UK time is: 04:13:52
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

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

Watford 1 - Willem II 0

Vicarage Road

4/7/07 @ 15:00

Attendance:

Hornets claim victory

Pre season friendlies-they really are pointless aren`t they? You sit there, in a seat you don`t want, surrounded by sweaty non-supporters who have simply come for a bevy, or to get away from the nagging of the missus. On the pitch your over-worked, sweaty, uninterested combination of trialists and academy prospects lose to a bunch of local part timers or if you`re really lucky, a bunch of foreign minnows.

Ok, so one of the above, that being the home sides personnel, didn`t apply this afternoon as Willem II (what happened to the original?!) faced Watford. Surprisingly, a hundred-odd crazy Dutchmen and women made the trip to the hallowed turf of Vicarage Road to see their side succumb to the Hornets lack of edge upfront and be defeated one-nil.

The game itself was a non-event (probably why I`ve used the opening paragraph to get a few pre-season annoyances off my chest). The Dutch were, well, Dutch frankly. Superb passing, fluent football, but surprisingly poor in front of goal. With Mart Poom glued to his near post, an easy tap in loomed for the Willem forward whose name I couldn`t spell, even if I knew it. Amazingly though he blazed high and wide just yards from goal.

Half-time: 0-0

Yes, that really was it as far as the first half was concerned. Yes, both sides were really that poor. Although in fairness, Watford did get the ball into the opposing area say, twice?

The second half livened up and even saw the Rookery End 'burst` into song, twice as the Hornets were denied a goal from McNamee by a sliding clearance on the line. This near miss spurred Boothroyd`s side on and Priskin scored.

The goal itself was an accident; Doyley stranded in the proverbial headlights chipped an aimless ball into the area, looking lively for once, Tamas Priskin gambled by breaking sweat to dink the ball over the onrushing Willem 'keeper.

Full-time: 1-0

Star Player

Lee Williamson-The youngster showed a few nice touches and always wanted to play football.

Player Ratings


Mart Poom-6

Reliable when called upon.

Lloyd Doyley-6

Provided the assist, otherwise relatively untroubled.

Dan Shittu-7

Strong in the air, never in danger of getting caught.

Jay DeMerit-7

A solid partnership forged over 90 minutes with Shittu.

Jordan Stewart-5

Distribution and positioning were poor.

Will Hoskins-5

Apparently playing on the right of midfield-innefective.

Gavin Mahon (c)-4

Was a spectator.

Lee Williamson-7

Neat touches, astute passing and creative flair in midfield.

Anthony McNamee-7

Worked hard, more effective in second period.

Marlon King-5

Very quiet by his own high standards.

Tamas Priskin-6

Made a couple of chances, well-taken goal.




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:Saturday August 4 2007

Time: 6:20PM

Your Comments

Are you confident about going straight back up?
dazza71
Not really but play-offs I think Needed to being more players in than sell them off.
Mightyhornets
 

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)

1. Gary Pine 1

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Sheff Wed 0 - 3 Watford
Norwich 3 - 0 Watford
Ipswich 1 - 0 Watford
Middlesbrough 1 - 1 Watford
Charlton 1 - 0 Watford
Blackburn 2 - 2 Watford

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
4. Ipswich 18 8 7 3 8 31
5. Brentford 18 9 4 5 2 31
6. Blackburn 18 8 6 4 4 30
7. Watford 18 8 5 5 10 29
8. Forest 18 7 7 4 6 28
9. Charlton 18 6 10 2 2 28
10. Norwich 18 7 6 5 6 27

Breaking League News

Wigan Athletic - The FAB Club
Wigan : 26/11/2014 23:59:00
Adams: Players Are Trying As Hard As They Can
Norwich : 26/11/2014 23:14:00
Cywka on loan to Rochdale
Blackpool : 26/11/2014 22:35:00
BWFC: Looking Over Our Shoulder
Bolton : 26/11/2014 21:00:00
CMS To Go Posh?
Brighton : 26/11/2014 20:57:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Who is our greatest ever Player of the Season winning keeper?
Suggested By:  Louis
Andy Rankin 10%
David James 10%
Kevin Miller 10%
Alec Chamberlain 10%
Ben Foster 60%