Troy Deeney goal the difference again as Watford do the double over Birmingham City

Hornets battle to Blues win

Hornets battle to Blues win

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It was far from pretty and Watford had to scrap but they have recorded a third successive home win for the first time this season in all competitions after beating Birmingham City 1-0 at Vicarage Road tonight.

As with the opening-day success at the Blues, Troy Deeney provided the decisive contribution, scoring at the second attempt after being set up by Fernando Forestieri in the 33rd minute.

The Hornets should have had a penalty earlier but Birmingham also hit the woodwork twice in the opening stages before coming close to snatching a point at the death.

Beppe Sannino made two changes to the team that came within a couple of minutes of claiming a superb win at Leicester City on Saturday.

Ikechi Anya was ruled out due to a calf injury and so Daniel Pudil came back into the starting line-up while Alexander Merkel replaced Sean Murray, who dropped to the bench. Fitz Hall was rested as a precaution due to an Achilles problem and Mathias Ranegie was also ruled out through illness.

Birmingham, who claimed a first win in seven league outings at Charlton Athletic at the weekend, also made two changes in what was a 4-5-1 formation as Brian Howard and Albert Rusnak came in for Lee Novak and Olly Lee, both of whom were among the replacaments.

The game got off to a quiet start with the Hornets having most of the early possession but it was the visitors who almost took a fortuitous opening in the seventh minute when Chris Burke’s mis-hit cross from the right clipped the top of the bar as a back-tracking Manuel Almunia helped it over the top. The Hornets were also not particularly switched on from the resultant corner as the ball was headed back into the danger zone from the left side of the penalty area and Aaron Martin hooked it wide of Almunia’s left-hand post.

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That seemed to wake the Hornets up though, and they looked to have a clear penalty appeal turned down when Federinco Macheda’s oustretched arm clearly made contact with Daniel Tozser’s first corner of the night but referee Mark Haywood was unmoved.

The home side kept the pressure on with Merkel hitting a right-footed half-volley from the edge of the penalty area narrowly wide of Darren Randloph’s right-hand upright after the ball had sat up for him nicely.

However, Watford needed the woodwork to come to their rescue again when right-back Paul Caddis ventured forward before hitting a superb 30-yard effort that crashed off Almunia’s right-hand post and then it was City’s turn to appeal for a penalty as Faraoni bundled over Rusnak as he sought to latch onto the rebound. Again though, Haywood waved the appeals away.

The Hornets were not helping themselves with some sloppy passing in the opening stages and they were forced into an unwanted reshuffle in the 18th minute when Joel Ekstrand was forced off through injury and was replaced by Lloyd Doyley.

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It was a significant moment for the Hornets’ defender though, as it moved him up to equal seventh on the club’s all-time appearance list alongside Kenny Jackett on 428 appearances.

Watford needed to settle down and they had the next chance in the 25th minute when a Tozser corner from the right was met by a flicked header from Gabriele Angella but it went wide.

In truth though, the quality of the game continued to be poor, although Forestieri was appealing for a penalty in the 32nd minute when he went down under a challenge from Hornets old boy Paul Robinson. But on this occasion Haywood’s decision not to point to the spot looked more justified than the previous two decisions of this nature he had to make.

Within a minute though, the Hornets had made the breakthrough with a goal that was in keeping with much of the game – not that it would bother Deeney.

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Forestieri did well on the left side of the penalty area to pull the back, the Hornets top scorer swung and completely missed at his first attempt but the fact the ball clipped his toe enabled him to latch onto it and fire a deflected shot past Randolph to continue his good run of scoring form against the club he supports.

The Hornets might have had the chance of a second shortly before the break when Cristian Battocchio tried to play in Merkel to his left inside the area but the on-loan midfielder didn’t anticipate the situation at all.

There was still time for Forestieri to come in off the left flank but he dragged his shot from the edge of the area wide of the near post as the Hornets went into the break a goal to the good.

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Lee Clark made a change at the start of the second period as Rusnak was replaced by Reece Brown and his side won a couple of corners immediately after the restart as they made a bright start to the second period.

Merkel fired an ambitious effort well wide from distance at the other end but City maintained their more progressive play with Brown having a shot blocked before Almunia safely gathered a 30-yard strike on the turn from Macheda.

The game then ebbed from end to end around the 55th-minute mark with Almunia having to deal with a 20-yard shot from Howard after the visitors had countered before Doyley won the ball back on the right and laid it across the area to Forestieri, who did well to open up a shooting opportunity but it was straight at Randolph.

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There was no great surprise that Murray was introduced in the 63rd minute for Battocchio who, despite once again putting in plenty of effort, had not had his best night with the ball at his feet.

It was then the referee’s turn to take centre stage once again when, after Forestieri had received treatment after tangling with Caddis, the official deemed he had come back on to the field of play too soon and stopped play. Following a period of utter confusion, the Blues had the next attack when Caddis hit a low drive from the right which Almunia held.

Having only decided to award Watford one free-kick for two-thirds of the game, Haywood then awarded them two in quick succession, the second of which saw Davide Faraoni head Tozser’s inswinging delivery over the top.

Clark went for broke in the 75th minute, bringing on two strikers in Peter Lovenkrands and Novak for Howard and Tom Adeyemi. However, his side were very nearly two down soon after when Forestieri met a Tozser corner from the right with his head, only to see it blocked on the line.

Sannino made his final change with seven minutes of normal time remaining as Hector Bellerin came on for Merkel and the substitute’s first involvement was to be booked for handball.

Birmingham sought to crank up the pressure as the game entered its final stages but the Hornets rearguard continued to hold firm as the game entered four minutes of additional time.

There was almost a scare for the Hornets in the second additional minute when Lovenkrands raced on to a through ball in the inside right channel but the substitute seemed to get caught in two minds, enabling Doyley to get back and clear up the danger.

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Forestieri did have the ball in the net for a second time late on but was penalised, and booked, for handball. It almost proved a very costly indiscretion.

Randolph lumped the free-kick from halfway deep into the Hornets penalty area and with everyone seemingly afraid of getting a touch, Martin flicked it goalwards and narrowly wide of Almunia’s left-hand post.

Watford: Almunia; Angella, Cassetti, Ekstrand (Doyley 18); Faraoni, Battocchio (Murray 63), Tozser, Merkel (Bellerin 83), Pudil; Deeney, Forestieri. Not used: Bond, Park, Hoban, O’Nien.

Birmingham City: Randolph; Caddis, Packwood, Martin, Robinson; Huws, Adeyemi (Novak 75), Burke, Howard (Lovenkrands 75), Rusnak (Brown 46); Macheda. Not used: Doyle, Lee, Shinnie, Blackett.

Bookings: Bellerin for handball (84); Forestieri for handball (90).

Attendance: 13,904 (574 away).

Referee: Mark Haywood.

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10:02pm Tue 11 Feb 14

EltonForever says...

Whew!!!!
Whew!!!! EltonForever
  • Score: 8

10:05pm Tue 11 Feb 14

84AGAIN says...

Good battling win. STILL think playoffs are a possibility. Probably get 100 thumbs down but think Doyley can still do a job for us and maybe man of the match!
Good battling win. STILL think playoffs are a possibility. Probably get 100 thumbs down but think Doyley can still do a job for us and maybe man of the match! 84AGAIN
  • Score: 108

10:09pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Hornet Cornet says...

Happy days are here again. Well done Beps, you're turning things around.
Happy days are here again. Well done Beps, you're turning things around. Hornet Cornet
  • Score: 24

10:22pm Tue 11 Feb 14

endean2 says...

Wow,that sounded a bundle of fun,not sorry that I missed it.

Still 3 points I suppose,what is with all our injuries?
Mondays report states no new problems
Wow,that sounded a bundle of fun,not sorry that I missed it. Still 3 points I suppose,what is with all our injuries? Mondays report states no new problems endean2
  • Score: -39

10:38pm Tue 11 Feb 14

grahamwfc says...

84AGAIN wrote:
Good battling win. STILL think playoffs are a possibility. Probably get 100 thumbs down but think Doyley can still do a job for us and maybe man of the match!
Tozser MOM by a mile outstanding especially in first half, Possibly classiest player to have graced a Watford shirt.
The referee has to be the biggest tosser to have worn a black shirt - he was woeful. what was he thinking leaving Nando on the touchline for an age then waving him in when the Birmingham player in posession was only a few feet away with his back to him. At first I thought he was going to book Nando but he certainlty waived him in on then reaised he had f*****d up and gave a drop ball. HE WAS WOEFUL
[quote][p][bold]84AGAIN[/bold] wrote: Good battling win. STILL think playoffs are a possibility. Probably get 100 thumbs down but think Doyley can still do a job for us and maybe man of the match![/p][/quote]Tozser MOM by a mile outstanding especially in first half, Possibly classiest player to have graced a Watford shirt. The referee has to be the biggest tosser to have worn a black shirt - he was woeful. what was he thinking leaving Nando on the touchline for an age then waving him in when the Birmingham player in posession was only a few feet away with his back to him. At first I thought he was going to book Nando but he certainlty waived him in on then reaised he had f*****d up and gave a drop ball. HE WAS WOEFUL grahamwfc
  • Score: 42

10:39pm Tue 11 Feb 14

EltonForever says...

Hornet Cornet wrote:
Happy days are here again. Well done Beps, you're turning things around.
Oh it's Mr Half Glass Empty again!

Cornetto, you cannot be a fair weather supporter, praising the manager when we win and looking for his head when we lose.

Oh, and your clever prediction on the Half Time thread was infantile.
[quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: Happy days are here again. Well done Beps, you're turning things around.[/p][/quote]Oh it's Mr Half Glass Empty again! Cornetto, you cannot be a fair weather supporter, praising the manager when we win and looking for his head when we lose. Oh, and your clever prediction on the Half Time thread was infantile. EltonForever
  • Score: 11

10:50pm Tue 11 Feb 14

buckler says...

Worst 90 I've sat through for ages! 1-0 against rubbish.. How that's a massive improvement amazes me!
Worst 90 I've sat through for ages! 1-0 against rubbish.. How that's a massive improvement amazes me! buckler
  • Score: -27

10:52pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Hornet Cornet says...

EltonForever wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote:
Happy days are here again. Well done Beps, you're turning things around.
Oh it's Mr Half Glass Empty again!

Cornetto, you cannot be a fair weather supporter, praising the manager when we win and looking for his head when we lose.

Oh, and your clever prediction on the Half Time thread was infantile.
You really are sad. You got no humour. You got no joy. You see a fella. Your maggot deploys.

THE BARD IS BACK. Elton forever, quit now before the entire site starts berating you.

love ya
HC
[quote][p][bold]EltonForever[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: Happy days are here again. Well done Beps, you're turning things around.[/p][/quote]Oh it's Mr Half Glass Empty again! Cornetto, you cannot be a fair weather supporter, praising the manager when we win and looking for his head when we lose. Oh, and your clever prediction on the Half Time thread was infantile.[/p][/quote]You really are sad. You got no humour. You got no joy. You see a fella. Your maggot deploys. THE BARD IS BACK. Elton forever, quit now before the entire site starts berating you. love ya HC Hornet Cornet
  • Score: -17

10:56pm Tue 11 Feb 14

EltonForever says...

buckler wrote:
Worst 90 I've sat through for ages! 1-0 against rubbish.. How that's a massive improvement amazes me!
Perhaps not a massive improvement but it is a clean sheet and three points further up the table. That's not a bad end to a Tuesday evening for me.
[quote][p][bold]buckler[/bold] wrote: Worst 90 I've sat through for ages! 1-0 against rubbish.. How that's a massive improvement amazes me![/p][/quote]Perhaps not a massive improvement but it is a clean sheet and three points further up the table. That's not a bad end to a Tuesday evening for me. EltonForever
  • Score: 32

11:02pm Tue 11 Feb 14

stewbyhorn says...

Stand up the star of the show Mark Haywood!!!!!! How poor was that man tonight? Don't get me wrong the game was all over the place but that Pratt killed it for both sides. Birmingham were woeful and dragged us into it but we won and that's the most important thing. On our day we play sexy football but I'm thankful for the 3 points tonight, well done you golden boys and here's to Saturday.
Stand up the star of the show Mark Haywood!!!!!! How poor was that man tonight? Don't get me wrong the game was all over the place but that Pratt killed it for both sides. Birmingham were woeful and dragged us into it but we won and that's the most important thing. On our day we play sexy football but I'm thankful for the 3 points tonight, well done you golden boys and here's to Saturday. stewbyhorn
  • Score: 38

11:06pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Travelling Hornet says...

That was poor!!! What's happened to our passing game?
Cassetti MOM, he gets better as the season goes on.
That was poor!!! What's happened to our passing game? Cassetti MOM, he gets better as the season goes on. Travelling Hornet
  • Score: 3

11:11pm Tue 11 Feb 14

GarstonHorn says...

Another excelent performance by Cassetti in the middle of the 3, think that may be his position
Another excelent performance by Cassetti in the middle of the 3, think that may be his position GarstonHorn
  • Score: 9

11:17pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Man from Pinner says...

I hope the LD critics were at the game. Excellent defending from a first class defender who is Watford through and through.
Ref was awful!
I hope the LD critics were at the game. Excellent defending from a first class defender who is Watford through and through. Ref was awful! Man from Pinner
  • Score: 48

11:17pm Tue 11 Feb 14

tgb1963 says...

Travelling Hornet wrote:
That was poor!!! What's happened to our passing game?
Cassetti MOM, he gets better as the season goes on.
Our passing game went when Chalobah went and Abdi got injured. When Merkel gets fully fit and up to speed with championship football then, with Toszer along side, it will return to some degree.
[quote][p][bold]Travelling Hornet[/bold] wrote: That was poor!!! What's happened to our passing game? Cassetti MOM, he gets better as the season goes on.[/p][/quote]Our passing game went when Chalobah went and Abdi got injured. When Merkel gets fully fit and up to speed with championship football then, with Toszer along side, it will return to some degree. tgb1963
  • Score: 22

11:31pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Hornankey says...

Cassetti oozes class. At least he and Tozser knew that Watford were the team wearing yellow!
Cassetti oozes class. At least he and Tozser knew that Watford were the team wearing yellow! Hornankey
  • Score: 21

11:59pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Andrew1963 says...

The football of last season is a distant memory. A win, a night out , fitz hall injured as soon as he signs a contract, a top ten finish beckons but not the play offs this year. All in all a better than average Watford season, but not what was hoped for or expected last August
The football of last season is a distant memory. A win, a night out , fitz hall injured as soon as he signs a contract, a top ten finish beckons but not the play offs this year. All in all a better than average Watford season, but not what was hoped for or expected last August Andrew1963
  • Score: 13

12:19am Wed 12 Feb 14

WessexLad says...

tgb1963 wrote:
Travelling Hornet wrote:
That was poor!!! What's happened to our passing game?
Cassetti MOM, he gets better as the season goes on.
Our passing game went when Chalobah went and Abdi got injured. When Merkel gets fully fit and up to speed with championship football then, with Toszer along side, it will return to some degree.
Nothing wrong with our passing game at man City, to take a two goal lead - but it needs a midfield that is fully staffed and committed.
[quote][p][bold]tgb1963[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Travelling Hornet[/bold] wrote: That was poor!!! What's happened to our passing game? Cassetti MOM, he gets better as the season goes on.[/p][/quote]Our passing game went when Chalobah went and Abdi got injured. When Merkel gets fully fit and up to speed with championship football then, with Toszer along side, it will return to some degree.[/p][/quote]Nothing wrong with our passing game at man City, to take a two goal lead - but it needs a midfield that is fully staffed and committed. WessexLad
  • Score: -3

12:26am Wed 12 Feb 14

Bush Hornet says...

Sure was an ugly win.
Sure was an ugly win. Bush Hornet
  • Score: 8

6:22am Wed 12 Feb 14

VOReason says...

What did people think of fessi's performance in last 10 minutes?

Yes we won, yes he remained a danger but his ball retention and decision making were poor nearing the end

That's why beppe often chooses to withdraw him at this late stage!!!
What did people think of fessi's performance in last 10 minutes? Yes we won, yes he remained a danger but his ball retention and decision making were poor nearing the end That's why beppe often chooses to withdraw him at this late stage!!! VOReason
  • Score: 10

7:50am Wed 12 Feb 14

Cuetip says...

84AGAIN wrote:
Good battling win. STILL think playoffs are a possibility. Probably get 100 thumbs down but think Doyley can still do a job for us and maybe man of the match!
Got to be optimistic like Doyley and do your best for the club.
[quote][p][bold]84AGAIN[/bold] wrote: Good battling win. STILL think playoffs are a possibility. Probably get 100 thumbs down but think Doyley can still do a job for us and maybe man of the match![/p][/quote]Got to be optimistic like Doyley and do your best for the club. Cuetip
  • Score: 4

8:32am Wed 12 Feb 14

Harry's Bar says...

Similar to the Brighton game but not as good. How you'd judge the evening would depend on what you're comparing it to. Comparing it to the string of defeats with hapless defending it was a good evening. Comparing it to the sexy football of last season it was, well, not very good.
Similar to the Brighton game but not as good. How you'd judge the evening would depend on what you're comparing it to. Comparing it to the string of defeats with hapless defending it was a good evening. Comparing it to the sexy football of last season it was, well, not very good. Harry's Bar
  • Score: 7

8:46am Wed 12 Feb 14

1TrueHornet says...

An ugly win, but a win none the less. I don't care how we do it.

Doyley was superb this evening, Toszer looks a class act and a natural leader, Angella again solid and Deeney ran his nuts off.

Confident going into Saturday.
An ugly win, but a win none the less. I don't care how we do it. Doyley was superb this evening, Toszer looks a class act and a natural leader, Angella again solid and Deeney ran his nuts off. Confident going into Saturday. 1TrueHornet
  • Score: 11

8:47am Wed 12 Feb 14

Hornet Cornet says...

Air shot of the season has to go to Deeney. It was funny until he scored ;-)
Air shot of the season has to go to Deeney. It was funny until he scored ;-) Hornet Cornet
  • Score: 4

8:49am Wed 12 Feb 14

VOReason says...

1TrueHornet wrote:
An ugly win, but a win none the less. I don't care how we do it.

Doyley was superb this evening, Toszer looks a class act and a natural leader, Angella again solid and Deeney ran his nuts off.

Confident going into Saturday.
Win the next 2 and then ...
[quote][p][bold]1TrueHornet[/bold] wrote: An ugly win, but a win none the less. I don't care how we do it. Doyley was superb this evening, Toszer looks a class act and a natural leader, Angella again solid and Deeney ran his nuts off. Confident going into Saturday.[/p][/quote]Win the next 2 and then ... VOReason
  • Score: 8

8:56am Wed 12 Feb 14

Goldenboy1960 says...

It's all about picking up confidence with wins at this stage. We need to build on this run of games and get some momentum going. The football will improve with confidence I'm sure.

I agree with comments about Tozser who I thought dominated the midfield last night. His passing, energy and desire to win the ball is what we have been missing and he is making a difference.

We are not yet fluent in our play but that may come if we can keep a settled side. We are picking up injuries this season and i'm not sure whether the medical preparation and treatment is what it was last year? I guess we will see over the coming weeks.

Yes a very scrappy game but agree with the comments about Haywood. he seemed to be on a different planet last night, like he was not tuned into reality. 2 definite penalties, one for each side, and other decisions and his management of the game was strange to say the least. His performance was bizarre.

We have a tough game on Saturday with the return of Danny Graham, and then another at Yeovil on Tuesday. One at a time I guess but it would be nice to get some players back fit and QUICKLY. Hope Ekstrand's is not too serious but currently we don't seem able to get players available again after injury that quickly!
It's all about picking up confidence with wins at this stage. We need to build on this run of games and get some momentum going. The football will improve with confidence I'm sure. I agree with comments about Tozser who I thought dominated the midfield last night. His passing, energy and desire to win the ball is what we have been missing and he is making a difference. We are not yet fluent in our play but that may come if we can keep a settled side. We are picking up injuries this season and i'm not sure whether the medical preparation and treatment is what it was last year? I guess we will see over the coming weeks. Yes a very scrappy game but agree with the comments about Haywood. he seemed to be on a different planet last night, like he was not tuned into reality. 2 definite penalties, one for each side, and other decisions and his management of the game was strange to say the least. His performance was bizarre. We have a tough game on Saturday with the return of Danny Graham, and then another at Yeovil on Tuesday. One at a time I guess but it would be nice to get some players back fit and QUICKLY. Hope Ekstrand's is not too serious but currently we don't seem able to get players available again after injury that quickly! Goldenboy1960
  • Score: 8

9:04am Wed 12 Feb 14

demerit says...

84AGAIN wrote:
Good battling win. STILL think playoffs are a possibility. Probably get 100 thumbs down but think Doyley can still do a job for us and maybe man of the match!
Totally agree with all this plus a thumbs up..
[quote][p][bold]84AGAIN[/bold] wrote: Good battling win. STILL think playoffs are a possibility. Probably get 100 thumbs down but think Doyley can still do a job for us and maybe man of the match![/p][/quote]Totally agree with all this plus a thumbs up.. demerit
  • Score: 1

9:05am Wed 12 Feb 14

Travelling Hornet says...

I'm still positive that we can go on a winning run and last night was very important that we won however the performance , and who knows with that the confidence and swagger will come back.
But we seem to be hoofing the ball forward at every opportunity at the moment like Boothroyds side,and I worry that these gifted players we've got are being made to look very ordinary by these tactics.
We're not only inviting pressure by sitting too deep it's because we haven't the composure to string two passes together.
I'm still positive that we can go on a winning run and last night was very important that we won however the performance , and who knows with that the confidence and swagger will come back. But we seem to be hoofing the ball forward at every opportunity at the moment like Boothroyds side,and I worry that these gifted players we've got are being made to look very ordinary by these tactics. We're not only inviting pressure by sitting too deep it's because we haven't the composure to string two passes together. Travelling Hornet
  • Score: 5

9:08am Wed 12 Feb 14

demerit says...

grahamwfc wrote:
84AGAIN wrote:
Good battling win. STILL think playoffs are a possibility. Probably get 100 thumbs down but think Doyley can still do a job for us and maybe man of the match!
Tozser MOM by a mile outstanding especially in first half, Possibly classiest player to have graced a Watford shirt.
The referee has to be the biggest tosser to have worn a black shirt - he was woeful. what was he thinking leaving Nando on the touchline for an age then waving him in when the Birmingham player in posession was only a few feet away with his back to him. At first I thought he was going to book Nando but he certainlty waived him in on then reaised he had f*****d up and gave a drop ball. HE WAS WOEFUL
Yes agreed. Referees always get a lot of stick and nothing he did last night would make the headlines but technically, probably the worst ref I have ever seen at Watford barring Atwell.
[quote][p][bold]grahamwfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]84AGAIN[/bold] wrote: Good battling win. STILL think playoffs are a possibility. Probably get 100 thumbs down but think Doyley can still do a job for us and maybe man of the match![/p][/quote]Tozser MOM by a mile outstanding especially in first half, Possibly classiest player to have graced a Watford shirt. The referee has to be the biggest tosser to have worn a black shirt - he was woeful. what was he thinking leaving Nando on the touchline for an age then waving him in when the Birmingham player in posession was only a few feet away with his back to him. At first I thought he was going to book Nando but he certainlty waived him in on then reaised he had f*****d up and gave a drop ball. HE WAS WOEFUL[/p][/quote]Yes agreed. Referees always get a lot of stick and nothing he did last night would make the headlines but technically, probably the worst ref I have ever seen at Watford barring Atwell. demerit
  • Score: 9

9:10am Wed 12 Feb 14

demerit says...

Hornet Cornet wrote:
Air shot of the season has to go to Deeney. It was funny until he scored ;-)
Air shot? That was a fantastic dummy. He'd been practicing that all week.
[quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: Air shot of the season has to go to Deeney. It was funny until he scored ;-)[/p][/quote]Air shot? That was a fantastic dummy. He'd been practicing that all week. demerit
  • Score: 4

10:03am Wed 12 Feb 14

bristol hornet says...

buckler wrote:
Worst 90 I've sat through for ages! 1-0 against rubbish.. How that's a massive improvement amazes me!
Get back to the salon you ugly mug, the most negative poster on this forum!

It was a good hard fought win and 3 points, yet you still have to moan!!

Lutondown and Luton fan in disguise?
[quote][p][bold]buckler[/bold] wrote: Worst 90 I've sat through for ages! 1-0 against rubbish.. How that's a massive improvement amazes me![/p][/quote]Get back to the salon you ugly mug, the most negative poster on this forum! It was a good hard fought win and 3 points, yet you still have to moan!! Lutondown and Luton fan in disguise? bristol hornet
  • Score: 6

10:04am Wed 12 Feb 14

grahamwfc says...

VOReason wrote:
What did people think of fessi's performance in last 10 minutes?

Yes we won, yes he remained a danger but his ball retention and decision making were poor nearing the end

That's why beppe often chooses to withdraw him at this late stage!!!
Cannot agree. He works his socks off and in the last ten minutes last night he was tiring visibly. With Troy getting pulled back in to add some height and strength and then finding it hard to get back upfield Nando was left alone, on occasions with no one within 40 yards. There was no decision he had to try and hold and hope to draw fouls.
For sure his passing is not always great, sometimes at critical times sadly and on occasions you want him to run at the defence rather than pass as he unbalances defenders, sadly I think that was coached out of him TOO MUCH by the previous coaches. He's there as he can add the odd touch of genius to unlock things, not forgetting his closing down along the oppositions back line. Last night without Murray we had no one else supporting the front two from midfield, CB, has failed to step up in my opinion. Tozser is immense but not a creator in the final third, not his role, Merkel is steadily finding his feet but similar to Tozser. I know a lot of fans are anti McGugan, but a player who will do much better behind the front two, with Two holding players behind. On his day a very good player who you just feel would be more consistent in a winning team when removed of some of the defensive duties.
Not pretty last night and we have played much better in defeat, but points and getting some momentum is the order of the day right now. I think we did overdo the kicking out from the keeper, probably more times than in the whole of GFZ era in total, but Troy won a good deal of them and at least we were not losing possession deep which has been a downfall for us this season. I'm impressed with Beppes understanding of the game.
Hoban in for Ekstrand, clearly an injury issue, evident long before he was taken off as had no pace on a number of times and at one point lost about 10 yards to Burke. Has he been carrying this???
[quote][p][bold]VOReason[/bold] wrote: What did people think of fessi's performance in last 10 minutes? Yes we won, yes he remained a danger but his ball retention and decision making were poor nearing the end That's why beppe often chooses to withdraw him at this late stage!!![/p][/quote]Cannot agree. He works his socks off and in the last ten minutes last night he was tiring visibly. With Troy getting pulled back in to add some height and strength and then finding it hard to get back upfield Nando was left alone, on occasions with no one within 40 yards. There was no decision he had to try and hold and hope to draw fouls. For sure his passing is not always great, sometimes at critical times sadly and on occasions you want him to run at the defence rather than pass as he unbalances defenders, sadly I think that was coached out of him TOO MUCH by the previous coaches. He's there as he can add the odd touch of genius to unlock things, not forgetting his closing down along the oppositions back line. Last night without Murray we had no one else supporting the front two from midfield, CB, has failed to step up in my opinion. Tozser is immense but not a creator in the final third, not his role, Merkel is steadily finding his feet but similar to Tozser. I know a lot of fans are anti McGugan, but a player who will do much better behind the front two, with Two holding players behind. On his day a very good player who you just feel would be more consistent in a winning team when removed of some of the defensive duties. Not pretty last night and we have played much better in defeat, but points and getting some momentum is the order of the day right now. I think we did overdo the kicking out from the keeper, probably more times than in the whole of GFZ era in total, but Troy won a good deal of them and at least we were not losing possession deep which has been a downfall for us this season. I'm impressed with Beppes understanding of the game. Hoban in for Ekstrand, clearly an injury issue, evident long before he was taken off as had no pace on a number of times and at one point lost about 10 yards to Burke. Has he been carrying this??? grahamwfc
  • Score: 8

11:30am Wed 12 Feb 14

Boosey says...

buckler wrote:
Worst 90 I've sat through for ages! 1-0 against rubbish.. How that's a massive improvement amazes me!
3 points and the effort was there for all to see but have to agree buckler that performance was pants!
After a few woeful decisions by Ekstrand and he was visibly getting frustrated, he immediately gets an injury?
We couldn't string two passes together the whole game and kept losing possession, that was football at it's worse.
Saying that, I thought Deeney put a good shift in and as for the ref, he should be shot.
I still believe we will get to the play offs.
[quote][p][bold]buckler[/bold] wrote: Worst 90 I've sat through for ages! 1-0 against rubbish.. How that's a massive improvement amazes me![/p][/quote]3 points and the effort was there for all to see but have to agree buckler that performance was pants! After a few woeful decisions by Ekstrand and he was visibly getting frustrated, he immediately gets an injury? We couldn't string two passes together the whole game and kept losing possession, that was football at it's worse. Saying that, I thought Deeney put a good shift in and as for the ref, he should be shot. I still believe we will get to the play offs. Boosey
  • Score: -2

11:33am Wed 12 Feb 14

Feff says...

Was the referee also to blame for the awful football we played. Yes, it seems that the days of Boothroyd are back. I know we won promotion under him (thanks to King and Hnenderson) but also relegation and later almost ignominy. Compare the football of last season. Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear!
Was the referee also to blame for the awful football we played. Yes, it seems that the days of Boothroyd are back. I know we won promotion under him (thanks to King and Hnenderson) but also relegation and later almost ignominy. Compare the football of last season. Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear! Feff
  • Score: -3

1:46pm Wed 12 Feb 14

demerit says...

buckler wrote:
Worst 90 I've sat through for ages! 1-0 against rubbish.. How that's a massive improvement amazes me!
You don't go to many matches then.
[quote][p][bold]buckler[/bold] wrote: Worst 90 I've sat through for ages! 1-0 against rubbish.. How that's a massive improvement amazes me![/p][/quote]You don't go to many matches then. demerit
  • Score: 2

2:58pm Wed 12 Feb 14

lutondown says...

bristol hornet wrote:
buckler wrote:
Worst 90 I've sat through for ages! 1-0 against rubbish.. How that's a massive improvement amazes me!
Get back to the salon you ugly mug, the most negative poster on this forum!

It was a good hard fought win and 3 points, yet you still have to moan!!

Lutondown and Luton fan in disguise?
Ah it's Bristol hornet aka the reverend ilovbas, released
From the nuthouse. How are you doing in
That field out west? Are the crows scared?
But i Infact take it as a positive that we saw the win
Out, despite it not being pretty. The real issue is
That if we continue to sit on leads it will back fire
Against the better sides.
Buckler and me one person? Ha ha
That's funny as f, sadly for you spas mondo
I've got a face that plenty of people can put my
Name to, but who knows you? Hidden behind his
Keyboard...a brave brave faceless tool
[quote][p][bold]bristol hornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]buckler[/bold] wrote: Worst 90 I've sat through for ages! 1-0 against rubbish.. How that's a massive improvement amazes me![/p][/quote]Get back to the salon you ugly mug, the most negative poster on this forum! It was a good hard fought win and 3 points, yet you still have to moan!! Lutondown and Luton fan in disguise?[/p][/quote]Ah it's Bristol hornet aka the reverend ilovbas, released From the nuthouse. How are you doing in That field out west? Are the crows scared? But i Infact take it as a positive that we saw the win Out, despite it not being pretty. The real issue is That if we continue to sit on leads it will back fire Against the better sides. Buckler and me one person? Ha ha That's funny as f, sadly for you spas mondo I've got a face that plenty of people can put my Name to, but who knows you? Hidden behind his Keyboard...a brave brave faceless tool lutondown
  • Score: -5

3:31pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Hornet Cornet says...

lutondown wrote:
bristol hornet wrote:
buckler wrote: Worst 90 I've sat through for ages! 1-0 against rubbish.. How that's a massive improvement amazes me!
Get back to the salon you ugly mug, the most negative poster on this forum! It was a good hard fought win and 3 points, yet you still have to moan!! Lutondown and Luton fan in disguise?
Ah it's Bristol hornet aka the reverend ilovbas, released From the nuthouse. How are you doing in That field out west? Are the crows scared? But i Infact take it as a positive that we saw the win Out, despite it not being pretty. The real issue is That if we continue to sit on leads it will back fire Against the better sides. Buckler and me one person? Ha ha That's funny as f, sadly for you spas mondo I've got a face that plenty of people can put my Name to, but who knows you? Hidden behind his Keyboard...a brave brave faceless tool
Bristol is flooded. Bristol Hornet is indeed a duck
[quote][p][bold]lutondown[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bristol hornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]buckler[/bold] wrote: Worst 90 I've sat through for ages! 1-0 against rubbish.. How that's a massive improvement amazes me![/p][/quote]Get back to the salon you ugly mug, the most negative poster on this forum! It was a good hard fought win and 3 points, yet you still have to moan!! Lutondown and Luton fan in disguise?[/p][/quote]Ah it's Bristol hornet aka the reverend ilovbas, released From the nuthouse. How are you doing in That field out west? Are the crows scared? But i Infact take it as a positive that we saw the win Out, despite it not being pretty. The real issue is That if we continue to sit on leads it will back fire Against the better sides. Buckler and me one person? Ha ha That's funny as f, sadly for you spas mondo I've got a face that plenty of people can put my Name to, but who knows you? Hidden behind his Keyboard...a brave brave faceless tool[/p][/quote]Bristol is flooded. Bristol Hornet is indeed a duck Hornet Cornet
  • Score: 0

4:57pm Wed 12 Feb 14

lutondown says...

Boosey wrote:
buckler wrote:
Worst 90 I've sat through for ages! 1-0 against rubbish.. How that's a massive improvement amazes me!
3 points and the effort was there for all to see but have to agree buckler that performance was pants!
After a few woeful decisions by Ekstrand and he was visibly getting frustrated, he immediately gets an injury?
We couldn't string two passes together the whole game and kept losing possession, that was football at it's worse.
Saying that, I thought Deeney put a good shift in and as for the ref, he should be shot.
I still believe we will get to the play offs.
Minus three? Telling the truth clearly not appreciated
Mate!
See you Saturday
Noon
I'm there before you so my sexuality is not in question!!
[quote][p][bold]Boosey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]buckler[/bold] wrote: Worst 90 I've sat through for ages! 1-0 against rubbish.. How that's a massive improvement amazes me![/p][/quote]3 points and the effort was there for all to see but have to agree buckler that performance was pants! After a few woeful decisions by Ekstrand and he was visibly getting frustrated, he immediately gets an injury? We couldn't string two passes together the whole game and kept losing possession, that was football at it's worse. Saying that, I thought Deeney put a good shift in and as for the ref, he should be shot. I still believe we will get to the play offs.[/p][/quote]Minus three? Telling the truth clearly not appreciated Mate! See you Saturday Noon I'm there before you so my sexuality is not in question!! lutondown
  • Score: -1

7:18pm Wed 12 Feb 14

buckler says...

bristol hornet wrote:
buckler wrote:
Worst 90 I've sat through for ages! 1-0 against rubbish.. How that's a massive improvement amazes me!
Get back to the salon you ugly mug, the most negative poster on this forum!

It was a good hard fought win and 3 points, yet you still have to moan!!

Lutondown and Luton fan in disguise?
Come to my salon handsome and I'll give you a nice wet shave ...
[quote][p][bold]bristol hornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]buckler[/bold] wrote: Worst 90 I've sat through for ages! 1-0 against rubbish.. How that's a massive improvement amazes me![/p][/quote]Get back to the salon you ugly mug, the most negative poster on this forum! It was a good hard fought win and 3 points, yet you still have to moan!! Lutondown and Luton fan in disguise?[/p][/quote]Come to my salon handsome and I'll give you a nice wet shave ... buckler
  • Score: 0

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