'There's no place like home'
Consequently this week, I`m giving my reasons for why Watford have slipped from first to second and why we can`t win at home:
The pressure that is generated at home games this season is immense. Previously we have always been a small club, with small ambitions, now we`re expected to win promotion.
What doesn`t help also is all the glory hunters, something I`ve eluded to previously. Those who got their first season ticket last season have no concept of the Championship and expect Watford to thrash all opposition off the park - sorry to disappoint, but it won`t happen like that.
Most player`s cliché their way through interviews, all the bobbins about 'taking each game as it comes` and 'not getting complacent`. However, I hate to say this, I think that certain players have got slightly over confident whilst top of the league.
When we were nine or so points clear, it wasn`t the end of the world to loose, but now it`s become a habit, as it does, and habits are hard to get out of.
Could be the best-worst thing in our season. Either way he will be pivotal. Whilst at the club Johnno freed up King from the creative role and meant the Jamaican actually got in the penalty area and scored. Johnson contributed goal-wise himself too which was handy.
Jobi McAnuff is by no means a bad player, but he hasn`t lived up to the hype and he hasn`t been the man to replace Johnno. If we don`t get over the loss of Johnno, the season is in jeopardy.
Since Johnson returned to Middlesborough, King has tried to re-take that mantle of the 'creator`. Unfortunately, he tries to do it all himself, he has team-mates, use them. Or, just be lazy and stand up front with Darius, do your job and put the ball in the net again.
I don`t think all the rumours about Premiership clubs wanting him helps Marlon`s ego, but other than whilst Johnson was on-loan, King has not been himself this season.
There are a couple of players floating through games not really contributing a huge amount, firstly, my favourite, Jordan Stewart - to think I was going to get his name on my shirt after a good year in the Prem!
Lee Williamson is the other. I`m not sure what`s up with him, but I`ve certainly been highlighting lacklustre performances ever since his sending off at Scunthorpe, and having seen it live, I maintain it was the BEST tackle, ever!
Either way, both need to be given a boot up the backside and told their positions are under threat. Why not give Francis a run-out or Douglas Rinaldi whilst Willo gets back to form.
Oh, and destroy Jordan Stewarts contract in front of him, pleeeeeeeeeeeease Aidy?!
A ball player in midfield:
If you can`t break teams down by hoofing it to the big man, then you need a second plan of action. For example, pass the ball. O`Toole isn`t the man to fit the bill, he just kicks people and breaks the play up, and score crucial goals.
Williamson as I`ve said, is out of form, so put Francis in there. I`ve never been a fan of him, but he scores goals and his cameo appearance against Plymouth was evidence he can get his head up and pass the ball forward.
If I can see all these things with no coaching badges and coaching experience which stretches as far as winning promotion on Football Manager, yes I released Mahon, Kabba and Stewart, then surely Aidy can see them too?!
Keep the faith,