Vital Football

Latest Watford FC News

Opposing View - Ipswich Town No.2

Opposing View - Ipswich Town No.2
Ipswich Town supporter Todd Styman (@toddycounago for the Tweeter`s amongst you - well worth a follow), gives us the lowdown on Town`s season to date.

What were your hopes, fears and expectations for the season?


After spending money galore and signing names like Bullard and Chopra I was hoping for a top 6 finish in Paul Jewell's first full season in charge.

What do you make of Paul Jewell's management so far?

I think he has been unlucky with defensive injuries, but he addressed our defensive issues far too late in pre season which left us leaky! I like his honesty, but his honesty isn't getting us points and time after time we look second best.

Will Jewell find himself under pressure if Ipswich cannot start moving up the league sooner rather than later?

After last night`s defeat at Burnley being our 6th straight defeat I think a lot of fans our calling for the sack. Big pressure on him from the fans, however I feel the chairman has a good relationship with him and is willing to give him time.

You made a fair number of summer signings, how have they worked out for you?

Goalkeeper.. Stockdale has been brilliant, but has found it hard with a leaky defence.

Defensively... injury prone players like Sonko have left us with a different back 4 time after time. Danny Collins on loan was a great signing!

Midfield - Names like Bullard, Bowyer and Andrews give us experience and quality.. But a lack of pace with us looking one dimensional.

Strikers - love Chopra but feel he is finding it hard to settle in, especially with his gambling problems and possible fitness problems due to lack of training. Other strikers haven't really had a chance!

What impact, if any has former Watford 'hall-of-famer', Nathan Ellington had on Ipswich Town?

If I`m honest I think it was a panic buy as Jewell couldn't get what he wanted at the time! to be fair to the 'Duke' he gives 100% and hasn't had any chance other than substitute performances.

Who is the key man we should be looking out for on Saturday?

I think Keith Andrews is our best player so far this season. However if Josh Carson plays then keep an eye out for the Irish winger, has bags of potential.

Where will you finish this season?

Right now I`d take safety, but would have seriously wanted top ten before the start of the season.

Match prediction?

Sean Dyche looks to be doing a tidy job and we are under pressure. So I`m going to say 2-2 with our leaky defence!

Cheers, Todd - particularly enjoyed the fact you`ve backed Dyche - let`s hope some more 'Orns do over the course of the season!

Writer:Tom Bodell
Date:Thursday December 1 2011
Time: 12:22PM

Best of Vital Network

Login to post a comment

Recent Watford Articles

Silva Cites Watford Ambition

New head coach Marco Silva has said that the ambitions of Watford attracted him to the role as he signed on for the next two years.

Watford Appoint Marco Silva

Watford today appointed former Hull City manager Marco Silva to the position as manager.

Watford Hold Silva Talks?

With Hull City head coach Marco Silva resigning earlier in the week, Watford were initially one of the clubs linked with him.

A Watford perspective - Head Coach Hunt

With the club looking for it`s ninth head coach since the Pozzo family took over in 2012. It would seem to be a poison chalice for most potential head coaches.

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)

Manchester City MotM
Suggested By:
Gomes26%
Janmaat0%
Behrami0%
Holebas3%
Amrabat0%
Cleverley0%
Doucoure0%
Capoue3%
Mason46%
Niang0%
Okaka16%
Sub - Eleftheriou0%
Sub - Deeney3%
Sub - Pereira3%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Chelsea 38 30 3 5 93 52
2 Spurs 38 26 8 4 86 60
3 Man City 38 23 9 6 78 41
4 Liverpool 38 22 10 6 76 36
5 Arsenal 38 23 6 9 75 33
6 Man Utd 38 18 15 5 69 25
7 Everton 38 17 10 11 61 18
8 Southampton 38 12 10 16 46 -7
9 AFC Bournemouth 38 12 10 16 46 -12
10 WBA 38 12 9 17 45 -8
11 West Ham 38 12 9 17 45 -17
12 Leicester City 38 12 8 18 44 -15
13 Stoke 38 11 11 16 44 -15
14 Crystal Palace 38 12 5 21 41 -13
15 Swansea 38 12 5 21 41 -25
16 Burnley 38 11 7 20 40 -16
17 Watford 38 11 7 20 40 -28
R Hull City 38 9 7 22 34 -43
R Middlesbrough 38 5 13 20 28 -26
R Sunderland 38 6 6 26 24 -40
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Watford Results (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.mikedrury1
2.Gary Pine1
Vital Football Comment