Vital Football

Latest Watford FC News

2012/13 Season Review - December

2012/13 Season Review - December
December was another good month for the Hornets as they looked to cement their place in the top six of the Championship. Three wins - with a couple of the victories particularly satisfying - one draw and one defeat in the five games played that month as Watford showed their increasingly clinical nature and ability to win matches by a large margin.

That is exactly how the month started with the 4-1 demolition of Barnsley at Vicarage Road. Despite Barnsley producing a decent showing in the first half and looking dangerous with their three frontline strikers, Watford showed the ability to take the game away from oppositions with three goals in 20 second half minutes. A double from Troy Deeney and strike from Mark Yeates and a Matej Vydra penalty meant that Marcus Tudgay's last-minute strike was merely consolation.

The following week brought Watford's only defeat of the month as Steve Bruce's high flying Hull City took all three points from Vicarage Road after winning the game 2-1. For probably the first time since the Watford side really began to click they were outthought and outmanoeuvred by the Tigers who played a type of 3-6-1 system pinning the Watford full backs in their own half. Goals either side of half time from David Meyler and Robbie Brady sent Watford to defeat. Deeney did grab a late consolation goal for the Hornets which extended his scoring run to six consecutive matches.

Unfortunately Deeney wasn't able to match the record for goals in consecutive matches for Watford as they travelled to Burnley the following weekend for a meeting with former manager Sean Dyche. The game finished 1-1, although the Hornets had Manuel Almunia to thank as he made some important second half saves as Burnley pushed for the winner. Watford had taken the lead through Nathaniel Chalobah when his volley from a corner which was headed away found the bottom corner. Burnley equalised from a Charlie Austin penalty after Almen Abdi has fouled Dean Marney in the area. Then it was Almunia's turn to come to the rescue as he made some crucial saves to preserve the point most notably from Sam Vokes.

The following weekend the final match before Christmas saw Watford give their fans plenty to cheer about as they beat Nottingham Forest 2-0 at Vicarage Road. Vydra scored both goals as the Hornets ran out comfortable winners, an indication of the hot streak the Czech striker was about to hit. In between Vydra's two first half goals, Watford's task became easier when Daniel Ayala was dismissed for Forest for two bookable offences. That result meant Watford went into Christmas in 6th position although their first chance to consolidate that at Bristol City on Boxing Day was lost to the weather.

That meant Watford's next match was a date with the Sky camera's at Brighton & Hove Albion as Gianfranco Zola once again came up against good friend Gus Poyet. However unlike earlier in the season at Vicarage Road, it was Zola that came away smiling after witnessing what was later voted as performance of the season. The 3-1 victory did not flatter Watford how executed their counter-attacking game plan to perfection with firstly Deeney catching Brighton cold at the start of the second half. Despite Brighton equalising from the penalty spot through David Lopez, Watford hit back with Vydra scoring two goals in two minutes. The first a slightly fortunate deflected effort which saw a long range effort loop over Thomasz Kuszczak, the second an outstanding counter-attacking goal which saw the ball go from the Watford box to the back of the Brighton next in a matter of seconds. It meant that Watford moved into the new year in 6th place...

Writer:chrisgwfc
Date:Tuesday June 18 2013
Time: 11:41AM

Login to post a comment

Recent Watford Articles

Vital Pre-Match - Crystal Palace v Watford

Watford's impressive return to the topflight will see the us looking for a reaction to the defeat to title chasing Spurs a week ago ahead of the FA Cup tie with Leeds next weekend.

Flores Ahead Of Palace

Head coach Quique Sanchez Flores has now held his pre Crystal Palace press conference and confirmed that Watford go into the tie in good spirits.

The Watford FC Walking Wounded - Injury List

Our weekly update looking at the injury table and also comparing with all our competitors in the Premier League.

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.

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)

Crystal Palace v Watford
Suggested By:
Watford win50%
Crystal Palace win25%
Draw25%
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