Date:Wednesday October 3 2007
Attendance: See Report
I hope I`m not the only Watford fan who wishes season tickets were still made of paper, because I`d be tearing mine into tiny pieces after that performance. Yes, we won, and I`m not saying we have the divine right to go out and thrash sides like Sheffield Wednesday who are struggling, but I do expect better performances.
Quite frankly, the game was a pig. For the second week running the opposition came and played better football whilst Watford 'hoofed and hoped` as usual.
In fairness, Watford did start well and were applying enormous pressure from the wide positions with Tommy Smith and Adam Johnson taunting their respective full backs. From a looping Smith cross Doyley somehow saw his 'header` bounce away behind him despite being poised to score.
The first goal came after just seven minutes, huge credit to Dan Shittu who first stood in the goal, and when the throw-in was launched ducked round the keeper to win the flick on which found Henderson to stab home from close range. A minute later Adam Johnson thrashed a superb left-footed half-volley toward the near-post, which Rob Burch just about got behind.
Watford continued their high-tempo football and Lee Williamson was the next man to come close and he drove a shot toward the bottom right-hand corner, Rob Burch flinging himself to the floor to tip it around the post. The resulting corner saw Marlon King head wide.
With seventeen minutes gone, the game looked all but over as Marlon King converted a penalty after Darius Henderson was practically strangled inside the penalty area. However, this were the wheels actually fell off and Watford sat back, played long-ball and invited the inevitable Wednesday pressure.
The pressure had evidently got to Mart Poom who flapped at a cross before chasing a Wednesday player out of his penalty area! Poom made up for his moment of madness a few minutes later making a good collapsing save to his right from a goal-bound header. Watford`s reply was to see Darius Henderson launch a header onto the roof of the net with Burch beaten after Doyley`s deceptive through-pass to Tom Smith.
With nine minutes until half-time, Wednesday pulled a goal back through Graham Kavanagh. Lingering with intent on the edge of the area, Kavanagh lashed home a superb half-volley after a Watford clearance, the ball nestling in the far bottom corner.
Watford`s immediate reply was to see Darius Henderson somehow head the ball against the post when unmarked at the back post - another guilt-edged chance wasted.
The second half was a non-event really. Although both sides created several chances, both managers were incredibly, and rightly, frustrated with the poor finishing displayed by their sides.
Henderson, who could have had a hat trick, crashed another headed chance into the side netting when poised to score, and Wednesday saw Esajas was riot down both flanks but thankfully with little final product.
I want to finish with in style with a good old moan as usual. What really, really gets me is the 'fans` who were leaving after 85 minutes. There was another four minutes of injury time; so these 'fans` missed a crucial nine minutes of the game. Did they care whether we hung out? I doubt it, are these real fans?
Sheffield Wednesday: Burch; Simek, M.Johnson (c), Hinds, Gilbert; Tudgay, Kavanagh, Whelan, J.Johnson; Sodje and Burton.
Referee: Mr A Hall
Attendance: 15 473
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Date:Wednesday October 3 2007
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