Vital Football

Latest Watford FC News

Season Preview 2012/13: Millwall

Season Preview 2012/13: Millwall
SINCE RETURNING to the Championship under the guidance of Watford legend Kenny Jackett, Millwall have scarcely threatened the top-half of the table. However, with another season at this level in the bag, the Lions will be in search of a fourth consecutive season in the Championship.

The resources at the South London club aren't enormous, but through shrewd spending Jackett has been able to knit together a useful squad.

As well as Jackett, there are a number of other ex-Hornets plying their trade with the Lions nowadays including full-back Jack Smith, defender Darren Ward, striker Darius Henderson as well as trialist Danny Shittu.

Strengths: Continuity. It's much the same squad as last year for Jackett, and whilst that might be more indicative of the fact the former midfielder has been unable to secure new faces, there is a steady little unit growing at the club with Jackett overseeing five seasons at the helm now.

Weakness': Over-reliance on Henderson and Andy Keogh.

With 15 and 10 league goals respectively last season, Henderson and Keogh were easily the club's two highest scorers. It might be a good thing to have two men on double-figures, but when the next highest scorer was Harry Kane (a loanee), followed by Liam Feeney with just five, there have to be concerns.

Best business so far: Chris Taylor from Oldham Athletic.

The flame-haired winger has been hot property for ages and has taken his time in making the step up to the second-tier. However, Taylor is still just 25 years of age and should fill the creative void left by ex-'Orn, Hameur Bouazza.

In seven years at Boundary Park, Taylor made 254 appearances for the Latics, scoring 33 goals.

Star man: Henderson. Last season's 19-goal top-socrer in all competitions will be crucial once more.

A handful for any defender, the 30 year-old targetman crashed in three hat-tricks last season as well as breaking the 100 goal mark.

Powerful, strong, and frightening in the air, Henderson will need to repeat last season's heroics to keep the Lions up.

In: Chris Taylor (Oldham Athletic) free, Maik Taylor (Leeds Utd) free, Karleigh Osborne (Brentford) free & Scott Malone (Bournemouth) player + 750k.

Out: Chris Hackett & Jordan Stewart (both released), Josh McQuoid (Bournemouth) player swap, Hameur Bouazza (Omonia Nicosia) free transfer & Tony Craig (Brentford) free.

Prediction:

wfc123:
Good enough to survive last season, but with no sides who stand out as appalling this year, Millwall are a side I'm tipping to go down. Jackett is a good manager and I'd like to see them survive but in reality, they are weaker than most.

chrisgwfc: A quiet summer so far at a time when they may have looked to bring in a few players to freshen up a squad that suffered from second season syndrome last term. Their home for let them down last season and if it does again they will struggle to keep their place in this division.

Writer:Tom Bodell
Date:Monday August 13 2012
Time: 12:55AM

Comments

0
I herd Danny *****u is in.. Will need to play very well to keep them up...
watford1881
15/08/2012 20:05:00
0
*Shittu
watford1881
15/08/2012 20:07:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Watford Articles

Match Day Officials v Palace

The Premier League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game against Crystal Palace this weekend.

Deeney Deserves England Chance

Watford legend John Barnes believes Troy Deeney deserves a chance with England, do you?

Survival Marked By New Premier League Logo

The Premier League have today confirmed that they are rebranding from the 2016-17 season...

Dyer Finds A New Home?

During his time with the Hornets Dyer struggled for first-team football, ending last season on loan with Birmingham, and following his exit he is ready to sign for Ipswich.

Archived Vital Watford Articles

Vital Watford articles from

Site Journalists

Harry Welch
Profile
KDCallanan
Profile
chrisgwfc
Profile
Colin Cowan
Profile
Alex Moore
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Spurs MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Gomes90%
Nyom2%
Cathcart2%
Britos0%
Ake4%
Suarez0%
Watson0%
Abdi0%
Capoue0%
Jurado0%
Ighalo0%
Sub - Behrami0%
Sub - Deeney0%
Sub - Prodl2%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Leicester City 25 15 8 2 53 20
2 Spurs 25 13 9 3 48 26
3 Arsenal 25 14 6 5 48 17
4 Man City 25 14 5 6 47 21
5 Man Utd 25 11 8 6 41 10
6 West Ham 25 10 9 6 39 9
7 Southampton 25 10 7 8 37 9
8 Everton 25 8 11 6 35 12
9 Liverpool 25 9 8 8 35 -4
10 Watford 25 9 6 10 33 0
11 Stoke 25 9 6 10 33 -7
12 Crystal Palace 25 9 5 11 32 -4
13 Chelsea 25 7 9 9 30 -2
14 WBA 25 7 8 10 29 -9
15 AFC Bournemouth 25 7 7 11 28 -12
16 Swansea 25 6 9 10 27 -9
17 Newcastle 25 6 6 13 24 -18
18 Norwich 25 6 5 14 23 -20
19 Sunderland 25 5 5 15 20 -19
20 Aston Villa 25 3 7 15 16 -20
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Watford Fixtures (view all)

Feb 13 2016 3:00PM : Crystal Palace (a)
Barclays Premier League
Feb 20 2016 3:00PM : Leeds United (H)
FA Cup
Feb 27 2016 3:00PM : AFC Bournemouth (H)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 2 2016 8:00PM : Manchester United (a)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 5 2016 5:30PM : Leicester City (H)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 12 2016 3:00PM : West Ham United (a)
Barclays Premier League

Recent Watford Results (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.David Allen1