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Hornets go down in Yorkshire

Sheffield United
2 - 1

Bramall Lane

27.09.08 @15:00

Attendance: 24 427


For the 4th consequtive league game Watford were unable to muster a win as the Autumn of discontent continues with yet more bad news on, and off, the field.

With what seems likes 65 players already bunked up in the treatment room, Aidy Boothroyd will now be without (back up) 1st choice stopper Scott Loach who was brought off after just 17 minutes at Bramall Lane.

On-loan Sam Sodje made his Hornets debut, unimpressively, and was slightly at fault for the winner as Captain American Jay DeMerit sat out as predicted.

With few players to pick from, Liam Henderson, Jobi McAnuff and, somewhat surprisingly, Mat Sadler - all recent injury victims - were called upon for bench duties.

It was business as usual for the Hornets who went one down with just 47 seconds on the clock. Utility man Greg Halford saw his long throw flicked across goal by Billy Sharp allowing wily old fox Gary Speed to pop up and net at the far post.

Watford may have huffed and puffed but at half time, the Blades were certainly in the ascendancy.

Scott Loach was replaced by Watford's 3rd best keeper Richard Lee but whether Lee is truly fit for action remains to be seen having not featured since last season and suffering pre-season injury.

Half Time 1-0

So, as usual, the performance perked up after the break with John-Joe O`Toole notching his 5th goal of an increasingly impressive season and, indeed, young career. The energetic Irishman powerfully nodded Watford level after wing-wizard Tommy Smith clipped a perfect ball across the area.

However, the equaliser was short-lived as United claimed all three points through James Beattie. The powerful striker found too much room to head home the winner after Sam Sodje failed to get clear Stephen Quinn`s pinpoint cross.

Full Time 2-1

It`s Burnley next, and our last chance to make sure we end September with at least something to show for our efforts other than a 4th-Round Cup tie.

Loach; Mariappa, Bromby, Sodje, Harley; Williamson, Eustace, O`Toole; Smith, Ainsworth; Hoskins.

Sheffield United
Kenny, McNaughton, Morgan (c), Kilgallon, Naysmith; Halford, Quinn, Speed, Webber; Sharp and Beattie.

Date:Saturday September 27 2008
Time: 7:20PM


We are down to the bare bones for sure but that doesn't explain or excuse the lask of application and poor performances at the last 3 away games at Forest , Weds & now this one. After each game Aidy has come out and said something like "We let ourselves dowm today" ,or "We started slowly". It's getting all too predictable I'm afraid. I'd like to hear something different after the Burnley game, perhaps: "It was a great team performance and we deserved the win" ... Heh ho, Come On You Golden Boys,
28/09/2008 08:57:00
Well, what do you want him to say - "I thought we did great today" when everyone can see we didn't?
28/09/2008 09:12:00
There were periods of play where we looked comfortable on the ball and knocked it around nicely BUT where was Plan B again? Surely, against a side like United you've got to match them physically and we didn't. It seems the players only know 1 way of playing at a time and we should have have gone direct.
28/09/2008 09:55:00
Of course not. I'd prefer him to fix the problems and do his talking behind the scenes, rather than him repeating the same words when it's too late, (that was the point not wanting him to say "we were great" when we weren't). Regarding style, I guess he's limited by not having the players he wants available, I'm more concerned about us switching off and shipping goals. Heh ho there's always Tuedsay.
28/09/2008 11:42:00
Maybe we should have gone direct but with Hoskins, Ainsworth and an inexperienced Henderson we wernt going to get much change out of Morgan were we
28/09/2008 21:57:00
Sheffield United are a very good side so maybe you should not be too disappointed in defeat.
14/10/2008 22:49:00
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