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Rasiak Irons out FA Cup creases

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Scunthorpe Utd

Vicarage Road

3rd January 2009

Attendance: 8,690


If the FA Cup is full of romance then Watford`s 1-0 win over Scunnie was the equivalent of a bored couple sticking it out for the sake of the kids.

Had Grzgorz Rasiak not managed to somehow get something on the end of a Mariappa flick on from a McAnuff corner to seal victory in the 67th minute then we`d be doing it all again - as no-one else was gonna break the dull deadlock in a dire 3rd round encounter.

The Pole, who had come on for Watford`s livliest body O`Toole (another strange Rodgers substitution?) did well to find space to finish at the back stick but that`s what Rasiak has made a living out of and the Hornets boss would do well to remember that.

For those that love their stats, Scunthorpe played their part and in fact tested Scott Loach more than the Hornets managed at the other end. The Iron from League 1 matched the Hornets shot for shot and tackle for tackle without really looking capable of rocking the boat.

Even the official Watford website admits that the Iron "had the better of the few chances in the 90 minutes" - so true!

Ok, so Harley had a drive narrowly go wide (after a cute Priskin drag back) as the first half drew to a close and a O`Toole saw a neat volley fly wide on the stroke of half time but, in truth, there was little of note to warm up the ever so cold (and admittedly sparce) Hornets home crowd.

And had Ref Wright not turned down some pretty half hearted Scunnie appeals for a penalty (after a spot of pinball seemed to involve a hand) things could have been so different.

Iron Winger Woolford gave Hoyte the run around and had a couple of drives sting the palms of Loach - whose handling at times was a little suspect. Thompson, who will have impressed, too saw a long ranger well held by the rookie stopper just after the half hour mark and Hooper`s curler was closer than first thought.

Hayes, who netted the winner is last years curtain closer, came close to an equalizer late on but 4 minutes of injury time just dragged it out a bit longer than necessary.

But that was about as good as it got for Nigel Adkins side - and for the Hornets well it wasn`t much better.

Sure, Priskin should have wrapped it up with a 77th minute effort that really should have given Joe Murphy more problems than it did (so much time Tamas!) following a deflected free kick. McAnuff whipped in a strike that flew just wide but chances were few and far between.

Watford should be imposing their new passing game on teams from a lower division if Rodgers is serious about this 'total football` thing.

The Hornets boss will be relieved if disappointed by the showing - You`d be hard pushed on this evidence to spot which side were 11 places lower in the footballing hierarchy.

Still, a win is a win and 2009 starts with another bout of optimism filling the air. Both Cork and Hoyte - on loan from Chelsea and Arsenal respectively - put in solid if unspectacular debuts, Priskin continued to look sharp and Jenkins combative as Watford go into the hat…

…obviously hoping to avoid Forest or Hartlepool in the 4th round.

Star Player

Grzgorz Rasiak

he Polish striker is paid to score goals and score goals he does. It's just a shame that Brendan Rodgers clearly doesn't consider that a good enough asset in a striker.

Ras bought an aerial threat and physical threat to an otherwise powderpuff forward line after coming on for John Joe.

Writer:Dr Watford
Date:Saturday January 3 2009
Time: 7:32PM

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come rogers get ya head out of yur ass and sign Grzgorz Rasiak he might not suit the style he wants but he could become a super sub
03/01/2009 20:49:00
unspectacular? care to enlarge please!
04/01/2009 13:30:00
Not sure why Buck doesn't pick Rasiak, but at least he's putting him on the bench now. Re the substitution of O'Toole; he had been booked in the first half and is always likely to put his foot in so I thought it was a fair shout. The game itself is best forgotten, result apart, although I thought Cork looked a player of real quality and Hoyte was quietly competent, Mariappa also played very well but we badly need a big commanding Centre Half. Come on You Golden Boys!
04/01/2009 18:13:00
Happy New Year to you all, I thought Sats game is best forgotton too, surrounded by americans who moaned about the cold weather! As for the signing of a big Centre Half, Don't see that happening, same with Rasiak, who i think is well proven at this level, providing he stays injury free, but Rogers has said he wants mobility and speed, up front and at the back i would imagine, so will have to wait and see, but Demerrit is looking suspect with his passing!
05/01/2009 13:35:00
apparently wolves want john joe for 1MIL pplus they will give us a player, so why not sell john joe and get ward plus they money
05/01/2009 15:10:00
hey a win is a win.....your in the next round.......
05/01/2009 15:15:00
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