Duke on a roll
Attendance: 24 227
What BSAD didn`t take into account when setting up one of the most successful Watford sites of all time is there needs to be an 'H` in the anagram. An 'H` for humour.
'Boring boring Watford` rang from all sides of the ground as the disgruntled Ipswich fans ridiculed our 'long ball` tag whilst the travelling Hornets celebrated three well-earned points at Portman Road, the first side to do it this season.
This was not your classic away performance, especially considering the hosts home form. Eleven wins; 4 draws; no defeats tells it`s own story and the game was always going to be hard. However, Watford set out determined to make as light a work of it as possible.
The Golden Boys were in the ascendancy early on and looked promising out wide. Henderson and Ellington, re-united up top at the expense of Steve Kabba linked up well and created chances for Smith and Ainsworth to bomb forward. However, Mat Sadler put in the most telling first half crosses, one delightfully deceptive cross finding Henderson at the back stick to stab just wide.
Sadler was the provider after 32 minutes without question as his floated corner wreaked havoc in the Ipswich 6 yard box allowing Tommy Smith to head in off the cross bar, Bywater no-where to be seen.
Ipswich`s superb home record was not for nothing and the Tractor Boys finally spluttered into life with Jonathan Walters seeing his near-post smash well blocked by Lee before Bromby cleared. Prior to that Dan Shittu cleared a headed chance from a right-hand corner.
Half time: 0-1
A one-goal lead always renders you vulnerable and the Hornets came out in the second half in search of that elusive second to kill the challenge off. Nathan Ellington came closest early on as he flicked a cross up over a defenders head and volleyed into the side netting.
Ipswich would not roll over and die, Jonathan Walters leaving Mat Sadler for dead before lobbing Richard Lee. The shot looked every inch a goal until it mercifully clipped the bar and was brought away by Bromby.
With their hearts still in their mouths, Watford stormed up the other end and from a throw on saw Stewart drill back into toward Henderson who allowed the ball to run to the Duke and sliced in at the far post.
Another essential ingredient of the Watford fan is to put up with doing it the hard way and after Al Bangura`s attempted murder of Owen Garvan Town had a goal back through Walters who prodded home, just, after Sumilikosi flicked on.
Watford had one last hairy moment as Walters managed to loop a cross over Richard Lee only to see it bounce on the line at the far post and away. Luck fortunes the brave and Watford were certainly brave in their slaying of Ipswich.
Full time: 1-2
One record broken, lets break the points record Reading set, eh lads?
Bywater ,Wright ,De Vos ,Bruce ,Harding ,Norris ,Miller (Lee ,46 ) ,Garvan (Sumulikoski ,60 ) ,Quinn ,Walters ,Counago (Haynes ,59)
Subs not used: Colgan,Naylor,
Watford: Lee ,Mariappa ,Shittu ,Bromby ,Sadler ,Smith (Kabba ,82 ) ,Bangura ,Eustace ,Ainsworth (Stewart ,54 ) ,Darius Henderson ,Ellington (O'Toole ,77)
Subs not used Poom,Doyley,
Referee: Mr A Durso