Vital Football

Latest Watford FC News

Watford turkeys stuffed by Robins

Watford
2 - 4
Bristol City

Vicarage Road

26th December 2008

Attendance: 15,527

Referee:

They`ll be few people sicker at the sight of turkey than the Watford faithful after another rubbish defensive performance saw the Hornets endure yet another Boxing Day Massacre against Bristol City.

It took just 27 seconds for the Robins to go bob bob bobbing through the hopeless Hornets backline to take the lead - after Nicky Maynard drove home Michael McIndoe`s simple, but ever so clever, lofted through ball.

So much for festive spirit!

Whilst the return of Rasiak livened up the attacking play (play him every week Rodgers) and going forward the Hornets did pressure the City defensive - without really testing Basso - at the back they were a joke worse than anything found in a Christmas cracker.

In fact, Mat Sadler (too much Christmas pudding?) and Jay Demerit will not have had worse games in a Watford shirt for a while whilst Adrian Mariappa did himself no favours with any potential suiters watching on.

City should have easily been 4 up by half time whilst Watford`s only chance of note was a Demerit header that flew well wide and a Williamson drive that flew er, well wide.

It was no surprise then that Maynard got his 2nd of the game after 29 minutes with the easiest goal of his short career. Sproule roasted Sadler, crashed in a shot that Loach beat out and the former Crewe kid steered his effort over the line between 2 covering defenders.

Game over. If Rodgers wants to pass his way sideways and backwards to safety, boy we are in for a long 2009 as the fight and spirit and urgency we`d come to expect from a Boothroyd side was simply not there.

2nd to every ball, zone marking that looked a shambles and a side that looked totally rudderless. Ok, so Smith, Rasiak and Harley had decent first halves but even Loach looked like Frosty the Snowman with his feet frozen to the line.

The rookie keepers afternoon was to get much worse during the 2nd 45 but there were signs of hope at the start of the second half.

Rasiak pulled one back, rifling home after McAnuff`s only good piece of work on a cold afternoon. Jenkins came in and bossed the midfield and is looking like the player that has ended John Eustace`s stay at Vicarage Road - composed, simple, tough in the tackle.

But any signs of a comeback were short lived as Loach let a 25 yard from Elliott slip through him after the slightest of slight deflections on the hour mark - Head up Scott. It has happened to be best of keepers.

Still, fair play to Marvin Elliott. The supposed Portsmouth target did try to restore the tension with a cracking diving header of an own goal out of nothing on 65 mins - an effort that received him a round of applause from the home fans and a rollicking from Adriano Basso.

Good effort Marvin but hey, you really shouldn`t have. Watford did try and through the kitchen sink at City. Hoskins came on and looked lively but the 3-4-3 formation was bound to come undone especially with City dangerous on the counter attack, and of course, it did.

As the Watford stadium announcer got all excited over 4 minutes of injury time it was Dele Abebola who warmed himself up with Bristol`s 4th. A straight forward cross to the far post and the 57 year old lamppost headed low past Loach.

Truth of the matter is Watford can`t cope with the high ball in defense (an experienced centre back is a must in January) but the Robins were worth their 4-2 win with their Christmas cracker of a performance.

Star Player

Grzgorz Rasiak.

he Pole star will surely have to be back in favour with the management after having a hand in everything good (admittedly not much) that Watford did.

Ras will score goals, his link up play was good and he held the ball up well. What more does he have to do to play each week Brendan?

it was a bit of a concern that only 3 players chose to celebrate his goal with him mind you.


Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football

Writer:Dr Watford
Date:Saturday December 27 2008
Time: 10:37AM

Login to post a comment

Site Journalists

Harry Welch
Editor email
Profile
KDCallanan
no email
Profile
chrisgwfc
no email
Profile
Colin Cowan
no email
Profile
Alex Moore
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Sunderland MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Gomes5%
Cathcart0%
Prodl1%
Britos0%
Ake4%
Abdi26%
Guedioura1%
Watson0%
Jurado2%
Ighalo1%
Deeney57%
Sub - Paredes0%
Sub - Suarez1%
Sub - Amrabat2%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Leicester City 38 23 12 3 81 32
2 Arsenal 38 20 11 7 71 29
3 Spurs 38 19 13 6 70 34
4 Man City 38 19 9 10 66 30
5 Man Utd 38 19 9 10 66 14
6 Southampton 38 18 9 11 63 18
7 West Ham 38 16 14 8 62 14
8 Liverpool 38 16 12 10 60 13
9 Stoke 38 14 9 15 51 -14
10 Chelsea 38 12 14 12 50 6
11 Everton 38 11 14 13 47 4
12 Swansea 38 12 11 15 47 -10
13 Watford 38 12 9 17 45 -10
14 WBA 38 10 13 15 43 -14
15 Crystal Palace 38 11 9 18 42 -12
16 AFC Bournemouth 38 11 9 18 42 -22
17 Sunderland 38 9 12 17 39 -14
R Newcastle 38 9 10 19 37 -21
R Norwich 38 9 7 22 34 -28
R Aston Villa 38 3 8 27 17 -49
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Watford Results (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Kevwicks1