Ikechi Anya and Fernando Forestieri fire Watford to win over Brighton and Hove Albion

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Watford have halted their slide down the Championship table after securing a deserved 2-0 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion.

Unlike their last two matches, the Hornets didn’t let a two-goal lead slip as they went on to secure a first league win in five matches and just a second in 16.

The Hornets’ ball retention was generally better than it has been in the main recently and they deserved to be leading at the break through Ikechi Anya’s 13th-minute strike past Tomasz Kuszczak.

However, they did survive a scare shortly before half-time when substitute Kazenga LuaLua beat Manuel Almunia all ends up with a strike from the left side of the penalty area but the woodwork came to Watford’s rescue.

But the home side established clear daylight on the hour when Fernando Forestieri capitalised on a lapse by Gordon Greer and rounded Kuszczak to double the Hornets’ advantage.

The Seagulls did have a goal ruled out midway through the second half as they sought to get back into the contest but their opponents saw out the remainder of the contest in relative comfort as they finished with three debutants on the pitch.

Beppe Sannino made four changes following Thursday night’s second-half collapse at Nottingham Forest but there was to be only one debut at the outset from the three new arrivals.

Daniel Tozser made his first appearance as the Hornets reverted to 3-5-2 formation, with Fitz Hall, Marco Cassetti and Alexander Merkel also included in the line-up.

Lloyd Doyley, Sean Murray and Davide Faraoni dropped to a bench that included the other two new faces – Samba Diakite and Chu-Young Park – but there was no place in the match-day 18 for Daniel Pudil.

Brighton drew 0-0 at Burnley last time out and head coach Oscar Garcia made two changes.

New signing Dale Stephens and Andrea Orlandi were brought into the line-up, LuaLua dropped to the bench while Rohan Ince missed out.

Tozser took up the central holding role in Watford’s five-man midfield but it was the visitors who had the bulk of the possession during a relatively low-key opening.

The Hornets had a chance to put the Seagulls rearguard under pressure in the eighth minute when they were awarded a free-kick right of centre around 35 yards out but Merkel’s delivery was poor and the hosts committed a foul when the ball was played in.

Watford won possession back soon after though, and the ball broke invitingly for Merkel 25 yards out but he dragged his shot well wide of the target.

The Hornets’ next opportunity was better - Forestieri forcing Vicarage Road old boy Kuszczak to go to ground to hold his 20-yard right-footed drive after Troy Deeney had won a header and the Argentine had ridden a challenge to open up the shooting chance.

But the positive start the Hornets craved as they went in search of only their second win in 16 league outings arrived in the 13th minute when Merkel fed Anya on the left side of the penalty area and he toyed with the Brighton defence before shifting the ball on to his left foot and driving a low shot across Kuszczak into the far corner to make it 1-0.

This settled the Hornets down and after Forestieri had seen a couple of potentially promising forays forward come to nothing, Anya drove inside off the left flank before hitting a 20-yard shot straight at Kuszczak.

Brighton had offered little going forward but in the 26th minute Cristian Battocchio was forced into action in the far post area to deal with a dangerous David Lopez delivery from the right.

Within a minute though, the Hornets spurned a good opportunity to double their lead.

Cassetti dispossessed Stephen Ward and as the pitch opened up before him, the Italian advanced before clipping a lovely delivery towards the edge of the six-yard area where Forestieri pulled off his man but tamely volleyed the ball straight into Kuszczak’s arms.

Brighton then began to offer more in the final third and they finally mustered a goal attempt in the 36th minute when Greer headed a corner from the left well over the top.

The visitors were forced into a change five minutes before the interval when LuaLua replaced the injured Jake Forester-Caskey. Within four minutes of entering the fray, the substitute almost equalised but not before Kuszczak had made a routine save to deal with a 20-yard strike from Battocchio which had the pace taken off of it by a deflection.

In the penultimate minute of the first-half though, LuaLua received the ball on the left side of the penalty area and surprised everyone by hitting a great strike which flew past the helpless Almunia and rebounded out off the frame of his goal. Another chance for the Seagulls soon followed but Lopez could only drag a shot into the side netting as the Hornets take a one-goal lead into the break.

Brighton had the first opening of the second period when Hall headed a cross from the right out towards the edge of the area and Lopez connected well with a shot which Almunia held as Orlandi, who was standing directly in front of the keeper, tried to get something on it. The assistant correctly flagged for offside but referee David Webb let play restart through Almunia.

Keith Andrews then fired wide from 20 yards in the 53rd minute as the Seagulls continued to try and get back on terms and then it was Lopez’s turn to miss the target from a similar range after Leonardo Ulloa had seen his back-to-goal effort blocked.

Watford’s first effort of the second period came in the 59th minute when Deeney sliced a tricky half-volley wide of the target from around 16 yards after being set up well by Forestieri.

The Hornets though, had pressed the opposition well throughout the contest and it was this approach that led to a second goal for the hosts a minute later.

Merkel did the donkey work, forcing Greer to try a back pass and Forestieri latched onto the loose ball, rounding Kuszczak who was stranded in no man’s land, and kept his composure to roll the ball into the unguarded net to make it 2-0.

After Matthew Upson had been booked for a foul on Deeney, Tozser offered the first real indication of what he can do from a promising free-kick situation as he curled a powerfully-struck left-footed effort not too far over from 25 yards.

Brighton made their second change in the 64th minute when new signing David Rodriguez replaced Orlandi and four minutes later the visitors thought they were back in the game when Ulloa headed a free-kick from the right past Almunia but the goal was ruled out for offside.

Tozser picked up his first yellow card in English football for a foul near the edge of the 18-yard area but the Hornets’ wall did its job when Lopez struck the set-piece.

Sannino made his first change in the 76th minute as Merkel made way for Murray and then Greer went into the book for a foul on Deeney, the outcome of which was the Hornets’ substitute hitting a low free-kick which Kuszczak held by his near post.

Brighton’s final change came in the 81st minute as Solly March replaced Lopez and six minutes later Diakite became the home side’s second debutant of the afternoon as he came on for Battocchio. And two debutants became three in the final minute of normal time when Park replaced Forestieri, who was deservedly given a standing ovation after a high energy performance which included much good work off the ball.

Five minutes of additional time offered the visitors a glimmer of hope but the closest they came to troubling Almunia was in the last of those when Stephens curled a free-kick harmlessly over after Joel Ekstrand had been booked for a foul.

Watford finished good value for just their second win in 16 league outings and their first of 2014.

Watford: Almunia; Angella, Hall, Ekstrand; Cassetti, Battocchio (Diakite 87), Tozser, Merkel (Murray 76), Anya; Forestieri (Park 90), Deeney. Not used: Bond, Bellerin, Doyley, Faraoni.

Brighton & Hove Albion: Kuszczak; Bruno, Greer, Upson, Ward; Andrews, Stephens, Forster-Caskey (LuaLua 40); Lopez (March 81), Ulloa, Orlandi (Rodriguez 63). Not used: Brezovan, Dunk, Calderon, Obika.

Bookings: Upson for a foul (62); Tozser for a foul (69); Greer for a foul (80); Ekstrand for a foul (90).

Attendance: 16,096 (1,998 away).

Referee: David Webb.

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5:16pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Dino1982 says...

Thats better!
Thats better! Dino1982
  • Score: 25

5:17pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Nordin's Hooter says...

....and don't it feel good !! Well done Beppe and the boys Great Result !! :-)
....and don't it feel good !! Well done Beppe and the boys Great Result !! :-) Nordin's Hooter
  • Score: 35

5:21pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Bonser Out says...

Great and much needed result today. Looks like we may have got a good player in Tozser. One size needs to play in defence again next week as we were more solid and apart from the offside goal, Brighton didn't get a look in.
Great and much needed result today. Looks like we may have got a good player in Tozser. One size needs to play in defence again next week as we were more solid and apart from the offside goal, Brighton didn't get a look in. Bonser Out
  • Score: 29

5:28pm Sun 2 Feb 14

84AGAIN says...

Could be defining moment in season marking a turnaround but admittedly a bit early to say. Think we definitely have the ammunition in the players to move up so let's hope Sassino gets them to work as a unit. Interestingly, Udinese also won after a bad run so all well in Pozzo empire tonight!
Could be defining moment in season marking a turnaround but admittedly a bit early to say. Think we definitely have the ammunition in the players to move up so let's hope Sassino gets them to work as a unit. Interestingly, Udinese also won after a bad run so all well in Pozzo empire tonight! 84AGAIN
  • Score: 20

5:40pm Sun 2 Feb 14

endean2 says...

do make sure Hall stays in the team, finally a player that can defend.
good team effort and hopefully the team can now move up the league,
Oh for 3 points next Saturday, well one can dream!
do make sure Hall stays in the team, finally a player that can defend. good team effort and hopefully the team can now move up the league, Oh for 3 points next Saturday, well one can dream! endean2
  • Score: 20

5:44pm Sun 2 Feb 14

the jesterwestport says...

Nice !!!Of next10 games bar Leicester there all winnable not giving up on this season... It ain't over till it's over!!! Yellow army!!!
Nice !!!Of next10 games bar Leicester there all winnable not giving up on this season... It ain't over till it's over!!! Yellow army!!! the jesterwestport
  • Score: 25

5:46pm Sun 2 Feb 14

andyhooked says...

We were not the best side on the pitch and were second best in midfield but defended well and two quality goals. This does feel better!!
We were not the best side on the pitch and were second best in midfield but defended well and two quality goals. This does feel better!! andyhooked
  • Score: -73

6:02pm Sun 2 Feb 14

only5foot3 says...

fitz hall for captain
fitz hall for captain only5foot3
  • Score: 42

6:11pm Sun 2 Feb 14

peter10531089 says...

only5foot3 wrote:
fitz hall for captain
I would have said Toscer looks the more natural captain - thought he organised everything really well but agree Hall was also superb - but we knew that his quality was never the issue. Fessi was outstanding but I thought Toscer was unlucky to have not hot MoM.

Would like to see Merkel speed up a bit as I thought he looked a bit sluggish

COYH
[quote][p][bold]only5foot3[/bold] wrote: fitz hall for captain[/p][/quote]I would have said Toscer looks the more natural captain - thought he organised everything really well but agree Hall was also superb - but we knew that his quality was never the issue. Fessi was outstanding but I thought Toscer was unlucky to have not hot MoM. Would like to see Merkel speed up a bit as I thought he looked a bit sluggish COYH peter10531089
  • Score: 20

6:17pm Sun 2 Feb 14

84AGAIN says...

My apologies for getting Guiseppe's name wrong on last post, blame general euphoria from winning and too many beers! Negative votes will be manfully accepted!
My apologies for getting Guiseppe's name wrong on last post, blame general euphoria from winning and too many beers! Negative votes will be manfully accepted! 84AGAIN
  • Score: 8

6:23pm Sun 2 Feb 14

grahamwfc says...

andyhooked wrote:
We were not the best side on the pitch and were second best in midfield but defended well and two quality goals. This does feel better!!
That would make us very poor then. First 20 minutes aside, Brighton looked the poorest side we have faced this season. Good to see One Size back, Deeney putting in a real shift and Nando's best game in a Watford shirt. Ekstrand too many careless passes, merkel and Tozser unspectacular but early days; at least not a midfield of midgets that failed abjectly at Forest. Battocchio carried on from where he left off against Forest, fair amount of energy, woeful passing and lack of awareness. Starting to see why GFZ had his reservations. Murray is a better option.
Good to see Anya getting back to his best and while I think Marco is way past his best I guess he does add that little bit of experience and grit. Should stay in the team next week if only to show Knockart what a real foul feels like, but outside the area please Marco.........
I'm still looking down rather than up, but allowing myself a sneaky peak, win the two games in hand and we are 7 off Reading so not impossible but highly unlikely. Let's build some momentum for next season, try to get a settled squad and find a goal machine. Fingers crossed Abdi will be back next season along with Tommy Hoban to take over from One Size if he calls it a day.
Hopefully we can the bl@@dy stand built too!!!
COYH
[quote][p][bold]andyhooked[/bold] wrote: We were not the best side on the pitch and were second best in midfield but defended well and two quality goals. This does feel better!![/p][/quote]That would make us very poor then. First 20 minutes aside, Brighton looked the poorest side we have faced this season. Good to see One Size back, Deeney putting in a real shift and Nando's best game in a Watford shirt. Ekstrand too many careless passes, merkel and Tozser unspectacular but early days; at least not a midfield of midgets that failed abjectly at Forest. Battocchio carried on from where he left off against Forest, fair amount of energy, woeful passing and lack of awareness. Starting to see why GFZ had his reservations. Murray is a better option. Good to see Anya getting back to his best and while I think Marco is way past his best I guess he does add that little bit of experience and grit. Should stay in the team next week if only to show Knockart what a real foul feels like, but outside the area please Marco......... I'm still looking down rather than up, but allowing myself a sneaky peak, win the two games in hand and we are 7 off Reading so not impossible but highly unlikely. Let's build some momentum for next season, try to get a settled squad and find a goal machine. Fingers crossed Abdi will be back next season along with Tommy Hoban to take over from One Size if he calls it a day. Hopefully we can the bl@@dy stand built too!!! COYH grahamwfc
  • Score: -12

6:25pm Sun 2 Feb 14

femalehornet122 says...

Good to see the gutsy performance today. If we had only played like this against forest it would have been a different ending. This is how it should be , everyone getting invoked. Sannini still needs to sort out getting us to move quickly out from defence to attack Brighton were good at that today . Also how about Tozer getting some practice in for set pieces . Would be good to have some do this. All the players worked hard today, only one time when Ekstrand was a bit sloppy. Good that it did not allow anything to happen . He needs to tighten up. Overall a good day though, we needed this so badly. Hope it powers the players now.
Good to see the gutsy performance today. If we had only played like this against forest it would have been a different ending. This is how it should be , everyone getting invoked. Sannini still needs to sort out getting us to move quickly out from defence to attack Brighton were good at that today . Also how about Tozer getting some practice in for set pieces . Would be good to have some do this. All the players worked hard today, only one time when Ekstrand was a bit sloppy. Good that it did not allow anything to happen . He needs to tighten up. Overall a good day though, we needed this so badly. Hope it powers the players now. femalehornet122
  • Score: 3

6:33pm Sun 2 Feb 14

SAHornet says...

grahamwfc wrote:
andyhooked wrote:
We were not the best side on the pitch and were second best in midfield but defended well and two quality goals. This does feel better!!
That would make us very poor then. First 20 minutes aside, Brighton looked the poorest side we have faced this season. Good to see One Size back, Deeney putting in a real shift and Nando's best game in a Watford shirt. Ekstrand too many careless passes, merkel and Tozser unspectacular but early days; at least not a midfield of midgets that failed abjectly at Forest. Battocchio carried on from where he left off against Forest, fair amount of energy, woeful passing and lack of awareness. Starting to see why GFZ had his reservations. Murray is a better option.
Good to see Anya getting back to his best and while I think Marco is way past his best I guess he does add that little bit of experience and grit. Should stay in the team next week if only to show Knockart what a real foul feels like, but outside the area please Marco.........
I'm still looking down rather than up, but allowing myself a sneaky peak, win the two games in hand and we are 7 off Reading so not impossible but highly unlikely. Let's build some momentum for next season, try to get a settled squad and find a goal machine. Fingers crossed Abdi will be back next season along with Tommy Hoban to take over from One Size if he calls it a day.
Hopefully we can the bl@@dy stand built too!!!
COYH
From what I heard on Hornets Player, Daniel Tozser was a close second for MOM
[quote][p][bold]grahamwfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andyhooked[/bold] wrote: We were not the best side on the pitch and were second best in midfield but defended well and two quality goals. This does feel better!![/p][/quote]That would make us very poor then. First 20 minutes aside, Brighton looked the poorest side we have faced this season. Good to see One Size back, Deeney putting in a real shift and Nando's best game in a Watford shirt. Ekstrand too many careless passes, merkel and Tozser unspectacular but early days; at least not a midfield of midgets that failed abjectly at Forest. Battocchio carried on from where he left off against Forest, fair amount of energy, woeful passing and lack of awareness. Starting to see why GFZ had his reservations. Murray is a better option. Good to see Anya getting back to his best and while I think Marco is way past his best I guess he does add that little bit of experience and grit. Should stay in the team next week if only to show Knockart what a real foul feels like, but outside the area please Marco......... I'm still looking down rather than up, but allowing myself a sneaky peak, win the two games in hand and we are 7 off Reading so not impossible but highly unlikely. Let's build some momentum for next season, try to get a settled squad and find a goal machine. Fingers crossed Abdi will be back next season along with Tommy Hoban to take over from One Size if he calls it a day. Hopefully we can the bl@@dy stand built too!!! COYH[/p][/quote]From what I heard on Hornets Player, Daniel Tozser was a close second for MOM SAHornet
  • Score: 21

6:34pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Man from Pinner says...

What a difference a good midfield holding player makes; I thought Toszer really looked the part. Now need the midfield play maker in Abdi's absence. Will McGugan step up to the plate?Merkel clearly needs to adapt to the pace of the English game.
Good result and a promising all round display. Totally agree Fitz has to stay in the team.
Not sure what to make of the Arsenal loanee striker; only on the pitch for a few minutes but seemed loss and got booked! Early days for him..... I hope!
What a difference a good midfield holding player makes; I thought Toszer really looked the part. Now need the midfield play maker in Abdi's absence. Will McGugan step up to the plate?Merkel clearly needs to adapt to the pace of the English game. Good result and a promising all round display. Totally agree Fitz has to stay in the team. Not sure what to make of the Arsenal loanee striker; only on the pitch for a few minutes but seemed loss and got booked! Early days for him..... I hope! Man from Pinner
  • Score: -4

6:37pm Sun 2 Feb 14

coldplay says...

andyhooked wrote:
We were not the best side on the pitch and were second best in midfield but defended well and two quality goals. This does feel better!!
I thought Brighton were neat and tidy, kept possession well and were well organised...but their tempo was slow and they rarely threatened apart from the odd break and set pieces. Only one shot on target in the whole game says it all, and for me, one of the less impressive sides at The Vic this year.
Although not at the top of our game I was impressed by the way the team recovered from the capitulation on Thursday, and apart from the Man City performance, it was our gutsiest display as a unit for some time. The commitment and determination was much improved and the work rate all over the pitch to recover the ball when we gave it away was so encouraging.
Daniel Tozser looks an excellent acquisition, organising those around him, breaking up play and providing the impetus to go forward and Fitz is so re-assuring in the back line. Encouraging performance, only one small step forward I know but it is forward...and well done Fessi who shaded Tozser for MoM.
[quote][p][bold]andyhooked[/bold] wrote: We were not the best side on the pitch and were second best in midfield but defended well and two quality goals. This does feel better!![/p][/quote]I thought Brighton were neat and tidy, kept possession well and were well organised...but their tempo was slow and they rarely threatened apart from the odd break and set pieces. Only one shot on target in the whole game says it all, and for me, one of the less impressive sides at The Vic this year. Although not at the top of our game I was impressed by the way the team recovered from the capitulation on Thursday, and apart from the Man City performance, it was our gutsiest display as a unit for some time. The commitment and determination was much improved and the work rate all over the pitch to recover the ball when we gave it away was so encouraging. Daniel Tozser looks an excellent acquisition, organising those around him, breaking up play and providing the impetus to go forward and Fitz is so re-assuring in the back line. Encouraging performance, only one small step forward I know but it is forward...and well done Fessi who shaded Tozser for MoM. coldplay
  • Score: 27

6:44pm Sun 2 Feb 14

demerit says...

andyhooked wrote:
We were not the best side on the pitch and were second best in midfield but defended well and two quality goals. This does feel better!!
First home game I've missed all season as I had to be 5 000 miles away but every report and every blog/post I have read says the opposite to you.
[quote][p][bold]andyhooked[/bold] wrote: We were not the best side on the pitch and were second best in midfield but defended well and two quality goals. This does feel better!![/p][/quote]First home game I've missed all season as I had to be 5 000 miles away but every report and every blog/post I have read says the opposite to you. demerit
  • Score: 16

6:46pm Sun 2 Feb 14

demerit says...

peter10531089 wrote:
only5foot3 wrote:
fitz hall for captain
I would have said Toscer looks the more natural captain - thought he organised everything really well but agree Hall was also superb - but we knew that his quality was never the issue. Fessi was outstanding but I thought Toscer was unlucky to have not hot MoM.

Would like to see Merkel speed up a bit as I thought he looked a bit sluggish

COYH
Didn't know we had an opera singer playing for us today.
[quote][p][bold]peter10531089[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]only5foot3[/bold] wrote: fitz hall for captain[/p][/quote]I would have said Toscer looks the more natural captain - thought he organised everything really well but agree Hall was also superb - but we knew that his quality was never the issue. Fessi was outstanding but I thought Toscer was unlucky to have not hot MoM. Would like to see Merkel speed up a bit as I thought he looked a bit sluggish COYH[/p][/quote]Didn't know we had an opera singer playing for us today. demerit
  • Score: -6

6:47pm Sun 2 Feb 14

mickallen57 says...

A lot of positives here lads and I agree with femail hornet they all worked so hard.
Tozser looks quality and Fitz Hall made us solid at the back. The pairing of FF and Troy up front seems to be working out. And we haven't tried our 6ft 5 striker or given Park a real go yet . I am sure with more steel in midfield and a more solid defence we can go on our run to the play offs . Bring on the Foxes COYH
A lot of positives here lads and I agree with femail hornet they all worked so hard. Tozser looks quality and Fitz Hall made us solid at the back. The pairing of FF and Troy up front seems to be working out. And we haven't tried our 6ft 5 striker or given Park a real go yet . I am sure with more steel in midfield and a more solid defence we can go on our run to the play offs . Bring on the Foxes COYH mickallen57
  • Score: 13

6:54pm Sun 2 Feb 14

anywayasiwasaying says...

SAHornet wrote:
grahamwfc wrote:
andyhooked wrote:
We were not the best side on the pitch and were second best in midfield but defended well and two quality goals. This does feel better!!
That would make us very poor then. First 20 minutes aside, Brighton looked the poorest side we have faced this season. Good to see One Size back, Deeney putting in a real shift and Nando's best game in a Watford shirt. Ekstrand too many careless passes, merkel and Tozser unspectacular but early days; at least not a midfield of midgets that failed abjectly at Forest. Battocchio carried on from where he left off against Forest, fair amount of energy, woeful passing and lack of awareness. Starting to see why GFZ had his reservations. Murray is a better option.
Good to see Anya getting back to his best and while I think Marco is way past his best I guess he does add that little bit of experience and grit. Should stay in the team next week if only to show Knockart what a real foul feels like, but outside the area please Marco.........
I'm still looking down rather than up, but allowing myself a sneaky peak, win the two games in hand and we are 7 off Reading so not impossible but highly unlikely. Let's build some momentum for next season, try to get a settled squad and find a goal machine. Fingers crossed Abdi will be back next season along with Tommy Hoban to take over from One Size if he calls it a day.
Hopefully we can the bl@@dy stand built too!!!
COYH
From what I heard on Hornets Player, Daniel Tozser was a close second for MOM
SAHornet, you are right, Tozser was excellent and made a significant contribution to the game and for me was a close second to Fessi for MOM. Have to say that after the heartache and dodgy results we have been on the end of in the last few months, I would have thought that most 'Orns would be posting about the positives that were evident today and not being negative about half the team...seems not. Team effort was huge and everyone played their part today.....not brilliant, but a bit of pride recovered after Thursday at Forest and three points against a fancied team.
[quote][p][bold]SAHornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]grahamwfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andyhooked[/bold] wrote: We were not the best side on the pitch and were second best in midfield but defended well and two quality goals. This does feel better!![/p][/quote]That would make us very poor then. First 20 minutes aside, Brighton looked the poorest side we have faced this season. Good to see One Size back, Deeney putting in a real shift and Nando's best game in a Watford shirt. Ekstrand too many careless passes, merkel and Tozser unspectacular but early days; at least not a midfield of midgets that failed abjectly at Forest. Battocchio carried on from where he left off against Forest, fair amount of energy, woeful passing and lack of awareness. Starting to see why GFZ had his reservations. Murray is a better option. Good to see Anya getting back to his best and while I think Marco is way past his best I guess he does add that little bit of experience and grit. Should stay in the team next week if only to show Knockart what a real foul feels like, but outside the area please Marco......... I'm still looking down rather than up, but allowing myself a sneaky peak, win the two games in hand and we are 7 off Reading so not impossible but highly unlikely. Let's build some momentum for next season, try to get a settled squad and find a goal machine. Fingers crossed Abdi will be back next season along with Tommy Hoban to take over from One Size if he calls it a day. Hopefully we can the bl@@dy stand built too!!! COYH[/p][/quote]From what I heard on Hornets Player, Daniel Tozser was a close second for MOM[/p][/quote]SAHornet, you are right, Tozser was excellent and made a significant contribution to the game and for me was a close second to Fessi for MOM. Have to say that after the heartache and dodgy results we have been on the end of in the last few months, I would have thought that most 'Orns would be posting about the positives that were evident today and not being negative about half the team...seems not. Team effort was huge and everyone played their part today.....not brilliant, but a bit of pride recovered after Thursday at Forest and three points against a fancied team. anywayasiwasaying
  • Score: 23

7:00pm Sun 2 Feb 14

UZZY says...

Toscer for captain....he certainly looks the part !
Toscer for captain....he certainly looks the part ! UZZY
  • Score: 16

7:10pm Sun 2 Feb 14

anywayasiwasaying says...

Man from Pinner wrote:
What a difference a good midfield holding player makes; I thought Toszer really looked the part. Now need the midfield play maker in Abdi's absence. Will McGugan step up to the plate?Merkel clearly needs to adapt to the pace of the English game.
Good result and a promising all round display. Totally agree Fitz has to stay in the team.
Not sure what to make of the Arsenal loanee striker; only on the pitch for a few minutes but seemed loss and got booked! Early days for him..... I hope!
How can someone seem lost after only being on the pitch for five minutes...now that's what I call an in depth, objective, and considered analysis...shall we send him back. Not sure he got booked either, maybe you are mixing him up with Joel Ekstrand - they are similar in appearance.
[quote][p][bold]Man from Pinner[/bold] wrote: What a difference a good midfield holding player makes; I thought Toszer really looked the part. Now need the midfield play maker in Abdi's absence. Will McGugan step up to the plate?Merkel clearly needs to adapt to the pace of the English game. Good result and a promising all round display. Totally agree Fitz has to stay in the team. Not sure what to make of the Arsenal loanee striker; only on the pitch for a few minutes but seemed loss and got booked! Early days for him..... I hope![/p][/quote]How can someone seem lost after only being on the pitch for five minutes...now that's what I call an in depth, objective, and considered analysis...shall we send him back. Not sure he got booked either, maybe you are mixing him up with Joel Ekstrand - they are similar in appearance. anywayasiwasaying
  • Score: 20

7:11pm Sun 2 Feb 14

GarstonHorn says...

I heard a few fans getting annoyed with Merkel , the lad needs games. Will be a class act when 100% match fit. Don't get on his back like you did with Iriney and JMc when the misplaced a pass or didn't pass it forward
I heard a few fans getting annoyed with Merkel , the lad needs games. Will be a class act when 100% match fit. Don't get on his back like you did with Iriney and JMc when the misplaced a pass or didn't pass it forward GarstonHorn
  • Score: 26

7:36pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Bobbyhowfield says...

anywayasiwasaying wrote:
SAHornet wrote:
grahamwfc wrote:
andyhooked wrote:
We were not the best side on the pitch and were second best in midfield but defended well and two quality goals. This does feel better!!
That would make us very poor then. First 20 minutes aside, Brighton looked the poorest side we have faced this season. Good to see One Size back, Deeney putting in a real shift and Nando's best game in a Watford shirt. Ekstrand too many careless passes, merkel and Tozser unspectacular but early days; at least not a midfield of midgets that failed abjectly at Forest. Battocchio carried on from where he left off against Forest, fair amount of energy, woeful passing and lack of awareness. Starting to see why GFZ had his reservations. Murray is a better option.
Good to see Anya getting back to his best and while I think Marco is way past his best I guess he does add that little bit of experience and grit. Should stay in the team next week if only to show Knockart what a real foul feels like, but outside the area please Marco.........
I'm still looking down rather than up, but allowing myself a sneaky peak, win the two games in hand and we are 7 off Reading so not impossible but highly unlikely. Let's build some momentum for next season, try to get a settled squad and find a goal machine. Fingers crossed Abdi will be back next season along with Tommy Hoban to take over from One Size if he calls it a day.
Hopefully we can the bl@@dy stand built too!!!
COYH
From what I heard on Hornets Player, Daniel Tozser was a close second for MOM
SAHornet, you are right, Tozser was excellent and made a significant contribution to the game and for me was a close second to Fessi for MOM. Have to say that after the heartache and dodgy results we have been on the end of in the last few months, I would have thought that most 'Orns would be posting about the positives that were evident today and not being negative about half the team...seems not. Team effort was huge and everyone played their part today.....not brilliant, but a bit of pride recovered after Thursday at Forest and three points against a fancied team.
Been to every game since Sanniio took over and apart from 45 minutes at Forest I don't think you can fault the teams commitment. They have closed down the opposition very well except against forest when Foresteieri got taken off.
Glad to see Sanninio didn't repeat that mistake.
Only one downside , the one good ball played into our box ended up in our net albeit called offside.
[quote][p][bold]anywayasiwasaying[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SAHornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]grahamwfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andyhooked[/bold] wrote: We were not the best side on the pitch and were second best in midfield but defended well and two quality goals. This does feel better!![/p][/quote]That would make us very poor then. First 20 minutes aside, Brighton looked the poorest side we have faced this season. Good to see One Size back, Deeney putting in a real shift and Nando's best game in a Watford shirt. Ekstrand too many careless passes, merkel and Tozser unspectacular but early days; at least not a midfield of midgets that failed abjectly at Forest. Battocchio carried on from where he left off against Forest, fair amount of energy, woeful passing and lack of awareness. Starting to see why GFZ had his reservations. Murray is a better option. Good to see Anya getting back to his best and while I think Marco is way past his best I guess he does add that little bit of experience and grit. Should stay in the team next week if only to show Knockart what a real foul feels like, but outside the area please Marco......... I'm still looking down rather than up, but allowing myself a sneaky peak, win the two games in hand and we are 7 off Reading so not impossible but highly unlikely. Let's build some momentum for next season, try to get a settled squad and find a goal machine. Fingers crossed Abdi will be back next season along with Tommy Hoban to take over from One Size if he calls it a day. Hopefully we can the bl@@dy stand built too!!! COYH[/p][/quote]From what I heard on Hornets Player, Daniel Tozser was a close second for MOM[/p][/quote]SAHornet, you are right, Tozser was excellent and made a significant contribution to the game and for me was a close second to Fessi for MOM. Have to say that after the heartache and dodgy results we have been on the end of in the last few months, I would have thought that most 'Orns would be posting about the positives that were evident today and not being negative about half the team...seems not. Team effort was huge and everyone played their part today.....not brilliant, but a bit of pride recovered after Thursday at Forest and three points against a fancied team.[/p][/quote]Been to every game since Sanniio took over and apart from 45 minutes at Forest I don't think you can fault the teams commitment. They have closed down the opposition very well except against forest when Foresteieri got taken off. Glad to see Sanninio didn't repeat that mistake. Only one downside , the one good ball played into our box ended up in our net albeit called offside. Bobbyhowfield
  • Score: 11

7:37pm Sun 2 Feb 14

EltonForever says...

GarstonHorn wrote:
I heard a few fans getting annoyed with Merkel , the lad needs games. Will be a class act when 100% match fit. Don't get on his back like you did with Iriney and JMc when the misplaced a pass or didn't pass it forward
Exactly!

And let's enjoy this victory after such a bleak run.

Whew!
[quote][p][bold]GarstonHorn[/bold] wrote: I heard a few fans getting annoyed with Merkel , the lad needs games. Will be a class act when 100% match fit. Don't get on his back like you did with Iriney and JMc when the misplaced a pass or didn't pass it forward[/p][/quote]Exactly! And let's enjoy this victory after such a bleak run. Whew! EltonForever
  • Score: 17

7:40pm Sun 2 Feb 14

abbotshornet says...

andyhooked wrote:
We were not the best side on the pitch and were second best in midfield but defended well and two quality goals. This does feel better!!
What game did you watch?
[quote][p][bold]andyhooked[/bold] wrote: We were not the best side on the pitch and were second best in midfield but defended well and two quality goals. This does feel better!![/p][/quote]What game did you watch? abbotshornet
  • Score: 11

8:00pm Sun 2 Feb 14

SAHornet says...

anywayasiwasaying wrote:
SAHornet wrote:
grahamwfc wrote:
andyhooked wrote:
We were not the best side on the pitch and were second best in midfield but defended well and two quality goals. This does feel better!!
That would make us very poor then. First 20 minutes aside, Brighton looked the poorest side we have faced this season. Good to see One Size back, Deeney putting in a real shift and Nando's best game in a Watford shirt. Ekstrand too many careless passes, merkel and Tozser unspectacular but early days; at least not a midfield of midgets that failed abjectly at Forest. Battocchio carried on from where he left off against Forest, fair amount of energy, woeful passing and lack of awareness. Starting to see why GFZ had his reservations. Murray is a better option.
Good to see Anya getting back to his best and while I think Marco is way past his best I guess he does add that little bit of experience and grit. Should stay in the team next week if only to show Knockart what a real foul feels like, but outside the area please Marco.........
I'm still looking down rather than up, but allowing myself a sneaky peak, win the two games in hand and we are 7 off Reading so not impossible but highly unlikely. Let's build some momentum for next season, try to get a settled squad and find a goal machine. Fingers crossed Abdi will be back next season along with Tommy Hoban to take over from One Size if he calls it a day.
Hopefully we can the bl@@dy stand built too!!!
COYH
From what I heard on Hornets Player, Daniel Tozser was a close second for MOM
SAHornet, you are right, Tozser was excellent and made a significant contribution to the game and for me was a close second to Fessi for MOM. Have to say that after the heartache and dodgy results we have been on the end of in the last few months, I would have thought that most 'Orns would be posting about the positives that were evident today and not being negative about half the team...seems not. Team effort was huge and everyone played their part today.....not brilliant, but a bit of pride recovered after Thursday at Forest and three points against a fancied team.
Spot on anyway
[quote][p][bold]anywayasiwasaying[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SAHornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]grahamwfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andyhooked[/bold] wrote: We were not the best side on the pitch and were second best in midfield but defended well and two quality goals. This does feel better!![/p][/quote]That would make us very poor then. First 20 minutes aside, Brighton looked the poorest side we have faced this season. Good to see One Size back, Deeney putting in a real shift and Nando's best game in a Watford shirt. Ekstrand too many careless passes, merkel and Tozser unspectacular but early days; at least not a midfield of midgets that failed abjectly at Forest. Battocchio carried on from where he left off against Forest, fair amount of energy, woeful passing and lack of awareness. Starting to see why GFZ had his reservations. Murray is a better option. Good to see Anya getting back to his best and while I think Marco is way past his best I guess he does add that little bit of experience and grit. Should stay in the team next week if only to show Knockart what a real foul feels like, but outside the area please Marco......... I'm still looking down rather than up, but allowing myself a sneaky peak, win the two games in hand and we are 7 off Reading so not impossible but highly unlikely. Let's build some momentum for next season, try to get a settled squad and find a goal machine. Fingers crossed Abdi will be back next season along with Tommy Hoban to take over from One Size if he calls it a day. Hopefully we can the bl@@dy stand built too!!! COYH[/p][/quote]From what I heard on Hornets Player, Daniel Tozser was a close second for MOM[/p][/quote]SAHornet, you are right, Tozser was excellent and made a significant contribution to the game and for me was a close second to Fessi for MOM. Have to say that after the heartache and dodgy results we have been on the end of in the last few months, I would have thought that most 'Orns would be posting about the positives that were evident today and not being negative about half the team...seems not. Team effort was huge and everyone played their part today.....not brilliant, but a bit of pride recovered after Thursday at Forest and three points against a fancied team.[/p][/quote]Spot on anyway SAHornet
  • Score: 8

8:02pm Sun 2 Feb 14

SAHornet says...

Man from Pinner wrote:
What a difference a good midfield holding player makes; I thought Toszer really looked the part. Now need the midfield play maker in Abdi's absence. Will McGugan step up to the plate?Merkel clearly needs to adapt to the pace of the English game.
Good result and a promising all round display. Totally agree Fitz has to stay in the team.
Not sure what to make of the Arsenal loanee striker; only on the pitch for a few minutes but seemed loss and got booked! Early days for him..... I hope!
No sir, I don't think Park got booked
[quote][p][bold]Man from Pinner[/bold] wrote: What a difference a good midfield holding player makes; I thought Toszer really looked the part. Now need the midfield play maker in Abdi's absence. Will McGugan step up to the plate?Merkel clearly needs to adapt to the pace of the English game. Good result and a promising all round display. Totally agree Fitz has to stay in the team. Not sure what to make of the Arsenal loanee striker; only on the pitch for a few minutes but seemed loss and got booked! Early days for him..... I hope![/p][/quote]No sir, I don't think Park got booked SAHornet
  • Score: 11

8:43pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Man from Pinner says...

Man from Pinner wrote:
What a difference a good midfield holding player makes; I thought Toszer really looked the part. Now need the midfield play maker in Abdi's absence. Will McGugan step up to the plate?Merkel clearly needs to adapt to the pace of the English game.
Good result and a promising all round display. Totally agree Fitz has to stay in the team.
Not sure what to make of the Arsenal loanee striker; only on the pitch for a few minutes but seemed loss and got booked! Early days for him..... I hope!
Apologies he was not booked; it looked like he did from where we sat. By lost he did not seem to understand what position to take up when he came on; however I said it is early days for him. He deserves a chance.
[quote][p][bold]Man from Pinner[/bold] wrote: What a difference a good midfield holding player makes; I thought Toszer really looked the part. Now need the midfield play maker in Abdi's absence. Will McGugan step up to the plate?Merkel clearly needs to adapt to the pace of the English game. Good result and a promising all round display. Totally agree Fitz has to stay in the team. Not sure what to make of the Arsenal loanee striker; only on the pitch for a few minutes but seemed loss and got booked! Early days for him..... I hope![/p][/quote]Apologies he was not booked; it looked like he did from where we sat. By lost he did not seem to understand what position to take up when he came on; however I said it is early days for him. He deserves a chance. Man from Pinner
  • Score: -3

8:43pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Man from Pinner says...

Man from Pinner wrote:
What a difference a good midfield holding player makes; I thought Toszer really looked the part. Now need the midfield play maker in Abdi's absence. Will McGugan step up to the plate?Merkel clearly needs to adapt to the pace of the English game.
Good result and a promising all round display. Totally agree Fitz has to stay in the team.
Not sure what to make of the Arsenal loanee striker; only on the pitch for a few minutes but seemed loss and got booked! Early days for him..... I hope!
Apologies he was not booked; it looked like he did from where we sat. By lost he did not seem to understand what position to take up when he came on; however I said it is early days for him. He deserves a chance.
[quote][p][bold]Man from Pinner[/bold] wrote: What a difference a good midfield holding player makes; I thought Toszer really looked the part. Now need the midfield play maker in Abdi's absence. Will McGugan step up to the plate?Merkel clearly needs to adapt to the pace of the English game. Good result and a promising all round display. Totally agree Fitz has to stay in the team. Not sure what to make of the Arsenal loanee striker; only on the pitch for a few minutes but seemed loss and got booked! Early days for him..... I hope![/p][/quote]Apologies he was not booked; it looked like he did from where we sat. By lost he did not seem to understand what position to take up when he came on; however I said it is early days for him. He deserves a chance. Man from Pinner
  • Score: 0

8:44pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Hornankey says...

One swallow doesn't make a summer. Our ball retention is still awful but we were much more combative today. Tozser had an impressive debut. Let's hope the confidence returns but let's not carried away. It's only our second win in 16.
One swallow doesn't make a summer. Our ball retention is still awful but we were much more combative today. Tozser had an impressive debut. Let's hope the confidence returns but let's not carried away. It's only our second win in 16. Hornankey
  • Score: 3

8:53pm Sun 2 Feb 14

KeithMercer says...

SAHornet wrote:
Man from Pinner wrote:
What a difference a good midfield holding player makes; I thought Toszer really looked the part. Now need the midfield play maker in Abdi's absence. Will McGugan step up to the plate?Merkel clearly needs to adapt to the pace of the English game.
Good result and a promising all round display. Totally agree Fitz has to stay in the team.
Not sure what to make of the Arsenal loanee striker; only on the pitch for a few minutes but seemed loss and got booked! Early days for him..... I hope!
No sir, I don't think Park got booked
Park didnt get booked , it was Angella for kicking the ball away. The Taser looked good today and when he gets his sights locked and loaded will cause havoc with his dead balls.Fessi indeed worked his socks off and deserved his goal and MOM award, if he can develop a brain to match his ability he will become one hell of a player. Much happier tonight after Torrid Thursday.
Onwards and upwards COYHs
[quote][p][bold]SAHornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Man from Pinner[/bold] wrote: What a difference a good midfield holding player makes; I thought Toszer really looked the part. Now need the midfield play maker in Abdi's absence. Will McGugan step up to the plate?Merkel clearly needs to adapt to the pace of the English game. Good result and a promising all round display. Totally agree Fitz has to stay in the team. Not sure what to make of the Arsenal loanee striker; only on the pitch for a few minutes but seemed loss and got booked! Early days for him..... I hope![/p][/quote]No sir, I don't think Park got booked[/p][/quote]Park didnt get booked , it was Angella for kicking the ball away. The Taser looked good today and when he gets his sights locked and loaded will cause havoc with his dead balls.Fessi indeed worked his socks off and deserved his goal and MOM award, if he can develop a brain to match his ability he will become one hell of a player. Much happier tonight after Torrid Thursday. Onwards and upwards COYHs KeithMercer
  • Score: 7

8:57pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Broughs says...

"We are the best in the world! We are the best in the world! We have beaten Brighton 2 - 0 in football!! It is completely unbelievable! We have beaten Brighton! Brighton, birthplace of giants.
Brighton can you hear me?
Pete Andre, Zoe Ball, Biddy Baxter, Winston Churchill, Steve Coogan, Norman Cook, Simon Cowell, Chris Eubank can you hear me? Chris Eubank your boys took one hell of a beating, Samantha Janus, Nigel Kennedy, Rudyard Kipling, Denise Van Outen, Dusty Springfield, Holly Willoughby. Your boys took a hell of a beating! Your boys took a hell of a beating!
"We are the best in the world! We are the best in the world! We have beaten Brighton 2 - 0 in football!! It is completely unbelievable! We have beaten Brighton! Brighton, birthplace of giants. Brighton can you hear me? Pete Andre, Zoe Ball, Biddy Baxter, Winston Churchill, Steve Coogan, Norman Cook, Simon Cowell, Chris Eubank can you hear me? Chris Eubank your boys took one hell of a beating, Samantha Janus, Nigel Kennedy, Rudyard Kipling, Denise Van Outen, Dusty Springfield, Holly Willoughby. Your boys took a hell of a beating! Your boys took a hell of a beating! Broughs
  • Score: -13

9:03pm Sun 2 Feb 14

abbotshornet says...

only5foot3 wrote:
fitz hall for captain
He was massive today
[quote][p][bold]only5foot3[/bold] wrote: fitz hall for captain[/p][/quote]He was massive today abbotshornet
  • Score: 8

9:03pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Hornet Cornet says...

Finally a decent result and good words from the Bepmeister afterwards. Let's not get carried away thinking that 9 out of the next 10 games are winnable as we're not that good, but it does finally give us something to build on. Who'd have thought that, this time last year, we'd be rejoicing a 2-0 victory against Brighton. Still, we are where we are and it's little steps forwards for us now.
Finally a decent result and good words from the Bepmeister afterwards. Let's not get carried away thinking that 9 out of the next 10 games are winnable as we're not that good, but it does finally give us something to build on. Who'd have thought that, this time last year, we'd be rejoicing a 2-0 victory against Brighton. Still, we are where we are and it's little steps forwards for us now. Hornet Cornet
  • Score: -2

9:08pm Sun 2 Feb 14

only5foot3 says...

abbotshornet wrote:
only5foot3 wrote:
fitz hall for captain
He was massive today
straight from the off he was organising the back three. if we can keep him fit, hes very important to us. sannino has rebalanced the squad with the transfersor nani.
[quote][p][bold]abbotshornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]only5foot3[/bold] wrote: fitz hall for captain[/p][/quote]He was massive today[/p][/quote]straight from the off he was organising the back three. if we can keep him fit, hes very important to us. sannino has rebalanced the squad with the transfersor nani. only5foot3
  • Score: 5

9:13pm Sun 2 Feb 14

stewbyhorn says...

SAHornet wrote:
Man from Pinner wrote:
What a difference a good midfield holding player makes; I thought Toszer really looked the part. Now need the midfield play maker in Abdi's absence. Will McGugan step up to the plate?Merkel clearly needs to adapt to the pace of the English game.
Good result and a promising all round display. Totally agree Fitz has to stay in the team.
Not sure what to make of the Arsenal loanee striker; only on the pitch for a few minutes but seemed loss and got booked! Early days for him..... I hope!
No sir, I don't think Park got booked
I'm sure it was Ekstrand for kicking the ball away after the free kick was given, Park was not booked
[quote][p][bold]SAHornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Man from Pinner[/bold] wrote: What a difference a good midfield holding player makes; I thought Toszer really looked the part. Now need the midfield play maker in Abdi's absence. Will McGugan step up to the plate?Merkel clearly needs to adapt to the pace of the English game. Good result and a promising all round display. Totally agree Fitz has to stay in the team. Not sure what to make of the Arsenal loanee striker; only on the pitch for a few minutes but seemed loss and got booked! Early days for him..... I hope![/p][/quote]No sir, I don't think Park got booked[/p][/quote]I'm sure it was Ekstrand for kicking the ball away after the free kick was given, Park was not booked stewbyhorn
  • Score: 5

9:15pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Hornet Cornet says...

abbotshornet wrote:
only5foot3 wrote:
fitz hall for captain
He was massive today
My wife says that about me....
[quote][p][bold]abbotshornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]only5foot3[/bold] wrote: fitz hall for captain[/p][/quote]He was massive today[/p][/quote]My wife says that about me.... Hornet Cornet
  • Score: -10

9:40pm Sun 2 Feb 14

KeithMercer says...

Hornet Cornet wrote:
abbotshornet wrote:
only5foot3 wrote:
fitz hall for captain
He was massive today
My wife says that about me....
Thats funny, she said that to me as well ! as far as you are concerned HC I think she was refering to how bigger pain in the a""e you are ;-)
[quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]abbotshornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]only5foot3[/bold] wrote: fitz hall for captain[/p][/quote]He was massive today[/p][/quote]My wife says that about me....[/p][/quote]Thats funny, she said that to me as well ! as far as you are concerned HC I think she was refering to how bigger pain in the a""e you are ;-) KeithMercer
  • Score: 11

9:48pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Hornet Cornet says...

KeithMercer wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote:
abbotshornet wrote:
only5foot3 wrote:
fitz hall for captain
He was massive today
My wife says that about me....
Thats funny, she said that to me as well ! as far as you are concerned HC I think she was refering to how bigger pain in the a""e you are ;-)
Ha ha that's reassuring as she told me she was seeing that EltonForever person, which did make me cringe. !
[quote][p][bold]KeithMercer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]abbotshornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]only5foot3[/bold] wrote: fitz hall for captain[/p][/quote]He was massive today[/p][/quote]My wife says that about me....[/p][/quote]Thats funny, she said that to me as well ! as far as you are concerned HC I think she was refering to how bigger pain in the a""e you are ;-)[/p][/quote]Ha ha that's reassuring as she told me she was seeing that EltonForever person, which did make me cringe. ! Hornet Cornet
  • Score: -7

10:17pm Sun 2 Feb 14

AngelHornet says...

GarstonHorn wrote:
I heard a few fans getting annoyed with Merkel , the lad needs games. Will be a class act when 100% match fit. Don't get on his back like you did with Iriney and JMc when the misplaced a pass or didn't pass it forward
Like you say he does need games as does Diakite.
[quote][p][bold]GarstonHorn[/bold] wrote: I heard a few fans getting annoyed with Merkel , the lad needs games. Will be a class act when 100% match fit. Don't get on his back like you did with Iriney and JMc when the misplaced a pass or didn't pass it forward[/p][/quote]Like you say he does need games as does Diakite. AngelHornet
  • Score: 6

10:29pm Sun 2 Feb 14

VOReason says...

SAHornet wrote:
grahamwfc wrote:
andyhooked wrote:
We were not the best side on the pitch and were second best in midfield but defended well and two quality goals. This does feel better!!
That would make us very poor then. First 20 minutes aside, Brighton looked the poorest side we have faced this season. Good to see One Size back, Deeney putting in a real shift and Nando's best game in a Watford shirt. Ekstrand too many careless passes, merkel and Tozser unspectacular but early days; at least not a midfield of midgets that failed abjectly at Forest. Battocchio carried on from where he left off against Forest, fair amount of energy, woeful passing and lack of awareness. Starting to see why GFZ had his reservations. Murray is a better option.
Good to see Anya getting back to his best and while I think Marco is way past his best I guess he does add that little bit of experience and grit. Should stay in the team next week if only to show Knockart what a real foul feels like, but outside the area please Marco.........
I'm still looking down rather than up, but allowing myself a sneaky peak, win the two games in hand and we are 7 off Reading so not impossible but highly unlikely. Let's build some momentum for next season, try to get a settled squad and find a goal machine. Fingers crossed Abdi will be back next season along with Tommy Hoban to take over from One Size if he calls it a day.
Hopefully we can the bl@@dy stand built too!!!
COYH
From what I heard on Hornets Player, Daniel Tozser was a close second for MOM
Again he went you didn't ssshhh
[quote][p][bold]SAHornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]grahamwfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andyhooked[/bold] wrote: We were not the best side on the pitch and were second best in midfield but defended well and two quality goals. This does feel better!![/p][/quote]That would make us very poor then. First 20 minutes aside, Brighton looked the poorest side we have faced this season. Good to see One Size back, Deeney putting in a real shift and Nando's best game in a Watford shirt. Ekstrand too many careless passes, merkel and Tozser unspectacular but early days; at least not a midfield of midgets that failed abjectly at Forest. Battocchio carried on from where he left off against Forest, fair amount of energy, woeful passing and lack of awareness. Starting to see why GFZ had his reservations. Murray is a better option. Good to see Anya getting back to his best and while I think Marco is way past his best I guess he does add that little bit of experience and grit. Should stay in the team next week if only to show Knockart what a real foul feels like, but outside the area please Marco......... I'm still looking down rather than up, but allowing myself a sneaky peak, win the two games in hand and we are 7 off Reading so not impossible but highly unlikely. Let's build some momentum for next season, try to get a settled squad and find a goal machine. Fingers crossed Abdi will be back next season along with Tommy Hoban to take over from One Size if he calls it a day. Hopefully we can the bl@@dy stand built too!!! COYH[/p][/quote]From what I heard on Hornets Player, Daniel Tozser was a close second for MOM[/p][/quote]Again he went you didn't ssshhh VOReason
  • Score: -12

6:29am Mon 3 Feb 14

mellow yellow says...

Hornet Cornet wrote:
Finally a decent result and good words from the Bepmeister afterwards. Let's not get carried away thinking that 9 out of the next 10 games are winnable as we're not that good, but it does finally give us something to build on. Who'd have thought that, this time last year, we'd be rejoicing a 2-0 victory against Brighton. Still, we are where we are and it's little steps forwards for us now.
Around this time last year we WERE celebrating a two goal victory over Brighton, mate! Still remember the Otter's goals...
[quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: Finally a decent result and good words from the Bepmeister afterwards. Let's not get carried away thinking that 9 out of the next 10 games are winnable as we're not that good, but it does finally give us something to build on. Who'd have thought that, this time last year, we'd be rejoicing a 2-0 victory against Brighton. Still, we are where we are and it's little steps forwards for us now.[/p][/quote]Around this time last year we WERE celebrating a two goal victory over Brighton, mate! Still remember the Otter's goals... mellow yellow
  • Score: 1

6:31am Mon 3 Feb 14

mellow yellow says...

mellow yellow wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote:
Finally a decent result and good words from the Bepmeister afterwards. Let's not get carried away thinking that 9 out of the next 10 games are winnable as we're not that good, but it does finally give us something to build on. Who'd have thought that, this time last year, we'd be rejoicing a 2-0 victory against Brighton. Still, we are where we are and it's little steps forwards for us now.
Around this time last year we WERE celebrating a two goal victory over Brighton, mate! Still remember the Otter's goals...
Two goal margin, I meant.
[quote][p][bold]mellow yellow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: Finally a decent result and good words from the Bepmeister afterwards. Let's not get carried away thinking that 9 out of the next 10 games are winnable as we're not that good, but it does finally give us something to build on. Who'd have thought that, this time last year, we'd be rejoicing a 2-0 victory against Brighton. Still, we are where we are and it's little steps forwards for us now.[/p][/quote]Around this time last year we WERE celebrating a two goal victory over Brighton, mate! Still remember the Otter's goals...[/p][/quote]Two goal margin, I meant. mellow yellow
  • Score: 1

7:52am Mon 3 Feb 14

Who the WFC! says...

Man from Pinner wrote:
What a difference a good midfield holding player makes; I thought Toszer really looked the part. Now need the midfield play maker in Abdi's absence. Will McGugan step up to the plate?Merkel clearly needs to adapt to the pace of the English game.
Good result and a promising all round display. Totally agree Fitz has to stay in the team.
Not sure what to make of the Arsenal loanee striker; only on the pitch for a few minutes but seemed loss and got booked! Early days for him..... I hope!
He. Never got booked! Sure you have the right match?
[quote][p][bold]Man from Pinner[/bold] wrote: What a difference a good midfield holding player makes; I thought Toszer really looked the part. Now need the midfield play maker in Abdi's absence. Will McGugan step up to the plate?Merkel clearly needs to adapt to the pace of the English game. Good result and a promising all round display. Totally agree Fitz has to stay in the team. Not sure what to make of the Arsenal loanee striker; only on the pitch for a few minutes but seemed loss and got booked! Early days for him..... I hope![/p][/quote]He. Never got booked! Sure you have the right match? Who the WFC!
  • Score: -1

8:31am Mon 3 Feb 14

bristol hornet says...

Get some red back in the colour and we will start winning again like yesterday!

Red always works for Watford.

Dreadful run by going back to just black and yellow?
Get some red back in the colour and we will start winning again like yesterday! Red always works for Watford. Dreadful run by going back to just black and yellow? bristol hornet
  • Score: -3

9:13am Mon 3 Feb 14

Goldenboy1960 says...

Man from Pinner wrote:
What a difference a good midfield holding player makes; I thought Toszer really looked the part. Now need the midfield play maker in Abdi's absence. Will McGugan step up to the plate?Merkel clearly needs to adapt to the pace of the English game.
Good result and a promising all round display. Totally agree Fitz has to stay in the team.
Not sure what to make of the Arsenal loanee striker; only on the pitch for a few minutes but seemed loss and got booked! Early days for him..... I hope!
Give him a chance. Are you outstanding in your new job after 3 minutes then?
[quote][p][bold]Man from Pinner[/bold] wrote: What a difference a good midfield holding player makes; I thought Toszer really looked the part. Now need the midfield play maker in Abdi's absence. Will McGugan step up to the plate?Merkel clearly needs to adapt to the pace of the English game. Good result and a promising all round display. Totally agree Fitz has to stay in the team. Not sure what to make of the Arsenal loanee striker; only on the pitch for a few minutes but seemed loss and got booked! Early days for him..... I hope![/p][/quote]Give him a chance. Are you outstanding in your new job after 3 minutes then? Goldenboy1960
  • Score: 6

9:20am Mon 3 Feb 14

Goldenboy1960 says...

stewbyhorn wrote:
SAHornet wrote:
Man from Pinner wrote:
What a difference a good midfield holding player makes; I thought Toszer really looked the part. Now need the midfield play maker in Abdi's absence. Will McGugan step up to the plate?Merkel clearly needs to adapt to the pace of the English game.
Good result and a promising all round display. Totally agree Fitz has to stay in the team.
Not sure what to make of the Arsenal loanee striker; only on the pitch for a few minutes but seemed loss and got booked! Early days for him..... I hope!
No sir, I don't think Park got booked
I'm sure it was Ekstrand for kicking the ball away after the free kick was given, Park was not booked
According to the BBC web site only Esktrand and Tozser was booked. I too thought Park had been booked though?
[quote][p][bold]stewbyhorn[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SAHornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Man from Pinner[/bold] wrote: What a difference a good midfield holding player makes; I thought Toszer really looked the part. Now need the midfield play maker in Abdi's absence. Will McGugan step up to the plate?Merkel clearly needs to adapt to the pace of the English game. Good result and a promising all round display. Totally agree Fitz has to stay in the team. Not sure what to make of the Arsenal loanee striker; only on the pitch for a few minutes but seemed loss and got booked! Early days for him..... I hope![/p][/quote]No sir, I don't think Park got booked[/p][/quote]I'm sure it was Ekstrand for kicking the ball away after the free kick was given, Park was not booked[/p][/quote]According to the BBC web site only Esktrand and Tozser was booked. I too thought Park had been booked though? Goldenboy1960
  • Score: -1

9:47am Mon 3 Feb 14

Hornet Cornet says...

mellow yellow wrote:
mellow yellow wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote: Finally a decent result and good words from the Bepmeister afterwards. Let's not get carried away thinking that 9 out of the next 10 games are winnable as we're not that good, but it does finally give us something to build on. Who'd have thought that, this time last year, we'd be rejoicing a 2-0 victory against Brighton. Still, we are where we are and it's little steps forwards for us now.
Around this time last year we WERE celebrating a two goal victory over Brighton, mate! Still remember the Otter's goals...
Two goal margin, I meant.
I knew what you meant. :-)
[quote][p][bold]mellow yellow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mellow yellow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: Finally a decent result and good words from the Bepmeister afterwards. Let's not get carried away thinking that 9 out of the next 10 games are winnable as we're not that good, but it does finally give us something to build on. Who'd have thought that, this time last year, we'd be rejoicing a 2-0 victory against Brighton. Still, we are where we are and it's little steps forwards for us now.[/p][/quote]Around this time last year we WERE celebrating a two goal victory over Brighton, mate! Still remember the Otter's goals...[/p][/quote]Two goal margin, I meant.[/p][/quote]I knew what you meant. :-) Hornet Cornet
  • Score: -2

9:52am Mon 3 Feb 14

Harry's Bar says...

Hornet Cornet wrote:
KeithMercer wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote:
abbotshornet wrote:
only5foot3 wrote:
fitz hall for captain
He was massive today
My wife says that about me....
Thats funny, she said that to me as well ! as far as you are concerned HC I think she was refering to how bigger pain in the a""e you are ;-)
Ha ha that's reassuring as she told me she was seeing that EltonForever person, which did make me cringe. !
Fair play for taking that one on the chin.
[quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]KeithMercer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]abbotshornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]only5foot3[/bold] wrote: fitz hall for captain[/p][/quote]He was massive today[/p][/quote]My wife says that about me....[/p][/quote]Thats funny, she said that to me as well ! as far as you are concerned HC I think she was refering to how bigger pain in the a""e you are ;-)[/p][/quote]Ha ha that's reassuring as she told me she was seeing that EltonForever person, which did make me cringe. ![/p][/quote]Fair play for taking that one on the chin. Harry's Bar
  • Score: 1

11:38am Mon 3 Feb 14

VOReason says...

Goldenboy1960 wrote:
stewbyhorn wrote:
SAHornet wrote:
Man from Pinner wrote:
What a difference a good midfield holding player makes; I thought Toszer really looked the part. Now need the midfield play maker in Abdi's absence. Will McGugan step up to the plate?Merkel clearly needs to adapt to the pace of the English game.
Good result and a promising all round display. Totally agree Fitz has to stay in the team.
Not sure what to make of the Arsenal loanee striker; only on the pitch for a few minutes but seemed loss and got booked! Early days for him..... I hope!
No sir, I don't think Park got booked
I'm sure it was Ekstrand for kicking the ball away after the free kick was given, Park was not booked
According to the BBC web site only Esktrand and Tozser was booked. I too thought Park had been booked though?
Park fouled and Ekstrand kicked the ball away hence he was booked
[quote][p][bold]Goldenboy1960[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stewbyhorn[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SAHornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Man from Pinner[/bold] wrote: What a difference a good midfield holding player makes; I thought Toszer really looked the part. Now need the midfield play maker in Abdi's absence. Will McGugan step up to the plate?Merkel clearly needs to adapt to the pace of the English game. Good result and a promising all round display. Totally agree Fitz has to stay in the team. Not sure what to make of the Arsenal loanee striker; only on the pitch for a few minutes but seemed loss and got booked! Early days for him..... I hope![/p][/quote]No sir, I don't think Park got booked[/p][/quote]I'm sure it was Ekstrand for kicking the ball away after the free kick was given, Park was not booked[/p][/quote]According to the BBC web site only Esktrand and Tozser was booked. I too thought Park had been booked though?[/p][/quote]Park fouled and Ekstrand kicked the ball away hence he was booked VOReason
  • Score: 1

12:20pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Hornet Cornet says...

Harry's Bar wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote:
KeithMercer wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote:
abbotshornet wrote:
only5foot3 wrote: fitz hall for captain
He was massive today
My wife says that about me....
Thats funny, she said that to me as well ! as far as you are concerned HC I think she was refering to how bigger pain in the a""e you are ;-)
Ha ha that's reassuring as she told me she was seeing that EltonForever person, which did make me cringe. !
Fair play for taking that one on the chin.
I do occasionally say a few silly things but it's usually to keep the banter going. It's good to be serious but we all need to take a chill pill (metaphorically) every now again.

COYH
[quote][p][bold]Harry's Bar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]KeithMercer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]abbotshornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]only5foot3[/bold] wrote: fitz hall for captain[/p][/quote]He was massive today[/p][/quote]My wife says that about me....[/p][/quote]Thats funny, she said that to me as well ! as far as you are concerned HC I think she was refering to how bigger pain in the a""e you are ;-)[/p][/quote]Ha ha that's reassuring as she told me she was seeing that EltonForever person, which did make me cringe. ![/p][/quote]Fair play for taking that one on the chin.[/p][/quote]I do occasionally say a few silly things but it's usually to keep the banter going. It's good to be serious but we all need to take a chill pill (metaphorically) every now again. COYH Hornet Cornet
  • Score: 1

12:24pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Boosey says...

The difference from other games was a collective effort and determination to win.
To all the other squad players, I hope you now appreciate what is required to get into the team.
The difference from other games was a collective effort and determination to win. To all the other squad players, I hope you now appreciate what is required to get into the team. Boosey
  • Score: 5

3:29pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Kismet110 says...

Blimey, a poster is writing off a player after less than 10 minutes on the pitch?

Anyway, for the first time in ages we had an agressive, figthing midfield and that made the difference. Toszer was excellent (not match fit!), Merkel was very busy but still a little way off the flow of the game (when it comes he will be the next Abdi) and Battochio was busy but not great passing or ball retention HOWEVER, unlike previous games, this was covered by team mates putting a shift in.

Don't expect too much but hoping Hall can stay fit and Toszer/Merkel can develop a real understanding then hopefully we can finish the season on the up.

But at least if we play like this next week vs Leicester we can make them work and sweat for a win rather than lamely surrender the game.
Blimey, a poster is writing off a player after less than 10 minutes on the pitch? Anyway, for the first time in ages we had an agressive, figthing midfield and that made the difference. Toszer was excellent (not match fit!), Merkel was very busy but still a little way off the flow of the game (when it comes he will be the next Abdi) and Battochio was busy but not great passing or ball retention HOWEVER, unlike previous games, this was covered by team mates putting a shift in. Don't expect too much but hoping Hall can stay fit and Toszer/Merkel can develop a real understanding then hopefully we can finish the season on the up. But at least if we play like this next week vs Leicester we can make them work and sweat for a win rather than lamely surrender the game. Kismet110
  • Score: 6

5:32pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Wycombehornet says...

We need to pray Hall stays fit. He made a massive difference yesterday. As much as I love Angella, he is not physical or commanding enough to play in the middle of the back three and looked much more confident on the right.
Tozser did superb to slot straight in and give a strong performance in his first outing. I feel like we are on the verge of a good run of results and hope that this can happen!
We need to pray Hall stays fit. He made a massive difference yesterday. As much as I love Angella, he is not physical or commanding enough to play in the middle of the back three and looked much more confident on the right. Tozser did superb to slot straight in and give a strong performance in his first outing. I feel like we are on the verge of a good run of results and hope that this can happen! Wycombehornet
  • Score: 4

6:11pm Mon 3 Feb 14

MainStandShambles says...

bristol hornet wrote:
Get some red back in the colour and we will start winning again like yesterday!

Red always works for Watford.

Dreadful run by going back to just black and yellow?
It's not just adding red back into our strip that needs doing, it's the playing in yellow away from home unless there's a colour clash.

Yes, i know it's all down to selling more shirts to the fans but yellow + black or red should be played in as much as possible (as long as the socks aren't black!).
[quote][p][bold]bristol hornet[/bold] wrote: Get some red back in the colour and we will start winning again like yesterday! Red always works for Watford. Dreadful run by going back to just black and yellow?[/p][/quote]It's not just adding red back into our strip that needs doing, it's the playing in yellow away from home unless there's a colour clash. Yes, i know it's all down to selling more shirts to the fans but yellow + black or red should be played in as much as possible (as long as the socks aren't black!). MainStandShambles
  • Score: 0

5:41pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Man from Pinner says...

Goldenboy1960 wrote:
stewbyhorn wrote:
SAHornet wrote:
Man from Pinner wrote:
What a difference a good midfield holding player makes; I thought Toszer really looked the part. Now need the midfield play maker in Abdi's absence. Will McGugan step up to the plate?Merkel clearly needs to adapt to the pace of the English game.
Good result and a promising all round display. Totally agree Fitz has to stay in the team.
Not sure what to make of the Arsenal loanee striker; only on the pitch for a few minutes but seemed loss and got booked! Early days for him..... I hope!
No sir, I don't think Park got booked
I'm sure it was Ekstrand for kicking the ball away after the free kick was given, Park was not booked
According to the BBC web site only Esktrand and Tozser was booked. I too thought Park had been booked though?
I believe Park committed the last foul of the game that gave Brighton a free kick. I did not see Ekstrand kick the ball away. I have already apologised for my error Lets move on to Leicester on Saturday.
[quote][p][bold]Goldenboy1960[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stewbyhorn[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SAHornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Man from Pinner[/bold] wrote: What a difference a good midfield holding player makes; I thought Toszer really looked the part. Now need the midfield play maker in Abdi's absence. Will McGugan step up to the plate?Merkel clearly needs to adapt to the pace of the English game. Good result and a promising all round display. Totally agree Fitz has to stay in the team. Not sure what to make of the Arsenal loanee striker; only on the pitch for a few minutes but seemed loss and got booked! Early days for him..... I hope![/p][/quote]No sir, I don't think Park got booked[/p][/quote]I'm sure it was Ekstrand for kicking the ball away after the free kick was given, Park was not booked[/p][/quote]According to the BBC web site only Esktrand and Tozser was booked. I too thought Park had been booked though?[/p][/quote]I believe Park committed the last foul of the game that gave Brighton a free kick. I did not see Ekstrand kick the ball away. I have already apologised for my error Lets move on to Leicester on Saturday. Man from Pinner
  • Score: 0

5:41pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Man from Pinner says...

Goldenboy1960 wrote:
stewbyhorn wrote:
SAHornet wrote:
Man from Pinner wrote:
What a difference a good midfield holding player makes; I thought Toszer really looked the part. Now need the midfield play maker in Abdi's absence. Will McGugan step up to the plate?Merkel clearly needs to adapt to the pace of the English game.
Good result and a promising all round display. Totally agree Fitz has to stay in the team.
Not sure what to make of the Arsenal loanee striker; only on the pitch for a few minutes but seemed loss and got booked! Early days for him..... I hope!
No sir, I don't think Park got booked
I'm sure it was Ekstrand for kicking the ball away after the free kick was given, Park was not booked
According to the BBC web site only Esktrand and Tozser was booked. I too thought Park had been booked though?
I believe Park committed the last foul of the game that gave Brighton a free kick. I did not see Ekstrand kick the ball away. I have already apologised for my error Lets move on to Leicester on Saturday.
[quote][p][bold]Goldenboy1960[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stewbyhorn[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SAHornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Man from Pinner[/bold] wrote: What a difference a good midfield holding player makes; I thought Toszer really looked the part. Now need the midfield play maker in Abdi's absence. Will McGugan step up to the plate?Merkel clearly needs to adapt to the pace of the English game. Good result and a promising all round display. Totally agree Fitz has to stay in the team. Not sure what to make of the Arsenal loanee striker; only on the pitch for a few minutes but seemed loss and got booked! Early days for him..... I hope![/p][/quote]No sir, I don't think Park got booked[/p][/quote]I'm sure it was Ekstrand for kicking the ball away after the free kick was given, Park was not booked[/p][/quote]According to the BBC web site only Esktrand and Tozser was booked. I too thought Park had been booked though?[/p][/quote]I believe Park committed the last foul of the game that gave Brighton a free kick. I did not see Ekstrand kick the ball away. I have already apologised for my error Lets move on to Leicester on Saturday. Man from Pinner
  • Score: 0

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