LiveLloyd Doyley Testimonial: Watford v Tottenham Hotspur

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  • Live coverage of Lloyd Doyley's testimonial between Watford and Tottenham Hotspur.
  • Jermain Defoe scores the only goal as Andre Villas-Boas' side secure 1-0 win over Hornets.
  • Afternoon's entertainment got underway with match between a legends side from both clubs, which Spurs won 3-1.


After the earlier rain, the sun is back out. As for the Hornets, their pre-season campaign moves on to Gillingham on Tuesday night. Thanks for joining us this afternoon.


The match was a good test and the 'Orns should build from that. Some of the spells of possession and interplay caught the eye but they need to add more to their play in the final third.

5:00pm Jermain Defoe's goal ten minutes after the break was enough to give AVB's men the win and send the Hornets to their first defeat of pre-season. It's also the first time they've failed to score in their warm-up campaign for the months ahead.


And there's the final whistle...


Sigurdsson's just tried his luck from distance but the shot comfortably cleared the bar.


Into time added on here. It looks as if Spurs will record their second 1-0 win of the year at the Vic, following their scarcely deserved FA Cup triumph last season.


Good start to his Hornets career from Almunia today. Communication good, been decisive and handled well when needed to.


Good shot and a good save...Townsend hits a fizzing right-footed drive from 25 yards which Almunia is equal to, diving to his left to push it away. Piero Mingoia also on for Murray. Six minutes remaining.


And substiution number eight for the visitors as David Bentley replaces Livermore.


Change number five for Zola's men as Gavin Massey introduced at the expense of Buaben. 12 minutes to go and Spurs still lead 1-0.


Standing ovation for Doyley as he's replaced by Lee Hodson after 75 minutes. Former Watford loanee Andros Townsend also on for Bale.


Chance for Spurs as Kane teases the Hornets defence on the edge of their own area before passing to Walker on the right. His cross is met by the Welsh international at the far post but Almunia not really troubled by the header.


Few more changes...Craig Forsyth replaces Hogg, Harry Kane comes on for Defoe and Carroll makes way for Tom Huddlestone.


Bale has just knocked the ball into the net but whistle had already blown. 20 mins of second half gone.


Attendance here is 9,218.


Much better from Watford. Murray closed down Cudicini as he went to clear, forcing him to scuff his kick. Hogg then played Yeates, who checked back on his righ foot but curled narrowly wide of the far post. Best chance so far for those in yellow.


Yeates did well to get away from both Lennon and Walker on the left but then over-hit cross beyond Iwelumo.


Watford make their second change, with Big Chris coming on for Garner two minutes after falling behind.


Let's see how Watford can respond...


Walker got to the by-line on the right and crossed for Defoe to plant a thumping header past Almunia. Scored in the 55th minute.


GOAL to Spurs...


In case you haven't heard, Andy Murray has just become Olympic champion. And Team GB has also won two more medals in the gymnastics. Incredible!


The four Spurs players replaced were Friedel, Gallas, Naughton and Jenas.


Almost a chance for Watford as Garner tries to slide Murray through but Walker makes a good tackle.


Looks like there will be four changes for Spurs. Cudicini, Vertonghen, Walker and Sigurdsson all on. Will work out whose gone off in a moment.

Play now back underway...


Players coming back out for the second half.


And that is half-time. 0-0 and not much in the way of goalmouth to reflect on, Gallas' header from a corner apart. Reasons to be encouraged by Watford display but they need to be doing more in the final third.

Right, back in a bit. Off to find a drink.


After Lennon and Bale switched sides, Murray and Yeates have done likewise.


I should, of course, have added so far because hopefully there will be more in the way of goalmouth action after the break.


Five minutes of the half to go and, safe to say, this will not go down as a thriller.


First chant of 'we've got Lloydinho' goes up as the man of the moment produces some nice skill against Lennon, whose currently switched flanks with Bale.


Coming up to half an hour on the clock. Still no goals and not many chances to speak of but Watford looking confident and comfortable with their possession-based approach.


Reasonable chance for Watford as Garner sees shot from the edge of the area deflected behind but attractive, sharp build up involving Hogg, Doyley, Buaben and Yeates.


Had momentary connection failure but back with you now. First real chance of match while I was away, with Gallas heading narrowly over from a corner. Watford have also had their first corner of the afternoon but that came to nothing.


Almunia nice and vocal a moment ago. Good to hear.


As for the game, all very pre-season so far. Neither side going at full tilt but are both looking to knock the ball around.


Shame about Pudil. Has impressed so far and was looking forward to seeing how he fared against higher quality opposition.


Hornets physio on already for an injury to Pudil and he'll need to be replaced. It's his right hamstring. Dickinson on at left-back.


Spurs having most of early possession. Bale already got behind to the by-line but his cross was dealt with.


The Hornets have lined up with Eustace operating in front of the back four, Hogg and Buaben slightly further forward and Yeates and Murray providing the wide options to lone frontman Garner.


Right, we're underway...Watford attacking the Vicarage Road end in the first half.


No new kit sponsor or player names on the Watford shirts for this, just numbers.


Lovely moment as Lloyd is given a guard of honour by both teams and gets a terrific ovation. Fans are still coming in but it's a decent turnout already.


Z Cars now playing over the PA as the teams come out of the tunnel.


Tim Sherwood and Les Ferdinand, who are now of course on the Spurs coaching staff, have just taken their seats in front of the press area to watch the game.


Watford players now back in the dressing room. Just over ten minutes to go until kick off. Today's referee, by the way, is Trevor Kettle.


I know you shouldn't read too much into shirt numbers these days but intrigued by the fact that Gareth Bale is wearing 9.


Fantastic news from Weymouth. Ben Ainslie has won GOLD.


So of the new signings only Almunia and Pudil are involved today.


And here's the Watford line-up: Almunia; Doyley, Taylor, Nosworthy, Pudil; Buaben, Hogg, Eustace; Yeates, Garner, Murray. Subs: Hodson, Dickinson, Iwelumo, Forsyth, Jenkins, Massey, Bennett, Thompson, Smith, Mingoia and Bond.


Spurs subs are Cudicini, Bassong, Dawson, Vertonghen, Walker, Bentley, Huddlestone, Townsend, Sigurdsson and Kane.


...but the Spurs team has come through and it's strong: Friedel; Naughton, Kaboul, Gallas, Assou-Ekotto; Jenas, Livermore; Carroll, Lennon, Bale; Defoe.


All the Watford players are now out on the pitch warming up...


Since then, Doyley has gone on to make 332 starts in all competitions and 38 sub appearances. The total of 370 currently puts him 12th on the club's all-time appearance list. Next in his sights is Charlie White's 380.


Tommy Smith, Neil Cox and Stephen Glass were on the scoresheet for the Hornets in that old Division One game and they lined-up as follows: Baardsen; Cox, Robinson, Issa, Vega, Fisken, Vernazza, Smith, Hyde, Glass and Gayle. Doyley, Helguson and Wooter came off the bench, while Chamberlain and Noel-Williams were unused subs.


So to Mr Doyley. The 29-year-old made his debut on September 26, 2001 in a 3-3 draw against Birmingham City. Doyley's first appearance in yellow came as a substitute following the incident that game will always be remembered for, Pierre Issa being dropped off a stretcher.


And out comes Watford's new keeper, Manuel Almunia, along with Jonathan Bond and Alec Chamberlain.


Spurs keeper Brad Friedel first player to emerge from the tunnel for the warm-up.


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Coming up to an hour to go before kick off and it's now raining quite heavily at the Vic. While we're waiting for the team news, here's a couple of shots of the man himself...


The two clubs also met 17 years ago to the day, while the year before was arguably the most famous pre-season meeting between the two clubs. I can remember it vividly, trying to get into a packed Vicarage Road after a certain Jurgen Klinsmann was signed by Spurs. Not content with creating that excitement, the German striker returned to the Vic a few weeks later to score a hat-trick in a bonkers League Cup tie, which the north London side won 6-3.


Browsing through the programme and there's a nice reminder of previous pre-season clashes between the 'Orns and Spurs. Ten years ago both clubs met for a testimonial in honour of another fantastic Watford servant, Nigel Gibbs...


Away from here, more Team GB medal news. Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson win silver on the water in the star class. Congratulations to them. Sounds like they were unlucky not to add to the golden haul.


And here are the 'Orns. Interestingly, they've all arrived together. Nice reception for a smiling Zola from the Rookery.


Back with you now. The Spurs boys arrived just after 1pm and, from what I could tell, all of their available big names are here. AVB was looking relaxed, happily signing autographs as he made his way to the dressing rooms.


Back with you in a bit. Lunch beckons.


Good news...the PA is working again.


And there's the final whistle and Spurs claim the legends' spoils with a 3-1 victory. Nice ovation for the players from the few thousand that are inside the ground.


Another chance for those in yellow as Andrews' cross from the left was headed narrowly wide of the near post by Smart.


But better news from out on the pitch as Smart has pulled one back for the 'Orns with a thumping finish that gave the keeper no chance. Now 3-1.


Apologies for the lack of info on the Spurs players. As previously stated, there's no team sheet, the PA has decided to pack up and only recognise a few faces. All a bit irritating really.


And that's 3-0 to Spurs before Gayle nearly pulls one back for the 'Orns with a stinging left-footed drive from 20 or so yards that was well kept out.


Not sure where the marking was but Chamberlain's made a fine save, diving to his right to keep out a free header from a corner.


Wayne Andrews also came on at the break but he's just been replaced by the scorer of that other goal at Wembley - Allan Smart.


Bit of a reshuffle for the Hornets. Mr Mooney's gone to left-back and Nicky Wright, Wright, Wright's entertained the fray. The scorer of 'that' goal at Wembley is playing right mid.


Just to add to the lack of shirt numbers and no team sheet, the PA system is also on the blink at the Vic today...on a more positive note, the new pitch looks superb.


And that's half-time with Spurs leading 2-0.


Mentioning Anderton was clearly tempting fate as he's just doubled Spurs' advantage. Again Chamberlain was left isolated in a one-on-one, again he saved the first effort when Anderton finally decided what he was going to do, but again he was unable to get to the follow up.


We also don't have a team sheet for this game but some instantly recognisable faces among the Spurs side including Darren Anderton, who still looks in good shape. He tried to catch Chamberlain out with a nice 25-yard lob a few moments ago but the keeper was equal to it.


So to that Watford well as Chamberlain and Gayle, the likes of Nigel Gibbs, Andy Hessenthaler, Tommy Mooney and Bruce Dyer are in action for those in yellow who, just to make things a bit confusing, don't have numbers on their shirts.


Marcus Gayle couldn't get his head completely to a lofted ball over the top, leaving Alec Chamberlain exposed in a one-on-one situation. The Hornets' goalkeeping coach made a superb save to keep out the first effort but was unable to get to the rebound.


But before I bring you the Watford team...Spurs have just taken the lead...


Just had a few minor technical issues but back with you now. The afternoon's entertainment is now underway with the legends match. And it's great to see a few very familiar faces...


Trust everyone's still on a high after yesterday's amazing day for British sport when a few legends were either created or further enhanced their already illustrious reputation. Well today Vicarage Road says a fully deserved thank you to a legend of its own - Mr Lloyd Doyley.


Good afternoon from Vicarage Road...and it's good to be back.

Comments (2)

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3:21pm Sun 5 Aug 12

SAHornet says...

Bloomin' typical. One of the few new names to be fit enough to play and he sustains what sounds like a nasty injury within 5 mins.
Bloomin' typical. One of the few new names to be fit enough to play and he sustains what sounds like a nasty injury within 5 mins. SAHornet
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3:26pm Sun 5 Aug 12

SAHornet says...

Come on Anthony Matthews, let's be hearing from you. What's the weather doing? What does the crowd look like? Be vocal man, like Almunia !
Come on Anthony Matthews, let's be hearing from you. What's the weather doing? What does the crowd look like? Be vocal man, like Almunia ! SAHornet
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