Vital Football

Latest Watford FC News

Opposing View - Reading

Opposing View - Reading
In the first of a new series here on VitalWatford, we get the lowdown on the opposition from a fan. Today it's the turn of Royals supporter and Vital Reading Editor, Josh

1.What are your hopes & expectations for the season?


Its quite hard to tell at this early stage but with the squad we have, our ambition should be the play-offs despite losing some key players. But at the end of the day, there are quite a few teams that have much more quality than us, mainly due to us not being able to keep up financially in the transfer market with them. (Leicester, West Ham etc.)

2. What`s to blame for your slow start & has it got you worried?

Its hard to put it down to just one factor but putting the ball in the net really. Its not like we have defensively been shipping goals for fun, its just we can`t seem to put our chances in the back of the net. We still haven`t scored from open play since the first game of the season if that's any clue. Yes, it is worrying but its still very early on in the season and we hope the signing of Le Fondre can cure this goal scoring problem.

3.You only really motored up the league after a slow start to last season, how important an experience is that for the squad to draw on?

A massive experience and boost, giving them the belief to show it can be done again even if this slow start continues or pops up again. We have done it for the past 2 years, I just hope we are third time lucky!

4. Losing Shane Long & Matt Mills was always going to be massive, but how well have you replaced them?

I have to give praise to our gaffer in that he has done brilliantly to replace the both of them on a small budget. For Mills, we got in Khumalo, a South Africa international from Spurs and Kaspars Gorkss, the Latvian captain who was an ever present for QPR last season, who will sure up our occasionally shaky defence. Fans were calling McDermott to replace Long but it didn`t look likely, with him making our winger Hal Robson-Kanu play a more central role, but shocked many by capturing Adam Le Fondre, which has been seen as a massive coup for the club, one which has also excited the fans.

5. Who`s going to cause us problems on Saturday?

The obvious one is Jimmy Kebe, who causes defences many problems with his power and pace but as long as you double up on him he can became non-existent as Andy Griffin would look more comfortable in a retirement home at the moment. For his goals, it`s going to have to be Le Fondre though. I and many other fans are looking forward to watching him play and see if he can crack it in the Championship, while hopefully scoring a few goals at the same time.

6. I see Jobi McAnuff, formerly of this parish is captain now. He must have done some growing up at the Mad Stad?

I find McAnuff quite hit and miss. He is one of McDermott`s favourites, never takes him off and as shown, has made him captain. Can be unplayable at times but like Kebe, he can become non-existent. Still do not agree with his appointment of being captain, nothing against him personally but I don`t think a winger in a positional sense is a logical choice for a captain.

7. Where do you think you`ll finish this season?

With the Championship and ourselves so unpredictable its hard to say at this early stage but I can see it being top half finish with us just missing out on play-offs.

8. Prediction for Saturday?

Should be a tight game. Going for a 1-0 win for Reading, with Le Fondre nicking it in the last 10 minutes.

Writer:Tom Bodell
Date:Friday September 9 2011
Time: 10:37AM

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Adams Turns Professional

Login to post a comment

Recent Watford Articles

West Brom's Ighalo Interest Over

If Odion Ighalo is to leave Watford before the end of the month it wouldn't appear this will take him to Premier League rivals West Brom.

Gomes Relatively Happy With Bournemouth Point

Watford were twice in a position to end our long Premier League run without a win at Bournemouth but the Hornets had to be content with a point in the end.

Deal For Zarate By Wednesday

Rumoured Watford interest in former Birmingham, West Ham & QPR forward Mauro Zarate first surfaced last week. His arrival from Fiorentina should be confirmed by Wednesday?

Vital View - Premier League, 21st-22nd Jan 2017

Chelsea extended their lead at the top of the table. At the other end Swansea moved out of the bottom 3 with Crystal Palace replacing them joining Hull and Sunderland.

Archived Vital Watford Articles

Vital Watford articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Watford
Write For Vital Watford
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Bournemouth MotM
Suggested By:
Gomes33%
Kaboul0%
Prodl0%
Britos7%
Kabasele0%
Capoue0%
Cleverley53%
Holebas0%
Doucoure0%
Deeney0%
Okaka0%
Sub - Janmaat0%
Sub - Cathcart0%
Sub - Ighalo7%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Chelsea 22 18 1 3 55 32
2 Arsenal 22 14 5 3 47 27
3 Spurs 22 13 7 2 46 29
4 Liverpool 22 13 6 3 45 24
5 Man City 22 13 4 5 43 15
6 Man Utd 22 11 8 3 41 12
7 Everton 22 10 6 6 36 10
8 WBA 22 9 5 8 32 2
9 Stoke 22 7 7 8 28 -6
10 West Ham 22 8 4 10 28 -7
11 Southampton 22 7 6 9 27 -4
12 AFC Bournemouth 22 7 5 10 26 -7
13 Burnley 22 8 2 12 26 -9
14 Watford 22 6 6 10 24 -13
15 Leicester City 22 5 6 11 21 -13
16 Middlesbrough 22 4 8 10 20 -7
17 Swansea 22 5 3 14 18 -25
18 Crystal Palace 22 4 4 14 16 -11
19 Hull City 22 4 4 14 16 -27
20 Sunderland 22 4 3 15 15 -22
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Watford Results (view all)

Watford Fixtures (view all)

Jan 29 2017 12:00PM : Millwall (a)
FA Cup
Jan 31 2017 7:45PM : Arsenal (a)
Barclays Premier League
Feb 4 2017 3:00PM : Burnley (H)
Barclays Premier League
Feb 11 2017 3:00PM : Manchester United (a)
Barclays Premier League
Feb 25 2017 5:30PM : West Ham United (H)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 4 2017 3:00PM : Southampton (H)
Barclays Premier League
Vital Football Comment