Hornets supporter Lee Coan discusses Watford's top three performers during their 2-0 victory against Brighton & Hove Albion

This Is Local London: New signing Daniel Tozser impressed on his Hornets debut. Picture: Dave Peters New signing Daniel Tozser impressed on his Hornets debut. Picture: Dave Peters

Watford were pretty good against Brighton weren't they?

It was not a dazzling performance that left you watching gob agape, but there was not even a glimpse of the shambles that broke so many Hertfordshire hearts on Thursday (during the largely pathetic second half at Nottingham Forest).

There was a clean sheet, there was a lot of effort, there was a lack of Diego Fabbrini falling over.

Everything felt quite solid. As reflected in the Watford Observer man of the match poll, I think there were also three individual performances that really stood out...

Fitz Hall

“One Size” has had such a peculiar Hornets history.

Before he was ever ours, he had that play-off punch up with Aidy Boothroyd and was sent off for kung-fu chopping Johan Cavalli on another occasion. Johan Cavalli, Jesus, remember him?

Since that red card we seem to have signed Fitz about 38 times. But against Brighton we were reminded about just what a good defender he can be. Playing bang in the middle of the three, he gave Joel and Gabi the freedom to push up when necessary. A rock.

Daniel Tozser

Remember when January transfer windows were all about despairing over which players we were going to lose?

Young, King, Sordell – anything of value that moved was forever up for grabs.

This January was more about clearing out a few duds and strengthening, yet still many fans moaned.

"We're signing too many midfielders" people grumbled. Tozser's performance proved just why we needed to strengthen in the middle of the park.

He looked exactly the kind of grown up midfielder we have been missing all season - strong, smart and crucially vocal throughout.

I haven't seen a midfielder shout so consistently hard and loud at his troops since we let our dear Johnny Eustace go. Yet still he wasn't man of the match, because ooooooohh...

...Forestieri

Whether we go up or down, or just flounder mid table, we should all make sure we try to enjoy the time we have with Fernando.

Oh what a privilege it is to see this boy kick balls for us. Forestieri of course has his faults but his is a name that will be spoken of for so many years after he has left The Vic for pastures new.

The skill is always there but the desire was there so visibly as well on Sunday.

He worked so hard against Brighton, covered so much ground, and when he made a mistake, there was that look of devastation on his face.

He feels the pain, like only a fan normally does. Fernando may have been born 7000 miles away in Argentina, but there could never be any real doubt, he's definitely "one of our own."

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11:39am Tue 4 Feb 14

Harry's Bar says...

Agree with most of that, apart from the unnecessary sideswipe at Fabbrini.
Agree with most of that, apart from the unnecessary sideswipe at Fabbrini. Harry's Bar

11:57am Tue 4 Feb 14

DuncanWelbourne'sshinpad says...

Yup,

The irony is that it may be the short term signing of big Fitz

a) Pessimistically keeps us in the championship or

b) Optimistically helps us to a play off slot
Yup, The irony is that it may be the short term signing of big Fitz a) Pessimistically keeps us in the championship or b) Optimistically helps us to a play off slot DuncanWelbourne'sshinpad

12:08pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Surbiton says...

Let's be honest Fabbrini is a technically gifted player. But it soon became apparent that he was not suited to the rough and tumble of Championship football. He earnestly tried I am sure. However, hie is more likely to have some success away from the U.K. I wish him well and hope that his replacement in Chu Young Park has considerably more success whilst he is with us. Nani must shoulder some of the blame for the likes of Accuna , Belkalim, ,Fabbrini and Iriney etc. Let us hope for the clubs sake that he has learnt the lesson?
Let's be honest Fabbrini is a technically gifted player. But it soon became apparent that he was not suited to the rough and tumble of Championship football. He earnestly tried I am sure. However, hie is more likely to have some success away from the U.K. I wish him well and hope that his replacement in Chu Young Park has considerably more success whilst he is with us. Nani must shoulder some of the blame for the likes of Accuna , Belkalim, ,Fabbrini and Iriney etc. Let us hope for the clubs sake that he has learnt the lesson? Surbiton

12:24pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Bush Hornet says...

Nice article. Fitz Hall may enter the record books as the player who signed most times for one club. And people questioned his commitment last year saying he was happy to pick up a wage and hand in a sick note. Certainly looks committed now.
Nice article. Fitz Hall may enter the record books as the player who signed most times for one club. And people questioned his commitment last year saying he was happy to pick up a wage and hand in a sick note. Certainly looks committed now. Bush Hornet

12:26pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Bush Hornet says...

And also yes Fessi is one of our own. If we sing that song it should be sung to any of our players who shows a passion for the club, not just Sean Murray.
And also yes Fessi is one of our own. If we sing that song it should be sung to any of our players who shows a passion for the club, not just Sean Murray. Bush Hornet

1:28pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

Bush Hornet wrote:
And also yes Fessi is one of our own. If we sing that song it should be sung to any of our players who shows a passion for the club, not just Sean Murray.
The song reflects that SM was developed through our youth system. FF was not so would be pointless to sing that song for him.
[quote][p][bold]Bush Hornet[/bold] wrote: And also yes Fessi is one of our own. If we sing that song it should be sung to any of our players who shows a passion for the club, not just Sean Murray.[/p][/quote]The song reflects that SM was developed through our youth system. FF was not so would be pointless to sing that song for him. Mickey Quinn, not so thin

1:35pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

Ps great article.
Ps great article. Mickey Quinn, not so thin

1:41pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Play-Off Pete says...

... I still think Fabbrini would have caused HAVOC using his skills inside - not outside - our opponent's penalty area.
... I still think Fabbrini would have caused HAVOC using his skills inside - not outside - our opponent's penalty area. Play-Off Pete

2:00pm Tue 4 Feb 14

RobboBTC says...

I think that Fabrinni struggled this year because of our change in style of play, partly due to the fact that after our success last season teams have often set up to stifle our attacking play. Also, having Vydra this season would have made a real difference, his pace stretching the opposing defence would have created more space and opportunities for Fabrinni to use his skill to greater effect in the final third.
I think that Fabrinni struggled this year because of our change in style of play, partly due to the fact that after our success last season teams have often set up to stifle our attacking play. Also, having Vydra this season would have made a real difference, his pace stretching the opposing defence would have created more space and opportunities for Fabrinni to use his skill to greater effect in the final third. RobboBTC

2:08pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Bush Hornet says...

Mickey Quinn, not so thin wrote:
Bush Hornet wrote:
And also yes Fessi is one of our own. If we sing that song it should be sung to any of our players who shows a passion for the club, not just Sean Murray.
The song reflects that SM was developed through our youth system. FF was not so would be pointless to sing that song for him.
I know why the song is sung but being homegrown doesn't make a player committed. Lee Coan is right: Fessi is one of our own, cos he plays for the shirt, doesn't matter where he's from.
[quote][p][bold]Mickey Quinn, not so thin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bush Hornet[/bold] wrote: And also yes Fessi is one of our own. If we sing that song it should be sung to any of our players who shows a passion for the club, not just Sean Murray.[/p][/quote]The song reflects that SM was developed through our youth system. FF was not so would be pointless to sing that song for him.[/p][/quote]I know why the song is sung but being homegrown doesn't make a player committed. Lee Coan is right: Fessi is one of our own, cos he plays for the shirt, doesn't matter where he's from. Bush Hornet

2:09pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Harry's Bar says...

Surbiton wrote:
Let's be honest Fabbrini is a technically gifted player. But it soon became apparent that he was not suited to the rough and tumble of Championship football. He earnestly tried I am sure. However, hie is more likely to have some success away from the U.K. I wish him well and hope that his replacement in Chu Young Park has considerably more success whilst he is with us. Nani must shoulder some of the blame for the likes of Accuna , Belkalim, ,Fabbrini and Iriney etc. Let us hope for the clubs sake that he has learnt the lesson?
Agreed. Fabbrini is a type of player you very rarely see in this division, and it didn't take long to find out why when he got kicked up in the air as soon as he started running with the ball. Why did Nani think he'd be a good fit for the English Championship? No idea but if his January acquisitions don't work out it could be "Goodnight Vienna" ......for him, hopefully not us!
[quote][p][bold]Surbiton[/bold] wrote: Let's be honest Fabbrini is a technically gifted player. But it soon became apparent that he was not suited to the rough and tumble of Championship football. He earnestly tried I am sure. However, hie is more likely to have some success away from the U.K. I wish him well and hope that his replacement in Chu Young Park has considerably more success whilst he is with us. Nani must shoulder some of the blame for the likes of Accuna , Belkalim, ,Fabbrini and Iriney etc. Let us hope for the clubs sake that he has learnt the lesson?[/p][/quote]Agreed. Fabbrini is a type of player you very rarely see in this division, and it didn't take long to find out why when he got kicked up in the air as soon as he started running with the ball. Why did Nani think he'd be a good fit for the English Championship? No idea but if his January acquisitions don't work out it could be "Goodnight Vienna" ......for him, hopefully not us! Harry's Bar

2:59pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Drewoneone says...

Good article Lee, and your top three choices are spot on.

It is always dangerous to decide on a player on the evidence of one game but Tozser oozed class and was not phased by the pace and physicality of Championship football. It was if he was saying "I'm in control, I'll decide where this ball is going, not someone else". It is so unusual to see a new signing start within a couple of days of arriving at the club rather than being introduced gradually with a few sub appearances. That says a lot for his physical condition. Could he be the outfield leader we have been looking for since John Eustace went?

Hall is immense - in more ways than one - and I hope to God he can stay fit. Ekstrand and Angella seem even more impressive when they play alongside him.

Fessi is well.....Fessi. I love watching him play. You just don't know what is going to happen next with him - and that applies to opposition defenders as well. He is putting in some amazing shifts now and I just wonder if Beppe is now bringing the best out of him.

Onward to Leicester on Saturday with a spring in my step. Who says we can't get a result there?
Good article Lee, and your top three choices are spot on. It is always dangerous to decide on a player on the evidence of one game but Tozser oozed class and was not phased by the pace and physicality of Championship football. It was if he was saying "I'm in control, I'll decide where this ball is going, not someone else". It is so unusual to see a new signing start within a couple of days of arriving at the club rather than being introduced gradually with a few sub appearances. That says a lot for his physical condition. Could he be the outfield leader we have been looking for since John Eustace went? Hall is immense - in more ways than one - and I hope to God he can stay fit. Ekstrand and Angella seem even more impressive when they play alongside him. Fessi is well.....Fessi. I love watching him play. You just don't know what is going to happen next with him - and that applies to opposition defenders as well. He is putting in some amazing shifts now and I just wonder if Beppe is now bringing the best out of him. Onward to Leicester on Saturday with a spring in my step. Who says we can't get a result there? Drewoneone

3:48pm Tue 4 Feb 14

MainStandShambles says...

Drewoneone wrote:
Good article Lee, and your top three choices are spot on.

It is always dangerous to decide on a player on the evidence of one game but Tozser oozed class and was not phased by the pace and physicality of Championship football. It was if he was saying "I'm in control, I'll decide where this ball is going, not someone else". It is so unusual to see a new signing start within a couple of days of arriving at the club rather than being introduced gradually with a few sub appearances. That says a lot for his physical condition. Could he be the outfield leader we have been looking for since John Eustace went?

Hall is immense - in more ways than one - and I hope to God he can stay fit. Ekstrand and Angella seem even more impressive when they play alongside him.

Fessi is well.....Fessi. I love watching him play. You just don't know what is going to happen next with him - and that applies to opposition defenders as well. He is putting in some amazing shifts now and I just wonder if Beppe is now bringing the best out of him.

Onward to Leicester on Saturday with a spring in my step. Who says we can't get a result there?
Yes, a good article by Lee Coan and your last sentence is very pertinent Drewoneone.

I was actually pleased to see Leicester win at Bournemouth purely and simply because, as i have said in previous threads, the longer a run continues (whether it be a winning run or a losing one) the more likely it is to be broken.

Watford to win 0-2 on Saturday and gain suitable revenge.
[quote][p][bold]Drewoneone[/bold] wrote: Good article Lee, and your top three choices are spot on. It is always dangerous to decide on a player on the evidence of one game but Tozser oozed class and was not phased by the pace and physicality of Championship football. It was if he was saying "I'm in control, I'll decide where this ball is going, not someone else". It is so unusual to see a new signing start within a couple of days of arriving at the club rather than being introduced gradually with a few sub appearances. That says a lot for his physical condition. Could he be the outfield leader we have been looking for since John Eustace went? Hall is immense - in more ways than one - and I hope to God he can stay fit. Ekstrand and Angella seem even more impressive when they play alongside him. Fessi is well.....Fessi. I love watching him play. You just don't know what is going to happen next with him - and that applies to opposition defenders as well. He is putting in some amazing shifts now and I just wonder if Beppe is now bringing the best out of him. Onward to Leicester on Saturday with a spring in my step. Who says we can't get a result there?[/p][/quote]Yes, a good article by Lee Coan and your last sentence is very pertinent Drewoneone. I was actually pleased to see Leicester win at Bournemouth purely and simply because, as i have said in previous threads, the longer a run continues (whether it be a winning run or a losing one) the more likely it is to be broken. Watford to win 0-2 on Saturday and gain suitable revenge. MainStandShambles

4:49pm Tue 4 Feb 14

demerit says...

Harry's Bar wrote:
Agree with most of that, apart from the unnecessary sideswipe at Fabbrini.
He would have definitely have fallen over after that...
[quote][p][bold]Harry's Bar[/bold] wrote: Agree with most of that, apart from the unnecessary sideswipe at Fabbrini.[/p][/quote]He would have definitely have fallen over after that... demerit

4:52pm Tue 4 Feb 14

demerit says...

Play-Off Pete wrote:
... I still think Fabbrini would have caused HAVOC using his skills inside - not outside - our opponent's penalty area.
...and had dispatched the ball a lot earlier rather than keep hold of it until someone eventually knocks him over.
[quote][p][bold]Play-Off Pete[/bold] wrote: ... I still think Fabbrini would have caused HAVOC using his skills inside - not outside - our opponent's penalty area.[/p][/quote]...and had dispatched the ball a lot earlier rather than keep hold of it until someone eventually knocks him over. demerit

5:37pm Tue 4 Feb 14

MainStandShambles says...

demerit wrote:
Harry's Bar wrote:
Agree with most of that, apart from the unnecessary sideswipe at Fabbrini.
He would have definitely have fallen over after that...
Haha! Very funny demerit.

Mind you, a sideswipe can be pretty devastating!
[quote][p][bold]demerit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harry's Bar[/bold] wrote: Agree with most of that, apart from the unnecessary sideswipe at Fabbrini.[/p][/quote]He would have definitely have fallen over after that...[/p][/quote]Haha! Very funny demerit. Mind you, a sideswipe can be pretty devastating! MainStandShambles

7:08pm Tue 4 Feb 14

rousman 2 says...

Fabbrini would have be one of the most frustrating players ever to pull on a Watford shirt. What was he all about ???
Fabbrini would have be one of the most frustrating players ever to pull on a Watford shirt. What was he all about ??? rousman 2

8:40pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

Bush Hornet wrote:
Mickey Quinn, not so thin wrote:
Bush Hornet wrote:
And also yes Fessi is one of our own. If we sing that song it should be sung to any of our players who shows a passion for the club, not just Sean Murray.
The song reflects that SM was developed through our youth system. FF was not so would be pointless to sing that song for him.
I know why the song is sung but being homegrown doesn't make a player committed. Lee Coan is right: Fessi is one of our own, cos he plays for the shirt, doesn't matter where he's from.
Yes he plays for the shirt. So are you proposing we now sing" one of our own" for anyone who puts in a shift ??
[quote][p][bold]Bush Hornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mickey Quinn, not so thin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bush Hornet[/bold] wrote: And also yes Fessi is one of our own. If we sing that song it should be sung to any of our players who shows a passion for the club, not just Sean Murray.[/p][/quote]The song reflects that SM was developed through our youth system. FF was not so would be pointless to sing that song for him.[/p][/quote]I know why the song is sung but being homegrown doesn't make a player committed. Lee Coan is right: Fessi is one of our own, cos he plays for the shirt, doesn't matter where he's from.[/p][/quote]Yes he plays for the shirt. So are you proposing we now sing" one of our own" for anyone who puts in a shift ?? Mickey Quinn, not so thin

9:14pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Bush Hornet says...

Mickey Quinn, not so thin wrote:
Bush Hornet wrote:
Mickey Quinn, not so thin wrote:
Bush Hornet wrote:
And also yes Fessi is one of our own. If we sing that song it should be sung to any of our players who shows a passion for the club, not just Sean Murray.
The song reflects that SM was developed through our youth system. FF was not so would be pointless to sing that song for him.
I know why the song is sung but being homegrown doesn't make a player committed. Lee Coan is right: Fessi is one of our own, cos he plays for the shirt, doesn't matter where he's from.
Yes he plays for the shirt. So are you proposing we now sing" one of our own" for anyone who puts in a shift ??
No. Prob better to drop the song altogether. It's not exactly inclusive is it?
[quote][p][bold]Mickey Quinn, not so thin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bush Hornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mickey Quinn, not so thin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bush Hornet[/bold] wrote: And also yes Fessi is one of our own. If we sing that song it should be sung to any of our players who shows a passion for the club, not just Sean Murray.[/p][/quote]The song reflects that SM was developed through our youth system. FF was not so would be pointless to sing that song for him.[/p][/quote]I know why the song is sung but being homegrown doesn't make a player committed. Lee Coan is right: Fessi is one of our own, cos he plays for the shirt, doesn't matter where he's from.[/p][/quote]Yes he plays for the shirt. So are you proposing we now sing" one of our own" for anyone who puts in a shift ??[/p][/quote]No. Prob better to drop the song altogether. It's not exactly inclusive is it? Bush Hornet

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