Braces from Mathias Ranegie and Troy Deeney helped Watford complete a 4-0 win against Blackpool

This Is Local London: Mathias Ranegie celebrates his first Watford goal. Picture: Action Images Mathias Ranegie celebrates his first Watford goal. Picture: Action Images

Watford continue to flirt with the Championship play-offs. A 4-0 victory against Blackpool at Vicarage Road leaves the Hornets seven points off sixth place.

The optimists will believe it’s possible but Beppe Sannino’s side will come up against stronger tests than that offered by the Seasiders.

A stylish, incisive and emphatic first half display was enough for Watford to squash the Tangerines’ hopes of ending an unwanted winless run that now stands at 17 matches.

Mathias Ranegie headed the Hornets in front and Troy Deeney doubled the lead thanks to a deflected strike. Ranegie then coolly slotted home his second to put Sannino’s men in full control at the break.

The Hornets navigated their way through the second period with little fuss. A sumptuous finish from Deeney added to their advantage and rounded off an impressive performance.

Perhaps reaching the play-offs isn’t wishful thinking. On this afternoon’s evidence Watford have more than enough quality to secure the points they need.

Sannino said prior to the visit of Blackpool that everyone, himself included, must learn from the mistakes made during the 2-0 defeat at Bolton Wanderers seven days earlier. His side certainly did that.

The head coach made three changes to his team. Lloyd Doyley returned to the Watford defence in place of the suspended Joel Ekstrand. Daniel Pudil replaced Alexander Merkel and Ranegie started up front with Chu-Young Park, and new signing Lucas Neill, named amongst the substitutes.

The Hornets made a bright start. Deeney, who was searching for his 50th goal for the club, had an early strike saved by Matt Gilks before scuffing an effort wide.

Deeney came closer moments later. He received a pass, pulled away from two defenders and had a clear sight of goal. He aimed his shot towards Gilks’ far corner but the ball rolled agonisingly wide.

Watford’s control of the game deserved a goal and, in the 15th minute, they were rewarded. Ikechi Anya won a corner and Daniel Tozser delivered a fine cross.

Ranegie was left unmarked six yards out and the striker powerfully headed past Gilks to put the Hornets ahead.

Blackpool, who haven’t recorded a Championship victory since November, looked bereft of confidence. Their sole effort on goal in the first half came from Ricardo Fuller but the striker’s shot was wayward and cleared the bar.

The Hornets had been able to move the ball freely across the pitch and they struck a second goal ten minutes before the break.

Toszer fizzed a pass into Daniel Pudil. He laid the ball to Deeney and, despite the striker’s shot taking a deflection, the ball hit the net and he had his 50th Watford goal.

The Hornets then added a third. Ranegie won possession from Gary MacKenzie, exchanged passes with Cristian Battocchio and then coolly slid the ball past Gilks.

The Hornets left the pitch to a standing ovation from the home supporters. Blackpool’s fans were less than impressed with their side.

The visitors made two changes at the break with Chris Basham replacing Faris Haroun and Neal Bishop coming on for the ineffective Andy Keogh.

Barry Ferguson’s side marginally improved in the second period and Fuller forced Manual Almunia into a near-post stop before the striker headed a corner wide.

Watford’s intensity had dropped but they still created chances to add to their lead. A Ranegie header deflected off a defender and looped onto the roof of Gilks’ net and the goalkeeper then denied Deeney.

The Hornets continued to coast through the second half but a moment of quality saw a fourth goal added.

Battocchio drove at the visiting defence and slipped the ball to Deeney. The striker turned and curled a shot into the top corner. It was a wonderful finish.

Sannino’s side eased down in the final ten minutes and retained possession as they waited for the final whistle.

It was a comfortable win for Watford. Harder tests await but Sannino’s men should take plenty of confidence from the performance and result. 

Watford: Almunia; Angella (Belkalem 78), Cassetti, Doyley; Anya, Tozser, Murray (Merkel 81), Battocchio, Pudil (Faraoni 74); Deeney, Ranegie.

Watford substitutes: Bond, Hoban, Neill, Park.

Blackpool: Gilks; Foley, Broadfoot, MacKenzie, Halliday; Angel, Perkins, Dobbie (Goodwillie 74), Haroun (Basham 45); Keogh (Bishop 45), Fuller.

Blackpool substitutes: Cathcart, Osbourne, Grandin, Chopra.

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5:13pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Emmer Green Hornet says...

Just as we always have the overreactions to a defeat I am now guessing the rest of this thread will be 'we can make the play-offs'...

Always one extreme to the other on here.
Just as we always have the overreactions to a defeat I am now guessing the rest of this thread will be 'we can make the play-offs'... Always one extreme to the other on here. Emmer Green Hornet
  • Score: 25

5:17pm Sat 1 Mar 14

jaemae2 says...

I remember when some really very unintelligent people were running around here saying how awful Ranegie was after ONE GAME. It's hilarious.
I remember when some really very unintelligent people were running around here saying how awful Ranegie was after ONE GAME. It's hilarious. jaemae2
  • Score: 60

5:18pm Sat 1 Mar 14

WanderingDynamo says...

Emmer Green Hornet wrote:
Just as we always have the overreactions to a defeat I am now guessing the rest of this thread will be 'we can make the play-offs'...

Always one extreme to the other on here.
Or very few posts at all - not much chance of a moan after a 4-zip win!

I'm sure a couple will manage to find something wrong though -.-
[quote][p][bold]Emmer Green Hornet[/bold] wrote: Just as we always have the overreactions to a defeat I am now guessing the rest of this thread will be 'we can make the play-offs'... Always one extreme to the other on here.[/p][/quote]Or very few posts at all - not much chance of a moan after a 4-zip win! I'm sure a couple will manage to find something wrong though -.- WanderingDynamo
  • Score: 18

5:26pm Sat 1 Mar 14

The Rover says...

goodwillie
goodwillie The Rover
  • Score: -14

5:33pm Sat 1 Mar 14

mooneysmagic says...

At the moment Blackpool are clearly the weakest side in the Championship. Can see them going down.

Whilst we played well you can't read much into how we will do against a proper team.
At the moment Blackpool are clearly the weakest side in the Championship. Can see them going down. Whilst we played well you can't read much into how we will do against a proper team. mooneysmagic
  • Score: 24

5:33pm Sat 1 Mar 14

VOReason says...

A few people like to disagree with my views on here ...

Sometimes I am controversial deliberately and I have been accused of being a Luton fan or never going ...

I am not an admirable fan who goes to every away game but I get to a few (including Yeovil) plus all home games

Those who wrote ranegie off at Yeovil, either weren't there, just want to hate nani signings or know nothing about football ...

For most I guess it was your first sight of him ...

What a signing for championship football, brave hard working, touch, awareness good in the air and has made Deeney pull his finger out ...
A few people like to disagree with my views on here ... Sometimes I am controversial deliberately and I have been accused of being a Luton fan or never going ... I am not an admirable fan who goes to every away game but I get to a few (including Yeovil) plus all home games Those who wrote ranegie off at Yeovil, either weren't there, just want to hate nani signings or know nothing about football ... For most I guess it was your first sight of him ... What a signing for championship football, brave hard working, touch, awareness good in the air and has made Deeney pull his finger out ... VOReason
  • Score: 71

5:38pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Hornet Cornet says...

I feel like headbutting someone...
I feel like headbutting someone... Hornet Cornet
  • Score: -29

5:53pm Sat 1 Mar 14

endean2 says...

Emmer Green Hornet wrote:
Just as we always have the overreactions to a defeat I am now guessing the rest of this thread will be 'we can make the play-offs'...

Always one extreme to the other on here.
Yep,automatic promo now is on the cards
[quote][p][bold]Emmer Green Hornet[/bold] wrote: Just as we always have the overreactions to a defeat I am now guessing the rest of this thread will be 'we can make the play-offs'... Always one extreme to the other on here.[/p][/quote]Yep,automatic promo now is on the cards endean2
  • Score: -9

6:08pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Cuetip says...

WanderingDynamo wrote:
Emmer Green Hornet wrote:
Just as we always have the overreactions to a defeat I am now guessing the rest of this thread will be 'we can make the play-offs'...

Always one extreme to the other on here.
Or very few posts at all - not much chance of a moan after a 4-zip win!

I'm sure a couple will manage to find something wrong though -.-
Bringing on back the good times can't be wrong.
[quote][p][bold]WanderingDynamo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Emmer Green Hornet[/bold] wrote: Just as we always have the overreactions to a defeat I am now guessing the rest of this thread will be 'we can make the play-offs'... Always one extreme to the other on here.[/p][/quote]Or very few posts at all - not much chance of a moan after a 4-zip win! I'm sure a couple will manage to find something wrong though -.-[/p][/quote]Bringing on back the good times can't be wrong. Cuetip
  • Score: 6

6:16pm Sat 1 Mar 14

MrMeaner says...

Renegie and Deeney looked dangerous on the ball and partnered very well! Anya went missing for spells and didnt have much final product. Murray run his socks off. Tozser calm head as usual and always comfortable. Not much threat at the back so not a great deal for the defenders to do apart from pass out the back and close down on occasion. Batochio had his moments, some good some bad but saying that i do like his energy. All in all a good game but did seem to peeter out in the latter stages although i was glad we didnt take a striker off for a defender as we were so comfortable. Blackpool werent much opposition so probably made us look a lot better.
Renegie and Deeney looked dangerous on the ball and partnered very well! Anya went missing for spells and didnt have much final product. Murray run his socks off. Tozser calm head as usual and always comfortable. Not much threat at the back so not a great deal for the defenders to do apart from pass out the back and close down on occasion. Batochio had his moments, some good some bad but saying that i do like his energy. All in all a good game but did seem to peeter out in the latter stages although i was glad we didnt take a striker off for a defender as we were so comfortable. Blackpool werent much opposition so probably made us look a lot better. MrMeaner
  • Score: 23

6:24pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Bonser Out says...

Hornet Cornet wrote:
I feel like headbutting someone...
Don't you mean doing a 'Pardew'?
[quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: I feel like headbutting someone...[/p][/quote]Don't you mean doing a 'Pardew'? Bonser Out
  • Score: -1

6:27pm Sat 1 Mar 14

BlakeyJ says...

Love the winning feeling! Cracking result and a confidence builder for the coming (tougher) games.
Hopefully we can put a run of wins together and see where we are regarding playoffs!
Cracking home debut for Ranegie.
Love the winning feeling! Cracking result and a confidence builder for the coming (tougher) games. Hopefully we can put a run of wins together and see where we are regarding playoffs! Cracking home debut for Ranegie. BlakeyJ
  • Score: 21

6:29pm Sat 1 Mar 14

anywayasiwasaying says...

VOReason wrote:
A few people like to disagree with my views on here ...

Sometimes I am controversial deliberately and I have been accused of being a Luton fan or never going ...

I am not an admirable fan who goes to every away game but I get to a few (including Yeovil) plus all home games

Those who wrote ranegie off at Yeovil, either weren't there, just want to hate nani signings or know nothing about football ...

For most I guess it was your first sight of him ...

What a signing for championship football, brave hard working, touch, awareness good in the air and has made Deeney pull his finger out ...
Don't normally like to mention other posters by name and always respect the right of others to voice their opinions but those experts that dissed the big man after his first game at Yeovil....well you're not experts because he looks like a real player to me. Special mention for that resident end of a bell from Yeovil who calls himself endean who was so quick to criticise and write off someone who had not played for months and needed a game.
Back to the game, Blackpool were poor, but our performance was so encouraging. The defence was solid with Angella outstanding, Toszer pulling the strings in midfield and the front two looking like a great partnership in the making. Have to mention Battochio, whose passing was not always up to scratch, but the little man covered every area of the pitch from first to last minute. You can only beat what's in front of you and we did that with a bit of style...and Deeney's last goal was pure class.
[quote][p][bold]VOReason[/bold] wrote: A few people like to disagree with my views on here ... Sometimes I am controversial deliberately and I have been accused of being a Luton fan or never going ... I am not an admirable fan who goes to every away game but I get to a few (including Yeovil) plus all home games Those who wrote ranegie off at Yeovil, either weren't there, just want to hate nani signings or know nothing about football ... For most I guess it was your first sight of him ... What a signing for championship football, brave hard working, touch, awareness good in the air and has made Deeney pull his finger out ...[/p][/quote]Don't normally like to mention other posters by name and always respect the right of others to voice their opinions but those experts that dissed the big man after his first game at Yeovil....well you're not experts because he looks like a real player to me. Special mention for that resident end of a bell from Yeovil who calls himself endean who was so quick to criticise and write off someone who had not played for months and needed a game. Back to the game, Blackpool were poor, but our performance was so encouraging. The defence was solid with Angella outstanding, Toszer pulling the strings in midfield and the front two looking like a great partnership in the making. Have to mention Battochio, whose passing was not always up to scratch, but the little man covered every area of the pitch from first to last minute. You can only beat what's in front of you and we did that with a bit of style...and Deeney's last goal was pure class. anywayasiwasaying
  • Score: 45

6:36pm Sat 1 Mar 14

berkshire orn says...

I Think the play offs are beyond us but we will be close at the end Roll on next season for lift off great result today uuuooorrnnsss
I Think the play offs are beyond us but we will be close at the end Roll on next season for lift off great result today uuuooorrnnsss berkshire orn
  • Score: 15

6:57pm Sat 1 Mar 14

WessexLad says...

Great to see the determination to fight for the ball and win it even when we were 3-0 up. Anyone would think that there was competition for places!

Rookery in good voice: how long before we hear "The Horns are going up!!"?
Great to see the determination to fight for the ball and win it even when we were 3-0 up. Anyone would think that there was competition for places! Rookery in good voice: how long before we hear "The Horns are going up!!"? WessexLad
  • Score: -1

7:00pm Sat 1 Mar 14

jasonwatford says...

Well to all those posters last week who wanted Sannino sacked as he hasn't got a clue about going forward. Yes poor Blackpool team but we beat them easily not a scrappy 1-0. Nice to hear his first words were that win is dedicated to the 600 odds fans that travelled to Bolton. Also for all you negative boo boys, Watford have won 5 games in a row at home, conceding none.

The last time that happened was 17 years ago, in League 1 (Div. 2).
Well to all those posters last week who wanted Sannino sacked as he hasn't got a clue about going forward. Yes poor Blackpool team but we beat them easily not a scrappy 1-0. Nice to hear his first words were that win is dedicated to the 600 odds fans that travelled to Bolton. Also for all you negative boo boys, Watford have won 5 games in a row at home, conceding none. The last time that happened was 17 years ago, in League 1 (Div. 2). jasonwatford
  • Score: 30

7:05pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Bringe says...

No way are the playoffs out of reach as traditionally at least two of the top six's season hits an invisible wall about this time of year ... However we do need to have the best form of the chasing pack, yes it's a big ask but personally I think we have the players to deliver ... Motivation and confidence is the key and a couple more performances like today's will certainly have others looking over their shoulders.
No way are the playoffs out of reach as traditionally at least two of the top six's season hits an invisible wall about this time of year ... However we do need to have the best form of the chasing pack, yes it's a big ask but personally I think we have the players to deliver ... Motivation and confidence is the key and a couple more performances like today's will certainly have others looking over their shoulders. Bringe
  • Score: 12

7:06pm Sat 1 Mar 14

grahamwfc says...

Why play Bellend as substitute ahead of Hoban. He needs game time and what better opportunity than the second half today. At least Bellend lasted two minutes before the obligatory booking I guess.
Let's get the stand built, sign Tazer and go again next season.
Biggest disappointment for me today was that c*** Ince wasn't on the touchline to get some back.
Harder tests follow for sure, but few encouraging signs on occasions
Why play Bellend as substitute ahead of Hoban. He needs game time and what better opportunity than the second half today. At least Bellend lasted two minutes before the obligatory booking I guess. Let's get the stand built, sign Tazer and go again next season. Biggest disappointment for me today was that c*** Ince wasn't on the touchline to get some back. Harder tests follow for sure, but few encouraging signs on occasions grahamwfc
  • Score: -28

7:13pm Sat 1 Mar 14

grahamwfc says...

Bringe wrote:
No way are the playoffs out of reach as traditionally at least two of the top six's season hits an invisible wall about this time of year ... However we do need to have the best form of the chasing pack, yes it's a big ask but personally I think we have the players to deliver ... Motivation and confidence is the key and a couple more performances like today's will certainly have others looking over their shoulders.
Would need to win 11 games out of thirteen so very unlikely as much as I will be happy to be proved wrong. It's not only a couple of teams in the top 6 hitting a wall either, there are 4 above us outside the top 6 too. I very much doubt that as many as five teams of the 8 in realistic reach will blow up. Let's build momentum,get the new boys upto speed with Championship football and keep Beppe in a job. We don't need yet more disruption ahead of next season.
[quote][p][bold]Bringe[/bold] wrote: No way are the playoffs out of reach as traditionally at least two of the top six's season hits an invisible wall about this time of year ... However we do need to have the best form of the chasing pack, yes it's a big ask but personally I think we have the players to deliver ... Motivation and confidence is the key and a couple more performances like today's will certainly have others looking over their shoulders.[/p][/quote]Would need to win 11 games out of thirteen so very unlikely as much as I will be happy to be proved wrong. It's not only a couple of teams in the top 6 hitting a wall either, there are 4 above us outside the top 6 too. I very much doubt that as many as five teams of the 8 in realistic reach will blow up. Let's build momentum,get the new boys upto speed with Championship football and keep Beppe in a job. We don't need yet more disruption ahead of next season. grahamwfc
  • Score: 8

7:14pm Sat 1 Mar 14

anywayasiwasaying says...

grahamwfc wrote:
Why play Bellend as substitute ahead of Hoban. He needs game time and what better opportunity than the second half today. At least Bellend lasted two minutes before the obligatory booking I guess.
Let's get the stand built, sign Tazer and go again next season.
Biggest disappointment for me today was that c*** Ince wasn't on the touchline to get some back.
Harder tests follow for sure, but few encouraging signs on occasions
Biggest disappointment today for me is having to read your negative post about a player who has been injured for a couple of months and needs to be eased back in to the squad.....give the bloke a chance. So much positive stuff today thought maybe you could devote at least a couple of lines to it.
[quote][p][bold]grahamwfc[/bold] wrote: Why play Bellend as substitute ahead of Hoban. He needs game time and what better opportunity than the second half today. At least Bellend lasted two minutes before the obligatory booking I guess. Let's get the stand built, sign Tazer and go again next season. Biggest disappointment for me today was that c*** Ince wasn't on the touchline to get some back. Harder tests follow for sure, but few encouraging signs on occasions[/p][/quote]Biggest disappointment today for me is having to read your negative post about a player who has been injured for a couple of months and needs to be eased back in to the squad.....give the bloke a chance. So much positive stuff today thought maybe you could devote at least a couple of lines to it. anywayasiwasaying
  • Score: 31

7:22pm Sat 1 Mar 14

abbotshornet says...

From the front two back it was a good performance against poor opposition.
It was nice to see Deeney get a bit of help and the big striker looks the right man for the job at this level.
So it's not only the new stand on the up! COYGB's
From the front two back it was a good performance against poor opposition. It was nice to see Deeney get a bit of help and the big striker looks the right man for the job at this level. So it's not only the new stand on the up! COYGB's abbotshornet
  • Score: 12

7:23pm Sat 1 Mar 14

abbotshornet says...

I love to see a pair of braces!
I love to see a pair of braces! abbotshornet
  • Score: 1

7:24pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Bringe says...

grahamwfc wrote:
Bringe wrote:
No way are the playoffs out of reach as traditionally at least two of the top six's season hits an invisible wall about this time of year ... However we do need to have the best form of the chasing pack, yes it's a big ask but personally I think we have the players to deliver ... Motivation and confidence is the key and a couple more performances like today's will certainly have others looking over their shoulders.
Would need to win 11 games out of thirteen so very unlikely as much as I will be happy to be proved wrong. It's not only a couple of teams in the top 6 hitting a wall either, there are 4 above us outside the top 6 too. I very much doubt that as many as five teams of the 8 in realistic reach will blow up. Let's build momentum,get the new boys upto speed with Championship football and keep Beppe in a job. We don't need yet more disruption ahead of next season.
Hang on, the gap is 7 points not 17 and all of the teams above us will drop points between now and then, they can't not do. Naturally if they lose to us then even better.
[quote][p][bold]grahamwfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bringe[/bold] wrote: No way are the playoffs out of reach as traditionally at least two of the top six's season hits an invisible wall about this time of year ... However we do need to have the best form of the chasing pack, yes it's a big ask but personally I think we have the players to deliver ... Motivation and confidence is the key and a couple more performances like today's will certainly have others looking over their shoulders.[/p][/quote]Would need to win 11 games out of thirteen so very unlikely as much as I will be happy to be proved wrong. It's not only a couple of teams in the top 6 hitting a wall either, there are 4 above us outside the top 6 too. I very much doubt that as many as five teams of the 8 in realistic reach will blow up. Let's build momentum,get the new boys upto speed with Championship football and keep Beppe in a job. We don't need yet more disruption ahead of next season.[/p][/quote]Hang on, the gap is 7 points not 17 and all of the teams above us will drop points between now and then, they can't not do. Naturally if they lose to us then even better. Bringe
  • Score: 6

7:29pm Sat 1 Mar 14

jsjf1979 says...

Great stuff, came home feeling positive for first time in a while! Clean sheet but four goals and two strikers in the team for first time all season - it shows! We MUST sign to toszer who makes so much difference. Lets push on and see where we get to but play offs huge ask - we need to win 11 of last 15 to do it. Was so glad to see us pressure the opposition for once and not sit so deep.
Great stuff, came home feeling positive for first time in a while! Clean sheet but four goals and two strikers in the team for first time all season - it shows! We MUST sign to toszer who makes so much difference. Lets push on and see where we get to but play offs huge ask - we need to win 11 of last 15 to do it. Was so glad to see us pressure the opposition for once and not sit so deep. jsjf1979
  • Score: 4

7:33pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Emmer Green Hornet says...

Bringe wrote:
grahamwfc wrote:
Bringe wrote:
No way are the playoffs out of reach as traditionally at least two of the top six's season hits an invisible wall about this time of year ... However we do need to have the best form of the chasing pack, yes it's a big ask but personally I think we have the players to deliver ... Motivation and confidence is the key and a couple more performances like today's will certainly have others looking over their shoulders.
Would need to win 11 games out of thirteen so very unlikely as much as I will be happy to be proved wrong. It's not only a couple of teams in the top 6 hitting a wall either, there are 4 above us outside the top 6 too. I very much doubt that as many as five teams of the 8 in realistic reach will blow up. Let's build momentum,get the new boys upto speed with Championship football and keep Beppe in a job. We don't need yet more disruption ahead of next season.
Hang on, the gap is 7 points not 17 and all of the teams above us will drop points between now and then, they can't not do. Naturally if they lose to us then even better.
We lost to Bolton last week for Gods sake. How can 1 good win against a poor team give the impression we will win 75% of the rest of our games.

Exactly the point I made on my opening post...
[quote][p][bold]Bringe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]grahamwfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bringe[/bold] wrote: No way are the playoffs out of reach as traditionally at least two of the top six's season hits an invisible wall about this time of year ... However we do need to have the best form of the chasing pack, yes it's a big ask but personally I think we have the players to deliver ... Motivation and confidence is the key and a couple more performances like today's will certainly have others looking over their shoulders.[/p][/quote]Would need to win 11 games out of thirteen so very unlikely as much as I will be happy to be proved wrong. It's not only a couple of teams in the top 6 hitting a wall either, there are 4 above us outside the top 6 too. I very much doubt that as many as five teams of the 8 in realistic reach will blow up. Let's build momentum,get the new boys upto speed with Championship football and keep Beppe in a job. We don't need yet more disruption ahead of next season.[/p][/quote]Hang on, the gap is 7 points not 17 and all of the teams above us will drop points between now and then, they can't not do. Naturally if they lose to us then even better.[/p][/quote]We lost to Bolton last week for Gods sake. How can 1 good win against a poor team give the impression we will win 75% of the rest of our games. Exactly the point I made on my opening post... Emmer Green Hornet
  • Score: -14

7:41pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Harry's Bar says...

A solid performance against a very poor side. Without getting anywhere near to the football of last season we still looked much better than Blackpool. Once Ranegie is fully match fit he should be a handful. The defence had little to do, Tozser looked class and Deeney played well. Anya never quite got it together. Murray and Battocchio ran about a lot but they need to play the ball forward more and more incisively.
It will be interesting to see how Forestieri fits back in, hopefully in a 4-3-3 formation which could still see us make a late challenge.
A solid performance against a very poor side. Without getting anywhere near to the football of last season we still looked much better than Blackpool. Once Ranegie is fully match fit he should be a handful. The defence had little to do, Tozser looked class and Deeney played well. Anya never quite got it together. Murray and Battocchio ran about a lot but they need to play the ball forward more and more incisively. It will be interesting to see how Forestieri fits back in, hopefully in a 4-3-3 formation which could still see us make a late challenge. Harry's Bar
  • Score: 7

7:43pm Sat 1 Mar 14

WessexLad says...

We'll probably need 75 points for a play-off place. That just 9 wins, 3 draws and one defeat. We would then go into the play-offs with the wind in our sails.

It's not impossible! COYH!
We'll probably need 75 points for a play-off place. That just 9 wins, 3 draws and one defeat. We would then go into the play-offs with the wind in our sails. It's not impossible! COYH! WessexLad
  • Score: 8

8:25pm Sat 1 Mar 14

exeterhornet says...

The fact that the big swede had a good game today does not alter the fact that he was dreadful at Yeovil. That doesn't mean that I or anyone else is an expert but just reflects the difference of OPINION that exists between supporters at the same game. The original Ross Jenkins was garbage for two years but no one will ever persuade me to think of him as anything but my favourite all time player. I hope the swede becomes a watford legend but that does not hide the fact that his first game for us was wholly forgettable so all those clever dicks having a go at endean2 and yours truly can, quite frankly, go do one.
The fact that the big swede had a good game today does not alter the fact that he was dreadful at Yeovil. That doesn't mean that I or anyone else is an expert but just reflects the difference of OPINION that exists between supporters at the same game. The original Ross Jenkins was garbage for two years but no one will ever persuade me to think of him as anything but my favourite all time player. I hope the swede becomes a watford legend but that does not hide the fact that his first game for us was wholly forgettable so all those clever dicks having a go at endean2 and yours truly can, quite frankly, go do one. exeterhornet
  • Score: -20

8:42pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Bringe says...

Emmer Green Hornet wrote:
Bringe wrote:
grahamwfc wrote:
Bringe wrote:
No way are the playoffs out of reach as traditionally at least two of the top six's season hits an invisible wall about this time of year ... However we do need to have the best form of the chasing pack, yes it's a big ask but personally I think we have the players to deliver ... Motivation and confidence is the key and a couple more performances like today's will certainly have others looking over their shoulders.
Would need to win 11 games out of thirteen so very unlikely as much as I will be happy to be proved wrong. It's not only a couple of teams in the top 6 hitting a wall either, there are 4 above us outside the top 6 too. I very much doubt that as many as five teams of the 8 in realistic reach will blow up. Let's build momentum,get the new boys upto speed with Championship football and keep Beppe in a job. We don't need yet more disruption ahead of next season.
Hang on, the gap is 7 points not 17 and all of the teams above us will drop points between now and then, they can't not do. Naturally if they lose to us then even better.
We lost to Bolton last week for Gods sake. How can 1 good win against a poor team give the impression we will win 75% of the rest of our games.

Exactly the point I made on my opening post...
I see they stuffed Blackburn today too so quite how poor I'm not so sure ... Infact most of the basement dwellers have regularly been pulling rabbits out of hats this season and the gap between 3rd and 23rd is much closer than the table suggests. However I do know that few if any can match our quality in any great depth and this will surely be apparent once/if Sannino has us firing on all cylinders for the run in.
[quote][p][bold]Emmer Green Hornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bringe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]grahamwfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bringe[/bold] wrote: No way are the playoffs out of reach as traditionally at least two of the top six's season hits an invisible wall about this time of year ... However we do need to have the best form of the chasing pack, yes it's a big ask but personally I think we have the players to deliver ... Motivation and confidence is the key and a couple more performances like today's will certainly have others looking over their shoulders.[/p][/quote]Would need to win 11 games out of thirteen so very unlikely as much as I will be happy to be proved wrong. It's not only a couple of teams in the top 6 hitting a wall either, there are 4 above us outside the top 6 too. I very much doubt that as many as five teams of the 8 in realistic reach will blow up. Let's build momentum,get the new boys upto speed with Championship football and keep Beppe in a job. We don't need yet more disruption ahead of next season.[/p][/quote]Hang on, the gap is 7 points not 17 and all of the teams above us will drop points between now and then, they can't not do. Naturally if they lose to us then even better.[/p][/quote]We lost to Bolton last week for Gods sake. How can 1 good win against a poor team give the impression we will win 75% of the rest of our games. Exactly the point I made on my opening post...[/p][/quote]I see they stuffed Blackburn today too so quite how poor I'm not so sure ... Infact most of the basement dwellers have regularly been pulling rabbits out of hats this season and the gap between 3rd and 23rd is much closer than the table suggests. However I do know that few if any can match our quality in any great depth and this will surely be apparent once/if Sannino has us firing on all cylinders for the run in. Bringe
  • Score: 5

8:53pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Hornet Cornet says...

Emmer Green Hornet wrote:
Bringe wrote:
grahamwfc wrote:
Bringe wrote:
No way are the playoffs out of reach as traditionally at least two of the top six's season hits an invisible wall about this time of year ... However we do need to have the best form of the chasing pack, yes it's a big ask but personally I think we have the players to deliver ... Motivation and confidence is the key and a couple more performances like today's will certainly have others looking over their shoulders.
Would need to win 11 games out of thirteen so very unlikely as much as I will be happy to be proved wrong. It's not only a couple of teams in the top 6 hitting a wall either, there are 4 above us outside the top 6 too. I very much doubt that as many as five teams of the 8 in realistic reach will blow up. Let's build momentum,get the new boys upto speed with Championship football and keep Beppe in a job. We don't need yet more disruption ahead of next season.
Hang on, the gap is 7 points not 17 and all of the teams above us will drop points between now and then, they can't not do. Naturally if they lose to us then even better.
We lost to Bolton last week for Gods sake. How can 1 good win against a poor team give the impression we will win 75% of the rest of our games.

Exactly the point I made on my opening post...
Thankfully, a sense of reality dawns upon this site. IF we lose our next game, it'll be Beppe being tactically awful and he won't be here next season. If we win our next game, then Beppe's great and all is rosey.

I am, of course, as level as a table.

HC
[quote][p][bold]Emmer Green Hornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bringe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]grahamwfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bringe[/bold] wrote: No way are the playoffs out of reach as traditionally at least two of the top six's season hits an invisible wall about this time of year ... However we do need to have the best form of the chasing pack, yes it's a big ask but personally I think we have the players to deliver ... Motivation and confidence is the key and a couple more performances like today's will certainly have others looking over their shoulders.[/p][/quote]Would need to win 11 games out of thirteen so very unlikely as much as I will be happy to be proved wrong. It's not only a couple of teams in the top 6 hitting a wall either, there are 4 above us outside the top 6 too. I very much doubt that as many as five teams of the 8 in realistic reach will blow up. Let's build momentum,get the new boys upto speed with Championship football and keep Beppe in a job. We don't need yet more disruption ahead of next season.[/p][/quote]Hang on, the gap is 7 points not 17 and all of the teams above us will drop points between now and then, they can't not do. Naturally if they lose to us then even better.[/p][/quote]We lost to Bolton last week for Gods sake. How can 1 good win against a poor team give the impression we will win 75% of the rest of our games. Exactly the point I made on my opening post...[/p][/quote]Thankfully, a sense of reality dawns upon this site. IF we lose our next game, it'll be Beppe being tactically awful and he won't be here next season. If we win our next game, then Beppe's great and all is rosey. I am, of course, as level as a table. HC Hornet Cornet
  • Score: 2

9:05pm Sat 1 Mar 14

croxley46 says...

MrMeaner wrote:
Renegie and Deeney looked dangerous on the ball and partnered very well! Anya went missing for spells and didnt have much final product. Murray run his socks off. Tozser calm head as usual and always comfortable. Not much threat at the back so not a great deal for the defenders to do apart from pass out the back and close down on occasion. Batochio had his moments, some good some bad but saying that i do like his energy. All in all a good game but did seem to peeter out in the latter stages although i was glad we didnt take a striker off for a defender as we were so comfortable. Blackpool werent much opposition so probably made us look a lot better.
Totally agree - excellent summary. Saved me writing it myself!
[quote][p][bold]MrMeaner[/bold] wrote: Renegie and Deeney looked dangerous on the ball and partnered very well! Anya went missing for spells and didnt have much final product. Murray run his socks off. Tozser calm head as usual and always comfortable. Not much threat at the back so not a great deal for the defenders to do apart from pass out the back and close down on occasion. Batochio had his moments, some good some bad but saying that i do like his energy. All in all a good game but did seem to peeter out in the latter stages although i was glad we didnt take a striker off for a defender as we were so comfortable. Blackpool werent much opposition so probably made us look a lot better.[/p][/quote]Totally agree - excellent summary. Saved me writing it myself! croxley46
  • Score: 4

9:13pm Sat 1 Mar 14

grahamwfc says...

anywayasiwasaying wrote:
grahamwfc wrote:
Why play Bellend as substitute ahead of Hoban. He needs game time and what better opportunity than the second half today. At least Bellend lasted two minutes before the obligatory booking I guess.
Let's get the stand built, sign Tazer and go again next season.
Biggest disappointment for me today was that c*** Ince wasn't on the touchline to get some back.
Harder tests follow for sure, but few encouraging signs on occasions
Biggest disappointment today for me is having to read your negative post about a player who has been injured for a couple of months and needs to be eased back in to the squad.....give the bloke a chance. So much positive stuff today thought maybe you could devote at least a couple of lines to it.
Hoban was out for over a year. Is one of our own not a journeyman only here cos he harbours hopes of playing in the world cup. He showed more in 45 minutes that Bellend has and will. I want the best for the club and in MY opinion that is playing Hoban ahead of him. He's on the bench so must be fit. I would add a match fit TH in the next 13 games will be of more use than a match fit EB based on what we have seen of him..in short a positive approach
[quote][p][bold]anywayasiwasaying[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]grahamwfc[/bold] wrote: Why play Bellend as substitute ahead of Hoban. He needs game time and what better opportunity than the second half today. At least Bellend lasted two minutes before the obligatory booking I guess. Let's get the stand built, sign Tazer and go again next season. Biggest disappointment for me today was that c*** Ince wasn't on the touchline to get some back. Harder tests follow for sure, but few encouraging signs on occasions[/p][/quote]Biggest disappointment today for me is having to read your negative post about a player who has been injured for a couple of months and needs to be eased back in to the squad.....give the bloke a chance. So much positive stuff today thought maybe you could devote at least a couple of lines to it.[/p][/quote]Hoban was out for over a year. Is one of our own not a journeyman only here cos he harbours hopes of playing in the world cup. He showed more in 45 minutes that Bellend has and will. I want the best for the club and in MY opinion that is playing Hoban ahead of him. He's on the bench so must be fit. I would add a match fit TH in the next 13 games will be of more use than a match fit EB based on what we have seen of him..in short a positive approach grahamwfc
  • Score: -8

9:21pm Sat 1 Mar 14

grahamwfc says...

WessexLad wrote:
We'll probably need 75 points for a play-off place. That just 9 wins, 3 draws and one defeat. We would then go into the play-offs with the wind in our sails.

It's not impossible! COYH!
No one is saying impossible just highly unlikely. Clearly if we could play Blackpool another 13 times it would not be a problem. As much as I'm pleased with today's result it came against a very poor team without a win in 17. There will be much tougher tests and while I hope I'm wrong we will have a few Yeovil a Bolton performances in those 13 games without doubt.. That said we should give it everything while the possibility exists.
[quote][p][bold]WessexLad[/bold] wrote: We'll probably need 75 points for a play-off place. That just 9 wins, 3 draws and one defeat. We would then go into the play-offs with the wind in our sails. It's not impossible! COYH![/p][/quote]No one is saying impossible just highly unlikely. Clearly if we could play Blackpool another 13 times it would not be a problem. As much as I'm pleased with today's result it came against a very poor team without a win in 17. There will be much tougher tests and while I hope I'm wrong we will have a few Yeovil a Bolton performances in those 13 games without doubt.. That said we should give it everything while the possibility exists. grahamwfc
  • Score: -3

9:22pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Man from Pinner says...

What a difference having two strikers working in tandem makes.Very promising for the rest of the season.
How about Fessy behind the strikers supported by Toszer and Murray both of whom were excellent today?
What a difference having two strikers working in tandem makes.Very promising for the rest of the season. How about Fessy behind the strikers supported by Toszer and Murray both of whom were excellent today? Man from Pinner
  • Score: 4

9:22pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Bringe says...

We all know it's a game of hard knocks and it's how you bounce back that matters.
It is precisely why Pozzo brought in a motivator like Sannino and there is little doubt in my mind that it is working. Yes there's more to do but the last five home wins to nought immensely reinforces my optimism. Next up Doncaster and we simply must keep that high line!
We all know it's a game of hard knocks and it's how you bounce back that matters. It is precisely why Pozzo brought in a motivator like Sannino and there is little doubt in my mind that it is working. Yes there's more to do but the last five home wins to nought immensely reinforces my optimism. Next up Doncaster and we simply must keep that high line! Bringe
  • Score: 7

9:39pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Stoney77 says...

Decent game today. Yes Blackpool were poor and offered nothing but we dispatched of them comfortably and they did not trouble us at all. Everyone seemed up for it and put in a good shift. We must try and sign Tozser permanently, let's hope he wants to come to us. I thought Murray had a great game, not that he created much but just did not stop running and harrying. Deeney back to his best and thriving off the extra space afforded to him by having a strike partner high up the pitch with him and by not being the main target man. Cracking home debut from Ranegie. Shame that some posters who are prone to knee jerk reactions and throwing their toys out of the pram were so assertive in writing him off after his debut against Yeovil. "Beyond Dreadful", "total plank", "worst debut ever seen" and "complete waste of space" were words banded around by our West Country folk. Let's hope you're suitably embarrassed by your words. I would be if it were me, acting like spoilt teenage girls. Oh and let's not forget another who was calling for Beppe's head last week. Do they put something in the water down there?!
Get behind the boys COYH
Decent game today. Yes Blackpool were poor and offered nothing but we dispatched of them comfortably and they did not trouble us at all. Everyone seemed up for it and put in a good shift. We must try and sign Tozser permanently, let's hope he wants to come to us. I thought Murray had a great game, not that he created much but just did not stop running and harrying. Deeney back to his best and thriving off the extra space afforded to him by having a strike partner high up the pitch with him and by not being the main target man. Cracking home debut from Ranegie. Shame that some posters who are prone to knee jerk reactions and throwing their toys out of the pram were so assertive in writing him off after his debut against Yeovil. "Beyond Dreadful", "total plank", "worst debut ever seen" and "complete waste of space" were words banded around by our West Country folk. Let's hope you're suitably embarrassed by your words. I would be if it were me, acting like spoilt teenage girls. Oh and let's not forget another who was calling for Beppe's head last week. Do they put something in the water down there?! Get behind the boys COYH Stoney77
  • Score: 22

10:05pm Sat 1 Mar 14

anywayasiwasaying says...

grahamwfc wrote:
anywayasiwasaying wrote:
grahamwfc wrote:
Why play Bellend as substitute ahead of Hoban. He needs game time and what better opportunity than the second half today. At least Bellend lasted two minutes before the obligatory booking I guess.
Let's get the stand built, sign Tazer and go again next season.
Biggest disappointment for me today was that c*** Ince wasn't on the touchline to get some back.
Harder tests follow for sure, but few encouraging signs on occasions
Biggest disappointment today for me is having to read your negative post about a player who has been injured for a couple of months and needs to be eased back in to the squad.....give the bloke a chance. So much positive stuff today thought maybe you could devote at least a couple of lines to it.
Hoban was out for over a year. Is one of our own not a journeyman only here cos he harbours hopes of playing in the world cup. He showed more in 45 minutes that Bellend has and will. I want the best for the club and in MY opinion that is playing Hoban ahead of him. He's on the bench so must be fit. I would add a match fit TH in the next 13 games will be of more use than a match fit EB based on what we have seen of him..in short a positive approach
No problem with your opinion...my post was about you denigrating one of our players, not even mentioning his name and being more interested in wanting Ince on the line to hurl abuse. Ironic that you should use the term Bellend.
[quote][p][bold]grahamwfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]anywayasiwasaying[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]grahamwfc[/bold] wrote: Why play Bellend as substitute ahead of Hoban. He needs game time and what better opportunity than the second half today. At least Bellend lasted two minutes before the obligatory booking I guess. Let's get the stand built, sign Tazer and go again next season. Biggest disappointment for me today was that c*** Ince wasn't on the touchline to get some back. Harder tests follow for sure, but few encouraging signs on occasions[/p][/quote]Biggest disappointment today for me is having to read your negative post about a player who has been injured for a couple of months and needs to be eased back in to the squad.....give the bloke a chance. So much positive stuff today thought maybe you could devote at least a couple of lines to it.[/p][/quote]Hoban was out for over a year. Is one of our own not a journeyman only here cos he harbours hopes of playing in the world cup. He showed more in 45 minutes that Bellend has and will. I want the best for the club and in MY opinion that is playing Hoban ahead of him. He's on the bench so must be fit. I would add a match fit TH in the next 13 games will be of more use than a match fit EB based on what we have seen of him..in short a positive approach[/p][/quote]No problem with your opinion...my post was about you denigrating one of our players, not even mentioning his name and being more interested in wanting Ince on the line to hurl abuse. Ironic that you should use the term Bellend. anywayasiwasaying
  • Score: 9

10:22pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Watfordwes says...

exeterhornet wrote:
The fact that the big swede had a good game today does not alter the fact that he was dreadful at Yeovil. That doesn't mean that I or anyone else is an expert but just reflects the difference of OPINION that exists between supporters at the same game. The original Ross Jenkins was garbage for two years but no one will ever persuade me to think of him as anything but my favourite all time player. I hope the swede becomes a watford legend but that does not hide the fact that his first game for us was wholly forgettable so all those clever dicks having a go at endean2 and yours truly can, quite frankly, go do one.
He was not awful at Yeovil you blind fool, define awful, his flick on put Deeney in on one one, his workrate was top draw ...

Actually ll stop there ... The team were poor, renegade master wasn't ...


You haven't got a clue
[quote][p][bold]exeterhornet[/bold] wrote: The fact that the big swede had a good game today does not alter the fact that he was dreadful at Yeovil. That doesn't mean that I or anyone else is an expert but just reflects the difference of OPINION that exists between supporters at the same game. The original Ross Jenkins was garbage for two years but no one will ever persuade me to think of him as anything but my favourite all time player. I hope the swede becomes a watford legend but that does not hide the fact that his first game for us was wholly forgettable so all those clever dicks having a go at endean2 and yours truly can, quite frankly, go do one.[/p][/quote]He was not awful at Yeovil you blind fool, define awful, his flick on put Deeney in on one one, his workrate was top draw ... Actually ll stop there ... The team were poor, renegade master wasn't ... You haven't got a clue Watfordwes
  • Score: 16

10:27pm Sat 1 Mar 14

grahamwfc says...

anywayasiwasaying wrote:
grahamwfc wrote:
anywayasiwasaying wrote:
grahamwfc wrote:
Why play Bellend as substitute ahead of Hoban. He needs game time and what better opportunity than the second half today. At least Bellend lasted two minutes before the obligatory booking I guess.
Let's get the stand built, sign Tazer and go again next season.
Biggest disappointment for me today was that c*** Ince wasn't on the touchline to get some back.
Harder tests follow for sure, but few encouraging signs on occasions
Biggest disappointment today for me is having to read your negative post about a player who has been injured for a couple of months and needs to be eased back in to the squad.....give the bloke a chance. So much positive stuff today thought maybe you could devote at least a couple of lines to it.
Hoban was out for over a year. Is one of our own not a journeyman only here cos he harbours hopes of playing in the world cup. He showed more in 45 minutes that Bellend has and will. I want the best for the club and in MY opinion that is playing Hoban ahead of him. He's on the bench so must be fit. I would add a match fit TH in the next 13 games will be of more use than a match fit EB based on what we have seen of him..in short a positive approach
No problem with your opinion...my post was about you denigrating one of our players, not even mentioning his name and being more interested in wanting Ince on the line to hurl abuse. Ironic that you should use the term Bellend.
I don't think Mr Belkalem should have played ahead of young Thomas Hoban today. disappointed dint have the chance to welcome Mr Ince & thankk him for his gracious comments & display at the Vic last season
[quote][p][bold]anywayasiwasaying[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]grahamwfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]anywayasiwasaying[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]grahamwfc[/bold] wrote: Why play Bellend as substitute ahead of Hoban. He needs game time and what better opportunity than the second half today. At least Bellend lasted two minutes before the obligatory booking I guess. Let's get the stand built, sign Tazer and go again next season. Biggest disappointment for me today was that c*** Ince wasn't on the touchline to get some back. Harder tests follow for sure, but few encouraging signs on occasions[/p][/quote]Biggest disappointment today for me is having to read your negative post about a player who has been injured for a couple of months and needs to be eased back in to the squad.....give the bloke a chance. So much positive stuff today thought maybe you could devote at least a couple of lines to it.[/p][/quote]Hoban was out for over a year. Is one of our own not a journeyman only here cos he harbours hopes of playing in the world cup. He showed more in 45 minutes that Bellend has and will. I want the best for the club and in MY opinion that is playing Hoban ahead of him. He's on the bench so must be fit. I would add a match fit TH in the next 13 games will be of more use than a match fit EB based on what we have seen of him..in short a positive approach[/p][/quote]No problem with your opinion...my post was about you denigrating one of our players, not even mentioning his name and being more interested in wanting Ince on the line to hurl abuse. Ironic that you should use the term Bellend.[/p][/quote]I don't think Mr Belkalem should have played ahead of young Thomas Hoban today. disappointed dint have the chance to welcome Mr Ince & thankk him for his gracious comments & display at the Vic last season grahamwfc
  • Score: -9

10:29pm Sat 1 Mar 14

grahamwfc says...

apologies for my Klingon Keyboard in the above post - its going back on Monday
apologies for my Klingon Keyboard in the above post - its going back on Monday grahamwfc
  • Score: -4

12:18am Sun 2 Mar 14

Hornet Cornet says...

Bonser Out wrote:
Hornet Cornet wrote:
I feel like headbutting someone...
Don't you mean doing a 'Pardew'?
Yup that's what I was alluding to. Just seen the incident on motd and, while it wasn't very clever, it wasn't what any manager should do.

I still can't believe that Hoofers didn't nut One Size all those years ago.....
[quote][p][bold]Bonser Out[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: I feel like headbutting someone...[/p][/quote]Don't you mean doing a 'Pardew'?[/p][/quote]Yup that's what I was alluding to. Just seen the incident on motd and, while it wasn't very clever, it wasn't what any manager should do. I still can't believe that Hoofers didn't nut One Size all those years ago..... Hornet Cornet
  • Score: -3

1:15am Sun 2 Mar 14

keith5190 says...

jaemae2 wrote:
I remember when some really very unintelligent people were running around here saying how awful Ranegie was after ONE GAME. It's hilarious.
Ross Jenkins (original) was hopeless in his first game I see to remember but GT pulled him up by his boot strings as a ploy to Luther, pressure has been taken off Troy as the lone striker
[quote][p][bold]jaemae2[/bold] wrote: I remember when some really very unintelligent people were running around here saying how awful Ranegie was after ONE GAME. It's hilarious.[/p][/quote]Ross Jenkins (original) was hopeless in his first game I see to remember but GT pulled him up by his boot strings as a ploy to Luther, pressure has been taken off Troy as the lone striker keith5190
  • Score: 6

6:51am Sun 2 Mar 14

lutondown says...

Harry's Bar wrote:
A solid performance against a very poor side. Without getting anywhere near to the football of last season we still looked much better than Blackpool. Once Ranegie is fully match fit he should be a handful. The defence had little to do, Tozser looked class and Deeney played well. Anya never quite got it together. Murray and Battocchio ran about a lot but they need to play the ball forward more and more incisively.
It will be interesting to see how Forestieri fits back in, hopefully in a 4-3-3 formation which could still see us make a late challenge.
About right, as for fessies role? I'd play him behind the strikers, creating havoc without the pressure of being a striker.
After 800 plus miles on the road last week, a much lighter wallet and two poor results, I don't give a hoot what armchair fans think about my comments, and I'll measure today's result by saying we easily beat a very poor team, but you can only play what's in front of you.
Renegie looked a different player to last week, and his effort was up by half .
I think we have the players to challenge for a play off berth, if they are utilised correctly, and not the insane eleven man defending we have to endure at times and why we concede decent leads to the better sides.
What I do hear is that despite Beppes sunny press releases, he is tough on the training paddock, good! That discipline is much needed, and will reflect on playing field.
And all those who think play offs are not possible, I'd think again, it's more than doable.
[quote][p][bold]Harry's Bar[/bold] wrote: A solid performance against a very poor side. Without getting anywhere near to the football of last season we still looked much better than Blackpool. Once Ranegie is fully match fit he should be a handful. The defence had little to do, Tozser looked class and Deeney played well. Anya never quite got it together. Murray and Battocchio ran about a lot but they need to play the ball forward more and more incisively. It will be interesting to see how Forestieri fits back in, hopefully in a 4-3-3 formation which could still see us make a late challenge.[/p][/quote]About right, as for fessies role? I'd play him behind the strikers, creating havoc without the pressure of being a striker. After 800 plus miles on the road last week, a much lighter wallet and two poor results, I don't give a hoot what armchair fans think about my comments, and I'll measure today's result by saying we easily beat a very poor team, but you can only play what's in front of you. Renegie looked a different player to last week, and his effort was up by half . I think we have the players to challenge for a play off berth, if they are utilised correctly, and not the insane eleven man defending we have to endure at times and why we concede decent leads to the better sides. What I do hear is that despite Beppes sunny press releases, he is tough on the training paddock, good! That discipline is much needed, and will reflect on playing field. And all those who think play offs are not possible, I'd think again, it's more than doable. lutondown
  • Score: 3

8:17am Sun 2 Mar 14

mellow yellow says...

lutondown wrote:
Harry's Bar wrote:
A solid performance against a very poor side. Without getting anywhere near to the football of last season we still looked much better than Blackpool. Once Ranegie is fully match fit he should be a handful. The defence had little to do, Tozser looked class and Deeney played well. Anya never quite got it together. Murray and Battocchio ran about a lot but they need to play the ball forward more and more incisively.
It will be interesting to see how Forestieri fits back in, hopefully in a 4-3-3 formation which could still see us make a late challenge.
About right, as for fessies role? I'd play him behind the strikers, creating havoc without the pressure of being a striker.
After 800 plus miles on the road last week, a much lighter wallet and two poor results, I don't give a hoot what armchair fans think about my comments, and I'll measure today's result by saying we easily beat a very poor team, but you can only play what's in front of you.
Renegie looked a different player to last week, and his effort was up by half .
I think we have the players to challenge for a play off berth, if they are utilised correctly, and not the insane eleven man defending we have to endure at times and why we concede decent leads to the better sides.
What I do hear is that despite Beppes sunny press releases, he is tough on the training paddock, good! That discipline is much needed, and will reflect on playing field.
And all those who think play offs are not possible, I'd think again, it's more than doable.
Blackpool May have been poor, but so were Yeovil at the Vic, and look what happened in that game. I agree there is a chance of the play offs, but I think it largely depends on a strike partner for Troy (after yesterday that box might now be ticked) and a committed approach for the full 90 minutes. The Wigan game could be fundamental, but we will probably need to go into it on a roll.... Home form now mightily impressive so bring on Donny and let's get away form moving too.
[quote][p][bold]lutondown[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harry's Bar[/bold] wrote: A solid performance against a very poor side. Without getting anywhere near to the football of last season we still looked much better than Blackpool. Once Ranegie is fully match fit he should be a handful. The defence had little to do, Tozser looked class and Deeney played well. Anya never quite got it together. Murray and Battocchio ran about a lot but they need to play the ball forward more and more incisively. It will be interesting to see how Forestieri fits back in, hopefully in a 4-3-3 formation which could still see us make a late challenge.[/p][/quote]About right, as for fessies role? I'd play him behind the strikers, creating havoc without the pressure of being a striker. After 800 plus miles on the road last week, a much lighter wallet and two poor results, I don't give a hoot what armchair fans think about my comments, and I'll measure today's result by saying we easily beat a very poor team, but you can only play what's in front of you. Renegie looked a different player to last week, and his effort was up by half . I think we have the players to challenge for a play off berth, if they are utilised correctly, and not the insane eleven man defending we have to endure at times and why we concede decent leads to the better sides. What I do hear is that despite Beppes sunny press releases, he is tough on the training paddock, good! That discipline is much needed, and will reflect on playing field. And all those who think play offs are not possible, I'd think again, it's more than doable.[/p][/quote]Blackpool May have been poor, but so were Yeovil at the Vic, and look what happened in that game. I agree there is a chance of the play offs, but I think it largely depends on a strike partner for Troy (after yesterday that box might now be ticked) and a committed approach for the full 90 minutes. The Wigan game could be fundamental, but we will probably need to go into it on a roll.... Home form now mightily impressive so bring on Donny and let's get away form moving too. mellow yellow
  • Score: 3

9:28am Sun 2 Mar 14

exeterhornet says...

Stoney 77. I never get embarrassed by an OPINION. I repeat, IMHO, the swede was awful AT YEOVIL and there were just as many in the ground who shared that opinion as those who didn't. Would I be right in saying your name has something to do with Stone Island? IF SO, that would explain a few things about parts of your post.IF NOT, I am struggling to understand your lack of tolerance. Also glad you can recognise the traits of spoilt teenage girls - I cant because I don't socialise with such people.
Now, on to Watfordwes. Nothing wrong with my eyesight as I can recognise you for what you are - just another individual who struggles to accept differing opinions. So one flick in 90 minutes proves you right and some of us clueless.
And if you need someone to define the word clueless, may I suggest you buy a dictionary or ask someone with more clues than me.
Stoney 77. I never get embarrassed by an OPINION. I repeat, IMHO, the swede was awful AT YEOVIL and there were just as many in the ground who shared that opinion as those who didn't. Would I be right in saying your name has something to do with Stone Island? IF SO, that would explain a few things about parts of your post.IF NOT, I am struggling to understand your lack of tolerance. Also glad you can recognise the traits of spoilt teenage girls - I cant because I don't socialise with such people. Now, on to Watfordwes. Nothing wrong with my eyesight as I can recognise you for what you are - just another individual who struggles to accept differing opinions. So one flick in 90 minutes proves you right and some of us clueless. And if you need someone to define the word clueless, may I suggest you buy a dictionary or ask someone with more clues than me. exeterhornet
  • Score: -8

10:43am Sun 2 Mar 14

Summer breeze says...

Yesterday I saw a team playing together trusting each other and also a strike partnership evolving. It's Spring and strong shoots starting to show! I thought the opposition started really strongly, but fell apart on as the goals went in. Great performance by many, but I would like to single out Sean Murray who I think is most improved player of the season. COYHs
Yesterday I saw a team playing together trusting each other and also a strike partnership evolving. It's Spring and strong shoots starting to show! I thought the opposition started really strongly, but fell apart on as the goals went in. Great performance by many, but I would like to single out Sean Murray who I think is most improved player of the season. COYHs Summer breeze
  • Score: 4

10:45am Sun 2 Mar 14

justahornetfan says...

I too remember Ross Jenkins home debut in the mud and in particular when Ross had a chance in front of goal and swung his boot roughly where the penalty spot was at the Vicarge road end, he missed the ball completely, spun around like a top and ended up in a heap in the mud looking as if he couldn't even stand up, let alone score a goal. Some debut eh, but he turned out pretty good in the end and was knocking in 20 goals and more for a few seasons on the trot if I remember correctly.
Lets hope Ranegie can become a similiar Watford legend and could there be another 20 goals between Deeney and Ranegie this season, it will be interesting to see how this partnership goes if they play together in all the remaining games.
I too remember Ross Jenkins home debut in the mud and in particular when Ross had a chance in front of goal and swung his boot roughly where the penalty spot was at the Vicarge road end, he missed the ball completely, spun around like a top and ended up in a heap in the mud looking as if he couldn't even stand up, let alone score a goal. Some debut eh, but he turned out pretty good in the end and was knocking in 20 goals and more for a few seasons on the trot if I remember correctly. Lets hope Ranegie can become a similiar Watford legend and could there be another 20 goals between Deeney and Ranegie this season, it will be interesting to see how this partnership goes if they play together in all the remaining games. justahornetfan
  • Score: 2

10:55am Sun 2 Mar 14

Stoney77 says...

exeterhornet wrote:
Stoney 77. I never get embarrassed by an OPINION. I repeat, IMHO, the swede was awful AT YEOVIL and there were just as many in the ground who shared that opinion as those who didn't. Would I be right in saying your name has something to do with Stone Island? IF SO, that would explain a few things about parts of your post.IF NOT, I am struggling to understand your lack of tolerance. Also glad you can recognise the traits of spoilt teenage girls - I cant because I don't socialise with such people.
Now, on to Watfordwes. Nothing wrong with my eyesight as I can recognise you for what you are - just another individual who struggles to accept differing opinions. So one flick in 90 minutes proves you right and some of us clueless.
And if you need someone to define the word clueless, may I suggest you buy a dictionary or ask someone with more clues than me.
Well I'm glad you own up to being one of the folk using the words in my previous post to assess Ranegies debut performance against Yeovil. Surely Diakite's debut was worse than Ranegies? No? Diakite's debut only happened a few days before and yet people still proceed to label Ranegie with "the worst debut ever from a watford player"....so to be honest and IMHO, such opinions ARE embarrassing!!!!" - knee jerk reactions, spouting absolute nonsense just because we lost a game.
How about taking time to form a RATIONAL opinion on a player before lambasting them?
Having said the above I'm not really overly bothered by your criticism of me: if I have a good comment next week you'll no doubt be singing my praises.
[quote][p][bold]exeterhornet[/bold] wrote: Stoney 77. I never get embarrassed by an OPINION. I repeat, IMHO, the swede was awful AT YEOVIL and there were just as many in the ground who shared that opinion as those who didn't. Would I be right in saying your name has something to do with Stone Island? IF SO, that would explain a few things about parts of your post.IF NOT, I am struggling to understand your lack of tolerance. Also glad you can recognise the traits of spoilt teenage girls - I cant because I don't socialise with such people. Now, on to Watfordwes. Nothing wrong with my eyesight as I can recognise you for what you are - just another individual who struggles to accept differing opinions. So one flick in 90 minutes proves you right and some of us clueless. And if you need someone to define the word clueless, may I suggest you buy a dictionary or ask someone with more clues than me.[/p][/quote]Well I'm glad you own up to being one of the folk using the words in my previous post to assess Ranegies debut performance against Yeovil. Surely Diakite's debut was worse than Ranegies? No? Diakite's debut only happened a few days before and yet people still proceed to label Ranegie with "the worst debut ever from a watford player"....so to be honest and IMHO, such opinions ARE embarrassing!!!!" - knee jerk reactions, spouting absolute nonsense just because we lost a game. How about taking time to form a RATIONAL opinion on a player before lambasting them? Having said the above I'm not really overly bothered by your criticism of me: if I have a good comment next week you'll no doubt be singing my praises. Stoney77
  • Score: 7

10:58am Sun 2 Mar 14

bristol hornet says...

exeterhornet wrote:
The fact that the big swede had a good game today does not alter the fact that he was dreadful at Yeovil. That doesn't mean that I or anyone else is an expert but just reflects the difference of OPINION that exists between supporters at the same game. The original Ross Jenkins was garbage for two years but no one will ever persuade me to think of him as anything but my favourite all time player. I hope the swede becomes a watford legend but that does not hide the fact that his first game for us was wholly forgettable so all those clever dicks having a go at endean2 and yours truly can, quite frankly, go do one.
Ranegie played fairly well in the first half at Yeovil but tired and vanished as did the whole team in the second half as they withstood the Yeovil aerial onslaught (in which the big Swede helped).
Yesterday, after a very impressive first half, he faded again in the second half but was definitely one of our star players.
Those people who thought he was pants in Somerset need another trip to Specsavers!
[quote][p][bold]exeterhornet[/bold] wrote: The fact that the big swede had a good game today does not alter the fact that he was dreadful at Yeovil. That doesn't mean that I or anyone else is an expert but just reflects the difference of OPINION that exists between supporters at the same game. The original Ross Jenkins was garbage for two years but no one will ever persuade me to think of him as anything but my favourite all time player. I hope the swede becomes a watford legend but that does not hide the fact that his first game for us was wholly forgettable so all those clever dicks having a go at endean2 and yours truly can, quite frankly, go do one.[/p][/quote]Ranegie played fairly well in the first half at Yeovil but tired and vanished as did the whole team in the second half as they withstood the Yeovil aerial onslaught (in which the big Swede helped). Yesterday, after a very impressive first half, he faded again in the second half but was definitely one of our star players. Those people who thought he was pants in Somerset need another trip to Specsavers! bristol hornet
  • Score: 2

11:31am Sun 2 Mar 14

Harry's Bar says...

Let's remember that everyone slated Diakitie's debut after he hadn't played much and needed game time.
If Ranegie can come back from a poor debut maybe Diakite can as well. We are short of a physical presence in midfield. Problem is there's only 2 month's left to get properly fit.
Let's remember that everyone slated Diakitie's debut after he hadn't played much and needed game time. If Ranegie can come back from a poor debut maybe Diakite can as well. We are short of a physical presence in midfield. Problem is there's only 2 month's left to get properly fit. Harry's Bar
  • Score: -3

12:21pm Sun 2 Mar 14

1234566789 says...

Should we perhaps learn that you shouldn't write a player off after one appearance? And, by the same merit, not triumph one either (praise is fine though)
Should we perhaps learn that you shouldn't write a player off after one appearance? And, by the same merit, not triumph one either (praise is fine though) 1234566789
  • Score: 3

1:49pm Sun 2 Mar 14

keith5190 says...

justahornetfan wrote:
I too remember Ross Jenkins home debut in the mud and in particular when Ross had a chance in front of goal and swung his boot roughly where the penalty spot was at the Vicarge road end, he missed the ball completely, spun around like a top and ended up in a heap in the mud looking as if he couldn't even stand up, let alone score a goal. Some debut eh, but he turned out pretty good in the end and was knocking in 20 goals and more for a few seasons on the trot if I remember correctly.
Lets hope Ranegie can become a similiar Watford legend and could there be another 20 goals between Deeney and Ranegie this season, it will be interesting to see how this partnership goes if they play together in all the remaining games.
I remember Ross spending more time in the mud that on his feet. Wasn't it Northampton who we lost to if I remember correctly? could well do with a similar pair to Ross and Luther, then watch out the Prem
[quote][p][bold]justahornetfan[/bold] wrote: I too remember Ross Jenkins home debut in the mud and in particular when Ross had a chance in front of goal and swung his boot roughly where the penalty spot was at the Vicarge road end, he missed the ball completely, spun around like a top and ended up in a heap in the mud looking as if he couldn't even stand up, let alone score a goal. Some debut eh, but he turned out pretty good in the end and was knocking in 20 goals and more for a few seasons on the trot if I remember correctly. Lets hope Ranegie can become a similiar Watford legend and could there be another 20 goals between Deeney and Ranegie this season, it will be interesting to see how this partnership goes if they play together in all the remaining games.[/p][/quote]I remember Ross spending more time in the mud that on his feet. Wasn't it Northampton who we lost to if I remember correctly? could well do with a similar pair to Ross and Luther, then watch out the Prem keith5190
  • Score: 0

2:04pm Sun 2 Mar 14

exeterhornet says...

Stoney old son. Take it from me - there will never be an occasion when I will sing the praises of someone like you.
Oh and Bristol, you just don't get it do you?
Stoney old son. Take it from me - there will never be an occasion when I will sing the praises of someone like you. Oh and Bristol, you just don't get it do you? exeterhornet
  • Score: -4

3:40pm Sun 2 Mar 14

SAHornet says...

Grow up all of you. We just won 4-0. We should be congratulating each other not bickering like school-girls over individual opinions.
Grow up all of you. We just won 4-0. We should be congratulating each other not bickering like school-girls over individual opinions. SAHornet
  • Score: 4

4:04pm Sun 2 Mar 14

VOReason says...

SAHornet wrote:
Grow up all of you. We just won 4-0. We should be congratulating each other not bickering like school-girls over individual opinions.
What did you think of ranegies performance at Yeovil sahornet???
[quote][p][bold]SAHornet[/bold] wrote: Grow up all of you. We just won 4-0. We should be congratulating each other not bickering like school-girls over individual opinions.[/p][/quote]What did you think of ranegies performance at Yeovil sahornet??? VOReason
  • Score: -2

4:15pm Sun 2 Mar 14

exeterhornet says...

So SAhornet decides to calm things down by accusing fellow posters of bickering like school girls. Pot, kettle, black?
So SAhornet decides to calm things down by accusing fellow posters of bickering like school girls. Pot, kettle, black? exeterhornet
  • Score: 0

7:13pm Sun 2 Mar 14

anywayasiwasaying says...

exeterhornet wrote:
Stoney 77. I never get embarrassed by an OPINION. I repeat, IMHO, the swede was awful AT YEOVIL and there were just as many in the ground who shared that opinion as those who didn't. Would I be right in saying your name has something to do with Stone Island? IF SO, that would explain a few things about parts of your post.IF NOT, I am struggling to understand your lack of tolerance. Also glad you can recognise the traits of spoilt teenage girls - I cant because I don't socialise with such people.
Now, on to Watfordwes. Nothing wrong with my eyesight as I can recognise you for what you are - just another individual who struggles to accept differing opinions. So one flick in 90 minutes proves you right and some of us clueless.
And if you need someone to define the word clueless, may I suggest you buy a dictionary or ask someone with more clues than me.
You mention lack of tolerance and individuals who struggle to accept differing opinions. I believe you said in an earlier post 'so all those clever dicks having a go at endean2 and yours truly can, quite frankly, go do one'
C'mon mate a little more tolerance would be welcome and something we should also afford to new signings coming in to a team on a rotten night in Yeovil after a long spell without playing...fair enough?.
[quote][p][bold]exeterhornet[/bold] wrote: Stoney 77. I never get embarrassed by an OPINION. I repeat, IMHO, the swede was awful AT YEOVIL and there were just as many in the ground who shared that opinion as those who didn't. Would I be right in saying your name has something to do with Stone Island? IF SO, that would explain a few things about parts of your post.IF NOT, I am struggling to understand your lack of tolerance. Also glad you can recognise the traits of spoilt teenage girls - I cant because I don't socialise with such people. Now, on to Watfordwes. Nothing wrong with my eyesight as I can recognise you for what you are - just another individual who struggles to accept differing opinions. So one flick in 90 minutes proves you right and some of us clueless. And if you need someone to define the word clueless, may I suggest you buy a dictionary or ask someone with more clues than me.[/p][/quote]You mention lack of tolerance and individuals who struggle to accept differing opinions. I believe you said in an earlier post 'so all those clever dicks having a go at endean2 and yours truly can, quite frankly, go do one' C'mon mate a little more tolerance would be welcome and something we should also afford to new signings coming in to a team on a rotten night in Yeovil after a long spell without playing...fair enough?. anywayasiwasaying
  • Score: 5

10:56am Mon 3 Mar 14

justahornetfan says...

keith5190 wrote:
justahornetfan wrote: I too remember Ross Jenkins home debut in the mud and in particular when Ross had a chance in front of goal and swung his boot roughly where the penalty spot was at the Vicarge road end, he missed the ball completely, spun around like a top and ended up in a heap in the mud looking as if he couldn't even stand up, let alone score a goal. Some debut eh, but he turned out pretty good in the end and was knocking in 20 goals and more for a few seasons on the trot if I remember correctly. Lets hope Ranegie can become a similiar Watford legend and could there be another 20 goals between Deeney and Ranegie this season, it will be interesting to see how this partnership goes if they play together in all the remaining games.
I remember Ross spending more time in the mud that on his feet. Wasn't it Northampton who we lost to if I remember correctly? could well do with a similar pair to Ross and Luther, then watch out the Prem
Can't remember who we were playing that day but there must have been a lot of expectation around Ross Jenkins after he signed for us (from I believe Crystal Palace if I remember correctly) for his debut and display that day to stand out so much in the memory.
Ross's debut was almost a slap stick comedy in the mud as he seemed incapable of standing up or connecting with the ball for most of the match. High light of the early and mid seventies was watching the likes of Luther Blisset and later, John Barnes scoring goals for fun in the reserves before they ever got in the 1st team. In those days you could walk round and watch from either end or anywhere else on the terracing on those mid week reserve match evenings.
[quote][p][bold]keith5190[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]justahornetfan[/bold] wrote: I too remember Ross Jenkins home debut in the mud and in particular when Ross had a chance in front of goal and swung his boot roughly where the penalty spot was at the Vicarge road end, he missed the ball completely, spun around like a top and ended up in a heap in the mud looking as if he couldn't even stand up, let alone score a goal. Some debut eh, but he turned out pretty good in the end and was knocking in 20 goals and more for a few seasons on the trot if I remember correctly. Lets hope Ranegie can become a similiar Watford legend and could there be another 20 goals between Deeney and Ranegie this season, it will be interesting to see how this partnership goes if they play together in all the remaining games.[/p][/quote]I remember Ross spending more time in the mud that on his feet. Wasn't it Northampton who we lost to if I remember correctly? could well do with a similar pair to Ross and Luther, then watch out the Prem[/p][/quote]Can't remember who we were playing that day but there must have been a lot of expectation around Ross Jenkins after he signed for us (from I believe Crystal Palace if I remember correctly) for his debut and display that day to stand out so much in the memory. Ross's debut was almost a slap stick comedy in the mud as he seemed incapable of standing up or connecting with the ball for most of the match. High light of the early and mid seventies was watching the likes of Luther Blisset and later, John Barnes scoring goals for fun in the reserves before they ever got in the 1st team. In those days you could walk round and watch from either end or anywhere else on the terracing on those mid week reserve match evenings. justahornetfan
  • Score: 1

11:00am Mon 3 Mar 14

endean2 says...

WELL,what a palava there boys over a few words stated.
as the writer of the original comment regards Rangerie at Yeovil let me have
hopefully the final word on the matter.

Were entitled to our opinion as long as its stated fairly and without the need
to insult other posters.That is what I did, purely and simply..............
.....
OK others may not agree with my comments but that does not
necessarily mean I become a bell end, these forums can be great fun
as that is what they are there for, an exchange of views and thoughts
Not a platform for small minded bigots.

So guys try to reign in your reactions to other posters and learn to
express yourself in a less confrontational manner.
If the big man proves to be a great success, that will be fantastic for
us all and I will stand corrected!
WELL,what a palava there boys over a few words stated. as the writer of the original comment regards Rangerie at Yeovil let me have hopefully the final word on the matter. Were entitled to our opinion as long as its stated fairly and without the need to insult other posters.That is what I did, purely and simply.............. ..... OK others may not agree with my comments but that does not necessarily mean I become a bell end, these forums can be great fun as that is what they are there for, an exchange of views and thoughts Not a platform for small minded bigots. So guys try to reign in your reactions to other posters and learn to express yourself in a less confrontational manner. If the big man proves to be a great success, that will be fantastic for us all and I will stand corrected! endean2
  • Score: 0

12:19pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Kismet110 says...

Amazing how a thumping win and great performance is overshadowed on here by bickering Watford fans arguing over Ranegie's performance in his debut in another game.

I wasn't their but apparently the whole team were awful and it was his first game in nearly four months so not sure what people expected.

Back on subject talk of Play Offs is pointless until we can improve our away form. Been an age since a win and even the sequence of draws has been punctured byt losses recently.

So roll on next Tuesday vs Donny when we hopefuly also have Fessi back as well as Diakite.

Only joking about Diakite!
Amazing how a thumping win and great performance is overshadowed on here by bickering Watford fans arguing over Ranegie's performance in his debut in another game. I wasn't their but apparently the whole team were awful and it was his first game in nearly four months so not sure what people expected. Back on subject talk of Play Offs is pointless until we can improve our away form. Been an age since a win and even the sequence of draws has been punctured byt losses recently. So roll on next Tuesday vs Donny when we hopefuly also have Fessi back as well as Diakite. Only joking about Diakite! Kismet110
  • Score: 2

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