-0

The second half smacked of Watford at their worst as for much of it the midfield battle was lost, Coventry evidently wanting the game more as they bossed the midfield and were first to everything, with that in mind it was little surprise 15 minutes in that Best equalised.

A good cross from the left came to Leon Best who was unmarked on the right hand side of the six yard box to plant a header back over Richard Lee and into the bottom right-hand corner.

Watford`s long ball game did unfortunately pay off in the end and no doubt Aidy Boothroyd will be punching the air with delight tonight after his boring tactics were enough to win the Hornets three points.

From a dangerous Coventry free kick, Lee hoofed the goal kick toward Nathan 'elephant` Ellington who amazingly flicked-on for Tommy Smith to race onto the loose ball before clinically prodding underneath Schmeichel

Full-time: 2-1

Style has to start coming before substance if we`re to get anywhere in the footballing world. End of.

Coventry City
Schmeichel, Duffy (Mifsud 46), Fox, Dann, Ward, Osbourne, Stephen Hughes, Doyle, Gray (Thornton 88), Best, Simpson (Hines 72).

Referee: Mr D Deadman

Star Player

Tommy Smith

Player Ratings


Lee-6

Little to do other than stop a couple of tame Best efforts.

Doyley-4

Spoons for feet.

Shittu (c) -7

Imperious as ever.

Bromby-6

A couple of hacks, but solid.

Sadler-6

A couple of nice passes, untroubled defensively.

Smith-7

Excellently taken winner and a decent display.

O'Toole-4

Poor in everything.

Williamson-4

Almost anonymous.

McAnuff-5

Enjoyed about two runs all afternoon.

Ellington-3

A joke, again. Did look slightly fitter and more interested, earning him that score, just.

Kabba-4

Slightly better than the above joke.




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Writer: wfc123 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday April 5 2008

Time: 7:04PM

Your Comments

For once I disagree with you Tom andfind some of your scores completely misplaced...Kabba was brilliant all game and ran his socks off whilst O'Toole would have had 2 to his name on another afternoon. Watford weren't good but the first 35 minutes we were head and shoulders the better team and I agree with Aidy that we should have been out of sight by half time.
DrWatford
Oh and as for the 4 for Doyley...Sorry Mr Bodell but that's a joke. Lloyd was defensively sound and whilst he can't pass forward for toffee that's not his job...the Cov winger didn't do anything ofany note all afternoon as Lloyd had him in pocket.
DrWatford
That's ok, the game is about opinions. Lloyd can't pass water, we know that, but I felt otherwise he was poor all afternoon and he was the epitomy of his recent poor performances. O'Toole did little, if anything right and the last few games has been exposed by the Championship. But that's ok, he's a kid and he will steadily grow used to the demands of this division on a week-in-week-out basis. I'm not sure Kabba was 'brilliant' as you put it, he ran around a bit [more than normal at least], but didn't get in the middle for any of Tommy/Jobi's crosses and wasted the ball on so many occasions trying to do flashy stepovers or pointless trickery. The amount of laughable touches he managed in the game was...laughable.
wfc123
Pretty much spot on with the article, poor performance, draw would have been a fair result. Ellington and Kabba offered hardley anything up top, Doyley was woeful, and as for the central midfield pairing, they were below par at best. DrWatford, you must have been watching a different game to the rest of us, if i remember rightly it was big Lloydy who missed the opputunity to tackle, then the ball was whipped in which led to their equaliser! The bulk of Cov's attacks came down poor Lloyds side, this inept performance led to him being replaced.....says it all!!
wfcben
Very true WFCBEN, his withdrawal must've said that Mr Boothroyd felt he was inept as the rest of us, else why replace him? Williamson didn't put a foot wrong, but only because he didn't touch the ball. O'Toole's hopeless hack out of play for a goal kick in the second half summed up his performance.
wfc123
Are you a secret hatter? Above all other we won & at this time of the season that's all that counts. The result is more important. As far as your player rating goes Nathan probable had his best game in a Watford shirt. He scored one & set up the winner too. How could Jobi have been given such a good rating. JJOT & willimson a lower one. Of coure your welcome to your own view. I just think your wrong. (1881)
watford1881
Good to have you on board watford1881 - Doyley will always court differences of opinion...As wfc123 knows I can't see what the fuss is about Mariappa as Doyley is haed and shoulders a better defender than Adrian - Yes his passing needs work but he is reliable, honest and a talented man marker. Anyone else think it odd that AB had 3 defenders on the bench yesterday in JS, JDM and AM??? What's happened to Ainsworth as a subs option?
DrWatford
Sorry to disagree but the scorline IS EXACTLY what counts right now. there's no point going on about how we'd cope if we went up etc if you don't make it You cross that bridge when you come to it. At the business end of the season, every game is massive and every point is precious. It's all about the reults now, there's no point moaning about performances with 5 games to go. I'm not saying we were amazing yesterday but 1st half we should have been 2-0 at least. I don't know what Aidy put in the half time oranges but we were awful second half but we got the win and that's all that matters now in the run-in.
Callisto9000
Totally agree Callisto9000 - I tend to go to watch Watford on the off chance that we win. I don't really go just to be entertained though it would be nice sometimes. I thought our opening 30 mins were as good as we've played all year at home...fluid, width and pace. Shame the goals didn't come.
DrWatford
The bench is pathetic! Three defenders, [one, in Stewart, completely unwanted and hapless], the other two, no problems, but a keeper? At this stage of the season? I know the striking options are short, but lets dare, lets go for it. Stick Lewis Young or Liam Henderson on the bench! Give the kids a chance since Aidy's loaned out Hoskins, Priskin and Ashikodi. I don't know about McAnuff's five being to high, I think he did little badly but little well enough to get higher.
wfc123
I have to say that I really thought Liam H or Lewis Young would be given a run on the bench but alas no such promise....Lewis Young looks a better player than his brother Ashley did at his age.
DrWatford
 

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