UK time is: 12:23:53
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Watford 4 - Sheffield Wednesday 1

Vicarage Road

23.10.09

Attendance: 14 591

Owls not nocturnal - FACT!

Watford ran riot live on Sky on Friday night, crushing Brian Laws hapless Sheffield Wednesday 4-1 in their seasonal television debut. Under the floodlights of Vicarage Road, the Owls proved they are certainly not nocturnal creatures.

The Hornet's were well on top by half time having run in two goals within the first half an hour. After twenty one minutes, stand-in skipper Aidy Mariappa popped up in the area unmarked to turn home John Eustace's low cross.

The second was an absolute gem and will no doubt feature in the Hornets 'Goal of the Season' competition at the end of the season. Loanees Henri Lansbury and Tom Cleverley were pivotal to the move which saw a one two on the edge of the area before Lansbury shimmied his way through two Wednesday defenders to cheekily slot home at the near post.

However, Wednesday got exactly what they needed just seconds before half time as former Derby striker Marcus Tudgay nodded home. It was a sloppy goal for the Golden Boys to concede as a long throw from full back Tommy Spurr was allowed to lob the ball onto the head of Tudgay unapposed from a throw-in.

Half-time: 2-1

Watford got off to the perfect start in the second half as just nine minutes in, little Jon 'Arley grabbed Watford's third. From a cleverly worked short-corner, Henri Lansbury grabbed himself an assist, sliding the ball onto Harley's left peg for the diminutive midfielder to smash into the top right-hand corner of Lee Grant's net.

And, just seven minutes later it was four for the Hornet's as Manchester United loanee Tom Cleverley worked an impossible route into the Wednesday penalty area before pulling back from Henri Lansbury to grab his second of the night. No doubt Monsuir Wengar will pop his head over the fence at London Colney to congratulate his young star on Monday!

The end of a productive week as the Hornet's grabbed seven points out of a possible nine in a week that saw a superb 1-0 win up at promotion chasing Middlesbrough, a late, late leveller at winless Ipswich and a champagne performance saved for last with this trashing. Finally, just a week after Braveheart Malky challenged both the Duke and King Henri to start turning their chances into goals, both did exactly that!

Full-time: 4-1

Sheffield Wednesday

Grant; Buxton, Purse (c), Beevers, Spurr; Johnson (Sodje), Potter, O'Connor (Miller), Gray (Esajas); Tudgay and Varney.

Watford
Loach; Hodson, Mariappa (c), Cathcart, Doyley; Cleverley, Cowie (Ellington), Jenkins (Eustace), Harley; Lansbury; and Graham.

Star Player

Henri Lansbury
Two superb goals and an assist for Jon Harley's screamer - who else?

Malky Mackay

'Both boys (Lansbury and Cleverley) are enjoying being here and playing in the Championship week in week out.

'They are giving us quality and they have been embraced by the players here.

'Clubs have to trust us to develop their players - and two of the best clubs in the country obviously do that, which is a boost for us.'

Brian Laws

'I am bitterly disappointed. They walked through our defence at times, and you just cannot defend like that.

'Every one of them has to take responsibility. They were a shambles, and it's the first time I've ever had to say that about my team.

'The players are embarrassed by that performance.'


Source: BBC Sport




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The Journalist

Writer: wfc123 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday October 25 2009

Time: 9:42PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Watford 7 - 2 Blackpool
Watford 5 - 0 Charlton
Huddersfield 3 - 1 Watford
Cardiff 2 - 4 Watford
Watford 0 - 1 Wolves
Reading 0 - 1 Watford

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
2. Ipswich 27 14 8 5 19 50
3. Brentford 27 15 4 8 8 49
4. Derby County 26 14 6 6 23 48
5. Watford 27 14 5 8 25 47
6. Middlesbrough 26 13 8 5 23 47
7. Wolves 27 12 8 7 -2 44
8. Norwich 27 12 7 8 16 43

Breaking League News

West Brom interest in Sako
Wolves : 26/01/2015 11:00:00
Thorne Making Progress
Derby County : 26/01/2015 11:00:00
Middlesbrough No 16 In FA Cup 5th Round Draw
Middlesbrough : 26/01/2015 10:46:00
AGL Latics Fanzine Backs Local Club
Wigan : 26/01/2015 10:46:00
Fulham No 14 In The FA Cup 5th Round Draw
Fulham : 26/01/2015 10:43:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Who should come in for Angella against Wolves?
Suggested By:  Editor
Joel Ekstrand 13%
Tommie Hoban 70%
Lloyd Doyley 17%